Frequently Asked Questions – Gentle Dental
The following are answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by our patients at porcelain veneers to Zoom!® teeth whitening, please contact our Queens dental practice, serving Flushing, Bayside, and surrounding communities, today.. For more specific information about any of our treatments, from
If I wish to achieve whiter teeth, what options are available to me?As a patient of Gentle Dental, you can expect to 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 options we offer to restore the color of your teeth are porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and Zoom!® teeth whitening. Our Queens practice, serving Flushing, Bayside, and other area residents, has helped countless patients achieve their ideal smiles, and we would be pleased to do the same for you. Whatever your treatment plan, you can be assured that your results will be as dramatic or as subtle as you wish.
If I undergo Zoom!® teeth whitening at your Queens practice, how long will it take for me to achieve optimal results?Through Zoom!® teeth whitening, our Flushing, Bayside, and other Queens-area patients are able to achieve dramatically whiter teeth after a single office appointment, usually lasting about an hour. Although visually impressive results are immediate, some patients find that their teeth become even whiter within a couple of days of undergoing the Zoom!® teeth whitening procedure. In any event, your teeth will be breathtakingly whiter, dazzling results that can last for years with proper maintenance and oral hygiene.
I am a long-time denture wearer who is dissatisfied with the look and feel of my current dentures. Can you help me?At Gentle Dental, we are only too pleased to welcome patients with complex dental problems, including ill-fitting dentures, to our practice. Our cosmetic dentures are crafted with extraordinary care and precision to ensure that they not only look but also feel completely natural. Because we use only the finest materials at Gentle Dental, our dentures are remarkably hard-wearing and durable, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with utter confidence.
I have always been anxious about going to the dentist. Why should I schedule an appointment with Gentle Dental?There are many people who share your particular anxiety, an anxiety that our dental professionals both understand and empathize with. This is why we take special care in catering to those patients who have entrusted us with their oral health despite their general apprehensions about visiting a dentist. We have gone to every length possible to feature the most advanced and effective technologies so that we are able to provide virtually painless treatment for a range of dental problems. Perhaps more importantly, our compassionate cosmetic dentists and staff will be completely focused on your overall comfort and satisfaction. As a patient of Gentle Dental, you can expect to be treated with the respect, patience, and kindness you deserve. We take your anxieties seriously, and it is our goal to earn your trust by providing you with the most pleasant and pain-free dental experience possible.
I have resisted visiting a dentist in the past because I simply cannot bear traditional dental drills. What alternatives are available to me?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 or vibration and can generally be used without an anesthetic. Quick, accurate, and comfortable, this revolutionary laser dentistry technology has radically transformed the way most of our patients regard a trip to the dentist.
Do you accept emergency cases?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 efficiently, doing whatever is necessary to alleviate your discomfort. We will also gladly schedule a follow-up appointment if you need more permanent, long-term treatment.
How long do the results of cosmetic dentistry last?The effectiveness of any cosmetic dentistry treatment is heavily dependent on many factors, including the experience and talent of the dentist performing the procedure, the quality of the materials used, and the technology featured in the office. Patients of Gentle Dental can expect that we will hold ourselves to only the highest standards of professionalism, care, safety, and attention to detail. Our dental professionals share an unerring commitment to the satisfaction, comfort, and overall health of their patients. This means that, with proper care and maintenance, your results will last for many years, whatever the procedure. Whatever the industry standard is for durability of a certain treatment, you can rely on Gentle Dental to meet or exceed it.
What should I do after a Composite Fillings Procedure?
If during your dental procedure an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue will continue to be numb for several hours after the appointment. It is very easy to bite or burn your lips or tongue when your mouth is numb, so try to avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness completely wears off.
You will probably experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your procedure and your injection sites may also be sore. To alleviate the pain and tenderness you may use Ibuprofen, Tylenol or aspirin as needed.
After the anesthetic completely wears off, you may chew with your composite filings as they are fully hardened after the procedure.
Please contact our office if after a few days your sensitivity to pressure, hot or cold persists or if your bite feels uneven.
What should I do after a Crown and/or Bridge Procedure?It usually takes two or three dental appointment to complete crowns and bridges. In the first appointment the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken.
While the custom restoration is being made, your temporary crowns or bridges will be placed to protect your teeth. Since your teeth will be anesthetized, your tongue, lips and roof of your mouth will be numb. You should refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness completely wears off.
If your temporary crown or bridge comes off, please call us and bring it with you so we can re-cement it. Your temporary crown and/or bridge prevent your other teeth from moving. It is very important for the temporary crown or bridge to stay in place so that the fit of your final restoration is not compromised.
In order to avoid displacement of your temporary crown or bridge, avoid eating sticky and hard foods. Floss all of your temporary crowns carefully without pulling up on the floss, as it may dislodge the temporary crown. Instead, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.
Please feel free to contact our office if your discomfort persists or if you have any other questions or concerns.
What should I do after a Cosmetic Reconstruction Procedure?You have to remember that it will take some time for you to adjust to the feel of your new bite and to the way your teeth fit together after your new smile makeover. It will usually take several days for your brain to recognize the new position and thickness of your teeth, if the bite was altered or the position of your teeth was changed. If, after several days you continue to feel discomfort or detect any high spots or problems with your bite, please call our office and we will schedule an appointment to make any necessary adjustments.
You will also experience some hot and cold sensitivity, as your teeth will require some tome to heal after removal of tooth structure. Your gums may also be sore for a few days.
Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses three times a day will reduce your discomfort and swelling. Also, a mild pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen should ease any residual discomfort after the procedure.
If your speech is also affected, do not be alarmed. In a few days you will quickly adapt to speaking normally.
Please take seriously your daily oral hygiene, as daily brushing and flossing is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth. Also, keeping your regular cleaning appointments is very important.
You also have to remember that any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances such as nuts, ice, sticky candies and minimize or avoid foods that will stain your teeth such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.
If you grind your teeth at night, let us know and we will provide you with a custom made mouthguard. Also, if you engage in sports, you should wear your custom made mouthguard.
It will take time for you to adjust to the look and feel of your new smile, but please let us know if you have are having any problems or concerns, as we are always happy to address them.
What should I do after a Tooth Extraction Procedure?After the tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and for the healing process to begin. In order to achieve this, you will be asked to bite on gauze for about 30 minutes after your appointment. If you notice that the bleeding or oozing still persists, you have to place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. It is not unusual, if you have to do this several times.
The formation the blood clot is important in the healing process so it is very important not to disturb or dislodge it. Please avoid rinsing your mouth, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for the next 72 hours. You also will have to limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this might increase your blood pressure and may cause more bleeding.
It is normal to feel some discomfort and have some swelling after the tooth extraction. You can place an ice pack to the area to keep the swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed and the swelling will subside after 48 hours.
Please call our office, if you find that the prescribed pain medication does not seem to work. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
After 24 hours you can return to your normal dental routine, which will speed up your healing process and will help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you can resume your normal activities.
In some cases heavy bleeding with severe pain and continued swelling may continue for 2-3 days. If this happens to you, please contact our office immediately.
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.
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