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Midland Park Family Dentistry FAQ

If you’re a first-time patient or are considering a particular procedure, here are some of the most common questions you might have for us. Click a question to read its answer below.

General Dental Questions

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Yes. Our Care Plus Program offers an affordable alternative to dental insurance. CareCredit financing is also available at 0% interest on all procedures.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors, including decay/cavities, gum recession and whitening. Be sure to have Dr. Tony check the area during your exam.

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

Floss daily and brush along the gumlines with a soft toothbrush. Schedule a preventive cleaning at least every six months. Our hygienists are happy to help you find tools or methods that can help you treat, reverse or maintain your current dental condition.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the inflammation of your gum tissues just along the margin. It’s caused by plaque biofilm collecting and irritating the tissues due to inadequate oral hygiene.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the advanced stage of gum disease (which usually starts out as gingivitis). Left untreated, it’s the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis is also linked with serious health concerns ranging from diabetes to stroke.

How do you treat periodontal disease?

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, we may combine therapies such as a scaling and root planing (“deep cleaning”) with lasers, medication or prescription mouthrinse. If severe, you may need to be referred to a specialist for surgery.

Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

How can I improve my smile?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tony to learn how we can provide complete restoration in just one visit. Some of the best solutions include treatments like porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, white fillings and dental implants. Affordable financing plans are available.

What is the difference between white and silver fillings?

Composite white fillings are metal free and mercury free. They’re less invasive to your tooth and match the enamel.

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that covers minor flaws in teeth.

What is a porcelain veneer?

A veneer covers the front of your visible teeth to change the way they look (such as their shape, size, color or alignment).

What are crowns?

Sometimes called “caps”, crowns cover the entire surface of your tooth up to the gumline to restore and protect it against fractures or damage when a filling isn’t adequate.

What is tooth whitening?

Teeth whitening removes internal and external staining in healthy teeth. Professional treatments are more efficient and cost-effective to maintain than over the counter kits.

Dental Implant Questions

What is a dental implant?

Implants are titanium “roots” that are placed into the bone, which support a fixed restoration such as a crown or denture.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

An implant mimics the natural design, function and appearance of real teeth. They are non-invasive to other teeth, benefiting your overall oral health.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

The ideal implant patient is someone with a healthy mouth and strong bone. Teeth may already be missing or need to be extracted due to damage.

What does the dental implant procedure involve?

Most implant cases require 3-4 appointments over the course of 3-6 months to complete. Possible stages of treatment include extractions, bone augmentation, surgical placement and restoration. Cases vary from one person to the next.

How much does a dental implant cost?

Implant costs are affected by the number of missing teeth involved and the health of your bone. We can provide you with a personalized estimate at the time of your consultation.

How long does a dental implant last?

The majority of dental implants last for the life of the patient. Restorations may need to be changed out about every 7-10 years.

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