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  • How do night guards help with teeth grinding and clenching?
    Night guards act as a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing wear and damage caused by grinding (bruxism) and clenching. They cushion the teeth and jaws, reducing the impact of these parafunctional habits during sleep.
  • Are night guards comfortable to wear while sleeping?
    Custom night guards are designed to fit snugly and comfortably in your mouth, offering a personalized and comfortable experience. Most users adjust quickly to wearing night guards and find them unobtrusive during sleep. For patients who can't tolerate traditional night guards, your doctor can discuss alternative options with you.
  • Do night guards prevent jaw pain and headaches?
    Night guards can help alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and muscle tension associated with bruxism. By providing a cushioning effect and promoting proper jaw alignment, night guards reduce strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles.
  • How long do night guards last, and when should they be replaced?
    The lifespan of a night guard varies depending on the material, frequency of use, and the individual's grinding/clenching habits. Typically, custom night guards last between 3 to 5 years. Signs that indicate a night guard may need replacement include visible wear, cracks, or changes in fit.
  • Are night guards only for nighttime use, or can they be worn during the day?
    While night guards are primarily intended for nighttime use to address nocturnal teeth grinding and clenching, they can also be beneficial during the day for individuals who experience daytime bruxism or jaw clenching. Discuss with your dentist if daytime use is recommended for your specific situation.
  • How long does Invisalign treatment take?
    The duration of Invisalign treatment varies based on individual needs but typically ranges from 6 to 18 months. We will provide a personalized timeline during the consultation.
  • Are Invisalign aligners comfortable to wear?
    Invisalign aligners are designed to be comfortable, as they are custom-made to fit your teeth snugly. While you may experience some initial discomfort or pressure when switching to a new aligner, it usually fades within a few days.
  • Can I eat or drink with Invisalign aligners?
    You should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking anything except water to prevent staining and damage. However, you can enjoy your favorite foods since the aligners are removable.
  • How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
    For best results, it's recommended to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only when eating, drinking (except water), and cleaning your teeth.
  • Is Invisalign suitable for all orthodontic issues?
    Invisalign is effective for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including gaps, crowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, severe cases may require traditional braces for optimal results. We will assess your specific needs during the consultation.
  • How long does the ZOOM! Whitening procedure take?
    The ZOOM! Whitening treatment typically takes about 60-90 minutes, providing immediate results in a single office visit.
  • Is ZOOM! Whitening procedure painful?
    Patients may experience temporary sensitivity during or after the treatment, but it's usually mild and resolves quickly. You have the option to pause treatment any time during the procedure.
  • How many shades whiter can I expect my teeth to get with ZOOM! Whitening?
    ZOOM! Whitening can whiten teeth up to eight shades, though individual results may vary based on initial tooth color, individual teeth quality and whitening potential and lifestyle factors.
  • Are there any restrictions after undergoing ZOOM! Whitening?
    It's advisable to avoid consuming staining foods and drinks, like coffee and red wine, for the first 48 hours post-treatment to maintain results.
  • Are there any side effects associated with ZOOM! Whitening?
    Potential side effects may include sensitivity or gum irritation, which are usually temporary and resolve shortly after treatment.
  • Can ZOOM! Whitening remove all stains from my teeth?
    While ZOOM! Whitening is effective in removing most common stains, like those from coffee or tobacco, some deep-seated discoloration may require additional treatments.
  • Is ZOOM! Whitening suitable for individuals with dental restorations like crowns or veneers?
    ZOOM! Whitening is designed to whiten natural teeth and may not change the color of dental restorations. A dental professional can provide guidance on achieving uniform color.
  • How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
    It is generally recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. However, depending on your oral health needs, your dentist may suggest more frequent cleanings.
  • What can I expect during a dental cleaning?
    During a dental cleaning, your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, clean and polish them with a special paste, and in some cases, apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel. They will also check your gums for signs of disease and provide personalized advice for at-home oral care.
  • Is dental cleaning painful?
    Dental cleanings are typically not painful. You may feel some discomfort or sensitivity, especially if there is significant plaque buildup or gum inflammation. Your hygienist will work gently to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. If you have concerns about pain, discuss them with your hygienist before the cleaning starts.
  • What are composite fillings, and why are they used?
    Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations made from a blend of plastic and fine glass particles. They are used to repair cavities, chipped, or broken teeth and to replace old, worn-out fillings. Composite fillings are preferred for their natural appearance and ability to bond directly to the tooth structure, providing added support.
  • How long do composite fillings last?
    With proper care and maintenance, composite fillings can last for many years, typically between 5 to 10 years. Factors that influence their longevity include the size and location of the filling, your oral hygiene habits, and your diet. Regular dental check-ups can help monitor the condition of your fillings and ensure they remain in good shape.
  • Are composite fillings safe and durable?
    Yes, composite fillings are safe and durable. They are made from biocompatible materials that are safe for use in the body. Composite fillings are also highly durable and effectively withstand the pressures of biting and chewing, especially for small to moderate-sized restorations
  • How are same-day crowns different from traditional crowns?
    Same-day crowns, also known as CEREC crowns, are fabricated in the dental office using CAD/CAM technology, allowing the restoration to be created and placed in a single visit. Traditional crowns typically require at least two appointments, with the crown being fabricated in an off-site dental lab.
  • Are same-day crowns as durable as traditional crowns?
    Same-day crowns are made from high-quality ceramic materials and are known for their durability and strength. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a decade or more. The immediate placement of same-day crowns can offer convenience without compromising on longevity or quality.
  • How long does it take to get a same-day crown?
    Same-day crowns offer the advantage of completing the entire process, from preparation to placement, in a single dental visit. With CAD/CAM technology, the crown can be designed, milled, and bonded in around one to two hours, saving you time and eliminating the need for temporary crowns. In general, please be prepared to spend 1.5 hours to 3 hours in the office.
  • What is the purpose of a bone graft following a tooth extraction?
    A bone graft is used to preserve or augment bone structure in the area where a tooth has been extracted. It helps maintain the bone volume, providing a strong foundation for future treatments, such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures. The graft ensures better aesthetics and long-term success of these restorative procedures.
  • Is a bone graft necessary after tooth extraction, and is it a common procedure?
    While not every extraction requires a bone graft, it may be recommended if bone loss has occurred or is anticipated. It is a common procedure, especially in cases where an implant is planned for the extracted site. Your dentist will evaluate your specific situation and discuss whether a bone graft is necessary for optimal dental health.
  • What can I expect during a bone graft procedure? Is it painful?
    During a bone graft procedure, your dentist will place bone graft material in the extraction socket or the area needing augmentation. A collagen membrane is used to isolate the bone graft site to ensure optimal bone growth. This process is typically done under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. You may experience minor discomfort or swelling afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Following post-operative instructions will help promote proper healing and integration of the graft.
  • What are dental veneers?
    Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can be made from porcelain, metal ceramic or resin composite materials.
  • What issues can veneers address?
    Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues such as discoloration, chipped or broken teeth, gaps, misalignment, and worn-down teeth.
  • How long do veneers last?
    Veneers can last between 10 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. Metal Ceramic and Porcelain veneers often have a longer lifespan compared to resin veneers.
  • What is the difference between porcelain, ceramic and resin veneers?
    Porcelain and metal ceramic veneers are more stain-resistant and mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth better than resin veneers. Ceramic and Porcelain veneers have similar strength to natural teeth while resin veneers have significantly less strength. Ceramic veneers require a minimum of 0.5mm in thickness while Porcelain veneers can be as thin as 0.3mm. Resin veneers are less expensive and usually doesn't require removal of the tooth structure.
  • Is the veneer placement procedure painful?
    Most patients experience minimal discomfort during veneer placement. Local anesthesia may be used to numb the area, and post-procedure sensitivity is typically mild and temporary.
  • How many visits are required to get veneers?
    At Carlmont Dental Care, the veneer process usually takes two to three visits. The first visit is record-taking & consultation. Digital designs are created and shared with patients via email. Second visit is preparation, while the subsequent visits are for fitting and bonding the veneers. In some cases, single-tooth resin veneer can be completed during the first visit.
  • How should I care for my veneers?
    Care for veneers like natural teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly. Avoid biting into hard objects and using your teeth as tools to prevent damage.
  • Can veneers stain or discolor?
    Ceramic & Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining; however, resin veneers can stain over time. Since most of our patients choose to whiten their natural teeth before the veneer procedure, it is still recommended to avoid foods and drinks that can cause stains, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. This helps ensure the veneer color matches their natural teeth color."
  • Are veneers reversible?
    Traditional veneers are not reversible because a small amount of enamel is removed from the teeth to fit the veneers. No-prep veneers are less invasive and sometimes considered reversible.
  • Do veneers require any special maintenance?
    Veneers do not require special maintenance beyond good oral hygiene practices. However, regular dental check-ups are important to ensure the longevity of your veneers and overall oral health.
  • How does BOTOX help with TMJ pain?
    BOTOX injections target the jaw muscles affected by TMJ disorders, relaxing them to reduce tension, muscle spasms, and pain. By inhibiting muscle contractions, BOTOX can alleviate discomfort associated with jaw clenching and grinding.
  • How soon should I expect to see result?
    The Effect of BOTOX will start to show around 3 days after injection and stabilize around 2 weeks post injection
  • What is the procedure like for BOTOX treatment for TMJ pain?
    During the procedure, BOTOX is injected into specific jaw muscles that contribute to TMJ pain. The process is quick and minimally invasive, usually with minimal discomfort and no downtime required. Multiple injections may be needed for optimal results.
  • How long does BOTOX for TMJ pain relief last?
    The effects of BOTOX treatment for TMJ pain typically last around 3 to 6 months. Over time, the muscle-relaxing effects diminish, and follow-up injections may be recommended to maintain pain relief.
  • Are there any side effects associated with BOTOX for TMJ pain treatment?
    Common side effects of BOTOX injections for TMJ pain are mild and temporary, such as slight bruising, swelling, or tenderness at the injection sites. Rare side effects may include headaches or mild jaw weakness, which usually resolve quickly.
  • What is full mouth reconstruction?
    Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment approach that involves restoring or rebuilding all teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. It addresses a range of dental issues, including decay, damage, missing teeth, malocclusion, and cosmetic concerns, to improve oral health, function, and aesthetics.
  • What treatments are included in full mouth reconstruction?
    Full mouth reconstruction may involve a combination of restorative, cosmetic, and periodontal procedures, such as dental crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, orthodontics, gum therapy, and more. The treatment plan is customized to address each patient's specific needs and goals.
  • How long does full mouth reconstruction take?
    The duration of full mouth reconstruction varies depending on the complexity of the case and the individual treatment plan. The process may span several weeks to a year or more, involving multiple appointments for different procedures.
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