Our caring staff offers tomorrow's dentistry today
Our caring staff offers tomorrow's dentistry today
Advanced Family Dentistry
And Esthetics Center
In Practice Since: 1992
482 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
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17107 State Highway 23 (state medicaid office, focus on prevention)
Davenport, NY 13750
(state medicaid office, focus on prevention)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We want to be sure you are comfortable with every aspect of our practice. So we are committed to communicating with you clearly and conveniently. That is why we have included some of the information below- to answer many of your questions before you’ve even asked them. However, if you have concerns that we haven’t addressed here, please feel free to contact our office.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first time you visit our office, we strive for two goals: One, to provide you with the most comfortable, pleasant dental experience you have ever had, and Two to get to know you a thoroughly as possible. That is why we suggest you allow 90 minutes for the appointment.
We will take whatever time is needed to learn about your medical history, dental health history, concerns, areas of anxiety, and any urgent problems. We will also do a comprehensive exam, observing and asking questions about everything from plain old tooth decay and periodontal gum disease, to warning signs of clenching, grinding, TMJ, oral cancer, bite misalignment and even general health issues such as blood pressure and nutrition. And while this may sound like a lot of information, we are convinced that the better we know you, the more appropriately we can assess your health and help determine the best route of care for you.
Do you accept referrals?
Absolutely! The highest compliment a patient can give us is to refer their family and/or friends as a recommended dental healthcare provider.
Are you accepting new patients?
Absolutely! We will always accept new patients and look forward to exceeding your expectations with our dental care.
How can I have whiter teeth?
These days, there are several options for patients desiring whiter, brighter teeth. We offer the Rembrandt smile whitening system in our office. We use the Rembrandt Sapphire Light in conjunction with the Lightening Gel, which has been clinically proven to whiten teeth an average of 10 shades in one hour. This is one visit procedure. We also offer the Opalescence Take-Home whitening kit. Preloaded thin membrane trays that fit comfortably and can be worn once a day for 30- 60 minutes.
What is root canal therapy?
RCT is a method of saving the tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber.
What is gum (Periodontal) disease?
Periodontal disease is the deterioration of the supporting structures of teeth that result in tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws or cages that are surgically placed in the bone of the mouth to which a tooth, bridge or denture can attach to make a stable restoration.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth is a candidate. You must have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth to provide for the anchorage of the implants. Some people are missing all of their teeth and most of those are excellent candidates for dental implants, but today we use implants to replace small bridge, removable partials, dentures and even missing single teeth.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
This depends very much on where the implants are placed and what they will be called upon to do. The best case scenario is the placement of implants in the front portion of the lower jaw. Here success can be as high as 98-100%. In other areas of the mouth, success rates can drop significantly.
Does it hurt to have dental implants placed?
The actual procedure to surgically place a dental implant is done under local anesthesia and is generally not at all painful. When the anesthesia wears off about three to four hours later, you might expect some discomfort. The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient, but most do not have significant problems. Some patients have varying degrees of pain or discomfort, which might last several days. Swelling and bruising may also develop. In cases where there is prolonged pain, you should see your dentist right away. Prolonged pain is not a good sign with dental implants and although it does not always mean failure, the cause of the pain should be determined as soon as possible. If an implant is not properly integrating into the adjacent bone or if an infection develops, the implant may have to be removed.
Why should I replace a missing tooth?
The empty space in your mouth starts to cause problems including decay and periodontal disease, an unbalanced bite and stress on the remaining teeth.
A bridge or a dental implant?
Suppose you are missing your lower left first molar. If a fixed bridge were to be used, your dentist would cut down the adjacent teeth and fit a 3-unit bridge over those two teeth. The missing tooth is called a pontic and if would effectively be replaced by the 3-unit bridge. If your dentist were to use an implant with a crown on it, he would place an implant in the site. He could do this immediately or at some date after the first molar was removed. There is no time limit. The implant will take between three to six months to connect with the bone and then at that time, your dentist can construct a single crown on the implant to replace the missing molar. One technique is not generally better that the other. The actual decision rests with you and your dentist.
Why do I need a crown (cap)?
In order to keep a tooth from splitting, a crown is needed on a tooth when it is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration.
I don’t like my smile, is there anything I can do?
Besides braces or Invisalign, there are three common procedures available: bonding, bleaching and veneers or Lumineers.
Why does the floss shred and get caught in my teeth?
Floss can shred if the contact between the teeth is tight or there is a rough or broken surface between the teeth.
How can I avoid getting cavities?
The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and by visiting your dentist at least every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having sealants placed.
I’ve got these lacy-white streaks, white patches and ulcerations in my mouth. What can they be?
It is possible that you have a condition called lichen planus. It has an unknown cause but can be an allergic reaction. Have you changed your toothpaste brand, medications, etc? Also it may be aggravated by stress!
When do baby and/or permanent teeth erupt and how are my teeth numbered?
Teeth erupt at different times in all individuals. It is best to have your child thoroughly examined to ensure that he or she is developing. There are 20 baby teeth, numbered A – T and permanent teeth are numbered 1 –32.
At what age should I start taking my child to the dentist?
Some say 1 year of age, but definitely by the child’s 3rd birthday.
What should I do if my child’s tooth is knocked out?
Place the tooth in cool milk or if the child is old enough, under the child’s tongue. Be real careful not to swallow the tooth and get to the dentist within 30minutes so it can be reimplanted. DO NOT scrub the tooth under any circumstances.