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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Q & A in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC

 

1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         
812-683-5810                                                          

 

Q & A

 

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Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin 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.

Toothpastes that have whitening agents can also be a source of tooth hypersensitivity.  It is not uncommon for people who regularly whiten their teeth or use whitening toothpaste to develop sensitive teeth over time.

White composite [plastic] fillings in the back teeth can also cause teeth to become sensitive.  The chemicals used to bond the filling material can be irritating to the nerve tissues of the tooth causing sensitivity.

Sensitivity after any dental treatment is probably normal for a time, especially if the treatment is extensive.  All dental treatment is somewhat traumatic to teeth in one way or another, that is why you get numb before a procedure.  But your teeth were created in a way to heal after proper treatment in most cases.

What is a cavity?

 This informative video will help you understand the tooth decay process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTK0iua4tNA&list=TLyqT3r2P_pKE

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

Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a 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.  Dr. Friz and his staff are always more than happy to instruct you in the proper methods for keeping your mouth healthy.

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 will prevent the Periodontal Disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms.  It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’.  The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  If not properly treated, the condition worsens.  Noticeable symptoms now appear.  They 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, this condition can be controlled.  Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White Filling, a Silver Filling, and a Gold Filling?

Silver Fillings known as Amalgam have been around for decades.  Made from a metal alloy, it is the best restoration for fillings in the back teeth. Silver is a natural anti-bacterial agent that allowes for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.  Amalgam fillings have been known to last 20 years or more without needing to be replaced.  Being metal, they can really withstand the wear and tear of biting and chewing forces.

White Fillings, also known as composites are often 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.  The composite color will match the tooth color.  While white fillings work very well in front teeth, being plastic, they do not hold up as well in the back teeth.  Studies have shown that the average life span of a composite filling in a back tooth is 6 - 7 years.

Gold Fillings have a track record of being the longest lasting, most biologically compatible filling material known.  It is not unusual for gold fillings to last a lifetime.  Many cases have been documented of them lasting 50 years or more.  Gold does not corrode with time, it does not use irritating chemicals to bond, it has the same wear as tooth enamel, and the color blends well with the surrounding tissues.  If you are interested in keeping your teeth from being cut time and time again, gold should be a serious consideration.

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 Crowns

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact 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.  Over the years, flouride is has been added to the whitening product.  This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.  
Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

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 Crowns?

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth.  It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 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 permanent 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 x-ray 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 anesthesia 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 area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor 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?

Because Dr. Friz places and restores dental implants himself, he can keep his costs down.  Because of this, you will find that the cost to you is much lower than you might expect.  Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How long does a Dental Implant last?

With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

We do offer financial options for our patients.  Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!