Have Questions About Your Dental Care? We Have Answers
Q: How Are Lumineers Different From Regular Veneers?
A: Dental veneers are thin covers of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. This covers over any stains, chips, or similar cosmetic problems, instantly giving you a great looking smile. But in order for the veneers to sit flush with your teeth, Dr. Ardelean will need to prepare the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel first. Lumineers are a special kind of dental veneer that are just as strong as traditional veneers but thinner. In fact, they’re so thin that no enamel needs to be removed. That’s why Lumineers are called prepless veneers.
Q: Can Anyone Get A Dental Implant?
A: If you are missing a tooth, dental implants can be a great way to restore your smile. The replacement tooth will be custom-made to fit your mouth, and by using an artificial root, the implant will last a very long time, if not a lifetime. However, that same artificial root will be implanted in your jawbone, and that means you need a healthy amount of bone tissue below the empty space to safely hold onto the implant. If your jawbone is too thin or has started to deteriorate, Dr. Ardelean can graft bone material to your jawbone. Once healed, the site will be healthy enough to hold onto that dental implant.
Q: I’m An Adult. Do I Really Need Metal Braces?
A: Braces are commonly associated with teens because that’s the age when your permanent teeth have likely come in completely and won’t move around too much. In other words, we wait until the teeth are ready and then use orthodontics to help the smile look better. But your teeth can still move as an adult, just much slower. If you’re an adult in need of fixing crooked or uneven teeth, you do not need metal braces. Instead, we can offer Invisalign clear plastic trays. These will help your smile look great just like braces but without any metal or wires. And because they are made from clear plastic that fits over your teeth, they are almost impossible to notice.
Q: How Painful Are Root Canals Really?
A: Root canals are necessary when the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease get past the enamel and infect the pulp. This usually causes a very bad toothache. Instead of extracting the tooth, we can use root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth. But for some reason, root canals have an undeserved reputation for being painful. Truth be told, root canals are no more painful than getting a cavity filled. With our dedication to pain-free dentistry and local anesthetic, it’s likely you won’t feel any pain with a root canal.