If I have a tooth pain, how fast will I be seen?
Our office tries to see anyone with pain or a cosmetic embarrassment, such as a broken front tooth or lost crown, immediately. You should not have to wait if you are in pain, so we try as best we can to accommodate you and work you into the schedule whenever possible.
I have a broken tooth. How do I know if I need a root canal or crown?
We would need a limited or emergency exam with an X-ray to determine if the nerve of the tooth has been exposed or damaged, or if there is a dental abscess or infection present. If it is determined that a root canal is necessary, that procedure would need to be done before we can restore the cracked tooth. If the crack is very small, and there are no symptoms requiring root canal treatment, there may be an option to just use filling material, or bonding as a restoration. Bonding with tooth-colored composite is immediate and can be conservative, but is also porous and can discolor because it’s made of a resin material. A porcelain crown or veneer would probably provide you with a stronger and more cosmetic tooth. Porcelain will not change color as fast or as easy. It is laboratory processed so it is not porous and is made of a much stronger long lasting material. We can select a color (or shade) of porcelain that is right for you.
What is a crown and why do I need one?
A crown is used to restore the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. If you suspect you need a crown, it would be to either to repair a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where root canal or extraction is the only viable treatment option. If the decay on a tooth is minor, it may be possible to have a filling done only, but if the decay is extensive, a crown will be needed for longevity. Dr.Maali would remove the decay and prepare the tooth to accept a crown. Once the crown has been fabricated by the lab, it would be cemented over your tooth. You should be able to eat, brush and floss like normal again.
If I need a filling, will it be silver?
All of our fillings are tooth colored composite, keeping with our desire to provide the most cosmetically pleasing result possible.
My tooth hurts. Why do I need a root canal?
Oftentimes deep decay or deep fillings will cause inflammation, creating pressure inside the tooth. Sometimes teeth will become dead due to trauma, deep decay, or deep fillings. This can cause an infection in the bone. In both cases, the inside of the tooth needs to be cleaned out, disinfected, and filled.
What is a root canal?
A root canal replaces the affected nerve and tissue inside the tooth with an inert sealer and filling material that fills the space on the root to block-out infection
My dentures are loose. Is there anything that can be done?
Sometimes dentures can be relined and sometimes dentures need to be replaced. Today, there are implants available that help keep the dentures fasted to the jaw bone. Please contact us for more information, or visit the implant page for details.
What are my options to replace a missing tooth?
Your options for tooth replacement are a bridge or an implant. By replacing missing teeth with either with a bridge or an implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and will give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the support, Dr.Maali places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile in as little as two appointments two weeks apart. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone after some months, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain crown restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.
How soon after fillings are done can I eat?
Our composite white fillings are hardened by halogen light during the procedure. As soon as you are done, they are ready to be used and you can eat immediately. Short-term sensitivity may exist, in which case it may be best to start with a softer diet initially for the rest of the day, then resume normal diet the following day.
What sterilization procedures do you practice?
As a matter of policy, we use as many disposable items as possible and water lines are disinfected regularly. Every room is thoroughly cleaned between each patient. We scrub clean all dental instruments prior to final heat and steam sterilization in an autoclave. We are proud of our safety procedures and will be happy to give you a tour and discuss our sterilization procedures in further detail.
Is your dental office handicapped accessible?
Our dental office, restroom and parking are handicapped accessible.
I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
Your comfort is our highest priority, and our office is designed so that you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit. For entertainment and distraction, we offer televisions in your treatment room, noise suppressing headphones, neck pillows and blankets. Nitrous oxide is also offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed. For those patients who feel especially anxious, we offer anxiety relief via an oral sedative by prescription.
I know I need X-Rays, but I’d prefer not to be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital radiographs?
We do offer digital radiographs. Digital radiographs use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film radiographs.
I want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?
Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need Orthodontics, such as Invisalign, or porcelain veneers, crowns, or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy, or a combination of all these techniques. You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. Dr.Maali will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern, and overall condition of your oral health.
I would like my teeth to be whitened but do not wish to use the night trays. Is there a fast alternative?
Our office offers a one-hour whitening system called Zoom! Which is completed while you are comfortably reclined in a dental chair.
Does my dental insurance cover cosmetic procedures?
Dental insurance is designed to assist you in paying for your dentistry. Most routine procedures are not fully covered by your insurance, such as fillings and crowns. Cosmetic dentistry, such as whitening and veneers, is not covered by most dental insurance plans. To help you afford your treatment, we offer financing payment options by third party financial partners like CareCredit®.
How can porcelain veneers help my smile?
Porcelain veneers improve your smile by correcting a multitude of cosmetic concerns including: gaps in teeth; chips and broken teeth; dull or yellowing teeth that cannot be whitened with traditional means; “gummy smile” (showing too much gum when one smiles); and crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers broaden, straighten, whiten and beautify most any smile. Many of our patients feel like this was the best improvement that could have been done for their overall appearance.
I’ve heard about Lumineers, what are they? Are Veneers the same thing?
Lumineers are lab Veneers, or porcelain laminates, that use thin patented Porcelain to be placed directly over your front teeth. This requires removing less sensitive tooth structure, yet still achieving beautiful results. Lab veneers are fabricated by a local lab, and usually requires some bulk tooth removal. Lumineers, however, are much more conservative in tooth rmoval requirement. That usually means no shots, minimal tooth reduction, minimal or no anesthesia and minimal drilling on your enamel. Lumineers can be placed in only two dental visits and can last up to 20 years (clinically proven in an on-going study done by DenMAT). Call to setup a consultation with Dr.Maali to see if Lumineers or Veneers are right for you.