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 General

Do you take new patients?

We do take new patients; call our office today to schedule your initial visit.  Once you have an appointment you can visit our FORMS page to download all of your New Patient paperwork prior to your first visit in our office.

 

How often should I come to the dentist?

Most people should visit the dentist every six months for routine preventative and diagnostic care.  Some patients need to visit the dentist more frequently.  Dr. Trittin will assess your needs and schedule your treatment accordingly.

 

Why do I need to come to the dentist if my teeth don’t hurt?

Regular preventive dental care is paramount in detecting potential problems before they become painful.  Frequently by the time a tooth hurts the necessary treatment is much more costly and invasive.  Periodontal disease is also an issue that rarely causes pain, so early detection and treatment will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.  You will also receive a thorough oral cancer screening.

 

What if I am afraid of the dentist?

Some people are afraid of coming to the dentist for a number of different reasons so, you are definitely not alone.  However, our staff is highly trained in the needs of patients with anxiety and is committed to making your visit comfortable.  We also offer nitrous oxide for dental treatment.

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Hygiene and Restoration

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are many reasons why teeth might become sensitive.  It can be as simple as needing a dental cleaning to remove plaque build-ups that can cause a bit of sensitivity to more significant issues with gingival recession or decay.  The best way to determine what may be causing your sensitivity is to visit your dentist for an evaluation.

How often should I brush and floss?

Patients should brush after meals or at least twice a day for 3 minutes at a time and floss once a day.

Do I really need x-rays?

Absolutely!  There are several tools dentists use to determine the health of teeth, surrounding bone and gums.  A dental exam in combination with x-rays and periodontal charting is the only way to accurately assess and diagnose any problems.

How much radiation will I be exposed to with digital x-rays?

The dosage of X-ray radiation received by a dental patient is typically small, equivalent to a few days' worth of background radiation, environmental radiation exposure, or similar to the dose received during a cross-country airplane flight (concentrated into one short burst aimed at a small area). Incidental exposure is further reduced by the use of a lead shield, lead apron, sometimes with a lead thyroid collar.  The technology of digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation from traditional radiography by approximately 80%. 

Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Amalgam fillings are metal fillings that have been used in dentistry for over 100 years.  Amalgam consists of a combination of metals (including silver, mercury, tin and copper, and small amounts of zinc, indium or palladium).  With the development of tooth-colored materials to restore teeth, amalgam is used less often than in the past. However, the newer materials can't be used for all situations. Amalgam is less costly than other materials. It also holds up better over time, especially in teeth that undergo a lot of pressure and wear from chewing.  Studies have shown that the amount of mercury you are exposed to from your fillings is less than the amount that most people are exposed to in their daily environment or in the food they eat.

At what age should my child first visit the dentist?

We recommend your child’s first visit to our office occur around the date of their first birthday.  At that time, your child will get to meet Dr. Trittin and our staff and take a ride in the dental chair.  Dr. Trittin will perform a quick exam, and he will spend some time with you discussing proper oral hygiene habits, techniques, and diet choices to help prevent childhood cavities.

What are sealants?

Sealants are a dental treatment consisting of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth, for the intended purpose of preventing dental caries (cavities) on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal diseases are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth.  Periodontal disease is a concern because it is often painless and symptomless.  80% of Americans will be affected by periodontal disease by age 45, and 4 out of 5 patients with the disease are unaware they have it. It is important to maintain proper home oral care and regular dentist visits to reduce the risk of obtaining this disease.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed on a tooth with a nerve that is dead or dying.  The procedure is done with local anesthetic just like a routine filling.  When fully restored it often makes the difference between maintaining and losing the tooth. 

I have a missing tooth, what can be done about it?

There are many options for replacing a missing tooth.  Removable partial dentures are made of acrylic and metal and can be a good, cost-effective option to replace multiple missing teeth.  Bridges that are cemented in place like a crown are another option.  Finally, dental implants are a great option for many people, as well.  For more information, please call and schedule a consult with Dr. Trittin and his staff to discuss which option might work best for you functionally and financially.

 

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Cosmetic

What is Bleaching (tooth whitening)?

Tooth whitening is a very safe way to brighten your smile.  There are many of the over-the-counter products that bleach your teeth.  Any of those products are a good and cost-effective option.  If you find that you need something a bit stronger than what is available at a pharmacy, we offer custom bleaching trays and professional strength bleach that do an excellent job at brightening even the most dull or discolored smile.  The process is very simple, starting with a quick appointment to have impressions taken of your mouth.  A few days later you will return to our office to try in your new custom made splints and to teach you all you need to know about how to bleach your teeth.

Can you fix chipped or crooked teeth?   What about gaps in my teeth?

There is always a way to fix chipped or crooked teeth.  Crown and bridge work, porcelain veneers, or direct cosmetic bonding are the most common treatment options.  Dr. Trittin is also trained in orthodontics, which can be another option for straightening crooked teeth.  Every case is different, and scheduling an appointment to discuss your concerns is the best way to find out which option will work best for you.

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