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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here at Advanced Dental Care, we do everything possible to support your goals for a healthier smile. No matter where you are with your dental health, our priority is to get your smile healthy and then take steps to keep it that way.

We encourage you to be an active part of this process, and that includes asking questions. Our goal is to ensure that you receive personalized dentistry that fits all your needs. When you ask questions, no matter how large or small, you help us understand what is important to you and how we can help.

We’ve shared below some of the questions we hear most frequently at our office. But you may have others that aren’t answered here, so please don’t hesitate to call us or reach out to us using our convenient online contact form.

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Every dental plan is different. The majority of dental plans do cover bridges. Some exclusions are plans that have a waiting period or a missing tooth clause. Our office will verify your insurance prior to any treatment being done so you are aware of the benefit of your specific policy.

Adult Orthodontics

Six month smiles is a short term orthodontic system. It is used primarily to straighten the teeth and does
not address issues such as bite or jaw alignment. This is a good option for people who are interested in
simply straightening their teeth in a shorter time frame. Invisalign is a system of clear aligners used to
straighten the teeth. The aligners are worn all day (except for eating and brushing) and are changed
every two weeks. The typical treatment time for Invisalign is 18 months.

Clear aligners are a series of trays that help move teeth into proper alignment. Generally, aligners are
switched out every two weeks. Aligners need to be worn all day to ensure proper movement of the
teeth, but can be removed for eating or brushing. Traditional braces move teeth into place by using
wires and brackets that are bonded to the teeth. Traditional braces move teeth faster than aligners.
Some people may find the brackets and wires involved with traditional braces cumbersome or not
esthetically pleasing, in which case they can use aligners to move their teeth.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are not bad for your teeth. Crowns are used to restore teeth that are badly broken down with either decay or deep cracks. In this way, a crown is actually saves teeth so they are in fact good for teeth that need them. While crowns do save teeth they do require proper maintenance and care to ensure a long term life span.

New crowns are made using all ceramic materials which are very compatible to the gum tissue. With proper care and maintenance dental crowns can last for 15-20 yrs. To ensure the long life of your crown you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. It is also important to have a professional dental cleaning twice a year and a dental examination and x-rays once each year.

Time is an enemy to dental work, and there are a lot of factors that affect the lifespan of dental restorations including the size, location, and type.

We place a lot of demand on dental restorations, and they will wear down over time. In the case of a filling, for example, stress over a period of many years can minimize its effectiveness. This can result in what we call secondary decay around the filling. Additional restoration weakens the original filling, and at some point, we may need to discuss the possibility of placing a crown to protect the tooth.

Other factors that can affect the durability of your restorations include injuries like those suffered during sports and dental problems like chronic teeth grinding (bruxism). Both contribute to the wear or damage of a dental filling and reduce its lifespan, making replacement necessary.

We recommend all of our patients come in twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. At these appointments, we check all the teeth and can often catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. If we detect other problems like bruxism, we can create a customized night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.

If it’s time for your routine checkup or you have concerns about a particular restoration, please call Advanced Dental Care!

There are several factors that can dictate how many teeth a bridge can replace. Generally, it depends on the location. For a front bridge in the front of the mouth we can typically replace up to four missing teeth. For a bridge in the back of the mouth we can usually replace up to two teeth. This is also dependent on the anchor teeth having adequate bone to support the missing teeth/tooth.

This all depends on the situation. In certain situations a bridge may make more sense. For example, if teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth have decay, need crowns, have compromised bone, or if finances are an issue than a dental bridge would most likely be the better solution. If the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are free from decay and existing restorations and there is adequate bone than a dental implant would typically be the most advisable course of treatment.

 

No. You may experience some mild discomfort after the anesthetic has worn off.  This can generally be relieved with Advil/Motrin.

You can be confident that the team at Advanced Dental Care will always recommend the most conservative treatment option for your individual needs. Dental fillings and crowns both play an essential part in protecting your smile and keeping it healthy and functional. But they are not interchangeable procedures.

In general, Dr. Young recommends a crown when more than half the tooth is compromised. This can be the result of decay, cracking, excessive wear from grinding, or dental injury.

A crown is a restoration that offers full coverage of a tooth and protects it in a way that a filling can’t. If we attempt to put a filling in a tooth that requires a crown, we put the tooth at even greater risk because a filling that is too large will cause the tooth to break. Unfortunately, when this happens, the tooth is often no longer savable and will need to be removed.

In addition to our high-quality lab-fabricated crowns, we also offer you the option of choosing state-of-the-art CEREC crowns. This technology allows us to design, fabricate, and place an all-porcelain crown in just one office visit. Using CEREC, we can streamline the usual process because we create your new crown in our office while you wait.

CEREC crowns are similar in cost to a lab-fabricated crown, and dental insurance usually covers some portion of treatment.

Please call our Winter Springs dental office to learn more about our beautiful, durable crowns.

There are different benefits and advantages to each so it really depends on what is important to you. A partial is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is cemented in permanently. While a bridge is more expensive than a partial, it functions more like natural teeth since it is cemented in place.

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a dental bridge. Mainly, how many teeth the bridge is replacing and if the anchor teeth will require any extra treatment to make them strong enough to support the missing tooth/teeth such as posts. Generally a dental bridge can range from $800 and up per tooth.

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a dental implant. For example, the underlying tooth may need a post. Generally a dental crown can range from $800 and up.

Dental crowns are a long term investment to save your tooth. The materials and technology that are used for dental crowns offer more protection and long term durability versus less expensive materials used for fillings. We strive to make crowns affordable for all of our patients. We offer a membership plan for our uninsured patients and financing for our underinsured patients.

Dental Implants

While we always advocate for saving teeth, there are instances where that is not possible. In these cases dental implants are the next best thing to having your natural tooth. A dental implant acts like a regular tooth. It preserves the bone in the jaw benefitting the structure of your face. Dental implants also help with chewing, prevent teeth drifting, and will help to create a healthy smile.

Most dental implants are successful. In rare events the bone may fail to fuse around the implant and it may need to be removed. Smoking may also contribute to implant failure. If you take time to care for your teeth, avoid damaging habits, and have regular dental cleanings most dental implants will last a lifetime.

Having a dental implant placed is no different than any other dental procedure. Your gums will be numbed with local anesthesia. Typically implant patients do not report feeling anything during the procedure and post-operatively report very little to no discomfort.

This all depends on the situation. In certain situations a bridge may make more sense. For example, if teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth have decay, need crowns, have compromised bone, or if finances are an issue than a dental bridge would most likely be the better solution. If the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are free from decay and existing restorations and there is adequate bone than a dental implant would typically be the most advisable course of treatment.

 

Tooth loss can be devastating to your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health. At Advanced Dental Care, we urge our patients to consider replacement immediately after the loss of a tooth. The gap in your smile isn’t just unsightly; it also gives adjacent teeth room to shift out of place, resulting in tooth misalignment that may require orthodontic treatment to correct.

There are several options for tooth replacement, but dental implants are the preferred method because they offer so many benefits. Unlike removable dentures or partials that sit on top of your gums, an implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. As the site heals, the implant fuses itself securely to surrounding bone and tissue.

This process creates stability and permanence that no other type of tooth replacement offers. After healing is complete, we restore function and appearance with a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your specific needs.

If you are interested in learning if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call our Winter Springs, FL dental office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Young so he can evaluate your needs and recommend appropriate options. 

There are different benefits and advantages to each so it really depends on what is important to you. A partial is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is cemented in permanently. While a bridge is more expensive than a partial, it functions more like natural teeth since it is cemented in place.

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a dental implant. For example, you may need procedures before the implant such as a bone graft or sinus lift. Once the implant site is ready to go, the cost can range from $2,500 and up. This includes the implant, abutment, and crown. Since each situation is unique, we offer a complimentary dental implant evaluation. At that appointment we will go over the fees and details pertaining directly to you.

General Dentistry

The American Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist two times a year - about every six months. However, depending on your specific needs you may need to be seen more frequently. By making regular visits to your dentist we can often catch problems while they are small and less expensive.

You are not alone! Many patients have some level of fear or anxiety when seeing a dentist.

But what you may not realize is that we in the dental profession are sympathetic to your feelings. We continually look for new ways to make your visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible so you can get the essential care you need.

State-of-the-art technology streamlines your visits so you can spend as little time as possible in the dental chair. Our team understands that our office may not be your favorite place to visit, so we pay attention to details that allow you to receive your care in a warm, soothing environment. Before your treatment begins, we will make sure you are comfortable with a warm blanket and pillow.

Even with all our attentive care, we realize you may still face your visits with anxiety. The most important thing for you to do is to talk to us about your concerns.

We can tailor your treatment to your needs, and Dr. Young will prescribe a calming sedative for you to take before you arrive at our office. Most patients find that this extra help is all they need to take the edge off of their anxiety so they can get the care they need.

Please don’t let your fear compromise your oral health. At Advanced Dental Care, we will work with you to find the solution that puts you at ease.

Dental sealants are a protective coating placed over teeth that help to seal the tiny grooves on the top
of the teeth. These grooves are often so tiny that the bristles of your toothbrush will not fit inside them.
Sealing teeth helps to protect these grooves from getting cavities.

A root canal is a procedure that is needed when an infection develops, causing severe pain and threatening the health of your tooth. If we don’t save the tooth by performing a root canal, the only remaining option is extraction.

During a root canal, Dr. Young opens up a small hole in your tooth that he uses to access the infection. Using state-of-the-art instruments, he gently and thoroughly cleans out the inner portion of your tooth, clears away the infection, then seals the tooth with a filling material.

After a tooth has had root canal treatment, it tends to become brittle and will require a restoration like a dental crown to strengthen it and protect it from damage.

The team at Advanced Dental Care understands that even though a root canal infection can be painful, you may be tempted to avoid treatment. You should know that we always put your needs and comfort first. Our team will go out of their way to support you during your procedure, and Dr. Young can also prescribe a calming medication for you to take beforehand.

If you have a toothache, tenderness, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, you may have a root canal infection. Please call us and we will be sure to get you on our schedule right away, often the same day.

We recommend electric toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes have a timer ensuring that you brush for
the full recommended 2 minutes. Additionally, most electric toothbrushes have a sensor that will let
you know if you are brushing too hard so you don’t damage your gums.

Flossing is important to clean in between teeth where your tooth brush cannot reach. For patients who
have difficulty flossing we recommend a Waterpik water flosser. The Waterpik’s head can angle to go
under the gum line, further than floss, making it ideal for cleaning around bridges, implants, and
periodontally involved areas.

Preventive Services

The American Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist two times a year - about every six months. However, depending on your specific needs you may need to be seen more frequently. By making regular visits to your dentist we can often catch problems while they are small and less expensive.

We recommend electric toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes have a timer ensuring that you brush for
the full recommended 2 minutes. Additionally, most electric toothbrushes have a sensor that will let
you know if you are brushing too hard so you don’t damage your gums.

Flossing is important to clean in between teeth where your tooth brush cannot reach. For patients who
have difficulty flossing we recommend a Waterpik water flosser. The Waterpik’s head can angle to go
under the gum line, further than floss, making it ideal for cleaning around bridges, implants, and
periodontally involved areas.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

When a cavity starts, it is very small, and you won’t feel any pain. Even as it grows and spreads, you may or may not feel sensitivity or discomfort in the tooth.

That being said, every person has a different threshold for pain. Generally, once a tooth gets to the point where it really hurts, the decay has grown and penetrated the tooth and is close to the nerve. At this stage, the only solution for saving the tooth may be a root canal.

It is always best to take care of a cavity when it is small. Your preventive semi-annual checkups are crucial because Dr. Young can detect small problems and address them long before they result in discomfort and complicated or costly treatment.

If it has been a while since your last dental checkup, please call your team at Advanced Dental Care. Please don’t worry that we will lecture or shame you if you have gotten a little too relaxed with your oral health care. Whatever problem you are facing, we are here to help you resolve it so you can get on with your life and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a healthy smile.

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