David B. Solomon, DDS | Q & A in Cambridge

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David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles

     

   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   


Why are my teeth sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity may often occur due to receding gum tissue . This recession of the gum line allows the underlying root to show through, which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great tooth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a twice daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age. Avoid sugar sweetened foods and acidic beverages such as juices, sports drinks, sweetened ice tea, and sodas ( both regular and diet.)

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.  During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surround the teeth and enters the gums. Gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease as the gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Jaw bone begins to break down around the teeth. Symptoms can include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss


How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention.  Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled.  Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White and Silver Filling?

Silver fillings, known as amalgam, have been around for decades. They are made from a metal alloy. The metal expands and contracts based on the temperature of food and drink you consume. This forms a seal where it meets the tooth and prevents bacteria from entering it once filled, keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White fillings, also known as composites, are made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.  This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay.  

How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are several ways in today’s dental world to enhance your smile.  Certain procedures include:  

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

 

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an personal examination and consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.
 
What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Tooth whitening should be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and dental hygiene therapy to remove accumulated stain.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What is Bonding?


Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile!  Bonding, like tooth whitening, may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for porcelain veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What are Crowns?
Crowns are a long lasting cosmetic procedure that cover the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as two visits.  

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a period of a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.  

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a long lasting solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a removable full or partial denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.

 

 

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

 

With major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, most people are candidates for dental implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.  

 

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average dental implant procedure takes 3 - 4 visits.  The first visit is to image the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the implant.  
The next visit is to place the implant. A local anesthetic is applied to the area (any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist). The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The procedure is usually completed with little to no pain. 

You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

 

Fees for Dental Implants will vary depending upon the treatment plan you select. We would be happy to schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved, as well as affordable options for your specific treatment needs.

How long does a Dental Implant last?

 

With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a dental implant can last many years, and possibly, a lifetime

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

 

Yes! Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!


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