When you brush your teeth, you want to aim for at least two minutes. It takes roughly two minutes to thoroughly brush all of your teeth. If you can, try to brush for three minutes. If you need to take your mind off the time, consider using a timer or something else that will distract you while ticking down the time.
Although store-bought whitening kits often cause sensitivity and irritation, our professional teeth whitening treatments are safe. Newer formulas are made to be sensitive free as well. Our whitening systems, including take-home and in-office whitening, can lift years of stains off of your teeth and provide you with immediate results.
X-rays are taken when you come into our office. The reason behind the X-rays is that they provide us with the opportunity to see deeper into your mouth at a more detailed level. We can see hidden cavities, impacted teeth, and other problems that may be developing underneath the surface. Our office uses only digital X-rays, exposing you to about 90 percent less radiation than hospital X-rays. They also don’t require film development, so we can get images almost immediately and get started on improving your smile as soon as possible.
Yes. Our team offers both nitrous oxide and oral sedation to provide you relief from your dental anxiety. Both sedation options are considered safe and effective ways to alleviate mild to severe anxiety.
Yes. Dental implants are a versatile and permanent tooth replacement option, and they are used to replace single and multiple teeth. The process involves implanting a titanium post into your jawbone and then placing a crown on top of the post.
Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, are caused by improper oral hygiene and eating too much of certain types of foods. Candy, carbohydrates, and similar sugary foods create sticky plaque on your teeth. When not properly cared for, the plaque irritates your gums and eats away at the enamel on your teeth, causing dental caries.
It is recommended that you brush a minimum of twice per day. More brushing may be needed if you are undergoing a specific treatment or if you have just eaten a sugary meal. You should ideally brush after your meals and remember to floss once a day. It’s also important that you use a fluoride-containing toothpaste to help prevent cavities.
We recommend that you come in twice per year or every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. Sometimes, you may be required to come into the office more frequently to keep an eye on a dental condition or the healing of a procedure.
Yes. Our OralID oral cancer screenings are safe and allow us to pre-screen you for the disease. We simply use a special blue light that makes healthy cells fluoresce and leaves cancerous and precancerous cells dark. If we notice any problems or the screening shows signs of oral cancer, we can begin treatment right away. Early detection is the best medicine.
Yes. Nitrous oxide is delivered to you in safe amounts by Dr. Thompson. You will remain sedated throughout your procedure but will be able to respond to us if we ask you questions or if you need to tell us something. Once the procedure is over and the nosepiece is removed, you will return to a non-sedated state almost immediately. Nitrous oxide sedation is completely safe.