At Uptown Dentistry, we receive numerous questions about various dental conditions and treatments, ranging from common concerns to complex procedures. We’ve gathered frequently asked questions on gum disease, oral cancer, veneers, and Invisalign to help you better understand your dental health and our services. For further inquiries or to book an appointment please call us at 713-963-9191
What causes gum disease, and how can it be treated?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria accumulate below the gum line, leading to inflammation and potential damage to the supporting structures of the teeth. Treatment options include non-surgical therapies such as dental cleanings, scaling, and root planning. Surgical treatments such as pocket reduction or grafts may be necessary in severe cases.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Regular dental checkups, professional cleanings, and maintaining good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily can help prevent gum disease.
What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
Some common warning signs of oral cancer include unexplained bleeding in the mouth, numbness or soreness of the tongue, changes in color or texture of the oral tissues, persistent sores that do not heal, and difficulty swallowing. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment, so it is crucial to visit your dentist regularly.
What is the process for getting veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the front surface of teeth to enhance their appearance. The process typically involves several steps, including initial consultation, tooth preparation (removing a small layer of enamel to accommodate the veneers), and finally, the fabrication and bonding of the veneers to your teeth.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers generally last between 10-15 years. With proper care and regular dental checkups, veneers can maintain their appearance and function for many years.
Is Invisalign a suitable alternative to braces?
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces, as it uses clear aligners to gradually adjust the teeth’s position. It is ideal for patients who want a discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can address various orthodontic issues, including overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. Typically, it takes anywhere between 12-18 months, with regular dental appointments to monitor progress and receive new sets of aligners.
Maintaining good dental health is essential for a healthy, confident smile. Regular dental check-ups, addressing dental concerns promptly, and being informed about dental treatment options can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. At Uptown Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality dental care. Schedule your appointment today to start your journey toward a healthier, happier smile.