Frequently Asked Questions

No.  An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants.  The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.

Teeth can discolour due to a variety of reasons.

  • The commonest discoloration is due to smoking or tobacco.
  • Food and beverages such as tea, coffee, colas and red wine can be the culprit.
  • Age can cause a natural darkening of teeth.
  • Certain medications such as tetracycline, taken at a very young age.
  • Increased exposure to fluoridated water.
  • Dental infection, faulty or old fillings, and dental treatment such as root canal treatment.

A Crown, often called a "cap" covers the entire tooth, unlike a veneer which covers only the front surface of a tooth. A crown requires more shaping of the tooth structure and is often used to strengthen a weak or broken tooth. Crowns are extremely durable, aesthetic and are commonly used in the front and the back of the mouth.

With your help, your child can have a lifetime of healthy smiles!

  • A balanced diet is important for healthy teeth and gums. Children especially need calcium to help build strong teeth (milk, cheese, etc.)
  • Discourage sugary or starchy snacks.
  • Snack in moderation and include beverages to wash the mouth of food particles.
  • Set regular snack-times to avoid constant exposure to cavity-causing foods.
  • Seek early dental care for your young one. Begin oral hygiene when an infant's first tooth emerges.
  • Encourage good oral health and hygiene habits early. Have youngsters brush frequently with fluoride toothpaste.

Teaching your child to maintain good dental habits is the beginning of good dental health. Proper personal care and regular visits to the Dentist can keep dental problems to a minimum.

  • Unregulated Diet of sweet food and drinks : Periodic snacking on aerated drinks, jam, marmalade, even potato chips can lead to the formation of acidic by products which damage the surface of the tooth enamel. This is the reason why most young children adolescents suffer from  tooth decay.

  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Irregular & improper brushing, not flossing between teeth, not rinsing with water or mouthwash after meals speed up the process of tooth decay.

Depending on what the Cosmetic Dentist decides is the best option for you, your new smile can be delivered in as little as 2-3 visits. The process of veneers or crowns is similar in that the doctor preps your teeth by taking an impression of your bite and adjusting the tooth structure slightly to assure an accurate fit for the final product. The impressions are then sent to one of the most advanced laboratories in Massachusetts for the creation of your new crowns or veneers. In the meantime, the dentist puts temporary crowns or veneers on your teeth and in the next visit, delivers the customized final product for your new, healthy and natural looking smile.

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in plac
  • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

It is generally recommended that wisdom teeth be removed between the ages of 18 and 25, but this is not always the case. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Your dentist can determine this after an examination.

You may occasionally experience bad breath. It can be caused by certain foods, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth, tobacco products or a medical disorder. Sometimes a sinus infection, postnasal drip or other respiratory tract infections can cause bad breath. If bad breath persists, your dentist may determine whether it's caused by a dental condition.

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