Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by our patients at Gentle Dental. For more specific information about any of our treatments, from porcelain veneers to Zoom!® teeth whitening, please contact our Queens dental practice, serving Flushing, Bayside, and surrounding communities, today.
At Gentle Dental, you’ll receive fully individualized attention and customized care. Depending on your needs and goals, this may entail a single whitening procedure or a more comprehensive approach involving a combination of procedures. Among the whitening options we offer are porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and Zoom!® teeth whitening.
With Zoom!® teeth whitening, our patients are able to have dramatically whiter teeth after a single office appointment, usually lasting about an hour. Although results are immediate, some patients find that their teeth become even whiter within a couple of days of undergoing the Zoom!® teeth whitening procedure.
We gladly welcome patients with complex dental problems, including ill-fitting dentures. Our cosmetic dentures are crafted with extraordinary care and precision ensuring they look and feel completely natural. Because we use only the finest materials available, our dentures are remarkably hard-wearing and durable, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with utter confidence.
There are many, many people who share your anxiety. We understand completely and we also empathize with you. Good dental health is far too important for you to fear going to the dentist. This is precisely why we take extra special care in addressing the needs of apprehensive patients. We take your anxieties seriously and with a great deal of consideration. From the moment you first call us, our staff is focused on your comfort and your needs, so you’re always at ease. We’ve gone to great lengths acquiring and mastering the most advanced and effective technologies available in order to provide virtually painless treatment for a range of dental problems. And we promise you a very reassuring chair-side manner. When you visit our office, you’ll see for yourself that even our decor is designed to relax and soothe you. It is our goal to provide you with the most pleasant and pain-free dental care possible.
Our precise, extremely effective dental laser can perform the work of a traditional dental drill in most cases. This dental laser is a remarkably quiet device that produces no heat, no vibration, and can often be used without an anesthetic. It’s quick, accurate, and comfortable, and has radically transformed the way most of our patients regard a trip to the dentist.
Absolutely. Unfortunately, tooth pain and other oral health problems do not adhere to a foreseeable schedule. If you have a dental emergency, we are happy to accommodate you. We will give you the attention you need promptly, and do whatever is necessary to alleviate your discomfort. We can also schedule a follow-up appointment if you need more permanent, long-term treatment.
The effectiveness of any cosmetic dentistry treatment is dependent on many factors, including the experience and talent of the dentist performing the procedure, the quality of the materials used, and the technology available in the office. Patients of Gentle Dental can expect the highest standards of professionalism, care, safety, and attention to detail. Our commitment to your satisfaction, comfort, and overall health is paramount. So with proper care and maintenance, your results will last for many years, whatever the procedure. You can rely on Gentle Dental to meet or exceed industry standards for the durability of the treatments we perform.
Often we tell parents that their children might benefit from a dental sealant. This is an excellent means to protect their teeth from an early age. However, many patients may not completely understand what a sealant is, how it works, and why it is beneficial. In addition, a recent study has shown that dental sealants may also be beneficial for some adults.
What is a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a substance placed on the surface of the teeth to protect against potential cavities. Because teeth in the back of the mouth are riddled with crevices and indentations, even regular and rigorous brushing cannot always eliminate the opportunity for bacteria to grow in the recesses. The spaces between teeth are also particularly susceptible to cavities. So a dental sealant made of a thin plastic coating can be used to protect the teeth from decay. Dental sealants used for this purpose have been found particularly beneficial for children when applied soon after their molars appear, between six years and twelve years of age. This sealant provides a head start on caring for these important permanent teeth for a lifetime.
How Does a Dental Sealant Work?
Dental sealant is a thin layer of material that forms a physical barrier protecting teeth from potential degradation caused by food particles, or sugary beverages. Sealants are quick and easy to apply, with no pain for the patient, right at the dentist’s office.
Before application of the sealant, the teeth are first cleaned and prepared by a dental hygienist. After the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, a light may be shined on the surface area for a minute to help the sealant set. Once the surface dries, the process is finished.
What Benefits Do Dental Sealants Have?
While originally created to seal the teeth to prevent cavities, particularly in children, dental sealants have now been proven advantageous in another way. New research shows that dental sealants can be useful in avoiding tooth sensitivity in adults. Patients who suffer from pain related to extreme food or beverage temperatures may have such sensitivity because of exposed nerves or roots or surfaces of the teeth. The thin layer of protection provided by a dental sealant may help eliminate this pain. In fact, when compared with the use of sensitivity toothpaste or a resin-based filling compound, the dental sealant rated the highest in eliminating hypersensitivity.
Contact Gentle Dental, Serving Flushing, Bayside, and Surrounding Communities
These are, of course, general answers to general questions. For more specific answers to your questions, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options, please contact Gentle Dental today. Be sure to print out the coupons on the home page of our website for savings on your initial consultation fees and Zoom!® teeth whitening procedure.
Our Queens practice provides Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, and other area patients with access to world-class cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry. We are always pleased to welcome new patients to our practice and are highly appreciative when patients refer family and friends.
If you have any questions, call us at 718.461.0100