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How safe are dental X-rays?

Exposure to all sources of radiation — including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays — can damage the body’s tissues and cells and lead to the development of cancer. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small.

Advances in dentistry over the years have led to the low radiation levels emitted by dental X-rays. Some of the improvements are new digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (which prevents the film from slipping and the need for repeat X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost nonexistent with the modern dental X-ray machines.) In addition, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, with some states requiring more frequent checks.

How are veneers created?

Veneers are created in a dental laboratory using very thin porcelain. Great attention is paid to the details so that the veneers look realistic. Before the veneers are created, your dentist will typically create an impression of your teeth and a model of your mouth for correct sizing and shaping. Finally, to ensure that the color is natural and matches your other teeth, a shade guide is used to select the most fitting color.

How long will a veneer last?

Because it is nonliving and formed from a strong porcelain material, the veneer itself could last decades. However, because your surrounding gum tissue and original teeth will change, you may need to have your veneers re-bonded or replaced in 7-20 years.

Is it true that there’s a way to get crowns and porcelain restorations done without impressions, temporaries, or waiting two weeks?

Yes! There is now a method for doing this called CAD/CAM CEREC dentistry, and it can be used in many different situations. Long-term studies have shown that this technique results in restorations of excellent esthetics and durability.

The CEREC treatment procedure means:

No conventional impressions – The CEREC 3-D measuring camera scans the prepared tooth in just a few seconds. This eliminates the need for unpleasant silicone impressions.

No temporaries – CEREC restorations are milled out of a solid ceramic block in just a few minutes. They are ready to be placed immediately. This takes away the need for temporary fillings and crowns.

No long waiting periods – Because CEREC restorations can be placed immediately, you need only one appointment. This means less time off of work, less travel, and no need for more injections.

There will always be situations needing conventional dentistry, but fortunately, CEREC dentistry will provide much benefit to many grateful patients.

How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

Using our patented thermoplastic design, Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls the force, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

Is whitening safe?

Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?

Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic treatment designed to relax muscles and reduce lines and wrinkles on your face. Some wrinkles and lines are caused by overactive muscles. Botox relaxes these muscles, allowing for fewer unwanted expressions.

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