We sure do. Some patients feel more comfortable under the light sedation of nitrous oxide gas, and we are happy to accommodate them. One great thing about “gas” is that there is no hangover effect. You are generally able to drive almost immediately afterwards.
- How long do crowns and bridges last?
The mouth is a living structure, and like most dental treatment, the longevity of crowns and bridges depends on many factors:
- Good Oral Hygiene
- What You Eat
- Protect Your Teeth
Following the general advice above, you should expect, both your natural teeth and your crowns and bridges to last a long time. In general, crowns and bridges have an expected lifespan of about 5-10 years. In a very healthy mouth, the lifespan is often much longer than that. Some crowns and bridges last 20-30 years, and some an entire lifetime. The life of a crown also depends on the condition the tooth was in before the crown was placed.
Modern zirconia or e.max crowns eliminate most or all of the problems of crown technology of the past. In fact, zirconia crowns are virtually unbreakable, yet are not abrasive on natural teeth. There are no guarantees in dentistry, but when done right, I do expect my crowns to last a lifetime.
- Do you offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide)?
- Do I need to continue taking my antibiotics even though I’m feeling better now?
Yes! If the directions on the prescription say to do so, then it is important that you follow them (unless you experience any side-effects in which case you should contact us or your doctor immediately).
By taking some of the antibiotics, the infection may have begun to be controlled, and you may feel better. But since you haven't finished your antibiotic course yet, the infection may not necessarily be gone. The part of the infection that was eliminated with the initial dose of antibiotics was the most susceptible bacteria (the bacteria that were easy to kill). If you stop taking the antibiotics before ALL the bacteria are killed, the ones that are left (the stronger ones) can cause the infection to spread. But this time, since the infection is made of stronger, more antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the infection will be worse and antibiotics may no longer be as effective.
- Why do silver (amalgam) fillings contain mercury?
“Amalgam” means a mix of metals. Amalgam fillings are made with a mixed powder form of a few metals (silver, copper, tin, zinc) and a liquid form of mercury. The purpose of the mercury is to chemically bond to the other powdered metals causing a reaction which hardens the mixture into a solid metal to fill the tooth.
Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature, and the only chemical that can cause the hardening reaction for amalgam fillings.
- Are silver (amalgam) fillings still used today?
Surprisingly yes. According to the ADA and many dentists, amalgam is still an acceptable filling material. In fact, recent statistics from the ADA reveal that 42% of US dentists still use amalgam.
Amalgams are never used in my office. There are several modern material options which are safer and superior.
- Is the mercury in silver (amalgam) fillings harmful to me?
This topic is a hot and ongoing debate with references supporting both sides.
I’m happy to offer my humble opinion based on my research and experience.
Yes, YES, *Y*E*S* the mercury is harmful. Amalgam fillings release mercury vapor continuously. Even fillings which are many decades old continue to relentlessly release shocking amounts of mercury vapor. This vapor easily enters the body. There is much more that I would like to say about mercury, so please ask me in person.
- Should I replace my silver (amalgam) fillings with an alternative material?
In my opinion, metal fillings are an obsolete technology. Remembering high school science, metal expands when heated and shrinks when cooled. The mouth goes thru wild temperature swings all day long when eating and drinking. This causes metal fillings to exert pressure on the brittle enamel of the teeth. This also causes metal fillings to warp over time leading to cracks, leaks, fractures, and decay.
Studies (and my experience) show that silver fillings over 10 years old have decay underneath them with almost no exception.
Next is the topic of mercury, neurotoxicity, autism, and other diseases. There is no reason why anyone should be voluntarily exposing themselves to mercury. There are inexpensive, safe, and superior alternatives.
- What insurance do you take?
We take all Traditional and PPO insurance plans. We are in network with almost all of them. We even accept HMO insurance plans for specialty dentistry. Please call us and we can provide more detailed information about your insurance.