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Family Dentistry


    Family dentistry focuses on your unique oral health at every life stage. Children and adults each have different dental needs. A qualified family dentist has the training to deliver comprehensive care for both primary and permanent teeth. Typical family dentistry services include cleanings, fluoride treatments, cavity fillings, orthodontics, and gum disease treatment. A family dentist is also equally skilled in creating a positive dental experience for both adults and children.

    To become a general dentist one must complete a bachelor’s degree and four years of dental school. A pediatric dentist undergoes an additional two to three years of training specializing in children’s behavior and special dental needs.

    A family dentist is trained in dealing with both adults’ and children’s needs. They can offer your family more treatment options, decreasing the need for referrals. A family dentist can treat the entire family, meaning you’re not driving to multiple locations.


    Typically a child should to have routine exams and cleanings. However, during your child’s initial exam, the dentist will determine how often they need services based on their oral health. Permanent teeth are most vulnerable to decay when they have first sprouted, which usually occurs while children are between the ages of six and eight. This is a critical time to maintain regular checkups.

    The American Dental Association doesn’t have an exact recommendation for how often an adult should be seeing the dentist. As with children, it depends on your unique state of oral health. Generally, adults should have a . During your initial exam, your dentist will make an assessment to determine how often you will need cleanings and exams to maintain optimum oral health. For example, those suffering from gum disease will need frequent visits to have periodontal cleanings that manage and remove the infection.

    Sealants are a thin, protective coating placed over teeth to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth from developing cavities. In addition to regular flossing and brushing, sealants are a great line of defense against potential cavities. They can reduce the risk of decay in molars.

    Sealing molars as soon as they sprout through helps to protect them from developing cavities before they have a chance to develop. Sealants can last for several years before needing to be reapplied.


    As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Save your family money, time, and discomfort by being vigilant about good oral hygiene habits now.

    Every family member should brush their teeth twice a day with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. Avoid using whitening toothpastes for the whole family—extended use can lead to wearing down the critical enamel layer. Those who have teeth that touch one another should be flossing between them once a day. After meals swish your mouth with water to clear away food particles and acids. Start building your child’s healthy dental habits early on and visit the dentist regularly.


    Dental X-Rays help dentists find signs of dental damage and disease that wouldn’t be found during a regular exam. X-rays today, thanks to advancements in technology, require less radiation than machines of the past. The techniques and equipment used are all designed to expose patients to At Bela Family Dentistry of Newberry, we take every precaution we can to best protect our patients and ensure minimal exposure.

    Your dentist will determine how often an individual needs X-rays done by the state of their oral health, disease risk level, and age. At times children will require more X-rays than adults as their teeth and jaws are still developing. Their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay due to primary teeth having a thinner layer of enamel and newly sprouted permanent teeth being more vulnerable to cavities.


    is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, soil, and air. Almost all water sources contain some levels of fluoride and it is added to many public water supplies in the United States to help prevent cavities in the population.

    Fluoride, when consumed in large amounts, can be toxic. Toothpaste contains large concentrations of fluoride and should never be swallowed. But the amounts added to water are safe for consumption and beneficial to our overall well-being.

    Fluoride strengthens teeth by integrating with the other minerals found in the enamel layer of your teeth. This makes teeth less susceptible to decay and prevents minerals leeching. The in appropriate, safe amounts.


    As soon as a child’s teeth start to come in, the American Academy of Pediatrics using a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It is important to note that small children need just the tiniest amount of toothpaste—no more than about the size of a grain of rice.

    Children develop the ability to spit at around the age of three and so can begin to use a slightly larger amount of toothpaste—about the size of a pea. They should be monitored during brushing time until they are around six years of age as during this time they are still developing their swallowing reflex.


    Most often called baby teeth, despite being temporary are very important to your child’s lifelong health and development. These teeth, in addition to helping children chew, speak, and smile, hold space within the jaw for the teeth developing below.

    Primary teeth that are lost too soon create an empty space that the permanent teeth below can then shift into. This shifting can cause problems for the other teeth developing in that space, leading to crooked and crowded permanent teeth.

    Properly protects the development of their permanent teeth. Help your child develop the healthy habits that ensure a properly aligned smile they’ll enjoy for decades to come.

  • Why do I need to see the dentist if I brush and floss regularly?

    Although it’s important to practice proper dental hygiene, such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily, it’s equally important to visit the dentist every six months. It can take the eyes of a professional to recognize the signs or symptoms of certain complications. Routine dental appointments also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and receive treatment if you need it.
  • What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?

    Every patient is different, and no one service can be the perfect fit for everyone. Our doctors will always take plenty of time to understand your personal goals and circumstances and recommend a reconstructive solution that best fits your unique situation! That said, dental implants are definitely a top-tier option. Unlike more traditional services, they actually replicate the entire natural structure of the tooth, including the root beneath the gum line. This leads to outstanding durability, aesthetic value, and longevity.
  • I need to replace my teeth, but I'm afraid that dentures won't fit.

    We understand that in the past, dentures were mass-produced, which left a lot to be desired when it came to a secure fit. However, today’s dentures are created to fit individual mouths. Our restorative dentistry team is practiced with measuring patients for dentures and partial dentures.

    If you’re still unsure, we may be able to place dental implants instead.

  • What kind of technology does your office have?

    Our team takes pride in staying up to date with the latest advancements in oral healthcare – after all, this approach helps make each appointment faster, more accurate, and more comfortable for patients! Our technological offerings include all-digital X-rays, a state-of-the-art Cone Beam, all-digital impressions, CEREC same-day crowns, and more. Check out our technology page to learn more.
  • Do you accept my insurance plan?

    Peery & Woolwine Family Dentistry accepts:

    • Anthem
    • Guardian
    • Cigna
    • Metlife
    • Delta

    Even if we are not a participating provider with your company, we will still gladly file with them. We enjoy working with your dental insurance to help maximize your benefits.

  • When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

    Because toothbrushes deteriorate and get worn out over time if you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day, we suggest you replace your toothbrush and your child’s toothbrush at least once every three months. With electric toothbrushes, you might not have to replace the toothbrush heads as often. Read and follow the directions for your specific toothbrush.

    We recommend that people who suffer from gum disease replace their toothbrushes more frequently, at least once every four to six weeks, to prevent spreading bacteria. People who have recently been ill are also encouraged to replace their toothbrushes as soon as possible afterward. A helpful tip is to rinse your toothbrush under hot water after brushing your teeth, as this cleans the bristles. To disinfect the brush, you could use mouthwash or try a UV sanitizer.

  • How Can I Prepare My Child for Visiting the Dentist?

    If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, we recommend bringing them to our office for a pre-tour before their actual appointment. If this is not possible, consider showing them pictures of our staff and office on our website. This allows them to become comfortable with the space beforehand. You can also play games with your child or use a cloth to wipe their teeth after feeding to prepare them for their first visit.

    Explain to your child how important it is to have healthy teeth and that the dentist wants to help them do that. It’s also important to lead by example for your child. Ensure that they see you practicing good oral hygiene habits such as flossing and brushing your own teeth. In addition to that, be positive about the dentist as children can often sense dental fear or anxiety from their parents.

  • What Causes Cavities?

    People’s mouths are covered in bacteria, and when this bacteria comes into contact with any sugars left behind on the teeth, the bacteria produce acid. This acid then starts attacking the teeth’s enamel. A cavity or hole in the tooth forms after the acid has gotten through a tooth’s enamel.

    Children do not have this type of cavity-causing bacteria in their mouths from birth. They get this type of bacteria from their parents, caregivers or other family members through using the same eating utensils or cups, sharing drinks or using pacifiers that a caregiver cleaned with their mouth. Caregivers need to limit these kinds of habits to decrease a child’s risk of getting cavities later on.

  • What Is a Fluoride Treatment and Does My Child Need One?

    Fluoride treatments are effective for strengthening the enamel of teeth for adults and especially children. Two different types of fluoride treatments are available. The first type is a fluoride varnish, which gets applied with a soft brush. Once the varnish is applied, you cannot floss or brush your teeth for four to six hours afterward. It is also recommended that you wait two hours before drinking and four hours before eating and only eat soft foods for the rest of the day.

    The second type of fluoride treatment is a fluoride gel, which takes about four minutes to apply. After this treatment, you should not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes. These fluoridated gels and varnishes contain a higher concentration of fluoride than store-bought treatments. Kids should begin receiving fluoride treatments after they get their first tooth and then after that. As dental professionals, we can determine which treatment is the most appropriate for your child.

  • Why Are Dental X-Rays Important?

    From the age of six years, children’s permanent teeth start to come in. Dental X-rays help dental professionals determine whether your child’s jaws and teeth are aligned. There are two types of dental X-rays that we often use for children.

    Bite-wing X-rays allow us to examine the teeth at the back of the mouth, whereas panoramic X-rays allow us to examine the growth and the development of your child’s teeth. Dental X-rays can also assist us in assessing your child’s teeth more comprehensively and check for any cavities.

  • Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

    Whitening toothpaste can vary in its ability to whiten teeth. They often appear to whiten teeth to a certain extent by removing surface-level stains on the teeth, such as coffee or smoking stains, for example. However, these kinds of toothpaste will not alter the actual color of your teeth, nor will they be able to lighten a stain that is deeper than the surface level.

    In addition, some whitening toothpastes include harsh abrasives and chemicals that could start to harm and damage the natural enamel of your teeth with repeated use. Over time, this could also cause increased tooth sensitivity. If you’re interested in an , schedule a teeth whitening appointment with FDNJ.

  • I Just Found Out I Am Pregnant. How Can This Affect My Mouth?

    About experience pregnancy gingivitis. This is a condition that can cause discomfort, redness, bleeding, swelling and increased sensitivity of the gums.

    Another more advanced oral condition, periodontal disease, could also affect your baby’s health. In more severe cases of periodontal disease, high levels of the oral bacteria prostaglandin can be found. This bacteria can produce a labor-inducing chemical, contributing to women having low birth weight or preterm babies. It is imperative to let your dentist know if you are pregnant so that they can take extra precautions in ensuring your dental care is safe for your baby and for yourself.

  • What payment options do you accept?

    We accept any major credit card, NFC payments (such as Google Wallet and Apple Pay), checks, and cash. We also accept Care Credit, which allows you to make no-interest payments over a certain period of time, such as 0% for 12 months.

    If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold liquid or food, schedule an appointment with the dentist. Additional signs that indicate the attention of a dentist is necessary include bleeding gums when flossing/brushing, halitosis, tooth pain, a lingering bad taste, difficulty chewing/swallowing, dry mouth, an uneven bite and a popping jaw.

    The typical checkup starts out with the patient filling out paperwork. His or her mouth is then examined. The hygienist will determine if x-rays are necessary. Specialized dental instruments will be used to check for gum disease. The teeth are cleaned the same day or during a follow up visit. The dentist will analyze your overall dental health. He will also perform an oral cancer screening in which the tongue is held with gauze. It is checked along with the entire mouth and jaw.

    As you look at information about dentists you might see that many are listed as DDS. Others are listed as DMD. These letters mean the same thing: the dentist graduated from a dental school with the proper accreditation. The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is the same degree as the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Dentists with either of these degrees have the same education as one another. Dentists pass through rigorous academic coursework and clinical training. They must also pass a demanding national written exam along with a state/regional clinical licensing exam prior to practicing. Dentists must also adhere to continuing education requirements in order to hold onto their license.
  • How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?

    • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
    • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
    • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
    • Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
    • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.

  • What is a filling?

    A filling is a synthetic material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, be sure to talk to your doctor about what type is best for you and your teeth.
  • What is gum disease?

    Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:

    • Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
    • Chronic bad breath
    • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
    • Extreme tooth sensitivity
    • Receding gum line
    • Abscessed teeth

  • Do checkups and dental cleaning hurt?

    A dental checkup is a simple procedure and not inherently painful. The dentist looks in the mouth, using a light and mirror to see into difficult corners. Dental cleaning involves a motorized rotary brush, much like a commercial electric toothbrush. Neither procedure is painful. A few minutes to grin and bear it will radically improve every other smile in the future.

    Regular checkups help spot developing problems early, making them easier to treat. An in-office dental cleaning removes difficult stains and maintains good oral hygiene. Adding dental cleaning to the normal checkup further helps spot and prevent problems before they develop. Together, checkups and dental cleaning minimize the need for other more invasive procedures. Prevention and care are inherently less painful than treating a toothache.

  • What is that hooked, sharp-looking dental tool?

    That is a sickle probe. It is not nearly as sharp as it looks. It is among the most commonly used dental tools, alongside a light and a mirror. The probe primarily allows the dentist to test teeth for sensitivity and to remove plaque and tartar. At most, the sickle probe’s prodding at the gumline may be irritating but not painful. It is an essential part of the family dentist’s toolkit in checkups and dental cleaning.
  • What should I do if I have bad breath?

    Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition.  Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning.

    There are various causes that attribute to bad breath, but in healthy people, the major source is microbial deposits on the tongue.  Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

    What causes bad breath?

    • Morning time – Saliva flow almost stops during sleep, reducing its cleaning power and allowing bacteria to grow, which results in bad breath.
    • Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc.  Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the blood stream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
    • Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
    • Periodontal (gum) disease – Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
    • Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
    • Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
    • Tobacco products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
    • Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
    • Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
    • Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.

    Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath.  Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with your dentist.

    What can I do to prevent bad breath?

    • Practice good oral hygiene – Brush at least twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush.  Floss daily to remove food debris and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gumline.  Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue and reach the back areas.  Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.  If you wear dentures or removable bridges, clean them thoroughly and place them back in your mouth in the morning.
    • See your dentist regularly – Get a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year.  If you have or have had periodontal disease, your dentist will recommend more frequent visits.
    • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco – Ask your dentist what they recommend to help break the habit.
    • Drink water frequently – Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.
    • Use mouthwash/rinses – Some over-the-counter products only provide a temporary solution to mask unpleasant mouth odor.  Ask your dentist about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate bad breath but also kill the germs that cause the problem.

    In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath.  If it is determined that your mouth is healthy and bad breath remains persistent, your dentist may refer you to your physician to determine the cause of the odor and an appropriate treatment plan.

    1. How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

    Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition.  Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning.

    There are various causes that attribute to bad breath, but in healthy people, the major source is microbial deposits on the tongue.  Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

    What causes bad breath?

    • Morning time – Saliva flow almost stops during sleep, reducing its cleaning power and allowing bacteria to grow, which results in bad breath.
    • Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc.  Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the blood stream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
    • Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
    • Periodontal (gum) disease – Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
    • Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
    • Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
    • Tobacco products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
    • Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
    • Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
    • Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.

    Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath.  Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with your dentist.

    What can I do to prevent bad breath?

    • Practice good oral hygiene – Brush at least twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush.  Floss daily to remove food debris and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gumline.  Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue and reach the back areas.  Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.  If you wear dentures or removable bridges, clean them thoroughly and place them back in your mouth in the morning.
    • See your dentist regularly – Get a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year.  If you have or have had periodontal disease, your dentist will recommend more frequent visits.
    • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco – Ask your dentist what they recommend to help break the habit.
    • Drink water frequently – Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.
    • Use mouthwash/rinses – Some over-the-counter products only provide a temporary solution to mask unpleasant mouth odor.  Ask your dentist about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate bad breath but also kill the germs that cause the problem.

    In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath.  If it is determined that your mouth is healthy and bad breath remains persistent, your dentist may refer you to your physician to determine the cause of the odor and an appropriate treatment plan.

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

    If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or simply want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.

    Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years, not only due to advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials, but also because patients are becoming increasingly focused on improving their overall health. This includes dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile.

    There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over. Ask your dentist how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

    Cosmetic Procedures:

    Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking. Teeth darkened as a result of injury or taking certain medications can also be bleached, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.

    Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings: Also known as “bonding”, composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities and also to replace old, defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.

    Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.

    Porcelain Crowns (caps): A crown is a tooth-colored, custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.

    Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution to removable dental appliances.

    Orthodontics: Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are making straightening teeth with orthodontics much more appealing to adult patients. In some cases, teeth can be straightened with custom-made, clear, removable aligners in place of braces.

    Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic treatments can make a difference in making your smile shine!

  • What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

    Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth.  They are very durable and will not stain, making them a very popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile.

    Veneers may be used to restore or correct the following dental conditions:

    • Severely discolored or stained teeth
    • Unwanted or uneven spaces
    • Worn or chipped teeth
    • Slight tooth crowding
    • Misshapen teeth
    • Teeth that are too small or large

    Getting veneers usually requires two visits.  Veneers are created from an impression (mold) of your teeth that is then sent to a professional dental laboratory where each veneer is custom-made (for shape and color) for your individual smile.

    With little or no anesthesia, teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the front surface of the teeth to allow for the small thickness of veneers.  The veneers are carefully fitted and bonded onto the tooth surface with special bonding cements and occasionally a specialized light may be used to harden and set the bond.

    Veneers are an excellent dental treatment that can dramatically improve your teeth and give you a natural, beautiful smile.

  • What is cosmetic dentistry?

    Cosmetic dentistry is one or more dental treatments that enhance the appearance of your teeth.

    It could include:

    • Teeth whitening
    • Porcelain veneers
    • Dental bonding
    • Invisalign
    • Dental implants
    • Smile makeovers

    These cosmetic procedures can be combined to reach your smile goals.

  • What does cosmetic dentistry fix?

    Cosmetic dentistry fixes a wide range of smile flaws, including:

    • Yellow, stained, or discolored teeth
    • Missing teeth
    • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
    • Receding gums
    • Overbites
    • Crooked teeth

    Teeth whitening

    is an effective way to make your smile stand out. It also covers up yellowing or stained teeth.


    If you’re looking for a picture-perfect smile for years to come, we suggest talking to your dentist about prepless veneers or . Veneers fix many smile flaws, including crooked, discolored, and cracked teeth.

    A veneer is a thin, porcelain cover that’s bonded to the front of your tooth. They’re your favorite celebrity’s best-kept secret!

    Veneers are custom-made in color, thickness, and shape and are long-lasting and durable.

    The best part?

    They’re stain-resistant!

    Cosmetic bonding

    If you have chips or cracks in your teeth,  could be the perfect solution for you. It’s non-invasive and hides any tooth imperfections in a single visit.

    Smile makeovers

    A  is a combination of cosmetic procedures to build your perfect smile.

    Your cosmetic dentist in Loganville, GA will personalize your treatment to your wants and goals. With advanced technology and craftsmanship, you’ll walk out of the office with a beautiful and healthy smile.

  • Is cosmetic dentistry painful?

    No, cosmetic dentistry isn’t painful.
    In fact:
    It’s safe and effective against dental problems in the long run.
    Procedures such as porcelain veneers, , and dental bonding strengthen your underlying tooth.
    With a smile you love, you’ll be more motivated to maintain it with good dental hygiene and routine cleanings.
  • How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

    Cosmetic dentistry costs vary from patient to patient, depending on what needs to be done.
    For example, the national average cost for professional teeth whitening treatment is anywhere between $300 to $650.
    The best way to know how much your treatment will cost is to with your dentist.
  • Does dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?

    Typically, cosmetic dentistry isn’t covered by dental insurance.
    Some dental plans may cover the partial cost of procedures where the primary purpose is to repair a structural issue. (Such as dental crowns).
    Often, your dentist will offer and third-party financing companies to assist with your budget.
  • Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

    The quick answer?

    Yes, cosmetic dentistry is worth it!

    It’s a long-term investment that improves your:

    • Confidence
    • Quality of life

    Your smile is the physical representation of showing your joy. When you have a smile you love, that happiness will increase drastically. You won’t be able to stop smiling.

    Your oral health improves with cosmetic procedures, such as replacing missing teeth.

    When you lose a tooth, your bones and tissues surround the area start to shift, creating a sunken facial look that quickly ages you.


    Fixing gaps from missing teeth or correcting your bite restores your ability to eat effectively again!

    With cosmetic dentistry, you’re not just enjoying a new smile. You’re restoring your life.


    A cosmetic dentist is trained to safely and effectively provide a variety of treatments that are designed to enhance your smile. If you have missing teeth, you feel that your teeth are crooked, or you’re an adult looking for an alternative to braces, a cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

    Just as every smile we treat is unique, so are the treatments we provide. While cosmetic treatment times may vary, some treatments are completed within one office visit.

    Patients who experience the most benefit from having their teeth whitened:

    • Are in good dental health
    • Maintain good dental health (i.e. brush three times a day, floss, receive regular dental checkups every six months, etc.)
    • May suffer from slightly discolored or yellow teeth
    • Wish to improve the look of their smile for aesthetic purposes
    • Are in good physical health


    Teeth whitening is a safe, effective procedure, and does not typically include any negative side effects. Minor side effects may consist of:

    • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
    • White spots on the surface of the teeth (a potential side effect of at-home whitening systems)
    • Nighttime whitening trays may cause additional gum sensitivity or irritation.

  • Do cosmetic treatments affect my oral health?

    Any dentist, no matter what their specialty, will first make sure your oral health needs are met before any cosmetic treatment is started. In this way, yes, your oral health will be improved with any cosmetic treatment.

    Once those needs are met, your cosmetic plan will begin. Those might be implants, crowns, veneers, or even Invisalign braces. (Invisalign is technically an orthodontic treatment but is also considered cosmetic dentistry in many cases, too.) Your dentist will provide a treatment plan to enhance your smile and help you keep that smile as healthy as possible in the future with regular checkups.

  • Can a cosmetic dentist fix my crooked teeth?

    Yes! A dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry will work with you to reshape the teeth based on how badly they are misaligned. For slightly crooked teeth that have no bite problems, porcelain veneers can often help. Veneers last longer than dental bonding and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

    However, if your teeth are very crooked or the bite is misaligned, veneers aren’t the solution. In that case, your teeth would need to be straightened with an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign clear aligners instead.

  • What other reasons do people have for seeing a cosmetic dentist?

    Here are some of the other reasons you may want to consult with a cosmetic dentist:

    • Damaged teeth (cracks, chips, etc.)
    • Discoloration
    • Misshapen teeth
    • Missing teeth

    People often refuse to smile due to issues like these.  Cosmetic dentistry can help eliminate any embarrassment and discomfort you feel by affordably correcting conditions like mentioned above.

  • Will people be able to tell that I’ve had cosmetic dentistry work done?

    Rest assured that with the advancements in cosmetic dentistry, you won’t have to worry about people knowing you’ve had treatments. The materials used can be expertly color-matched to your natural teeth, making it impossible to distinguish between crowns, veneers and bonding resins and your natural teeth. Furthermore, the glossy finish of the surfaces is identical to that of natural teeth, ensuring a seamless look.
  • What are implants?

    Dental implants are one of the greatest advancements in modern dentistry in 40 years. They are a permanent solution to missing teeth or those that are badly damaged. This is one of the reasons that implants are one of the fastest-growing dental procedures today.

    Titanium posts, which are biocompatible, are surgically inserted into the jaw where one or more teeth are missing. A crown is then added that is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. The implants are reliable and offer stability in the mouth. The process can take up to a year. But, every patient is different. So, your dentist will discuss a more precise timeline with you if you choose to have implants done.

  • Can veneers, crowns, or bridges stain?

    Yes, but this is preventable. You are in control of staining on your veneers and crowns by how you treat your teeth in general. Even though veneers and crowns are highly resistant to becoming stained, your natural teeth can still become stained. The more they become stained, the less they will match the color of the veneers and crowns around them. Ask our dental hygienist for information on how to avoid this.
  • Does whitening damage the enamel on my teeth?

    No, professional teeth whitening at does not damage your tooth enamel. Some of the home kits can cause damage if they aren’t used correctly.

    In-office whitening is a multi-step procedure that will usually take around one hour. The results can last up to two years, so this will be time well spent!

  • Does dental insurance pay for any cosmetic dentistry?

    It’s impossible to know the answer to this question for your case unless you contact your insurance plan with your dentist’s recommended treatment plan. In general, a cosmetic procedure repairs or restores damaged teeth, many insurance policies will cover the treatment to correct those repairs. Teeth whitening is generally not covered.

    It’s best not to assume your cosmetic work won’t be covered. Contact your insurance company with the details of your proposed treatment plan and let them advise you on your coverage. Our team here at Wilmington Dental Associates can also help you navigate your dental insurance benefits and determine if the cosmetic dentistry you need is covered.

  • Can Invisalign® clear aligners help me?

    The Invisalign® system is an excellent choice for many patients and is especially popular among adults who wish to straighten their smiles comfortably and discreetly. Invisalign clear aligners utilize clear aligners that are virtually undetectable to address mild to moderate alignment issues. Our dentists can help you determine if Invisalign treatment is right for your smile.
  • Will dental veneers make my smile look unnatural?

    Dental veneers are designed to match the size, shape and shade of your surrounding teeth for an aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking smile. If you are receiving multiple veneers, you may wish to select a shade lighter than your teeth for a brighter appearance. Dr. Shah can help you determine the optimal appearance of your dental veneer(s).
  • Is cosmetic dentistry safe?

    This is a question that many people ask when they are considering undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure.
    The answer is that, in general, cosmetic dentistry is safe.

    However, as with any medical procedure, there are always risks involved. These risks can be minimized by choosing a reputable and experienced cosmetic dentist.

  • I have ugly teeth. Can something be done to make my smile look better?

    Having confidence in your smile is important for both your personal and professional life. If you don’t feel good about your teeth, it can hold you back from fully enjoying life and achieving your goals.
    Fortunately, there are many options available to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
    Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and there are now many ways to improve the appearance of your teeth.

    If you’re unhappy with your smile, talk to your dentist about what options would be best for you. With today’s technology, its likely that they’ll be able to give you the smile of your dreams.

  • Are cosmetic dental treatments also available for children?

    While some parents may worry that their child is too young for cosmetic dental procedures, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry notes that there is no age limit on cosmetic dental treatments.
    In fact, many children can benefit from one or more of these treatments.

    For example, teeth whitening can help a child who is embarrassed by their yellowed or stained teeth feel more confident. Bonding can be used to repair chips or cracks in teeth, while veneers can be used to change the shape or color of teeth.

    Braces can also be used for both aesthetic and functional purposes. If your child is interested in any of these treatments, be sure to talk to their dentist to see if they are a good candidate.

  • What are the available options option if I want a smile makeover

    There are a few different options available if you are looking for a smile makeover. You can get veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. You can also get Lumineers, which are a type of veneer that is even thinner and more translucent.

    If you have gaps in your teeth, you can get dental bonding, which is a procedure where a tooth-colored resin is applied to your teeth and then hardened with a UV light.

    You can also get teeth whitening, which will make your teeth several shades lighter. And finally, you can get braces or , which will straighten your teeth.

  • Can I Be Sedated for My Cosmetic Dental Procedures?

    Generally, if you feel anxious, all you really need for your cosmetic dental treatment is a little nitrous oxide to help calm you down.
  • What is an accredited cosmetic dentist?

    An AAACD dentist has been trained in cosmetic procedures and after many years, completing the Accreditation Program by the Dr. Shah was awarded the coveted AAACD certificate of Accreditation.

    The AACD provides ample learning opportunities for member dentists. Those dentists striving to be the best apply for Accreditation in the AACD, testing their skill through practical examinations and real-life case presentations.

    The American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) is the industry leader in providing the most updated and comprehensive training in all facial esthetic fields. We offer smile makeovers and other facial esthetics by using botox and dermal fillers. Dr. Shah has been treating happy patients with these procedures since 2009. Dr. Shah is certificated by AAFE.

  • Does cosmetic dentistry do more than improve my appearance?

    Yes, it can also improve your oral health. Apart from the improved aesthetic and boost in confidence, addressing the stains, gaps, cracks, and chips in your teeth will lessen your chances of developing decay, gum disease, or other serious dental problems. When choosing cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile, you will not only look and feel great about your appearance, but you will also be able to embrace a healthier smile that functions without any problems.
  • Can I expect my new smile to last forever?

    The answer is ultimately up to you. It is typical for cosmetic services to require optimal maintenance to last years or even decades, but it is often necessary for you to seek follow-up treatment over time. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding can last much longer with proper care but will require replacements in time. However, a service such as gum recontouring is designed to be a permanent solution, allowing you to enjoy a new and improved smile for a lifetime.
  • How many visits will it require to achieve a new smile?

    This is dependent upon the type of cosmetic service you pursue. Each treatment has varying timelines. Some may only require one visit to our office (i.e. dental bonding, in-office teeth whitening), whereas others will involve 2 or 3 visits (i.e. porcelain veneers).

    Invisalign® clear aligners can take as long as 12 months, and you will be expected to maintain regular visits during this time to allow Dr. Shah to review your progress.

  • How can I get my natural teeth to match my porcelain veneers?

    If you opt to have only a few porcelain veneers placed on your most visible teeth, you may decide you want an even look among all your teeth. Instead of going back to have more veneers put on, you can choose to undergo in-office teeth whitening. This will help to create a cohesive look among all your teeth and avoid the additional cost of having more custom-made veneers created.
  • Are Lumineers better than conventional veneers?

    Lumineers are special types of . Both are thin coverings that are applied to the top of teeth so that a more aesthetically pleasing smile results. Lumineers are ultra-thin, so there is no need for tooth preparation. This means that no anesthetic is needed during treatment. Lumineers are bonded directly to tooth enamel, which creates the strongest connection possible. Conventional veneers require a trimming process that may expose some of a tooth’s dentin. Bonding to dentin is not as secure as bonding to enamel.
  • How long do veneers last on teeth?

    Porcelain veneers are made to last up to 15 years. It is important for a person to properly care for veneers so that damage does not occur. A person should avoid chewing on hard foods and should follow a good oral hygiene routine.

Sedation Dentistry FAQ

  • What is Sedation Dentistry?

    Sedation dentistry is a specialized field that employs various methods to relax patients during dental procedures. It’s not just about “knocking you out”; it’s about creating an environment where you can receive dental care without anxiety.
  • Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

    Generally speaking, yes. However, like any medical procedure, there are risks involved. It’s crucial to discuss your medical history and any medications you’re taking with your dentist. They’ll assess whether sedation is a safe option for you.
  • Who is an Ideal Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

    Ideal candidates often include individuals with dental anxiety, a low pain threshold, or those undergoing extensive dental work. However, your dentist will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine your suitability.
  • What Types of Sedation are Available?

    There are several types: oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and intravenous (IV) sedation. Each has its pros and cons, and the best choice depends on your specific needs.
  • How Does Oral Sedation Work?

    Oral sedation involves taking a pill, usually an hour before the procedure. The medication helps you relax but doesn’t put you to sleep—you’ll still be conscious and able to respond to commands.
  • Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

    It varies. Some insurance plans cover sedation for specific procedures, while others don’t. Always check with your insurance provider for details.
  • How Long Does the Sedation Last?

    The duration depends on the type of sedation and the dosage. For instance, nitrous oxide wears off quickly, while oral sedation may leave you feeling groggy for a few hours.
  • Can I Drive After the Procedure?

    For lighter forms of sedation like nitrous oxide, yes. However, for oral or IV sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home.
  • What Procedures Can Be Performed Under Sedation?

    From routine cleanings to more complex surgeries like wisdom tooth extraction, sedation can be used for a wide range of dental procedures.
  • How is Sedation Administered?

    Methods include oral pills, inhalation through a mask, or intravenous injection. The choice often depends on the procedure and your comfort level.
  • What Precautions Should I Take Before Opting for Sedation?

    Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours before the procedure. Also, inform your dentist about any medications you’re taking.
  • How Quickly Does Sedation Take Effect?

    Nitrous oxide takes effect within minutes, while oral sedation requires up to an hour. IV sedation is almost instantaneous.
  • Are There Any Side Effects?

    Common side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, and minor amnesia. Severe side effects are rare but can include respiratory distress.
  • Is Sedation Dentistry Suitable for Children?

    Yes, but it’s generally reserved for cases where the child is extremely anxious or needs extensive dental work. Parental consent is mandatory.
  • Can I Eat or Drink Before the Procedure?

    Typically, no. Fasting is usually required, especially for oral and IV sedation, to prevent any complications.
  • How Do I Prepare for a Sedation Dentistry Appointment?

    Aside from fasting, wear comfortable clothing and make sure someone is available to drive you home.
  • What Happens if I Miss the Dose of My Oral Sedative?

    Contact your dentist immediately. Rescheduling may be necessary, depending on the situation.
  • Can I Opt for Sedation for a Simple Cleaning?

    Technically, yes. However, it’s often considered overkill for such a minor procedure unless you have severe dental anxiety.
  • How Do I Know if My Dentist is Qualified to Administer Sedation?

    Look for certifications from reputable dental boards or associations. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about their qualifications.
  • What Are the Alternatives to Sedation Dentistry?

    Alternatives include local anesthesia, acupuncture, and even hypnosis. However, these methods may not be suitable for all procedures or individuals.

Endodontist FAQ

  • What is Endodontics?

    Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases affecting the dental pulp, root, and surrounding tissues. Think of it as the “ER” for teeth in distress.
  • What Does an Endodontist Do?

    An endodontist is a dentist with specialized training in treating issues related to the tooth’s inner structures. They’re the go-to experts for root canals, pulp therapy, and even dental trauma.
  • What is a Root Canal?

    A root canal is a procedure to remove infected or damaged pulp from a tooth, thereby saving it from extraction. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a medieval torture technique!

    “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. treatment. To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

  • Why would I need a root canal?

    A root canal is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
  • What are the signs of needing a root canal?

    Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.
  • Is a Root Canal Painful?

    Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it. The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with the latest technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who have not had root canal treatment. Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.

    With modern anesthesia and techniques, most patients find root canals to be no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. The real pain usually comes from *not* getting the procedure done when needed.

  • How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

    The procedure itself can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the complexity of the tooth and the extent of the infection.
  • What is an abscessed tooth?

    As shown in the diagram to the right, a tooth abscess is a collection of infected material or pus. An abscess can occur when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected and goes untreated. Endodontists specialize in treating the insides of teeth. Therefore an abscess is the type of condition where endodontic treatment can be helpful. How does endodontic treatment save the tooth? The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
  • Why have an Endodontist perform my root canal?

    Eighty percent of root canals are performed by General Dentists. Sometimes your General Dentist will recommend that your root canal be performed by an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists with at least two or three additional years of advanced specialty education in diagnosis and root canal treatment. Because they limit their practices to root canals (, they treat these types of problems every day. They use their special training and experience in treating difficult cases, such as teeth with narrow or blocked canals, or unusual anatomy. Endodontists may use , such as operating microscopes, ultrasonics and digital imaging, to perform these special services.
  • Can all teeth be treated endodontically?

    Most teeth can be treated. Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored. However, advances in endodontics are making it possible to save teeth that even a few years ago would have been lost. When endodontic treatment is not effective, endodontic surgery may be able to save the tooth.
  • How does endodontic treatment (root canal) save the tooth?

    The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
  • What is cheaper: Root Canal or Extraction (pull the tooth)?

    Truth—Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, years and years after treatment. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment, endodontists and dentists worldwide enable patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
  • When can I return to my normal activities after a root canal?

    Most patients return to work or other routine activities the same day.
  • Why do I need a root canal retreatment?

    As occasionally happens with any dental or medical procedure, a tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment for a variety of reasons: Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure. Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure. The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment. The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth.
  • What will happen during root canal retreatment?

    First, the endodontist will discuss your treatment options. If you and your endodontist choose retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. In many cases, complex restorative materials—crown, post and core material—must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals. After removing the canal filling, the endodontist can clean the canals and carefully examine the inside of your tooth using magnification and illumination, searching for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that requires treatment. After cleaning the canals, the endodontist will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, your endodontist may recommend endodontic surgery. This surgery involves making an incision to allow the other end of the root to be sealed. After your endodontist completes retreatment, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible to have a new crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to its full function.
  • Is retreatment the best choice for me?

    Whenever possible, it is best to save your natural tooth. Retreated teeth can function well for years, even for a lifetime. Advances in technology are constantly changing the way root canal treatment is performed, so your endodontist may use new techniques that were not available when you had your first procedure. Your endodontist may be able to resolve your problem with retreatment. As with any dental or medical procedure, there are no guarantees. Your endodontist will discuss your options and the chances of success before beginning retreatment.
  • How much will the procedure cost?

    The cost varies depending on how complicated the procedure will be. The treatment, because your restoration and filling material may need to be removed to accomplish the new procedure. In addition, your endodontist may need to spend extra time searching for unusual canal anatomy. Therefore, you can generally expect retreatment to cost more than the initial endodontic treatment. While dental insurance may cover part or all of the cost for retreatment, some policies limit coverage to a single procedure on a tooth in a given period of time. Check with your employer or insurance company prior to retreatment to be sure of your coverage.
  • What are the alternatives to retreatment?

    If nonsurgical retreatment is not an option, then endodontic surgery should be considered. This surgery involves making an incision to allow access to the tip of the root. Endodontic surgery may also be recommended in conjunction with retreatment or as an alternative. Your endodontist will discuss your options and recommend appropriate treatment.
  • What happens after treatment?

    When your has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact his office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.
  • I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

    No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontics treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to cotherapists via e-mail or CD-ROM.
  • What about infection?

    Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.
  • Are endodontists available on weekends?

    Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases including weekends in some cases so your pain can be relieved quickly.

    Although general dentists are trained to perform endodontic treatment while in dental school, many general dentists prefer to refer patients to an Endodontist. An Endodontist is a dentist that received specialized training in endodontic procedures. Dr. Shah received two additional years of advanced endodontic training after earning his DDS, and he has 15 years of experience in specialized root canal treatment. Dr. Shah specializes only in endodontic procedures. This allows him to expertly and successfully provide endodontic care and optimizes the overall oral health for patients. By selecting a specialist, you and your dentist are choosing the best possible care for your tooth.

    Upon deciding to receive endodontic treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth as a healthy foundation for chewing and biting for years to come.


    In most cases, a root canal is preformed in one visit. On average, this appointment usually lasts an hour and a half. The length of time varies dependent on the anatomy and complexity of the root canals.

    It is recommended that the patient have all normal meals and medications unless otherwise specified by Dr. Shah at the time of the evaluation. Please bring it to the attention of Dr. Shah and/or his staff if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.
  • Will I feel discomfort during or after the procedure?

    The goal of endodontics is to relieve discomfort caused by pulpal inflammation or infection. With modern anesthetic techniques, the majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may be sensitive or sore, especially if there was discomfort or infection before the procedure. In the majority of cases, over-the-counter analgesics are used for this discomfort, but your doctor may prescribe additional medications for you.

    Often simply known as “a root canal”, this treatment involves the removal of diseased pulp tissue from the inside of the tooth, which is then sealed with a crown. Root canals save teeth from extraction, and the tooth can last for many years after treatment, ensuring that patients retain a reliable bite and their beautiful smile.

    Yes! Advancements in endodontic techniques, tools and technologies have made treatment more comfortable and more effective now than ever.

    Very rarely, endodontic re-treatment is necessary to remove a hidden infection. If you have a toothache outside of the normal healing time (several days) of your root canal treatment, please call our office at for instructions.
  • How Can Endodontic Treatment help me?

    Endodontic treatment enables an inflamed or infected tooth to be saved. After a tooth is endodontically treated and subsequently restored with a crown or filling by your general dentist, it should not hurt and continue to function normally. The success rate of endodontic treatment is very high, between 90% and 95%, and is typically less expensive and less invasive than replacing a lost tooth with a bridge.

    We understand that dental procedures can cause additional anxiety and fear in some patients, which is why we offer for a stress-free experience. Please for more information on how we can make your experience as comfortable as possible.

    We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. However, we understand many people avoid endodontic treatment out of fear and anxiety. Also, a patient may have difficulty controlling their gag reflex, experience pain because of sensitive teeth, or do not respond well to numbing medications. That is why we also offer sedation endodontics for stress-free endodontic treatment. We offer two types of sedation endodontics at our offices: oral sedation medication and nitrous oxide. Please contact us prior to your visit if you have any questions or are interested in having sedation during your procedure.
  • What's the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?

    All endodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are endodontists. Endodontists undergo an additional 2-3 years of specialized training after dental school.
  • Can a Tooth Still Get Cavities After a Root Canal?

    Yes, the tooth is still susceptible to decay and should be cared for like any other tooth.
  • What is Pulp Vitality Testing?

    It’s a diagnostic method used to assess the health of the pulp inside a tooth. This can involve temperature tests or electric tests.
  • What is Apicoectomy?

    An apicoectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tip of a tooth’s root, usually performed when a root canal fails to resolve an infection.
  • How Much Does Endodontic Treatment Cost?

    Costs can vary widely depending on the procedure, location, and whether you have dental insurance. Always consult with your healthcare provider for an accurate estimate.
  • What is Retreatment?

    Endodontic retreatment involves redoing a root canal, typically because the initial treatment failed to fully eliminate the infection or because the tooth has been re-infected.
  • Are There Alternatives to Root Canals?

    The primary alternative is tooth extraction, but this is usually a last resort. Implants or bridges can replace the extracted tooth.
  • How Do I Know if I Need Endodontic Treatment?

    Symptoms like severe toothache, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, and swollen gums are red flags. However, some cases are asymptomatic and require X-rays for diagnosis.
  • What is a Dental Trauma?

    Dental trauma refers to injuries to the teeth, gums, or jawbone. Endodontists are skilled in treating such injuries, which can range from chipped teeth to knocked-out teeth.
  • How Do I Care for My Tooth After a Root Canal?

    Follow your endodontist’s post-operative instructions, which usually include avoiding chewing on the treated tooth until it’s fully restored by a general dentist.
  • Is Endodontic Treatment Permanent?

    While highly successful, no medical procedure can be guaranteed to last a lifetime. However, most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth when properly cared for.
  • Can Pregnant Women Undergo Endodontic Treatment?

    Generally, yes, but always consult with your healthcare providers. Some procedures may be postponed, and extra precautions may be needed.
  • What is Internal Bleaching?

    It’s a procedure to whiten a discolored tooth from the inside out, often performed after a root canal.
  • What is a Hemisection?

    A hemisection involves removing one half of a severely decayed molar, as a last-ditch effort to save the remaining healthy half.
  • What Happens if I Ignore a Tooth Needing Endodontic Treatment?

    Ignoring it can lead to severe pain, abscess, and eventually, the loss of the tooth. In extreme cases, the infection can spread, leading to more serious health issues.
  • How Do I Choose an Endodontist?

    Look for board certification, read reviews, and consider getting a second opinion for complex cases.

Implant Supported Dentures FAQ

  • What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

    Implant-supported dentures are a type of overdenture that is anchored to dental implants for stability, as opposed to resting solely on the gums. It’s like the Avengers of dentures—combining individual strengths for a more powerful solution.
  • How Do They Differ from Traditional Dentures?

    Unlike traditional dentures that can slip or cause discomfort, implant-supported dentures are securely anchored to the jawbone. It’s the difference between a handshake and a bear hug in terms of stability.
  • What is the Procedure for Getting Implant-Supported Dentures?

    The process involves multiple steps, including an initial consultation, implant placement surgery, a healing period, and finally, the attachment of the dentures to the implants.
  • How Many Implants Are Typically Needed?

    The number can vary, but generally, a minimum of two implants are used for the lower jaw and four for the upper jaw.
  • Are They Removable?

    There are both removable and fixed options. Removable implant-supported dentures can be taken out for cleaning, while fixed versions are permanently attached.
  • How Long Do They Last?

    The implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care. The denture portion may need replacement or adjustment every 5-10 years.
  • What Are the Benefits?

    Improved stability, enhanced comfort, better chewing efficiency, and a more natural appearance are among the key benefits.
  • Are There Any Downsides?

    The procedure can be more expensive and time-consuming than traditional dentures. There’s also a risk of implant failure, although it’s relatively low.
  • How Do I Care for Implant-Supported Dentures?

    Daily cleaning is essential, just like natural teeth. Special brushes and solutions may be recommended for optimal care.
  • Can Anyone Get Them?

    While they’re a great solution for many, they’re not for everyone. Adequate jawbone density and good overall health are prerequisites.
  • What is the Cost?

    Costs can vary widely depending on factors like location, the number of implants, and the type of denture material used. Insurance may cover part of the cost.
  • Is the Procedure Painful?

    Most patients report minimal discomfort, often less than a tooth extraction, thanks to local anesthesia and post-operative pain management.
  • What is the Recovery Time?

    While the implants may take several months to fully integrate with the jawbone, most patients return to normal activities within a few days post-surgery.
  • Can They Be Used for Both Upper and Lower Jaws?

    Absolutely, although they’re more commonly used for the lower jaw where traditional dentures are less stable.
  • What Happens if an Implant Fails?

    In the rare case of implant failure, the implant is removed, and the site is prepared for a new implant. Alternatively, a different type of denture may be recommended.
  • How Do They Affect Speech?

    Most people find that implant-supported dentures improve their speech compared to traditional dentures, which can slip and cause slurring.
  • What Are Mini Dental Implants?

    These are smaller versions of standard implants and can be used in cases where the jawbone is not thick enough for regular implants.
  • Do They Look Natural?

    One of the major advantages is their natural appearance. They’re designed to mimic the look and function of natural teeth closely.
  • Can I Eat Normally With Them?

    Yes, you can eat most foods without worry, although it’s advisable to avoid extremely hard or sticky items.
  • How Do I Choose a Dentist for the Procedure?

    Look for a dentist or prosthodontist with extensive experience in implant dentistry. Board certification and patient reviews can also be helpful indicators.
  • What Happens if I Don't Opt for Implant-Supported Dentures?

    Traditional dentures are an option, but they lack the stability and comfort of implant-supported versions. Over time, you may experience bone loss, reduced chewing efficiency, and other issues.

I hope this Q&A session enlightens you about implant-supported dentures, from the nitty-gritty details to the broader implications of choosing this dental solution.

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