FAQ

Help us add additional questions to this section by contacting our team with questions you do not see below. Trust that we will answer any of your oral health questions so you can make educated decisions about your dental health.

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

Many people are uncomfortable visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest priority and our office is designed so you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit.  For entertainment and distraction, music and television or movies are available so you can keep your mind on something else.

I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions.

First, we can recommend a specially prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, we may suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, in which case we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.


What are my options to replace a missing tooth?

By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A dental bridge is one solution to replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist at Nu Smile places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.

I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?

You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it can be one of the first things others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple teeth whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of these techniques. We will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a complimentary Digital Smile Design (DSD)evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.

My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this and what can I do about it?

Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard. A custom fitted night-guard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. The doctors at Nu Smile take great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask us about having a custom night-guard created for you.

How does fluoride help my teeth?

Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride. It is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a varnish, gel or foam, it is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use any of the professional strength products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

I’d prefer to not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-rays?

Yes, we do offer digital X-rays. They use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-rays. You will find our practice researches the latest trends in dental technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety and comfort.

What is a crown and why do I need one?

If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is likely either to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has been deteriorated due to cavities. The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed, leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.

How can I safely whiten my teeth?

There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile, from at-home tooth whitening products to in-office supervised treatments. The doctors at Nu Smile evaluate the potential for whitening your teeth based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. Once you decide on the most appropriate method, you will spend anywhere from two to four weeks undergoing a series of simple whitening treatments.