CHAPMAN FAMILY DENTAL
1120 East Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA. 92831
Phone: (714) 871-8200
Fax: (714) 871-8300                                                                                                                   
www.chapmanfamilydental.com

FAQ'S

Q: What are Digital X-rays? What are the advantages over conventional film x-rays?

A: Digital x-rays replace conventional x-ray film with a sensor connected to a computer. The result is that the x-rays will appear on a computer screen, rather than physical film – much like a digital photo compared to a conventional paper photo.

These are a few of the advantages of digital x-rays over conventional film x-rays:

  • Reduced radiation exposure to patients.
  • Digital x-rays are ready almost instantaneously, saving patients the time of waiting for x-rays to be developed. This is especially helpful for root canal therapy procedures, which require many x-rays to be taken at different times.
  • Digital x-rays can be manipulated to enhance contrast, brightness, highlights, etc., assisting in the diagnostic process.
  • Patient communication and education are significantly improved. Our staff can explain the procedures required for a particular dental condition using large x-ray images on a computer screen.

Q: What are veneers? How do they help to whiten teeth and provide an instant “orthodontic” result?

A: Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction (approximately half a millimeter – about the thickness of a finger nail), or in some cases, no reduction is required. Veneers are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.

Q: What is bonding?

A: Bonding is a composite, tooth-colored resin filling that can be placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Composites are a solution for both restoring decayed teeth and making cosmetic improvements, such as: changing the color of teeth or their shape, closing minor gaps and correcting crooked teeth. Bonding covers natural flaws when a thin coating of plastic material is applied on the front surface of the tooth. After this, a bonding material is applied and sculpted to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic, and the surface is finely polished.

Q: How does bonding compare to porcelain veneers or crowns?

A: Bonding (or composite) is ideal for smaller dental defects and decays. However, when larger restorations are needed, bondings are short-lived. They may change color, lose luster quickly, and break more easily. In these cases, porcelain veneers and/or crowns are a better choice. Patients who choose bonding over porcelain veneers or a crown for financial reasons, often end up having these bondings replaced by porcelain veneers or crowns within a short period of time.

Q: What are the options for whitening my teeth?

A: The three most common options are:

  • Take-home bleaching/whitening
  • In-office bleaching/whitening
  • Whitening toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes differ from bleaching because they do not permanently alter the color of the teeth. They simply contain polishing agents that remove deeper stains from the teeth than regular toothpaste

Q: Baby teeth will be replaced by adult teeth, therefore I don’t have to worry if my children have many cavities and lose their baby teeth early. Is this correct?

A: All baby teeth are present when a child is at about 24 months old. The baby teeth are gradually replaced by adult teeth starting at 6 years of age. The process is complete when the child reaches approximately 12 years of age. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely due to decay (cavity), other teeth move into the place of the missing tooth and prevent adult teeth from erupting properly. The result is mal-erupted, or impacted, adult teeth that require extensive orthodontic treatment, or sometimes even surgery to correct.

Maintaining healthy baby teeth is essential and simple to do. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups usually warrant a healthy dentition.

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