I am looking for a long-term dental solution. What is your approach to oral health care?
We treat people, not teeth! Current Dentistry provides individualized diagnosis and treatment planning through an interview and exam that is both collaborative and educational. We want to co-develop a plan with the patient that will help them maintain oral health for a lifetime. We use a team approach, much like in sports, where we serve as a coach and have incredibly talented players, but YOU own the team.
Our goal is to give you an understanding of your present condition and to show you the opportunities to improve your health. It’s now clear from both medical and dental literature that dental health affects all facets of a person’s physical and emotional well being. Many patients have experienced dental problems, but never understood why their teeth, muscles, and jaw joints are having issues. We ask “why” and work with each patient to get an individualized diagnosis. We want you to be able to get off of the “dental treadmill”.
The “dental treadmill” refers to dentistry that is focused solely on single tooth dentistry. Because of this narrow focus the dentist and the patient don’t ever get to the why of their dental issues. At Current Dentistry, we are committed to figuring out the why for all of our patients!
Will my teeth be cleaned at my first appointment?
It depends! Like everything we do, your first appointment is individualized to your needs. If you are a new patient or have been referred by another health care provider, our first appointment is focused on getting to know you and evaluating your oral health. Please discuss your goals with our team when scheduling your first appointment and we will reserve the correct time for your dental needs and goals. Generally, we wait until we have done a complete exam and diagnosed the present condition of a patient’s health, before we know the appropriate type of cleaning to schedule.
Why do I need to see a dentist regularly?
It is important to regularly attend dental appointments. For most patients, we recommend visiting us twice a year. This ensures that we can monitor your oral health for any changes, identify any issues early for more effective treatment, and keep your smile in excellent shape.
For some patients, including those with periodontal disease, we may need to see you more often than every six months. Every patient is different, and we want to make sure we can help maintain the health of your smile so you can keep it with confidence for years to come. Schedule your appointment with us today!
How can I prevent cavities?
Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is your best bet for preventing cavities. Regular dental appointments are also key in fighting back against plaque and tartar. Occasionally the best patients will still have a period where they get dental decay. In these situations, we will work hard to find the cause which could be a surprise.
For example, a change in the mouth may indicate a systemic problem that is resulting in additional oral acid. Medications can also change the balance of the oral environment. While you are responsible for your home care, we want to stack the cards in your favor. Strive to brush after every meal. If you don’t have the chance to, at least rinse your mouth with water — even after snacks!
Why do I have to floss?
Brushing regularly goes a long way in promoting your oral health, but you need to floss, too, to give your mouth a complete cleaning. The bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into all the nooks and crannies between each tooth. However, regular flossing helps dislodge hard-to-reach plaque and debris, protecting your teeth against cavities and gum disease.
If I lose a tooth, can you save it?
Emergencies happen! If you lose or break a tooth, we can help. Time and quick care are of the essence in these situations. If you can, collect the tooth or broken piece. Rinse it with water and either store it in milk or inside of your cheek, taking care not to swallow it. Call us right away for an emergency appointment. We’ll do our best to save your tooth and get it back to where it needs to be!
What causes bad breath?
There are several causes of bad breath. If you brush and floss twice a day, increase your water intake, and still have bad breath, schedule an appointment with us — there could be an underlying issue that we may need to address. Some causes of bad breath include:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Certain diets
- Dry mouth
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Other conditions
What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
There are many options for teeth whitening on the market. From strips and gels to specialty kinds of toothpaste, you can end up spending a lot of money on products that only do a mediocre job on your smile. The best way to whiten your teeth is to let the professionals handle it. At Current Dentistry, we have the latest tools and whitening agents to get your smile noticeably whiter and brighter in less time — and with professional supervision!
What kind of technology do you use at Current Dentistry?
Our technology includes digital radiology, cone-beam tomography, digital impression taking, virtual treatment planning, multiple software solutions for patient communication and education, 3D printing, and digital smile design.
What is digital smile design?
The latest in digital technology allows an incredible smile to be planned before starting any dentistry. The smile design team of Current Dentistry includes the best talent in the world. Our collaborative relationship with DSD (Digital Smile Design) means every patient receives precise and individualized care.