FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are drills becoming obsolete? I’ve heard about lasers and sand blasters for decay removal, do they really work?
The drill has not become obsolete. It will be nice someday when dentists no longer need to use rotary instruments, such as the drill, to remove decay. Modern technology is racing through the dental industry and this does include the use of both lasers and sandblasters to remove tooth decay. Although these technics are effective, they are limited to very small cavities. This works well on small children and often times eliminates the need for an anesthetic injection.
The only reason I don’t go to the dentist is that I’m afraid. What can I do to relax?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, many people are scared to death of being in a dental chair. Most of apprehension is purely psychological although some are justifiable through past dental experiences, especially if your first office visit took place during the 3 decades ago when the quality of rotary instruments and anesthetics were not nearly as good as they are today. Modern dentistry is MUCH more pleasant, a mild sedative can be prescribed for those patients who can’t get themselves to relax. Call today to make an appointment and let us know that you don’t like going to the dentist. We will go out of our way to make you feel as comfortable as possible in our calm, relaxing office.
I haven’t been to a dentist in a few years. If nothing hurts do I really need a checkup?
YES! Preventive maintenance and regular cleanings are a must for everyone. Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year and having small cavities filled is far less expensive than waiting for a tooth ache to come along, which may require a root canal or a crown. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis for check-ups and cleanings allows you to maintain a healthier mouth. Small cavities can be filled before they become too deep and require major operative dentistry.
My kids brush regularly and don’t eat a lot of candy, yet just about every other checkup, they have new cavities. What’s the problem?
This is a frequent problem with kids. Cildren are more likely to have new cavities is because their teeth are still developing and are therefore less mineralized than adult teeth. Your kid’s teeth will not be fully developed until their late teenage years. During this period of time you should do the following:
• Observe your child’s brushing making certain that the area where the teeth meet the gums is being brushed well enough to remove all pasty particles. This will prevent decay from forming at the gum line and maintain healthy gums.
• Having your child floss during his favorite TV program is an excellent way to begin this essential habit, or get them a kids WaterFlosser
• Sealants can be applied to all the adult back teeth and will help prevent cavities on the chewing surface.
• You should discuss a regular fluoride program with your dentist. Both in office and at home treatments are available
Does it matter which kind of toothpaste I use? Grandma would always say all you need is baking soda?
There are MANY different kinds of toothpaste on the market. The type of toothpaste that you choose is fairly insignificant. It is the PROCESS of mechanically removing food particles off the surface of the teeth that is most important. It’s the food particles that remain on the surface of your teeth that allows the process of tooth decay to begin. Most all toothpastes contain a mild abrasive which helps remove plaque.
Mixing your baking soda with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide for brushing could help you maintain excellent dental health for your entire life. The baking soda a mild abrasive, the sodium bicarbonate will neutralize the acids that cause cavities. Additionally the sodium will also reduce periodontal inflammation improving the health of your gums. The 3% hydrogen peroxide solution will penetrate the gums killing the bacteria that leads to gum disease.
Does teeth whitening, or over the counter bleaching kits really work?
Yes, teeth whitening does REALLY work and can make you look healthier and younger, results do vary from patient to patient. Just as your skin contains millions of pores, your teeth contain millions of tubules that absorb particles over time causing your teeth to discolor. Smoking, coffee and other staining beverages and food will accelerate this process. When a bleaching solution is applied to your teeth, the chemical is absorbed bleaching out the discoloration and whitening your teeth. There are over the counter solutions available but they are considerably weaker, therefore much less effective. Our ZOOM!® or Sapphire™ professional whitening systems can restore your smile to its natural beauty in an hour or less. We offer the safest, fastest most gentle way to whiten your teeth up to 12 shades – in most cases.
What’s a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is a customized combination of treatments with the goal of improving the aesthetics of your smile. When you come in for your consultation, we’ll discuss what you like and dislike about your smile, evaluate your teeth, and suggest options that will restore beauty while remaining within your financial and scheduling budget.
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What are my options for a smile makeover?
Angeles Dental offers the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures, and will select the best procedures in your unique case. Depending on your goals, your smile makeover may include:
• Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers
• Invisalign Clear Braces
• Cosmetic Bonding
• Porcelain Crowns
• Teeth Whitening
• Natural, Tooth-Colored Fillings
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Can I afford a smile makeover?
he cost of your smile makeover will be based on your needs and desires. Sometimes all it takes is a little conservative bonding and whitening, while others want a total transformation with crowns and veneers. Angeles Dental will consider your budget when designing your smile makeover and will recommend the treatments that are best for you. To help with financing, we work with CareCredit a trusted name in dental financing.
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The Angeles Dental Office is convenient to residents of Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond, and beyond located just of the 14 freeway at Ave P and Rancho Vista Ave. Contact us today to reserve your FREE consultation and discover the life-changing benefits of a confident, healthy smile.
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