Frequently asked questions
Are you accepting new patients?
We proudly welcome new patients to our practice. The referral of a friend, coworker or family member is the highest compliment one can give our dental team. Over the years we have found that as we have helped our patients with their smiles they have been confident to invite others to our office. If you have questions about new patient procedures please give us a call.
When is the best time for a child to start seeing a dentist?
We suggest starting a child's regular dental visits by age two. Early detection of tooth decay is the best prevention for future problems. These visits also allow the child become comfortable going to the dentist at an early age so that we can create a happy and positive experience for a lifetime of dental care.
What is periodontal disease?
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Bleeding is abnormal and an indication of an underlying problem. Bacteria trapped below the gumline (where your toothbrush cannot access) is an irritant to the gums and causes inflammation and bleeding. If left undisturbed this bacteria can contact the supporting bone around your teeth and irreversibly damage it. Typically there is no pain associated with gum (periodontal) disease. That is why it is so important for you to have regular dental care. It is at these visits where where your gum health can be assessed and preventative measures taken to avoid the ultimate end result of periodontal disease- tooth loss.
What do you recommend for patients that are nervous about dental treatment?
We are completely understanding of how anxious people can feel when they come into the dental office environment. Many of our patients have felt nervous about their scheduled dental treatment.
However, what we have found is that with certain measures we have taken in our office people routinely express how their visit went more smoothly than they initially thought it would.
From a warm reassuring smile upon entering the office, to relaxing music played over headphones while one receives treatment or special freezing techniques, people become more calm than they had originally thought possible.
For those that are extremely nervous we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) therapy. We utilize this treatment for both children and adults. This gas is inhaled through a nosepiece and causes the patient to become extremely relaxed. Fingers and toes will tingle and although awake the entire time it is often described as a dream like state. At the conclusion of the visit pure oxygen is inhaled to allow the patient to return to their normal state of being. Following this treatment patients are fine to operate a motor vehicle.
What Can I expect at my first visit to Windsor's Dental Care?
At your first visit to our office we take the time to get to know you on all levels. We enjoy getting to know you personally as well as familiarizing ourselves with the dental and medical information that you provide us with. This allows us to understand your past dental and medical experiences better. We can then move forward to address all of your dental concerns and customize a plan to maintain your oral health at its highest level. Part of this process involves taking the necessary xrays so that we can accurately assess your overall oral health. This allows us to check for any decay (cavities) and to measure bone levels to help determine if you have periodontal (gum) disease. Should there be an adequate amount of time remaining, we will begin scaling your teeth to remove the bacteria from above and below the gumline. Depending upon the level of build up and how long it has been since your last professional cleaning, we may need to bring you back to complete the cleaning.
From there you can meet with Mary Beth or Vicky to go over our many convenient financial options to make the treatment we recommend affordable for you.
How do I know if I am brushing and flossing correctly?
Brushing and flossing properly is the best way to care for your teeth, and many people aren't sure of the correct way to do it. If you are not sure about your brushing and flossing technique, please ask us at your next visit. We would be happy to show you the correct way to keep those pearly whites healthy.
What is the purpose of fluoride?
Plaque bacteria and sugars submit your teeth to acid attacks which breakdown the minerals in your teeth. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and protect against this demineralization.
What is the difference between an amalgam and a composite filling?
The most obvious difference is the color: amalgam is your typical silver filling while composite fillings are tooth colored. Amalgam is a little more durable, but considerably less aesthetic and carries with it some concerns about mercury content. Advances have been made with composite materials to allow them to function well on posterior (back) teeth in addition to anteriors (front). Please ask us at your next visit if you are concerned about filling materials, and we will discuss your options with you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to move teeth without metal brackets. A sequence of clear, removable, comfortable aligners allow the teeth to gradually move into their optimal position. Patients enjoy improving their smile without some of the challenges that braces patients may face. There are a certain number of tooth misalignments that Invisalgin can successfully treat. Wondering if you are a candidate for Invisalgn? Call our office today to set up your consultation visit.
What can I do to get a whiter smile?
There are various options to achieve a whiter smile. It all depends of what your goals are for your smile. The first method is through whitening your teeth. The best and safest way to accomplish this is with the help of your dental professional. Whitening is dependent upon two factors, the concentration of solution used and the amount of time it contacts the teeth.
At our office we offer a take home whitening solution in addition to a hybrid take home / in office whitening option. We have success with both systems. We will make a custom recommendation based upon the current condition of your teeth.
Secondly, there is the option of placing a veneer covering over the teeth. This can be done by utilizing composite filling material or through porcelain. This allows not only for an improvement in color, but can also address tooth shape challenges as well. The porcelain option is more of a longer term solution as the composite (white filling) treatment will need some maintenance and repair work over time.
Lastly, for teeth in the smiling zone that have been heavily restored it may make sense to place a porcelain crown to protect the tooth from fracture while chewing and at the same time improve tooth color.
Through utilizing one or a combination of these three options we find that our patients are able to smile confidently and achieve their desired end result.
What can I do fight my bad breath?
Often times people only associate their bad breath with the food they have consumed at their last meal. While this can be one of the causes there are many others. There are numerous bacteria present in the mouth that cause cavities and periodontal disease. These bacteria are present on the tongue and around and under the gumline. Brushing and flossing can make a great difference. Also dry mouth stemming from medications taken can cause bad breath. One other cause can be related to stomach problems. Whatever the cause may be, we can discuss customized solutions in greater detail when you visit our office.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
If you have sensitive teeth, please come in to our office. If you have noticed sudden, lingering sensitivity, that can be indicative of decay. At our office we can discuss your best options. Solutions can range from special toothpastes, to a varnish, to a filling.
If I am diabetic am I more at risk for gingivitis
Yes. Unfortunately those suffering from diabetes are more at risk for oral health issues including gingivitis / gum disease. A diabetic's immune system is less capable of dealing with these minor infections making them more difficult to manage without regular dental care.