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FAQs

Full Mouth Restoration
  • What makes someone a good candidate for the procedure? A good candidate for a full mouth restoration typically has multiple dental issues that require comprehensive treatment. This may include individuals with extensive tooth decay, missing teeth, worn or damaged teeth, bite problems, or those who have experienced dental trauma.

  • What does a full mouth restoration involve? A full mouth restoration involves a customized treatment plan designed to address various concerns and restore oral health, function, and aesthetics. It may include procedures such as dental implants, dental crowns, bridges, veneers, orthodontics, periodontal treatments, and more. The specific treatments will depend on your unique needs and goals, as determined through a comprehensive examination by Dr. Hernandez.

  • How long does a full mouth restoration take? The duration of a full mouth restoration can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of your case and the specific treatments involved. It can range from several weeks to several months. Dr. Hernandez will provide you with a more accurate timeline after evaluating your condition and considering the necessary procedures. Keep in mind that each patient's treatment plan is unique, and the duration may be adjusted based on your progress and healing time.

  • How do I start the process of getting a full mouth restoration? To begin the process of getting a full mouth restoration, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hernandez. During this initial visit, Dr. Hernandez will assess your dental health, discuss your concerns and goals, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. This plan will outline the recommended procedure, timeline, and estimated costs, allowing you to make an informed decision about your oral health. 

Dental Implants
  • Who is a good candidate for dental implants? Good candidates for dental implants are individuals who have missing teeth and have overall good oral health. They should have sufficient jawbone density to support the implant and healthy gums. Age is not a limiting factor, and dental implants can be considered for adults of all ages. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Hernandez will determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.

  • What are the advantages of dental implants? Dental implants offer several advantages, including: 

    • Improved appearance and confidence with natural looking teeth. 

    • Enhanced speech and ability to pronounce words clearly.

    • Restored ability to chew and eat comfortably.

    • Long-term durability and stability.

    • Preservation of the jawbone and prevention of bone loss. 

    • No reliance on adjacent teeth for support.

    • Easy maintenance and convenience, similar to caring for natural teeth. 

  • How much do implants cost and does insurance cover the cost? The cost of dental implants can vary depending on factors such as the number of implants needed, and any additional procedures required. It is best to have a consultation with Dr. Hernandez for a personalized treatment plan and cost estimate. As for insurance coverage, it varies between insurance plans. Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the implant cost, while others may not. It's recommended to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

  • What is the success rate of dental implants? Dental implants have a high success rate, typically ranging from 95% to 98%. The success of an implant depends on various factors, including the patient's overall health, and oral hygiene. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dental implants can last many years, if not a lifetime.

  • How will dental implants affect my life? Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life. They provide stable and natural-looking teeth that allow you to smile confidently, speak clearly, and enjoy a wide variety of foods. Dental implants also help preserve your facial structure by preventing bone loss and maintaining the integrity of your jawbone.

  • Will my new teeth look natural? Yes, dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Dr. Hernandez will work to create custom-made dental restorations, such as crowns or bridges that match the color, shape, and alignment of your natural teeth. This ensures a seamless and natural appearance. 

  • Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth? Yes, dental implants provide a strong and stable foundation for chewing. Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, you should be able to chew with the same force and pressure you use with your natural teeth. This allows you to enjoy a varied diet and maintain a healthy and balanced nutrition. 

  • How many teeth can be replaced by dental implants? Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth. The number of implants required will depend on your specific case and the recommended treatment plan developed by Dr. Hernandez.

  • How do you care for dental implants? Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. It involves regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Additionally, it's important to attend regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings to ensure the long-term success of your dental implants. Dr. Hernandez will provide you with specific care instructions tailored to your situation. 

Invisalign
  • How will Invisalign treatment affect my life? Invisalign treatment can have a positive impact on your life in several ways. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners hat are virtually invisible, it provides a discreet orthodontic solution. This means you can straighten your teeth without the appearance of traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are also removable, allowing you to easily maintain your oral hygiene routine and enjoy your favorite foods throughout the treatment process. Additionally, Invisalign treatment generally requires fewer visits to the dental compared to traditional braces, offering convenience for your busy lifestyle. 

  • What are aligners made of, and what do they look like? Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic material called SmartTrack, This material is specifically designed for comfort and effectiveness in tooth movement. The aligners are transparent and custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. They are virtually invisible when warn, allowing you to maintain a natural appearance throughout your treatment.

  • can I go to any dental practitioner for treatment with Invisalign? While many dental practitioners offer Invisalign treatment, It's important to choose a dental or orthodontist who is experienced and trained in providing Invisalign services. Dr. Hernandez has undergone specific training to effectively plan and oversee your Invisalign treatment. She has the knowledge and expertise to create a personalized treatment plan, monitor your progress, and ensure the best results.

Teeth Whitening ​
  • How does teeth whitening work? Teeth whitening works by using bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to break apart stains on the teeth. These agents penetrate the enamel and target the discolored molecules, effectively whitening the teeth.

  • Will teeth whitening work for me? Teeth whitening can be effective for many people, but the results can vary depending on the cause of discoloration and individual factors. Consulting with a Dr. Hernandez can help determine the most suitable whitening options for you.

  • Does teeth whitening hurt? Sensitivity during or after the whitening process is common, but it's usually temporary. In-Office whitening treatments are designed to minimize discomfort, and Dr. Hernandez can provide recommendations to manage any potential sensitivity.

Teeth Contouring
  • What is tooth contouring? Tooth contouring also known as enameloplasty, is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves reshaping the tooth enamel to improve the overall appearance of the teeth. It often involves subtle changes to the shape, length, or surface of the teeth.

  • What are the benefits of teeth contouring? The benefits of tooth contouring include improving the appearance of irregularly shaped teeth, correcting small chips or overlaps, and creating a more uniform smile. It is a conservative and relatively quick procedure that can enhance the overall aesthetics of the teeth.

  • Am I a candidate for teeth contouring? Candidates for tooth contouring typically have minor imperfections in the shape or surface of their teeth. A consultation with Dr. Hernandez can help determine if tooth contouring is the right option for achieving the desired aesthetic improvements. 

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