Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our dentistry patients.

What is TMJ?
TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint(s). The TMJ is located just in front of the ear, where the jawbone connects to the skull on either side of the head.
What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a condition in which the gums begin to deteriorate due to bacterial infections. This is usually caused by a buildup of plaque around the teeth and under the gum line.

What are the benefits of porcelain tooth crowns?
Porcelain crowns are a natural, strong, and durable tooth replacement option for patients who have suffered serious damage to the visible portion of their teeth. Porcelain crowns can help return strength and structure to teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay, injury, tooth grinding or TMJD, giving form and function back to the mouth.
Is gum disease really that serious?

Yes. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause a range of symptoms, from soreness, bleeding, and bad breath, tooth loss, and other serious dental problems. Gum disease has been linked to many health conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, prostate cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and low birth weight.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth colored fillings, also known as white fillings, are a type of dental fillings made of composites or resins. Tooth colored fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay. Tooth colored fillings are an excellent way to change the color of damaged teeth cosmetically, and can also be used to change the size and shape of teeth, too.

How long will my porcelain crowns last?

When properly cared for and maintained, your new porcelain crown can last more than ten years. Patients should practice good dental hygiene and brush and floss their crown regularly as they would with a natural tooth to extend the life of the restoration. Be sure to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Salinas to have professional cleanings and so that she can make sure your crown is still in good shape.

Is tooth whitening for me?

Tooth whitening is a popular and effective option for people who want to whiten and brighten their smiles.

How long will my tooth whitening last?

The results of take-home whitening kits last about 4 months on average. Professional tooth whitening performed by Dr. Salinas will last over a year or more. You can prolong the results of your tooth whitening with proper dental hygiene and by avoiding certain foods and beverages like tobacco, red wine, coffee, and other foods and beverages that can stain your teeth.

Additional Questions?

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