Dental Topics

Have a question about dentistry?

Following are a few frequently asked questions, and, we invite you to Contact Us for more information, our Fayette Family Dental Care Team is always happy to assist you!

Why do I need Dental Xrays?

When Dr. Verdin conducts an oral examination, he will check areas that are visible for any obvious signs of decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Dental xrays help him "see" between the teeth and underneath the gums that are not visible to the eye alone. Xrays provide Dr. Verdin and our dental hygienists with a tremendous amount of information about the health of the nerve of the tooth and if there has been any bone loss around the teeth from periodontal disease or trauma. And, abnormalities like tumors or cysts are rarely visible in an oral exam, it takes an xray to determine if these are present (or to rule them out). Our office uses digital radiography, allowing us to reduce the radiation amount used to significantly less than that of traditional film.

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What is a Dental Sealant?

Molar teeth have deep grooves and pits in the chewing surface. These areas can be difficult to keep clean, making them attractive to decay-causing bacteria. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is painted into these areas to make the tooth surface smooth and easier to keep clean. Sealants are generally always recommended for children, and often for adults. They do not require any drilling, and no shots!

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What is Periodontal Disease?

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At each preventive visit, Dr. Verdin and your Dental Hygienist will measure your gums using a special instrument. They are looking for areas in which the gums have receded, abnormal "pockets" between the tooth and gum or other signs of inflammation or infection that are indicators of periodontal (gum) disease. They will also review your dental xrays to determine if there has been any change in the bone levels surrounding the teeth, this is also a sign of periodontal disease.

Gum disease does not hurt. Signs to look for at home are 1) bleeding during brushing, 2) a bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away, or 3) chronic bad breath. Periodontal disease is progressive and because it destroys bone, it can cause teeth to appear "longer". Over time, they will become loose and eventually completely fall out. Because periodontal disease is an infection, it has been linked as a risk factor for patients that suffer from heart disease and diabetes and is a known complication for cancer patients. Ongoing research continues to confirm the oral health connection to systemic illnesses.

Prevention of periodontal disease begins with regular dental examinations and routine maintenance. We can help you understand your current condition, and assist you with tips to brush, floss and do everything you can to prevent gum disease. We want you to have a healthy smile for a lifetime!

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What are Veneers?

Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers are a beautiful way to enhance a smile with very little change to existing tooth structure. They are thin shells of porcelain that adhere to the front of your natural teeth to change your smile appearance. Custom cosmetic dental veneers are ideal for concealing chipped areas, mis-shaped front teeth or to close gaps between teeth. Once in place, they look and feel just like natural teeth.

To design your dental veneers, Dr. Verdin will talk with you about your desired look and offer recommendations based on your overall oral health and smile shade, shape and symmetry. Working in partnership with our trusted dental laboratory, he can create a wax model of your veneers for your approval before they are fabricated.

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