Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling to get your dental treatment done is not an easy decision to make. We believe that researching and getting to know the differents options is the best way to make and informed decision.

With this in mind these are some important facts about the most popular treatments:

Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are a safe and long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. They are popular among patients and dentists alike because they look and feel like natural teeth and also offer great stability and strength. Once dental implants are in the patient’s mouth, they can be maintained and cleaned as normal teeth.

Why do I need to wait 4-6 months for my permanent teeth?

During these four- six months, your dental implants will need to heal and integrate into your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration. In short, it means that your jawbone will grow through your dental implants, fusing your implants to your jaw for life.

Your surgeon and Patient Coordinator can tell you exactly how long you will need to wait for your permanent teeth. However, as a general rule, your upper arch requires 6 months to fuse completely and your lower arch will require only 4 months.

What type of anesthesia do you use?

We use local anesthetics, such as Novacaine or similar. We can’t provide Nitrous oxide due to a national health regulation.

Do you provide IV sedation?

Yes. We offer the option of full sedation during your procedure. Please make sure to let us know this during your consultation.

What materials do you use for crowns, veneers and prosthesis?

We offer a variety of material selection: full porcelain crowns (pressed ceramics), porcelain fused to metal or zirconia restorations.

What is an All on 4?

If you have multiple missing teeth, discolored or damaged teeth and may be considering dentures, a full mouth restoration with a fixed denture using an all on 4 procedure may be an option. An all on 4 simply means that the fixed denture is permanently secured using 4 dental implants on the upper jawbone and 4 dental implants on the lower jawbone.

Orthognathic Surgery

How long is recovery after orthognathic surgery?

There are necessary instructions to follow in the days after your procedure. Recovery time for orthognathic surgery is six weeks. Most doctors recommend patients take two weeks off of work or school following their surgery. Complete jaw healing takes up to three months.

How long do you keep braces on after jaw surgery?

To fully correct your bite it will take anywhere from 6 to 18 months of braces following your jaw surgery. The jaw surgery places the jaws in proper alignment with each other, and the braces will line your teeth up in this new position.

Do you look different after jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery to correct an over-bite is often undergone to correct a “gummy smile.” The corrective surgery for this moves the jaw backwards and significantly alters the appearance of the chin, giving it a stronger, more pronounced look on the face.

How painful is orthognathic surgery?

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so there is no pain during surgery. Patients usually experience pain after the anesthesia wears off, which can last for a few days. This can be managed with painkillers.

Full mouth restoration

Who needs a full mouth restoration?

There are many different reasons a patient may need a full mouth restoration. Patients who suffer from severe TMJ disorders or whose teeth have endured extensive decay, are severely worn due to grinding or acid reflux, or are extensively damaged from an injury are all possible candidates for a full mouth restoration. In some cases, congenital diseases or other illnesses can cause patients to suffer from damage to their teeth, and certain kinds of oral cancers can result in a patient requiring extensive full mouth restorations, sometimes even requiring the restoration of lost structure in their mouth.

How long does a full mouth restoration take to complete?

Full mouth restorations can take a very long time, as they involve multiple different procedures. Some of these procedures, such as tooth extractions or implants, require you to heal for several months.  As a result, full mouth restorations can take anywhere from a few months to over a year. This depends heavily upon your individual case, including how severe your problems are and what treatments you will be undergoing.

Is the process painful?

Thanks to modern anesthetics and technology, you won’t experience any pain during the procedures. Your dentist will ensure that you are completely numb and comfortable before they begin a procedure; at most, you may feel tugging or pressure during some procedures, but you won’t feel any pain.

How long will it last?

This depends on how well you care for your new smile. If you care for it very well through great oral hygiene and regular checkups, your full smile restoration should last you a lifetime.

Cosmetic dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry, and how is it different from general dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you a healthy, aesthetic, flawless smile. While general dentistry is aimed at maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry provides comprehensive treatment options that improve and preserve the way your smile looks and feels.

What are the most common cosmetic treatments?
  • Teeth whitening
  • Contouring/tooth reshaping
  • Bonding
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Smile makeovers
How long will each cosmetic treatment take?

Just as every smile we treat is unique, so are the treatments we provide. While cosmetic treatment times may vary, some treatments are completed within one office visit.

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