FAQs

How long does the actual procedure take? Is it really all done in one day?

Yes, most patients walk into the office and leave later that day with a new smile. Here’s a basic idea of what happens during your procedure: Your doctors will administer anesthesia, perform the implant procedure, and then attach a brand new set of teeth to your new dental implants. Afterward, you will rest in our recovery room, where you will be discharged and sent home. The teeth you leave with are your temporary teeth that allow you to eat and enjoy your everyday life. Four to six months later, you’ll return to your dentist to replace your temporary teeth with your new, permanent teeth.

How long is the recovery period?

As you can imagine, this differs for every patient. Many patients report that they experienced less pain than they expected, and some do not even need pain medication after the procedure. You will be on a soft food diet to allow your implants to heal. After that, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods again.

Do you offer financing options or payment plans?

Thanks to precise technology and our all-inclusive surgical centers, the cost of TRUE TEETH is much less than some alternative options. However, many patients still need financing to help pay for the procedure. That’s why we work closely with third-party healthcare financing companies, like LendingClub® and CareCredit®, that provide payment plans for qualified patients. At your consultation, our treatment coordinators can help you plan strategies that fit your budget. Together, we’ll explore the options available.

Can I bring someone with me for support?

Yes. We recommend you bring a family member or friend. They’ll help you feel more at ease before and after the procedure. Plus, you can show them your new smile!

Why is it important to see the dentist regularly?

Regular dental check-ups are vital for maintaining good oral health. They allow for early detection of issues like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Your dentist or hygienist can also clean teeth to remove plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing can't.  

Will my dental implants function just like real teeth?

Your new teeth will not only look and feel like natural teeth, they’ll also function like healthy, strong teeth. With TRUE TEETH, you’ll be able to bite into all your favorite foods again with confidence.

When should I consider professional help for chronic bad breath?

If your chronic bad breath persists despite maintaining good oral hygiene and making dietary changes, it's essential to consult a dentist. They can assess the situation, identify underlying causes, and provide appropriate treatments or referrals to resolve the issue.   To learn more, read our blog, Say Goodbye to Bad Breath: Effective Strategies for Fresh Breath.

To learn more, read our blog article: “Say Goodbye to Bad Breath: Effective Strategies for Fresh Breath

How do I recognize nerve damage in my tooth?

Pain, especially sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, is the primary indicator of nerve damage in a tooth. As the condition progresses, the pain can intensify and persist throughout the day and night, indicating a need for dental evaluation.
Learn more about effective strategies and treatment options for tooth nerve pain by reading our blog, Relief from Tooth Nerve Pain: Effective Strategies and Treatment Options.

To learn more, read our blog article: “Understanding Dead Tooth Nerve: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

How can I identify signs of sleep apnea in my partner?

If your partner experiences frequent breathing stoppages, loud, chronic snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping for air, nocturnal urination, dry mouth, headache, mood changes, concentration issues, or has specific physical traits like a thick neck or obesity, they might have sleep apnea.

How many times a day should I brush my teeth for good oral health?

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice daily—once in the morning and once before bed. If possible, brushing after meals, especially after lunch, is encouraged. Thorough rinsing of the mouth is advised if brushing isn’t immediately possible after meals.

How can vitamin A improve gum health and prevent infections?

Vitamin A plays a crucial role in healing inflamed gum tissues and maintaining oral mucous membranes. It also boosts resistance to infections. Food sources include beef, liver, milk, cheese, and eggs. When taking supplements, it’s best to consume them with a meal to aid absorption.

What are the signs that I might be grinding my teeth at night?

Look for signs such as a sore and painful jaw, headaches, earaches, increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli, facial pain, dental damage (flattened, chipped, or worn-down teeth), difficulty sleeping, and stiff shoulders. These symptoms can indicate teeth grinding.

Can a dead tooth be saved?

While the pulp of a dead tooth can't be restored to a healthy state, timely treatment can preserve its structure. Root canal treatment involves removing infected pulp and cleaning and sealing the root canal to prevent reinfection. A dental crown is often necessary to protect the treated tooth from further damage.

Why is it important to use my dental benefits before they expire?

Dental insurance plans often set yearly maximum limits for dental care expenses, typically averaging around $1,000 per person per year. These maximums reset annually, and unused benefits will be lost if not utilized. By using your dental benefits before they expire, you maximize your savings and make the most of your investment.

How do I know if my tooth is cracked or broken?

Symptoms of a cracked tooth include pain while chewing or releasing the bite, constant or intermittent pain, and sensitivity to hot or cold liquid or food. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's essential to seek professional dental care as soon as possible.
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What are the reasons for wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth are often removed due to impaction, which occurs when these third molars lack sufficient space to grow properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, discomfort, infections, and other dental issues, necessitating their extraction.

To learn more, read our blog article: “When to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed: Signs, Extraction Procedure, and Recovery

How often should I see the dentist?

It's generally recommended to see the dentist for a check-up and cleaning every six months. However, some people may need more frequent visits depending on their dental health needs.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth decays. It's caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria that eat away at the tooth's enamel.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is done to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area, cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for many years, often for a lifetime, with proper care.  However, they may need periodic adjustments. All patients, including those with dental implants,  should have regular dental checkups.

How should I take care of my teeth at home?

Regular brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for two minutes at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?

Electric toothbrushes can be more effective at removing plaque compared to manual toothbrushes, but the most important thing is to use proper brushing technique, regardless of the type of brush.

When should my child first see a dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that a child should see a dentist by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth appears, whichever comes first.

Are baby teeth really that important?

Yes, baby teeth hold space for adult teeth and play a significant role in speech development, jaw alignment, and proper chewing.

What toothpaste and toothbrush should I use?

Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as it helps to strengthen tooth enamel. For toothbrushes, a soft-bristled brush is usually recommended to prevent damage to your gums and teeth.

How can I prevent cavities and gum disease?

Regular brushing and flossing, along with bi-annual dental check-ups, are the best ways to prevent cavities and gum disease. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary foods and drinks can also help.

What are the signs of gum disease, and how can it be treated?

Signs of gum disease include red, swollen gums, bad breath, and bleeding when you brush or floss. Early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can often be reversed with proper dental care. More advanced cases may require specialized treatments like scaling and root planing, or even surgical procedures.

Do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. It generally depends on whether they are impacted, causing pain, or leading to other dental issues. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and make a recommendation.

What is the best way to handle tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can often be managed by using desensitizing toothpaste and avoiding acidic or extremely hot/cold foods and beverages. Consult your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs.

What can I do about bad breath (halitosis)?

Bad breath can often be improved by proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing. If the problem persists, consult your dentist as it could be a symptom of other issues like gum disease or digestive problems.

How often should I visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings?

Most people should see the dentist for a check-up and cleaning every six months. However, your dentist may recommend a different frequency based on your individual dental health needs.

What is the proper technique for brushing and flossing?

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short, gentle strokes. Floss gently between your teeth, curving the floss around each tooth and moving it up and down.

What should I do if a tooth gets knocked out?

If a tooth is knocked out, immediately place it in a glass of milk or a saline solution and seek emergency dental care as soon as possible. The quicker you act, the better the chances of saving the tooth.

Are dental X-rays safe, and how often should I have them done?

Dental X-rays are generally safe and expose you to a very low amount of radiation.  The frequency of X-rays will depend on your dental health needs and is something your dentist will discuss with you.

What options do I have for teeth whitening?

Options for teeth whitening range from over-the-counter products to professional treatments at a dental office. Consult your dentist to determine which option is best for you.

How can I manage dental anxiety or fear of dental procedures?

If you experience dental anxiety, talk to your dentist about it. Many offices offer sedation options and will work with you to ensure that you're as comfortable as possible during your visit.

What are dental sealants, and who should get them?

Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent cavities. They are often recommended for children, but adults can benefit from them as well.

How can I protect my teeth during sports or physical activities?

Wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth during sports or other activities that pose a risk of injury to your mouth.

What is the best way to care for my child’s baby teeth?

Even though baby teeth are temporary, they are important for a child's development and should be cared for just like adult teeth. Brush them twice a day and start flossing as soon as two teeth touch.

Can you explain the process of getting dental implants?

Dental implants involve surgically inserting a dental implant into the edentulous space, which serves as an artificial tooth root. After a healing period, a crown is attached to the implant. The process may take several months and usually involves multiple visits.

What are the different options for replacing missing teeth?

Options for replacing missing teeth include dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. The best option for you will depend on various factors such as the number of missing teeth and the condition of your remaining teeth and gums.

What is the process for getting a dental crown?

A dental crown involves reshaping the affected tooth, taking an impression or digital scan, and placing a custom-made crown over it. The process usually requires at least two visits to the dentist.

How can I improve my overall oral hygiene routine?

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, consider incorporating an antiseptic mouthwash and tongue cleaning into your routine. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial.

What are the potential causes and treatments for jaw pain or TMJ disorders?

Jaw pain could be caused by a variety of factors, including TMJ disorders, teeth grinding, or even stress. Treatments can range from medication and mouth guards to surgical procedures, depending on the cause.

Are there any foods I should avoid to maintain good oral health?

Sugary and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. It's best to minimize consumption of sweets, sodas, and acidic fruits. Crunchy vegetables and foods high in calcium, like dairy products, can be beneficial for your teeth.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency outside of office hours?

If you have a dental emergency outside of regular office hours, contact our emergency hotline [insert emergency contact details] for immediate assistance. For severe emergencies, go to the nearest emergency room.

How can I address teeth grinding (bruxism)?

Teeth grinding can lead to tooth wear and jaw pain. Custom-made night guards from your dentist can protect your teeth during sleep. Stress-reducing exercises may also help.

What are the benefits of using mouthwash, and which type is best for me?

Mouthwash can complement brushing and flossing by killing bacteria and freshening your breath. There are different types, such as fluoride mouthwashes for cavity prevention and antiseptic mouthwashes for gum health. Consult your dentist for personalized advice.

How does charcoal toothpaste work?

Charcoal toothpaste claims to whiten teeth by absorbing surface stains. However, it is abrasive and may wear down enamel over time. It's important to consult your dentist before using any tooth-whitening products.

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