Dental FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions)

Pediatric Dentistry

How is a pediatric dentist different from other dentists?

Pediatric dentists attend four years of dental school followed by two additional years of advanced training in pediatric dentistry. During this additional training, extensive knowledge and experience is gained in treating infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each patient a great amount of expertise in child growth and development and behavior management. Because our office is geared toward young visitors, you will find that our staff, as well as our office design, work together to provide an especially friendly and comfortable environment for children.

How can I prepare my child for his first dental appointment?

The best preparation for your child's first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults' apprehensions and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist, you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the web site. Let your child know that it's important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your pediatric dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.

Baby teeth aren't permanent; why do they need special care?

All 20 baby teeth are generally lost by age 12 or 13, but during those early years they play a critical role in your child’s development. While they are in place those primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth to erupt and align properly.

How can I help my child avoid cavities?

Be sure that your child brushes his teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, as flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can't. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement which helps tooth enamel be harder and more resistant to decay. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. And finally, make regular appointments so that we can check the health of your child's teeth and provide professional cleanings.

Does my child need dental sealants?

Sealants cover the pits and fissures in teeth that are difficult to brush and therefore susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants as a safe, simple way to help your child avoid cavities, especially for molars, which are hardest to reach.

My child plays sports; how can I protect his teeth?

Even children's sports involve contact, and we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.

When should my child have dental x-rays taken?

We recommend taking x-rays around the age of two or three. The first set consists of simple pictures of the front upper and lower teeth, which familiarizes your child with the process. Once the baby teeth in back are touching each other, then regular (at least yearly) x-rays are recommended. Permanent teeth start coming in around age six, and x-rays help us make sure your child's teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned. If your child is at a high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having x-rays taken at an earlier age.

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves the beauty and health of one's smile.. Nearly every dental procedure has 2 elements: Aesthetics and function. A quality cosmetic dentist takes both of these elements into consideration; so that one may rest assured they will not only look great, but enjoy hassle free long-term results.

What are some examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry covers a multitude of procedures from smile teeth whitening to repairing, straightening, replacing or enhancing the appearance of one’s teeth and smile. Most common is the use of Cosmetic Veneers or Laminates. These thin, but durable restorations are much more conservative to the natural tooth than traditional crowns, and have become a very popular way to enhance a smile. In certain procedures dental bonding can be a way to shape teeth as well.

Why would someone need or be interested in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry provides more than just a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), cosmetic dentistry has also been shown to improve a person's overall health and emotional well-being. An improved smile can boost a person's self-image, making them more confident in their daily lives.

How has technology improved in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dental techniques have advanced dramatically over the last decade. The qualities of materials such as porcelain and composite resins have improved, giving a more lifelike appearance. And, where gum-tissue surgery and contouring was once performed with scalpels, lasers now provide fast, non-surgical results.

Braces or veneers?

If you are happy with the shape and color of your teeth, then orthodontic teeth straightening may be a good option for you. If you want to whiten and enhance the shape of your teeth as well as straighten them, then cosmetic dentistry will give you the results you are looking for while saving you time and money. Clear teeth aligners provide a great alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign is the latest generation of “invisible” teeth aligners. Though not always necessary, some people will choose to undergo some teeth straightening prior to be fitted with cosmetic veneers.

What is a cosmetic veneer?

Modern metal-free dentistry has evolved to a point where we can be much more conservative with tooth preparation. A dental veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer, essentially covers the visible part of a tooth preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth to provide the desired smile and bite. Each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means that an outer layer of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement.

How long do veneers last?

When "seated" correctly, veneers are strong and can last for many years, even a lifetime with good oral care.

Will veneers eventually stain?

Porcelain veneers are non-porous and will not stain or discolor.

Is there a difference in quality among various types of veneers and crowns?

Yes. Aesthetic dentistry is the ultimate blend of art and science. If quality and service are important to you, look for experience, proven results, and a focused approach to your unique needs and desires. There are many different materials used in veneers and crowns. There are also a variety of commercial brand name veneers, including Lumineers™, DuraThins™, and DaVinci Veneers™, to name a few. Incredible Smiles creates all restorations with the help of one ceramist dedicated exclusively to Dr. Lori Kemmet and her team.

What is bonding and how is it different from a veneer?

Bonding is done by placing tooth-like material onto the tooth to build it up and/or to alter its shape. Over time the bonded portion of a tooth will change color as compared to the natural, un-bonded portion of the tooth. The advantage of bonding is that it is an ultra-conservative way to restore a tooth and is completed in one visit. The disadvantage is that it will discolor over time and is more prone to breakage than a veneer.

What is an all-porcelain crown or veneer?

Many restorations are designed with a metal lining covered with porcelain (porcelain fused to metal or PFM). They appear "flat" because the metal does not let light pass through like a natural tooth does. There is often a dark line next to the gum line that is undesirable (often the metal irritates the adjacent gum tissue in the form of an allergic reaction). Always inquire! Dentists will say that it is porcelain. And it is…on the outside. Dr. Kemmet provides 100% all-porcelain restorations. When properly seated, they are as strong as or stronger than their metal predecessors. And the appearance is strikingly similar to a natural tooth, allowing light to pass through (referred to as translucency).

What can be done for excessive gum tissue?

Sometimes people have too much gum tissue or there is an asymmetry of the tissue across the smile. The solution is simple. A specialized soft-tissue laser can remove the excessive gum tissue. There is always a margin of tissue that can safely be removed to further enhance a smile. This non-surgical and pain-free procedure is completed in a matter of minutes.

Is cosmetic dental work expensive?

Cosmetic dental work is probably not as expensive as you think. The cost of cosmetic dentistry depends on how much you want or need. Like any cosmetic process, costs will vary with the amount of product or services you desire. A skilled cosmetic dentist can explain various fees and the best procedure for you. Also, some cosmetic dental options are covered by insurance if "need" can be established. People often take advantage of a monthly payment plan provided through www.capitalonehealthcarefinance.com.

Is there a payment program option other than insurance?

In many cases insurance will assist with any "needed" dentistry. In general, because of limits insurance companies place on dentistry, most people elect to pay their own fees. As a benefit to our guests, we provide a monthly payment program that makes restorative cosmetic dentistry affordable to most anyone. We also provide a no-interest, same-as-cash program to qualifying guests.