At Aesthetic Dentistry Associates, we want to help you feel as comfortable as possible with your dental treatment. To help you get familiar with what you can expect at our practice, we have made a list of frequently asked questions. We invite you to review these questions and answers prior to your appointment with our dentists, and to call our office at 281-446-4700 with any additional questions you may have. We also welcome you to contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. David K. Umansky, Dr. Naila Zafer, and Dr. John Nikmard. We look forward to giving you professional and personal dental care in Humble, Texas!
How often should I visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association and our dentists recommend that you visit the dentist at least once every six months. By visiting the dentist at regular intervals, you can ensure that your teeth remain healthy and that any dental problems are treated early on. Depending on the condition of your oral health, our dentists may recommend that you visit our office more frequently to accommodate and care for your dental needs.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
To keep your mouth in optimum oral health, it is best to brush and floss your teeth every day. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal. Floss your teeth at least once a day, especially at night before going to bed. You can also floss after eating to help prevent food from getting stuck between your teeth and causing decay.
How safe are dental X-rays?
All X-rays give off some amount of radiation. However, Aesthetic Dentistry Associates doesn’t use traditional X-rays. Instead, we use digital X-rays for your treatments. Digital X-rays give off about 90% less radiation than other X-rays, and because they only take a few seconds, your exposure to radiation is minimal. Our dental team also provides you with a protective apron to protect the rest of our body from being exposed to radiation. Digital X-rays are safe for patients of all ages.
What are dental sealants, and how long do they last?
Dental sealants are used to help protect your teeth against decay and damage. Sealants are made from a thin, plastic, tooth-colored coating, and it is painted onto the biting surface of your teeth (usually your back teeth, or molars). The coating bonds to your natural tooth, filling in any grooves or depressions in your teeth and providing a protective layer to your tooth’s enamel. Dental sealants typically last for several years, although they will need to be checked for any “wear and tear” during your dental visits.
Our doctor recommends that children receive dental sealants once their permanent teeth come in. That way, our dentist can help protect your child’s teeth right away and reduce or even remove the possibly of developing cavities.
What are amalgam fillings, and how are they different from composite fillings?
Amalgam fillings are commonly known as silver fillings. They are made up of several metals, including mercury. Because of this, many people believed that amalgam fillings contribute to several diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. Over the years, however, the American Dental Association and other researchers have found that amalgam fillings are completely safe and that there is no link between the mercury found in silver fillings and the attributed diseases.
Because of the scare with amalgam fillings, composite, or tooth-colored, fillings became much more popular. These fillings are metal-free and have the same appearance as your natural tooth. Many people choose composite fillings over amalgam because of the aesthetic appeal of not having silver-coated teeth.
What can I do if I don’t like my teeth?
There are a wide variety of treatments that can help transform your smile into what you have always wanted. Cosmetic dentistry is very common, and it offers both simple and complex treatments. Some of the most common treatments include dental veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening. Some dentists also offer Invisalign and other teeth-straightening treatments, as well as complete smile makeovers. Our dentists at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates can help you know which treatments are right for your smile.