FAQS Raleigh, NC

Dental FAQs An Overview

When it comes to your dental care, we hope that you have a lot of questions for us! After all, you are our greatest partner, and we rely on your consistent home care routine when it comes to maintaining your oral health.

We love to answer your questions, and we’ve compiled a few of the ones we hear the most. If you don’t find your answer here, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Dental FAQs FAQs

HOW LONG DO DENTAL RESTORATIONS LAST?

A misleading perception in dentistry is that once a tooth has been treated and a cavity has been removed, a new filling or crown will last forever. While we wish this were true, the reality is that unfortunately, dental materials do not last forever and will need to be replaced at some point.

In fact, it is important to be proactive about replacing old restorations that are beginning to break down because new bacteria can penetrate the tooth and cause a secondary cavity. If this happens, your restoration will need to be replaced in order to avoid further damage or an infection in your tooth.

Dental restorations last longer when the patient is diligent with home care and brushes at least twice per day, and flosses at least once. You can also protect your investment by visiting the office for regular cleanings and checkups at an interval based on your needs and determined by the dentist and hygienist.

At Tryon Family Dentistry, we use the highest quality dental materials to ensure the longevity and durability of your dental crown, filling, or veneer. This combined with your excellent home care will ensure that your restorations last for as many years possible.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO VISIT THE DENTIST?

Since each patient is unique, they will need to be assessed on an individual basis to determine the appropriate time interval for dental visits. After a comprehensive exam, your dentist and hygienist will determine the health of your gums. Depending on their level of health, a specific cleaning interval will be established.

Patients with healthy gums will usually be seen every six months for cleanings and checkups. Consistent visits to your dentist will help detect the early stages of any concerns such as oral cancer, gum disease, or tooth decay. This gives you the opportunity for less invasive and more successful treatment procedures, and these visits are truly your first line of defense against these conditions.

Patients with periodontal disease will initially require a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar causing the infection in their gums and bone. We may also recommend antibiotic therapy to help control the infection and surgery for more advanced cases of gum disease, known as periodontitis. Once your gum disease is successfully being controlled, three-month cleaning intervals are required to maintain periodontal health.

WHAT ARE SAME-DAY CROWNS?

Anyone who has gotten a crown knows what a long process it can be. Getting a crown often means at least two long office visits and a temporary crown for 2 to 3 weeks while you wait for your permanent restoration to be completed. Your temporary crown may or may not last for that period, which means you may need additional visits to replace or repair it. Who has time for all this with our hectic schedules?

Raleigh and Cary dentists Dr. Leo and Dr. Alex understand how valuable your time is, and that’s why they’ve been utilizing CEREC technology for more than 13 years. CEREC uses 3-D imaging to help our doctors design your tooth while you wait. Their designs are sent directly to our in-office milling machine, which fabricates a high quality porcelain crown, bridge, or veneer for you. This can all be done in one to two hours at our office, so you’ll leave the same day with a completely functioning and esthetically pleasing restoration.

CEREC makes the process of getting a crown more efficient and comfortable since the messy impressions we used in the past have been replaced by a 3-D scan of your tooth. If you need a tooth repaired, contact Tryon Family Dentistry to learn more about CEREC technology.

HOW CAN I REPLACE A MISSING TOOTH?

Is your tooth is failing? Perhaps it is already missing?

It’s a good idea to think about replacing it as soon as possible as you probably already know how challenging eating can be when you can’t chew properly. Or how embarrassing it feels to smile or talk with a compromised tooth.

Dental implants are the best option for replacing a tooth because they restore both your root and your tooth. A titanium post is placed into your jawbone, which takes the place of your lost root and creates a stable foundation for your new tooth. A porcelain crown replaces your tooth. We carefully design crowns to match your teeth and complement your smile.

Dr. Leo can place your implant during a simple surgical procedure at either our Cary or Raleigh dental office. In some cases, we can place a temporary tooth to complete your smile while your implant is healing and integrating with your bone. CEREC technology allows us to create your temporary restoration the same day.

Don’t let a compromised tooth affect your health longer than it needs to. Contact Tryon Family Dentistry today to learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile.

WHAT OPTIONS DO YOU OFFER FOR FEARFUL PATIENTS?

Cary, Zebulon and Raleigh dentists Dr. Leo and Dr. Alex understand that visiting the dentist is not comfortable for some of our patients. However, it is our goal to make your experience at Tryon Family Dentistry as comfortable as possible. So besides a welcoming and calming environment, we also offer options for dental sedation that can help anxious patients receive the dental treatment they need.

Nitrous oxide is delivered through a mask that you wear during your procedure. It starts working right away to help you feel calm, relaxed, and even euphoric in some cases – which is why it earned the name “laughing gas.”

Nitrous is safe to use during many different types of procedures, and it’s also safe for children. You will be able to drive home on your own and continue your normal activities after a procedure with nitrous because it leaves your system immediately.

For patients with more complex procedures to complete or more severe anxiety, we also offer oral conscious sedation as an option. This is administered through a prescribed medication taken one hour prior to your appointment. While you will be completely relaxed, you are still conscious and responsive. Many patients actually feel as if they’re sleeping, and due to the nature of the medication, they have little to memory of their procedure.

Talk with Dr. Leo or Dr. Alex about your options for sedation if you feel uncomfortable going to the dentist.

WILL I NEED TO SEE A SPECIALIST FOR MY PROCEDURE?

Dr. Leo and Dr. Alex have extensive training in multiple fields of dentistry, which means that we can accommodate most dental procedures in our office. Our patients are rarely referred to specialists, and they appreciate knowing that they will be working with the team they’ve already built a relationship with.

We equip our office with cutting edge technology that makes dental procedures more comfortable for our patients,and more accurate and precise for our doctors. For example, CEREC technology allows us to make dental restorations such as crowns in one short appointment at our office while 3-D imaging helps us diagnose sleep apnea and plan for procedures such as implant placement surgery or root canal therapy ahead of time.

We also offer three convenient locations in Zebulon, Raleigh, and Cary, making it easy for us to take care of patients in the Morrisville, Garner, Apex, and Fuquay Varina communities of North Carolina.

If you are looking for personalized dental care where you will feel as if you are part of a family, contact Tryon Family Dentistry today to schedule your next appointment.