Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist yet I know I need to. What should I do?

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone.With 5 years of treating phobic patients,we at Smile Essentials have now concentrated all our efforts to make every aspect of our dental practice pain and anxiety free and making dentistry a luxurious experience.From spacious warm interiors that look nothing like a cold medical room,to technology that ensures no drill,no injection and no scalpel*.

The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with us-your dental care providers at Smile Essentials. Once we know what your fears are, we will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.

2. When will drill-less dentistry become a reality?

Drill-less dentistry, also called laser dentistry is being offered by some dentists now including us. The laser can be used to remove tooth decay, to remove some old composite restorations, to prepare a tooth surface for bonding or sealants, and to remove superficial stains and discolorations. It is painless and takes much lesser time than the usual drill. Laser dentistry is also being used for root canal treatments.

3. Can gum disease be treated successfully?

Regular dental check ups are important to check for the presence of gum disease.
Treatment classically involves :

  • achieving the best possible home care
  • professional cleaning of the teeth above and below the gum line (into the pockets) to remove the plaque and hard deposits (calculus / tartar)
  • regular check ups
  • trying to remove risk factors such as smoking.
  • Smile Essentials we treat your gum diseases with laser
  • 4. I’m interested in changing the shape of my teeth. What options are available?

    Several different options are available to change the shape of teeth, make teeth look longer, close spaces between teeth or repair chipped or cracked teeth.

  • Composite veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental veneers
  • Each of these options differ with regard to cost, durability, "chair time" necessary to complete the procedure, stain resistant qualities, and best cosmetic approach to resolving a specific problem. Talk to your dentist to see which one is right for you.

    5. Do I really have to go to the dentist every six months? Do I need x-rays at each visit?

    How often you go for a dental exams depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early.Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.

    6. What is cosmetic dentistry?

    In today’s age of technology, We at Smile Essentials has a range of options to help your teeth look great. Stained teeth, dark teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even teeth that are missing altogether, can be repaired or replaced. Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is the broad heading under which there are many dental procedures that improve the appearance of teeth .

    7. How safe are dental X-rays?

    Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small. Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost nonexistent with the modern dental X-ray machines.)

    8. What is the best way to whiten the teeth?

    When staining is present on the surface, a dentist can professionally clean the teeth, called scaling, often producing a fresher, whiter appearance. Bleaching is another option. On the other hand, when staining is actually in the tooth, below the surface, there are a number of ways to whiten the teeth. Veneers and crowns help change the appearance of the teeth completely.

    9. How do I know I need a filling?

    You may not know if you need fillings in your teeth. Many small to medium holes in teeth are asymptomatic, giving no pain. Dental radiographs (X-rays), which are taken on a regular basis as part of your check-up, may show early decay that has not yet given any symptoms. If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food and drink, you may need fillings. All persistently sensitive teeth should be checked by your dentist.

    10. Why do I need a root canal treatment?

    If you have a damaged tooth, root canal treatment may help to save it. Inside your tooth is soft tissue containing nerves, and blood and lymph vessels, known as the tooth pulp. When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it dies. The whole tooth may be lost if the infection is left untreated. Root canal treatment can save your tooth.

    11. How long will a root canal treated tooth last?

    If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime. However, you must have regular checkups to ensure that the tissues around it are nourishing the root of your treated tooth.

    12. What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last?

    Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars, and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay.Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the dental sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.