Frequently Asked Questions
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Dental bonding is when a resin that matches your teeth is adhered to your teeth, and it has different uses. These uses include filling gaps, covering chips, change the shape of the teeth and cover up discoloured teeth. Many people use bonding instead of veneers.
Dental bonding, a procedure in which a resin is put over the teeth to repair teeth and close gaps, can last a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 10. How long it lasts depends on how much bonding you got, as well as how well you take care of your teeth and visit your dentist regularly.
Putting in dental bridges is usually done over the course of two appointments, each up to 90-minutes long. The first step is to get your existing teeth ready for the bridges, getting moulds of your teeth made, and then having the bridges put in place.
Use a denture cleaner that’s not abrasive so you can get the white color you desire without causing any damage to the dentures. You can also soak them in a denture solution.
While there are many home remedies that people use, it’s not recommended. Don’t use products with bleach or chlorine, and don’t use whitening toothpaste. How we whiten teeth is very different to how we whiten dentures.
Yes, it can. Gums are prone to damage and decay due to poor oral health, periodontal disease, teeth grinding or brushing teeth too hard. When the gum recedes, the patient might be able to get the gum reshaped so that the teeth and gums look more balanced. More advanced options include gum graft surgery, which uses tissue from other areas in your mouth to fix the receding gums.
No, an overbite can be fixed through orthodontic treatment. A well-aligned jaw is evident when the teeth perfectly match up when the jaw is shut, leaving no gaps.
An overbite occurs when the top part of the jaw juts out over the lower jaw so when you close your mouth the top jaw protrudes over the lower one.
To correct this, your dentist will prescribe braces or Invisalign to realign your jaw over up to 2 years. You will also wear retainers afterwards to set in the realignment.
The duration of your orthodontic treatment will depend on a number of factors, and varies from person to person. In most cases, however, a course of treatment with Invisalign typically takes around 12 months to complete. That said, you are likely to start noticing a difference in the appearance of your teeth after just two to three months of wearing your Invisalign aligners. When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr Andrew Hall will let you know what to expect from your treatment and how long it is likely to take.
Invisalign can resolve a number of issues, including crooked teeth. In some cases, however, Invisalign may not be recommended as the best course of orthodontic treatment, particularly if your jaws are severely misaligned. The best way to find out if you are suited to Invisalign treatment is to come in and see Dr Andrew Hall for a consultation. This will give him the opportunity to assess your particular needs and recommend a treatment that will work best for you.
It is important that you keep your Invisalign aligners clean in order to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment. We recommend that you rinse your aligners with water every time you remove them to get rid of any dry saliva and plaque that may have accumulated. It’s also important that you brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners after each meal. This will ensure that food particles do not get stuck between your aligners and your teeth and reduces your risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues. It is also possible to clean your aligners with your toothbrush — just be sure to brush gently.
Most people do not need to wait too long to have a facial following an injectable procedure such as facial fillers. We generally recommend that you wait around a week or two after your procedure before you resume skincare treatments such as facials. It is important to note, however, that each patient is different and recovery times vary from person to person. It is best to wait until any bruising, swelling or tenderness has completely subsided before going ahead with a facial.
As with all procedures, each patient is different and your recovery time will depend on a number of factors. In most cases, it is possible to resume most of your normal activities immediately after your dermal filler treatment. We do recommend, however, that you avoid strenuous exercise for around 24 to 48 hours following treatment in order to minimise side effects such as bruising and swelling. Any side effects should resolve within a few days and can often be alleviated with the help of topical icing.
You may notice some bruising following your facial filler procedure. This is completely normal and will usually resolve within a few days. Some of the other possible side effects of dermal fillers include swelling, lumps and skin tenderness. Although all of these side effects should subside within a day or two, we recommend that you get in touch with us if you are concerned about your recovery. Each patient is different and recovery does vary from case to case. Try and avoid strenuous activity for between 24 and 48 hours following treatment as this can help to reduce bruising and swelling of the skin.
Yes, absolutely. Invisalign can be used to resolve a number of orthodontic issues, including gaps between the teeth. If you have gaps between your teeth that you would like closed, Invisalign may be a suitable option for you as the treatment works by gradually and gently moving the teeth into new positions over time. If you are considering Invisalign, we recommend that you come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr Andrew Hall, who will advise you about the best course of action based on your needs.
We do not recommend that you chew gum while you are wearing your Invisalign aligners. Chewing gum can stick to the aligners and cause damage. In fact, we recommend that you remove your aligners whenever you eat a meal or snack. This will keep your aligners clean, plus it means that you won’t have to change your eating habits in any way while undergoing orthodontic treatment. It’s important that you brush your teeth before reinserting your aligners after eating in order to maintain your oral health.
Yes, absolutely. Invisalign can be used to resolve a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth. Invisalign works by gradually shifting the teeth into new positions over time. Mild alignment issues can often be resolved within six to eight months with the use of Invisalign, while more moderate cases of crowding may take more than 18 months to treat. If you have crowded teeth, we recommend that you come in and see us for a consultation. Dr Andrew Hall will advise you on the best course of treatment for your particular needs and let you know how long you can except your Invisalign treatment to take.
As long as you have your cosmetic injectables administered by a fully qualified professional, facial fillers are completely safe. As a dental surgeon, Dr Andrew Hall understands the relationship between the face, facial muscles, teeth and gums and he is fully trained to administer a range of cosmetic injectables. Before you undergo the procedure, he will explain the treatment to you. If you have any questions or concerns about how facial fillers work, you are encouraged to raise them at your personal consultation.
The longevity of your results will depend on a number of factors, including the site of treatment and your own skin type. In most cases, however, results can be seen as soon as the procedure is complete and you can typically expect the results to last between four and six months. During this time, you will notice that your skin appears smoother and plumper, and you should be able to see a reduction in deep lines and wrinkles in the treated areas. Injectable facial fillers are a highly effective treatment and can be used in the cheeks, lips and smile lines.
When injected into fine lines, wrinkles, cheeks, or lips, an injectable facial filler works by replenishing the hyaluronic acid that was absorbed by your body over time. This helps to soften deep lines around the area of treatment, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and enhancing the overall look and feel of the skin. The procedure helps to smooth, plump and lift the skin, achieving a natural, more youthful-looking appearance. If you are considering facial fillers, we recommend that you come in for a consultation with Dr Andrew Hall who will advise you on the best treatment for your needs.
Yes. In fact, one of the most noticeable signs of gum disease is bad breath, which could be caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Bad breath can also be caused by poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, it is likely that food debris will remain in your mouth, leading to the growth of bacteria in between your teeth, and on your gums and tongue. This can cause an unpleasant smell in the mouth, and lead to a range of serious oral health conditions, including decay and gum disease.
The most common cause of bleeding gums is a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease and causes inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis is often caused by plaque that is left to build up on the gum line, causing the gums to become red, swollen and tender. The gums may bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. The best way to avoid bleeding gums is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It’s also important that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans.
In the early stage of gum disease, you may notice that your gums are swollen and tender. They may also bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. If left untreated, you may develop a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. At this stage, your gums may feel very inflamed and you may notice them receding. You may also notice your teeth becoming loose, or shifting in the mouth. Other symptoms of the condition include bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth and a change in the alignment of your bite.
Yes, it is a good idea to remove your dentures when you go to bed every evening. Sleeping with your dentures in can put excess pressure on your gums and the underlying bone, leading to bone loss over time. Leaving your dentures in overnight can also cause bacteria to build up between your gums and the surface of your dentures, which can lead to issues like gum disease and bad breath. Rather, remove your dentures and soak them in a specially formulated denture cleanser overnight.
Each patient is different, so the tooth replacement option that you choose will depend on your particular needs, as well as your budget. We offer dental implants and dentures, both of which are very effective treatments for individuals with missing teeth. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they are actually fused with the jaw bone and they function just like natural teeth. This means that they won’t slip out of place and will help to restore functions like chewing and speaking very well. If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation.
It’s very important that you clean your dentures regularly in order to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up. Keeping your dentures clean will also help to prevent bad breath. Clean your dentures every day by soaking them in a specially formulated denture cleanser. You can also use a soft bristled toothbrush to remove any food particles and other debris that may have stuck to them. Remember to rinse them with clean water before placing them back in your mouth. When you are not wearing your dentures, such as when you are sleeping, you can soak them in water to ensure that they don’t dry out.
There is no one reason your teeth may be prone to sensitivity. Damaged gums, deep decay, exposed dentin and thin enamel can all result in sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food or drinks.
If you use a hard tooth brush and brush too hard, you may be exposing the dentin of the tooth. If you are experiencing sensitivity you should contact your dentist ASAP to discover the cause.
Unless the cavity is obviously discolored, sometimes it can be a challenge to detect if your tooth is suffering from decay.
Sensitivity and pain are the most tell-tale signs that your tooth is suffering decay. Sometimes cavities aren’t noticed until they have become quite advanced. For this reason, if you are experiencing any discomfort it is best you contact your dentist ASAP to arrange a check-up.
If your tooth has been knocked out, do not despair. By following these simple steps in a timely manner, you may be able to restore your tooth.
Carefully pick the tooth up by the crown (avoid the root of the tooth), rinse it off if required, and try put the tooth back in place in the socket it came out of. Hold the tooth in place is need be.
DON’T rinse the tooth in tap water. Rinse the tooth using either milk or your spit.
Call The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry on 719.481.8250 to arrange an emergency appointment
If you are unable to fit the tooth back into place, hold the tooth in your mouth or transport it in a small container holding a small amount of milk or saliva so it will arrive at the clinic safely.
If your child has suffered the loss of a baby tooth, the tooth may not necessarily be required to be replanted. You may however be requested to attend a check-up to ensure there hasn’t been any damage by suffering the early loss of a tooth.
Dr. Hall suggests having a regular check-up every 6 months. This will be combined with a thorough clean, and assess the need for preventive measures.
Obviously you are not limited to 6 month check-ups, if you are experiencing discomfort or suspect a problem we encourage our patients to call us on 719.481.8250 to arrange an appointment.
Ideally your child should have their first dental visit either by the time they are 12 months old, or when their first tooth starts to break through.
This appointment will help your child get used to a dental clinic, and we will be able to provide you with valuable information regarding how to maintain your child’s oral health. Their oral health now will affect their oral health, and tooth alignment when they start to gain their adult teeth, so it is extremely important we help them in their earlier years.
Yes! We offer cosmetic injectables for the treatment of frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and wrinkles and lines in areas of the face, such as the forehead. We use a special formula that is made from a purified protein. The formula works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles to form, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. The formula is injected into the facial muscles with very fine needles.
Yes! We offer an injectable facial filler that helps to reduce the look of deep wrinkles, and smooth and plump the facial skin. The treatment can be used to restore volume to the cheeks and lips, and can also effectively reduce the appearance of smile lines. The results are very natural-looking and typically last between four and six months.
Yes. Although some people don’t experience any symptoms, others experience facial pain and headaches as a result of teeth grinding. Grinding can also lead to pain and stiffness in the jaw, which can cause TMJ disorder. In severe cases, teeth grinding can wear down the teeth, leading to sensitivity and damage to the teeth and fillings.
A smile makeover refers to a series of cosmetic procedures that are performed to enhance the appearance of one’s smile. Each patient is different, so if you would like to change your smile in any way, your makeover will be customised to best suit your particular needs. Some of the most common smile makeover treatments include veneers, teeth whitening, straightening with Invisalign, and cosmetic injectables to relax wrinkles and achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin. We recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can advise you on which treatments are right for you.
Yes, absolutely! We use CEREC 3D technology to create restorations at our practices, while our GALILEOS 3D imaging system allows Dr Hall to create 3D images of your jaw and teeth. In fact, in just a matter of seconds, the GALILEOS imaging system is able to produce a three-dimensional picture of your teeth and jaw, allowing Dr Hall to see and diagnose conditions with accuracy. In many cases, such as in the planning and coordination of implant surgery, we use CEREC and GALILEOS together to increase efficiency and the quality of care that you receive.
Digital x-rays are a form of x-ray imaging that makes use of electronic sensors, rather than photographic film. The sensors are used by a computer to generate digital images instantly. These images can then be viewed by Dr Hall, allowing him to detect any issues with ease. One of the advantages of digital x-rays is that they require less radiation to produce an image when compared with conventional radiography. Digital x-rays can be used to detect and diagnose a range of oral health issues, including decay, tumours, and developmental abnormalities.
Yes, absolutely. Composite white fillings are set and hardened in just one appointment in a fairly short period of time, so you can eat immediately following the treatment. It is a good idea, however, to wait until your anesthetic has worn off before eating to ensure that you don’t accidentally bite the inside of your cheeks or your tongue. You might notice some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks for a few weeks following the placement of your white filling, although this should resolve with time. Chat to Dr Hall if you are concerned about overly sensitive teeth.
Yes, absolutely. The composite resin that white fillings are made from is very advanced, and offers a very high strength bond and seal. In fact, the material is safer and more attractive than the amalgam material used for restorations in the past. White fillings don’t cause any damage to the teeth — in fact, they are made with a biocompatible material that blends in well with your natural teeth. The treatment is both safe and effective, and a great, modern alternative to silver amalgam restorations that were once the norm.
No, we do not cover silver fillings with white fillings. Rather, we will remove your silver amalgam fillings before replacing them completely with white composite resin fillings. If you have a silver filling and are not satisfied with the appearance of your smile, we encourage you to come in and see Dr Hall. He will be able to replace your old fillings with restorations that blend in much more naturally with the color of your teeth, so that you won’t even be able to see that you have had a filling placed.