What is Zoom! whitening?

Zoom! Is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. The Zoom! Light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As the hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth, giving an average improvement of up to eight shades.

What is the difference between a 'crown' and a 'cap'?

These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all of most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as ‘crowns’. However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as ‘caps’ and the gold or stainless steel ones as ‘crowns’.

What is the difference between a 'bridge' and a 'partial denture'?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

Do you do oral cancer screening, and do I need to be concerned about oral cancer?

Yes to both questions! The American Cancer Society estimates a 5.5% increase in new cases of oral cancer and a 1.5% increase in deaths associated with oral cancer. 25% of oral cancers occur in people who don’t smoke and have no other lifestyle risk factors. Virtually everyone is at risk for oral cancer, including you. That’s why we recommend a simple potentially life-saving screening exam, an annual ViziLite Plus exam in combination with a conventional visual examination. ViziLite Plus uses technology that has been proven successful in identifying precancerous and cancerous abnormalities. ViziLite Plus helps us identify oral lesions at their earliest stage of development. When premalignant lesions or early stage oral cancer is found, treatment is simpler, less invasive and more than 90% successful.

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