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General questions about Teeth Whitening

What is Light Augmented Teeth Whitening?
Light augmented teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure provided using a typically blue augmentation light of low concentration. The augmentation light is used to enhance the penetration of the whitening hydrogen peroxide agent into your teeth enamel, thus improving the result of the tooth bleaching.

Is teeth whitening painful?
Teeth whitening should not be painful, but in some cases it has been found to cause minor tooth and/or gum sensitivity for a short period of time (few hours).

What causes tooth discoloration?
Teeth naturally become gradually more stained as we get older. The most common causes of this include consumption of foods like coffee, tea, wine, and smoking. In some cases there may be medical reasons why teeth become discolored (such as taking Tetracycline medication) in these cases the teeth are usually not responsive to dental bleaching.

How long does tooth whitening last?
Studies confirm that once whitened, your teeth will stay white permanently. If staining substances such as caffeine or tobacco products are consumed regularly, then re-whitening may be necessary every few years.

How quickly will clients see results?
Patients who have had their teeth whitened using light augmented teeth whitening system will see results immediately.

Will clients need to see a Dentist?
We would always recommend that anyone who has not had a dental check-up in the last 6 months should visit their dentist prior to using any form of dental whitening. However, a visit to the dentist is not a requirement either before or after treatment if teeth are in a good state of health.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. It acts as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. The slide to the left shows the replacement of a lateral incisor with a dental implant retained restoration. Roll your cursor over the image to see the implant.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in good health may be a candidate for implants. Medical history and thorough clinical and radiographic assessments are required to confirm that the patient is a good candidate.

What is the success rate of dental implants?
Success rate is really very high (over 95%) provided the case is well selected and the practitioner is a qualified one. Survival rate is also high and this means that after 10 years the chances of still maintaining the implants in good shape is about 85% of course depending on the age of the patient and the location of the dental implants.

What can go wrong with dental implants?
They can fail to integrate into the bone and come out. They can fracture or break. There can be problems with the connection between the implant and the prosthesis. There can be an infection or an inflammatory condition in the soft tissue and sometimes in the bone as a result of the implant placement. All of these complications are rare and they can usually be easily corrected.

Who should you see about dental implants?
The question is really who should you see about getting missing teeth replaced? General dentist or Prosthodontist can refer you to a qualified surgeon either an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist.

Is Implantology a Specialty Area of Dentistry?
While there are people and organizations who would like the general public to believe that there is such a thing as a dental specialty of Implant Dentistry, there is NO SUCH THING! The specialty areas of dentistry that are most aligned with dental implants are Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Periodontics.

Why have dental implants become so popular?
As our life span increases, the need for some type of permanent dental replacement system becomes very important to our overall health. Dentures and removable bridges have obvious problems: They are loose and unstable. Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and esthetic. The demand was always there, we just needed the tools to fulfill that demand.

How long after a dental implant is placed can it be used to anchor my new teeth?
The protocol that was originally developed clearly stated that we must wait three months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw before we can begin to construct the new dental prosthesis that will be supported by the implants. In recent years, however, there has been a movement within the profession to sort of speed up this process. Today we believe that it is possible in selected patients to accelerate the healing time. We are even loading implants in very specific situations right away.

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 or four hours later, you might expect some discomfort. The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problems. Some patients do have varying degrees of pain or discomfort which may last for several days.
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.

What happens if I have dental implants and they are rejected?
Occasionally dental implants do fail or, as some people say, they are rejected. In many instances, they can be replaced with another implant.

Do I have to go without my "teeth" while the implants are bonding to my jaw bone?
Every patient and procedure is evaluated separately and there might occasionally be a recommendation that a patient go without their prosthesis for a short period of time. You may also have to be on a soft diet for a period of time after implants are placed.

Bone Graft
Sometimes when a dental implant is placed, it is necessary to build up the bone in the area to insure success. The procedure of building up the bone is known as Bone Grafting. Bone grafting is a very common procedure in dentistry and it is used quite a bit for dental implants and in periodontal procedures around natural teeth.

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