Frequently Asked Questions

The group has provided answers to a number of commonly asked dental questions. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please call us at (520) 322-0600. We look forward to resolving your dental concerns.

Q: How does sedation dentistry work and is it safe?

A: Our office works with each patient individually to determine the most appropriate sedation approach. The most common form of sedation that our office uses is a combination of oral and intravenous sedation. Patients take a small pill one hour before their appointment and arrive in our office comfortable and relaxed.

During treatment, patients often think they are asleep and have no memory of the procedure but can respond to the dentist when necessary. IV sedation is a safe, precise, and highly effective technique for management of moderate to more severe levels of dental fear. This method may also be used for patients who are not physically or behaviorally able to cooperate with dentistry. To help ensure patient safety, devices will be attached to the patient during the procedure to monitor breathing, blood pressure and heart rate.

A major benefit of some of these IV drugs is amnesia. The patient will have no memory of most, or even all, of the dental treatment. Another benefit is the comparatively quick recovery time. Most patients relax and have a light meal the evening following treatment.

Q: Is there an easy way of repairing my chipped tooth?

A: Cosmetic bonding is an affordable, quick and painless way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries, including:

  •     Gaps in teeth
  •     Spots or stains
  •     Chipped teeth

Dental bonding sculpts individual teeth without requiring removal of any tooth structure. This technique bonds a composite material that looks, acts and feels like the real thing, to an existing tooth. This procedure usually doesn’t require the use of an anesthetic; is relatively quick to apply; gives an immediate result and is less expensive than veneers.

Q: Is tooth bleaching safe?

A: Bleaching is a safe, effective and relatively easy means of producing a whiter smile. We offer the following option for whitening your teeth.

At-home bleaching- During a visit to your dentist, you will be given a whitening gel and fitted with a custom-made whitening tray. Once you return home, you apply the gel to the tray and wear it for two to three hours per day for two or three weeks.

Even with today’s advanced whitening techniques, not everyone’s teeth will whiten with the same results. During the visit with your dentist, your situation will be carefully evaluated and you will be advised accordingly.

Q: What are porcelain veneers?

A: Porcelain veneers are often used for the same reasons as bonding; to lighten stains, close gaps and even alter crooked or malformed teeth. You can change the shape, color and length of your teeth using veneers. They are thin, durable shells designed to cover the front of the tooth. They are typically made of porcelain and are extremely durable, stain resistant, natural-looking and easy to maintain.

Veneers are custom-fitted to your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel and bonding the veneer to your teeth using a safe, high tech polymer resin. You can expect veneers to stay bright and strong for many years by performing good oral hygiene.

Q: What are dental implants?

A: The loss of just a single tooth can set a course that can destroy an entire mouth. Teeth will drift and tip into a space that is created by missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply “anchors” that permanently support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth.

The procedure requires a titanium root be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth’s root. Once the implant is anchored into the bone, the bone around the implant requires six weeks to six months of healing. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.

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