What are you doing to protect me from COVID-19?
We moved this to the top because it happens to be our most popular question at the moment, and for good reason! The COVID-19 pandemic changed how many different types of businesses operated, and many of them needed to start an infection control program from the ground up. The good news is that in the dental field, we have always operated with strict infection control procedures and treated each patient as if they were contagious. With that being said, we have taken some steps to further protect you, your family, and our team.
- Medical Grade Air Filters: Each operatory and the front waiting room have brand new, medical grade air filters that help filter viral particles out of the air.
- PPE: Dental clinical staff have always been required to wear masks and gloves, as well as eye protection. The changes include requiring either a level-3 surgical mask and face shield OR a KN95 and disposable gowns.
- Patient Screening Process: Upon check-in all patients will need to complete a COVID-19 screening form and have their temperature checked. Any patient positive for COVID-19 will be rescheduled past the infections period. We reserve the right to reschedule appointments based on screening results for the benefit of the practice, and our patients.
- Waiting Room: The seating in the front waiting room has been reduced and distanced, and all patients are required to wear a mask at all times. Clip boards and pens are sanitized after each patient use. A medical grade air filter has been installed.
- Patient Masks: All patients are required to wear a mask while in the front waiting room. If you have forgotten a mask, our team will happily give you one. If you are unable to wear a mask, we ask that you call the office prior to arriving so that we may perform the screening in the parking lot, and bring you directly back when your appointment time has arrived.
- Customized Precautions: If you are more comfortable waiting in your vehicle until your appointment, need special assistance, or have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us! We are here to make returning to the dentist as easy, comfortable, and safe as possible. You can reach our helpful team at (540)338-7325 to discuss how we can tailor your visit to suite your needs.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth are a result of gum recession. The recession allows the dentin under the gum line show, which allows food and water easier access to the sensitive nerve. To help you manage your discomfort, there are many toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that be done. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, your dental hygienist and your dentist would be more than happy to discuss some solutions during your next routine dental appointment with us.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
One thing ; Create and maintain a home care routine! Daily brushing and flossing is the best way to take great care of your teeth and gums. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a condition when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. Gums become irritated, inflamed and often have quite a bit of bleeding. To prevent gingivitis, we recommend routine home care and keeping up with your routine hygiene appointments, which should be once every six months or so.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is actually one of the most common diseases in America, although it is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. In fact, often patients with periodontal disease don't even know they are affected by it. The disease begins with gingivitis, which is where bacteria surround the teeth and enter the gums. If not properly treated and brought under control, the condition progresses to the following symptoms:
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Bone Loss
- Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Loss
Periodontal disease is treated through a series of appointments with your hygienist. In most cases after several months of commitment to a particular hygiene schedule as well as a custom tailored home care routine, the condition can be brought back under control.
What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?
Amalgams , commonly known as silver fillings, have been around for decades. These fillings are made from a metal alloy which was at the time the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with hot and cold that is placed in the mouth, which allows for little bacteria to enter a tooth once it is filled.
Composites, commonly known as white fillings, are made of plastics or glass polymers. These fillings allow us to remove a cavity and replace the removed tooth structure with a substance that looks and feels just like your natural teeth.
How Can I Improve My Smile?
Smile are all unique, and what one patient may want to do to improve their smile may be completely different to another patient's preference. Some common procedures that patients ask for are:
- Tooth Whitening - To make a smile brighter
- Bonding - To fix small chips, cracks, etc.
- Porcelain Veneers and Crowns - To change the shape and the color of the tooth structure permanently
At Norbo Dental, we are proud to offer a variety of different procedures and options for our patient's convenience. Contact our office so we can schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to determine the perfect option for you!
What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride is has been added to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.
Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.
The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!
What is Bonding?
Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding like Tooth Whitening may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!
What are Crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits.
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
- Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
- Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
- Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
- Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.
The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist). The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.
You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Fees from Dental Implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.
How long does a Dental Implant last?
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.
Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!