We answer your frequently asked questions!
Q) How do the doctors keep up to date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?
A) Our dentists and our team take more than the state's requirement for continuing education each year. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to keep in tune with the latest developments in general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as dental technology. We are passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!
Q) Where can I learn more about crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials?
A) You can review our services page for more information. If you have questions about these or other dental procedures, don't hesitate to call us. We would be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.
Q) What are my options to replace missing teeth?
A) We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our services page, and then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentists can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
Q) What is an implant and how long do they last?
A) Implant restorations are a safe alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once the implants are secured, your dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. The life of the implant depends on your age, oral status, and personal hygiene. With proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime.
Q) What is occlusion?
A) Occlusion, also called bite, is the way your top and bottom teeth fit together when you close your mouth. Your occlusion can be affected by injury, tooth loss, eating habits, as well as, cosmetic or restorative dental work. If your occlusion is off balance, it can result in teeth grinding, chronic headaches, or TMJ disorder. The dentist will evaluate your occlusion during your regular dental exam.
Q) What are the benefits of a digital X-ray over traditional radiographs?
A) Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients. Digital X-rays emit about 80-percent less radiation than traditional methods.
Q) I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
A) An appointment. Your smile and your goals are unique. We offer a wide range of cosmetic services, and after your consultation, you'll know which services will deliver the best possible result.
Q) How do you look out for the safety of your patients?
A) In addition to following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), we use disposable products as often as possible. Between each patient visit, we thoroughly clean treatment rooms and sterilize reusable instruments in an autoclave. Because we value safety, we have invested in a digital radiograph, which emits about 80% less radiation that a traditional X-ray machine. We also use intraoral cameras and photography for close-up images, which promotes accurate diagnoses. If you have questions about our safety and sterilization methods, call us. We'll answer your questions with enthusiasm because we love dentistry and our patients.
Q) Do you refer patients to specialists?
A) While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our Fort Lauderdale office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.