August 30, 2016
It seems like every week or so we have a few new patients who want to know about our state-of-the-art treatments. We work with every patient to show them just how we can fix their smile and restore their confidence. Being a general and restorative dental office, we do a lot of procedures you will not find at your typical dental office.
Over the years, I’ve found that an informed patient is a better patient. That’s not to say we don’t enjoy your questions. We want you to ask all the questions you need. Questions make you more comfortable and help you better understand the treatments.
So today, I want to address some of the most frequent questions we field about our procedures and dentistry in general.
Q. What’s the difference between dentures to dental implants?
A. There is a vast and important difference between dental implant and dentures. The biggest difference between the two restorations is your ability to chew. Patients with removable dentures often have trouble eating the food they love, as dentures only have a fraction of the power of your natural teeth. Dental implants are nearly as strong as your natural teeth and are set in the jawbone. That means your dental implant restorations will not slide around in the mouth. We’ve found that dental implants allow patients to eat the foods they love again, giving themselves a healthy and happier life.
Q. Will my children need braces?
A. It’s impossible to know whether or not your child will need braces, but our office is one of the few in Wyoming that offers preventive orthodontic services. If you start your child’s preventive care early enough in their lives, your child may not need braces after all. We practice orthotropics, which is an orthodontic concept that focuses on bone growth and development in children. With orthotropics, we focus on moving the jaw in an horizontal direction instead of vertically. Using removable orthotropic devices, we can manipulate children’s teeth to develop straight and give the patient a better profile. Straight teeth allow patients to have better oral health, and straight teeth reduce the risk jaw muscles and even sleep apnea.
Q. Should I be concerned about bleeding or sore gums?
A. The short answer is ALWAYS. Bleeding or swollen gums are not normal. Think about it. Would you ignore other areas of your body that were bleeding? I highly doubt. Bleeding or swollen gums are the first signs of gum disease, a problem that affect millions of people in America. Gum disease can run rampant in your mouth, and it’s also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Even worse, gum disease has been linked to dangerous medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. If you have bleeding gums, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Q. Can a dentist help with my headaches?
A. Yes, a dentist can indeed resolve your headache issues. Headaches are often caused by the patient having an off-balanced bite or misaligned teeth. When the bite is off-balanced, the patients can experience jaw muscle tenderness, which can cause soreness in the neck, shoulders, or head. At our office, we use special technology to assess your bite and jaw muscles, and then we’ll set up treatment to help relieve the pain and stress on your joints and muscles. Once your muscles and bite are working together, your pain will go away.
Q. How long will it take for me to whiten my teeth?
A. Our office uses two forms of teeth whitening systems, at-home whitening and in-office whitening. The in-office teeth whitening is more or less instant. If you want whiter teeth immediately, we use a special bleaching gel and light to improve the shade of your teeth. You can sit back in the chair and let the whitening treatment do the work. It only takes about an hour. If you have more time, we can set you up with at-home whitening treatment. We’ll take an impression of your teeth and craft an appliance for you to place your bleaching gel into. You’ll wear the bleaching gel every day until you reach your desired shade. It’s all extremely simple and affordable. We work with every patient to help determine what cosmetic dentistry solutions works for their teeth.
The above list are just a few questions we field on any given week. But we can handle any and all of your dental concerns. Just gives us a call today at 307- 622-1311. Or use our online form to schedule your appointment.