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To complement the general and cosmetic dentistry services offered by Dr. Luger, we have prepared this list of answers to the most commonly asked questions about dentistry and dental health. Below, we provide detailed information about proper dental hygiene, sensitive teeth, gum disease, dental sealants, the safety of teeth whitening, and more.

Maintaining Dental Health

  • How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?

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    Fluoride helps reverse and prevent tooth decay in three ways:

    1. Promoting Tooth Remineralization

    Acids can demineralize a tooth — that is, create a weak spot that develops into a cavity. Fluoride helps promote the opposite process, called remineralization, which can reverse the very early stages of tooth decay.

    2. Helping Teeth Become More Resistant to Tooth Decay

    Fluoride actually strengthens teeth, giving them natural protection against future tooth decay.

    3. Inhibiting Oral Bacteria’s Ability to Create Tooth-Attacking Acids

    Fluoride disrupts bacteria’s ability to metabolize sugars, the process that leads to the attack of tooth enamel.

  • What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?

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    Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.
    Gum disease varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.

  • What causes sensitive teeth?

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    Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of factors. The porous part of the tooth, called dentin, is the region that registers pain, and dentin can become exposed due to:

    • Fractured or chipped teeth
    • Teeth injured by clenching or grinding
    • Receding gums caused by gum disease or improper brushing

  • How can sensitive teeth be managed?

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    Pain from sensitive teeth often comes and goes, but if you experience constant pain, you may have a more serious problem.
    There are many effective treatments for sensitive teeth, including:

    • A soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent gum irritation
    • Toothpaste designed to insulate the nerve that registers pain
    • A fluoride rinse or gel

    If you have sensitive teeth, visit us to discuss your symptoms. We can help determine the cause of your pain and develop a course of treatment.

  • What are dental sealants?

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    Dental sealants are a plastic coating painted on the grooved, hard-to-reach surfaces of the back teeth. Pits and fissures on these surfaces are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental sealants can be used to seal out cavity-causing bacteria from damaging the teeth.

  • How are dental sealants applied?

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    Dr. Luger prepares the chewing surfaces of teeth, and then paints on the sealant. The sealant material bonds directly to the tooth and hardens with the aid of a special curing light. Dental sealants hold up well under the force of chewing, and they provide protection against cavities for about five years. During regular dental visits, Dr. Luger will check the state of sealants and re-apply them if necessary.

  • How do dental sealants protect teeth?

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    Because fluoride is effective in preventing decay from forming on the smooth surfaces of teeth, and dental sealants protect the grooves of teeth, these treatments are best used in conjunction.

    Dental sealants are particularly effective for protecting children’s teeth. The first permanent molars emerge when a child is about 6. A dental sealant treatment performed shortly after these first permanent teeth emerge protects the teeth from developing cavities. Another good time for applying sealants occurs when a child is about 12, when the second permanent molars emerge.

    We may also recommend sealants for adults who are at a particularly high risk of tooth decay.

Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever before, and for good reason. Today’s cosmetic dentistry techniques yield impressive, long-lasting results.

  • How does professional teeth whitening work? Is it safe?

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    Because fluoride is effective in preventing decay from forming on the smooth surfaces of teeth, and dental sealants protect the grooves of teeth, these treatments are best used in conjunction.

    Dental sealants are particularly effective for protecting children’s teeth. The first permanent molars emerge when a child is about 6. A dental sealant treatment performed shortly after these first permanent teeth emerge protects the teeth from developing cavities. Another good time for applying sealants occurs when a child is about 12, when the second permanent molars emerge.

    We may also recommend sealants for adults who are at a particularly high risk of tooth decay.

  • My teeth are crooked! What are my options?

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    Luckily, your options for correcting crooked teeth mean you don’t have to endure the uncomfortable metal braces of the past! Our cosmetic dentistry practice features Invisalign®, a system of orthodontics that uses invisible plastic aligners to comfortably shift your teeth into place.

    Numerous other cosmetic dentistry techniques exist that can provide “instant orthodontics” that require no braces at all. Bonding and the application of porcelain veneers are both conservative ways to mask the appearance of crooked teeth. Be aware that these cosmetic approaches cannot address orthodontic issues such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, and therefore are not suitable for every patient.

    If you have crooked teeth and would like to achieve a more beautiful smile through premier cosmetic dentistry treatments, visit us for a free consultation. At this meeting, Dr. Luger will diagnose your specific issues and recommend a course of treatment.

  • Do you offer tooth-colored fillings? Can you replace my old metal fillings?

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    The placement of tooth-colored fillings is one of the most commonly performed general dentistry procedures. In addition to filling new cavities, these beautiful restorations can replace old metal fillings that have blackened, fractured, popped out, or that simply take away from the beauty of your smile.

  • How can I know I will be happy with my cosmetic dentistry results?

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    Dr. Luger has extensive experience and post graduate training in aesthetic dentistry. He takes an individualized approach toward each patient’s treatment. He applies an artistic eye to smile makeovers, and always considers your facial shape, the natural form of your teeth, and other factors so that you achieve optimal results. We invite you to see the cosmetic dentistry results we are able to achieve.

Replacing Missing Teeth

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Missing teeth is a common complaint among our patients. Luckily, our practice features several cutting-edge methods of filling gaps in a patient’s smile.

  • If I am missing one or more teeth, what are my options?

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    Patients today have an array of options for replacing missing teeth such as, bridges, dentures and implants. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, though modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry has come to favor dental implants because they look and function just like real teeth and require no special care.

    If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, we urge you to seek treatment. Adjacent teeth can shift into the gap left by a lost tooth; in addition, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss, hygiene problems, difficulties with speaking and eating, and much more. Today’s dental restorations are better than ever, and they can give you a strong bite and a beautiful smile.

Dental Implant

  • What is a dental implant?

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    A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

  • Why dental implants?

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    There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
    Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
    There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

  • How much do dental implants cost?

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    The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

  • Who is a Candidate?

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    Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you

  • What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?

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    Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
    Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
    Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

  • How will dental implants affect my life?

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    Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

  • Will my new teeth look natural?

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    When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.

  • Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?

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    Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

  • How much time is required for a dental implant placement?

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    Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.

    The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.

    The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

  • Is the treatment painful?

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    With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

  • How will I feel after the treatment?

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    It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

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