Frequently Asked Questions
- Permanent or Temporary Crown/Bridge Fell Out
See us as soon as possible to have the crown/bridge recemented. If this is not possible, you can use a denture adhesive (Fixodent) or a temporary cement (Tempit) to place the crown back on. Both of these products can be purchased at local drug stores. If you cannot put the crown in correctly, save it, and bring it with you to your appointment. Depending on how and why the crown fell out may determine if our doctors will be able to recement the old crown. That decision will be made during your examination.
- Tooth Knocked Out
Place the tooth in milk, saline, or your saliva. Do not try to scrub or wash the tooth. Bring your tooth to us immediately. The faster the tooth can be repositioned, the better the odds are that the tooth can be saved. Time is crucial. The above does not apply to baby teeth; they cannot be reimplanted.
- Does Invisalign really work?
Yes! Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening smiles in cases performed all over the world. In fact, nine out of ten patients report being "very or extremely satisfied" with their Invisalign experience.
- How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to map your entire treatment from start to finish. From this plan, our doctors will have your series of unique, custom-made aligners produced. You'll wear each aligner for about two weeks, then replace it with the next in the series until your teeth are in their final, perfect position.
- How much does Invisalign cost?
Generally speaking, the cost of Invisalign treatment is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces. If you have orthodontic insurance coverage, Invisalign is normally covered to the same extent as conventional braces. As with most treatments, the cost ultimately depends on the extent of your treatment needs and on the length of your Invisalign case.
- My doctor says I need a crown after he is finished with my root canal. Why?
Most dentists recommend placing a crown, inlay, or onlay after a root canal because it can prevent the weakened tooth from breaking. Crowns also protect the root canal from becoming reinfected, which can result in a corrective root canal or even tooth loss.
The one exception to this rule is the front teeth, which don't always need a crown. Our doctors can determine if a crown is necessary.
- Am I candidate for dental implant restorations?
Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard work hard to stay on the leading-edge of restorative dentistry. If you or someone you love struggles with ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth, we have a permanent solution. Quickly becoming the preferred method of dental replacement, implants can give your smile a second chance. They are useful in denture stabilization, but they can also be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, and in single-tooth replacements.
Permanent implants are not only more durable and long-lasting than traditional tooth replacements, they also look and feel more like natural teeth. Most importantly, they function like natural teeth, so you can chew, talk, and smile with confidence again. Because the implant procedure allows for more of your healthy tooth structure to be saved, fixed implants can even prevent bone loss.
- What is a dental implant?
- Dr. Shepard or Dr. Wilder surgically place the implant (titanium post) into the jawbone.
- The bone around the implant heals, and the bone actually grows around the post to hold it in place.
- After the healing process, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. If you are getting a single tooth replaced, your dentist customizes a dental crown for you. If you are replacing more than one tooth, your doctor will create custom-made bridges or dentures to fit your mouth and implants.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw and function as an anchor for your replacement teeth. Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable, and a good replacement for their own tooth.
There are three phases to getting an implant:
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