Frequently Ask Questions
A: CEREC crowns are made from monolithic blocks of ceramic, or porcelain. This means they are one solid piece of ceramic, which makes them less likely to break than traditional metal-ceramic crowns. Also, the porcelain is stronger than standard porcelains.
A: We are able to make your crown while you wait. This eliminates having a temporary crown or a second visit. This saves you time and hassle. In addition, covering the prepared tooth permanently during that preparation visit tends to reduce sensitivity.
A: Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, are the teeth furthest back in the mouth and erupt, or come through the gums, typically at age 18 or later. Most people have little or no room for these molars and the gums around them often becomes infected and swollen. When it is determined that there is not sufficient space for the wisdom teeth, Dr. Anderson recommends removal to prevent future complications. Also, studies have shown that the presence of wisdom teeth in adults increases the chance of periodontal disease.
A: We no longer place silver fillings. In fact, we routinely have people ask us to replace their old, silver fillings with new, tooth-colored fillings, or composites. Dr. Anderson feels that the research has shown that while silver fillings work fine, newer composites allow for less tooth drilling and a more natural look. The composites are also long lasting when done properly.
A: A bridge or a partial denture used to be the standard method of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. In this century, we now use implants to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a specially-treated titanium post that is placed into the bone where the tooth is missing. Within a few months when the bone heals around the implant, a crown is connected on top of the implant permanently.
A: It is not always necessary. Sometimes a 3-month or 4-month interval is the standard, but it depends on your periodontal health. The periodontium, or gums and bone around the teeth serve as the support for the teeth. Infection and disease of the gums, or periodontitis, causes inflammation and bone loss, which can lead to tooth loss. Also, poor periodontal health has been strongly linked to cardiovascular disease. To prevent this, regular professional care is often required. And whether you need to be seen every three months or once a year depends on your periodontal health. For more information click here.
A: Dr. Anderson uses special magnification and a high-powered light to examine your mouth. But even with this, it is impossible to assess in between the teeth, inside the teeth, and the bone surrounding the teeth. Dental x-rays provide a view inside the teeth and surrounding bone to assess levels of health or decay and help determine bone levels around the teeth. Dental x-rays also help determine if there is sufficient bone for dental implants.
A: "MTM" stands for "Minor Tooth Movement" – a process for aligning upper and/or lower teeth requiring minimal movement. MTM® Clear•Aligner uses a series of clear, comfortable, removable plastic aligners to achieve rapid results. It's the virtually undetectable way to improve your smile.
A:The term "invisible braces" may be used to refer to either "clear braces" or "lingual braces". Clear braces are similar to regular wire braces except that the brackets are made of a clear material instead of metal. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so they are not easily visible. Both clear braces and lingual braces are attached to your teeth, and removable only by your orthodontist. MTM® Clear•Aligner is fully removable, making it easier to eat, brush and floss.
A: The plastics used for MTM® Clear•Aligner are manufactured for "contact clarity", meaning they are almost invisible when applied to the teeth. MTM® Clear•Aligner uses only quality proprietary plastics, for a virtually undetectable solution for straightening teeth discreetly.
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is custom-fit to your individual needs. When you begin treatment, the aligner(s) may feel a little foreign in your mouth – but after a day or two, most people hardly notice them.
A: As with other aligner treatments, for optimum results, you will need to keep your aligner(s) in your mouth at all times except when you are eating, drinking hot liquids, or brushing your teeth.
A: Because MTM® Clear•Aligner treats cases requiring only minor anterior tooth movement, you can often achieve your desired outcome more quickly than with full orthodontic treatment, sometimes in as little as 3 to 6 months*.
A: Yes. As with any orthodontic procedure, a retainer is essential to maintaining your new tooth alignment. There are several options for this. Your dental professional can explain them and help you choose the one that best meets your needs.
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is recommended for patients who have all of their permanent teeth (all second molars), and are able to consistently adhere to the program’s use and care requirements.
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is based on a proprietary system developed by an orthodontist more than 10 years ago. Since then, dental professionals have been successfully treating patients using MTM® Clear•Aligner as an alternative to other clear aligner treatments and conventional wire braces.
A: Each case is different, so individual costs will vary. However, MTM® Clear•Aligner typically costs a fraction of other aligner options or full-mouth braces (both wire and clear). Your dental health professional can offer you a comparison of the alternatives that may be right for you.
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner uses plastic that does not contain PVC or BPA.
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner can in many cases contribute to better oral hygiene, helping your teeth and gums to stay healthy. Improperly aligned teeth can make cleaning and brushing more difficult and lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss.
A: A trained MTM® Clear•Aligner dental professional at Anderson Dental can give you the advice you need.