I had braces for four and-a-half years. I’ve whitened my teeth and that’s it. Never had a cavity, never had to address any issues. I think to some degree I got lucky with genetics, but also I take very, very good care of my teeth. Obviously, it’s important for me to.
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Some patients do experience sensitivity following teeth whitening but it’s totally temporary. The bleaching gel opens the pores in your teeth. The tooth, believe it or not, has pores just like in your skin. The gel will open the pores and draw the the external stain out of those pores and it lightens the teeth. If you’re opening the pores of the teeth, sure you’re pulling stain out of the teeth, but you’re also making the tooth more permeable, and more sensitive to cold or hot things as well.
You would do it for two weeks straight or until you get to your desired shade. There is a point where you might say to yourself, “Okay, my teeth are white enough and I don’t need to bleach them any further.” That might happen after four days, it might happen after a week, it might happen after two weeks, or you might not ever get to that desired shade for a number of reasons. Not everyone’s teeth bleach the same.
Normally after the Zoom treatment or the Diversident treatment, I might recommend a toothpaste that helps to desensitize the teeth. It has phosphates in it, and it’s going to desensitize the teeth so that they’re not so sensitive or you can minimize the amount of sensitivity after the procedures done.
I have patients who have a habit of biting on pens while at work or chew on toothpicks, or eat really, really heavy foods, like breads that are super crispy and they go to bite down on their front teeth and it’s probably a bad idea to go that route.
There are no risks involved. The patient has to understand and be aware that part of the enamel will be removed and it doesn’t grow back. But no patient is going to know any different.
An ideal time when you would want or need a bridge, sometimes if the patient’s health isn’t such that they would be a candidate to place an implant, that’s an ideal situation.
Another ideal situation, I would say it’s like killing two birds with one stone, if you had a missing tooth and a bridge was one of your options to replace that missing tooth and both teeth on either side either already had a crown or possibly had root canals done to both but didn’t have a crown, then in a way you kill two birds with one stone.
Often patients are not aware that they need a root canal, that’s important because most patients will say that they don’t have any pain so they don’t need a root canal. But, again, generally speaking a patient will need a root canal when the nerve tissue is infected or damaged beyond repair.
The tooth is three dimensional. When decay extends through the top of the tooth and all the way into an area that’s either inaccessible, or it’s just an area where it’s going to make the tooth so fragile where it just doesn’t make sense to restore it, in those instances the tooth would need to be extracted versus placing a filling.
Depending on where the tooth is positioned and depending on the patient, sometimes it’s important to place a bone grafting within the socket of the tooth, after a tooth is pulled. And, again, that’s to help decrease the amount of shrinkage that occurs because as the socket heals the bone kind of fills in on itself because now you don’t have a tooth that’s holding that space anymore. So in the very least place some sutures, or some stitches, to re-approximate the tissue over top of the socket to decrease the likelihood of any sort of food packing in there.
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Insurance & Financing
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A thorough breakdown of your benefits allows us to give you the most accurate coverage estimate possible. Based on this information we can provide you with a plan that maximizes your benefits and minimizes your out of pocket expense. Once treatment has begun we will even submit the insurance claims on your behalf to eliminate any headaches for you. (See Accepted Insurance)
While a majority of insurance plans will cover a large percentage of preventative and restorative care, they rarely cover cosmetic procedures. For any procedures not covered or beyond your plans maximum benefit, we provide several payment options including cash, check, money order, and major credit cards. We also offer flexible, no interest monthly installment plans through care credit and lending club that help you get the treatment you need without a financial burden.
We believe that there are three main considerations that you should be aware of when choosing a dentist.
Does the dentist care deeply about you and your dental health?
Is the dentist skilled enough to consistently provide the highest quality of dental care?
Does the dentist have the team and the tools available to provide you with the highest quality of care?
At JJ Dental our entire team is proud to be able to answer yes to each of these critical questions.