Dentist FAQs in Indianapolis
Q: What are same day Crowns?
A: Traditionally, teeth that are weakened or badly broken down were repaired with the placement of a crown through a 2 visit, 2 weeks apart process. Today, in most cases, we can fabricate a strong durable Crown that will last many years in a matter of 2 hours. Effectively eliminating the need for a temporary crown and a second visit.
Q: Why is dental health important?
A: Everyone knows that taking care of your teeth helps to maintain a beautiful smile, prevents toothaches and allows you to chew your food properly. But did you know that gum disease could lead to serious health issues? Expectant mothers are at increased risk for pre-term babies, diabetics have a greater difficulty in controlling blood sugar levels and studies are showing a link between gum disease and cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and stroke. Immunocompromised and elderly patients are at a greater risk for pneumonia as well.
Q: I have a tooth that is bothering me; why should I save it?
A: Your teeth work together to help you speak and chew. When a tooth is lost, it places an increased workload on the remaining teeth causing them to break down more easily, leading to costly maintenance and possibly the loss of more teeth.
Q: My dentist says I need a root canal, what is that exactly?
A: It is our expectation that patients be made comfortable during this procedure. Root canal treatment involves the careful removal of the pulp, commonly known as the "nerve," from the hollow center of a tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and filled, allowing the tooth to heal normally. In some cases, a crown may be necessary to protect the tooth from future damage or infection.
Q: How long will a root-canal-treated tooth last?
A: As long as the root(s) of a treated tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues, your tooth can remain healthy and possibly last a lifetime, although it is still susceptible to decay, so good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important to prevent problems.
Q: I don't like my smile; is there a way to improve it?
A: Porcelain veneers can be fabricated and placed on the fronts of teeth. This can dramatically improve someone's smile. They can be used to close gaps between teeth, fix cracked or chipped teeth or to cover up badly stained or discolored teeth.
Q: What are implants?
A: Implants are artificial teeth to replace missing teeth. Implants can also be used to retain a denture for a better, secure fit.
Q: Can a dentist treat snoring?
A: Many people can find relief from snoring while wearing a custom-made dental mouth appliance at night that moves the lower jaw into a forward position. This increases the breathing space in the airway tube, thereby increasing the capacity of the airway and preventing soft-tissue vibrations that cause snoring. The prevention of snoring is important in that the struggle for air can result in rising blood pressure, which damages the walls of arteries, increasing the risk of stroke.
Q: Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned so often?
A: Good home care as well as regular dental visits can help prevent gum diseases such as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and may also contribute to other diseases, such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke and pneumonia and can be associated with premature and low-birth-weight babies.
Q: How does the KOR whitening system work?
A: Molds of your teeth will be made to fabricate your own unique ultra-comfortable KOR-Seal whitening trays. You will normally wear your KOR-Seal trays at home for two weeks while you sleep. Depending on your situation, you may also have one or two simple whitening visits in our dental office.
Q: How long does KOR whitening last?
A: Unlike other methods, with easy periodic home maintenance, KOR Whitening can be indefinite.