FAQ: Treatments

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Can you explain what Invisalign is?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is done without having to go through the process of conventional metal braces. This method uses many different computer generated aligners made from a clear plastic material. Invisalign can be removed and is very comfortable to wear.

They will not interfere with anything that you do throughout the day, including talking. You do have to be evaluated by your Pleasanton dentist to find out if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.

Are silver fillings safe or should I have them changed?

If you have silver fillings and there is nothing wrong with them, they do not need to be replaced. However, if you want to remove the dark color, they can be replaced using composite fillings. Silver fillings are made from silver, copper, tin and mercury and are safe to use. The mercury inside them is a small amount, less than what you would be exposed to through the environment.

What should I know about veneers?

A veneer is a small, thin ceramic cover that is bonded to the front of your teeth. They can be used for a number of different things such as straightening crooked teeth, changing the color of your teeth or closing spaces between the teeth.

What should I know about dental implants?

Dental implants are a more permanent solution compared to dentures. They are made from titanium and are fixed to the bone of your jaw to replace missing teeth. The implant is able to replace the structure of the root and there is a crown that is placed over top of it.

There is a black line on my crown, can it be fixed?

It is more common to find a porcelain fused to a metal crown and the black line is the small area that the metal and porcelain meet. If you replace the crown using a full porcelain then it can alleviate the line.

Are X-Rays necessary or safe to have done?

The radiation that you can get from X-Rays can be less than what you would get from being outside in the sun. The amount of radiation that you’re exposed to during a dental X-Ray is small.

By using digital X-Rays, the radiation and time are both cut down by 90% compared to the traditional means of the procedure. The dentist is able to find a lot of different problems just by doing this simple procedure. They are a necessary part of a dental exam.

What can I do to fix loose dentures?

Having loose dentures can be a common problem for many people, but a simple reline is able to provide a tighter, better fit. Implants are sometimes used to stabilize the dentures if the bony support is not sufficient enough to hold them in the mouth.