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Here at Randol Woolbright, DDS PSC, we want to make sure you are fully informed and understand everything going into your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth are often due to your gums having slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through, thus allowing water and food easier access to your sensitive nerves. There are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures to manage this sensitivity.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great care for your teeth and gums start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. Sticking with a daily routine will greatly minimize your risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis (or periodontal disease) is a condition caused by bacteria surrounding your teeth and entering your gums. The gums can then become irritated, inflamed, and often bleed. Regular, preventative hygiene visits are highly recommended. Our hygienists will teach you proper flossing techniques and other oral hygiene procedures to help care for your mouth.

What are some of the symptoms of periodontal disease?
  • Abscesses
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Gum sensitivity to acidic foods
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth pain
How do you treat periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate treatment. Through a series of cleanings, root planing, scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery may be necessary for severe cases.

What is the difference between white and silver fillings?
Silver fillings (known as amalgam) have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, they have been considered the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with heat and cold placed in your mouth. This option also allows for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled, thus keeping your tooth strong and healthy.

White fillings, also known as composites, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings can be used to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel exactly like your existing tooth structure. They are created with a resin material and fit tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than having a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the color of your tooth.

How can I improve my smile?
There are several modern dental procedures that can enhance your smile. These procedures include: 
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth whitening
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a safe, cost-effective procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to whitening products to reduce the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. Tooth whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

If maintained properly, the whitening process can last for a number of years. However, beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, and wine will reduce the lasting effect. If it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile.

What is bonding?
Bonding is an affordable procedure used to fill gaps on your front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. Bonding provides immediate results within just a few hours. Much like whitening, the bonding may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and, wine.

What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed directly on your natural teeth. The entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers can be used to change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age, medication, or a crooked smile. Often patients ask for porcelain veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile.

What are crowns?
Crowns are a common, permanent cosmetic procedure covering your entire tooth. They can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth in as few as two visits.  

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a man-made replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. This screw-like object is made from titanium and inserted under the gum directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. After a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together, creating an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.  

What are the benefits of dental implants?
  • A permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Decreasing the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Focusing only on the tooth, or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
  • Maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Replace the need for a removable full or partial denture.
  • They look and function like your natural tooth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Thanks to major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, most people are candidates for dental implants. Exceptions may be made due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis. 

What does the dental implant procedure involve?
The average dental implant procedure takes 3-4 visits. The first visit is to X-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover your implant. 

The next visit is to place the implant itself. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. No additional sedation is necessary unless deemed by the dentist. We will make a minor incision to place the implant into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain. You will then return in approximately three months to begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the implant.

How much does a dental implant cost?
The costs for this procedure can vary. Schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Woolbright to discuss the procedure and all fees involved. We take most insurances as well as CareCredit.

How long does a dental implant last?
With routine, scheduled hygiene and proper home care, a dental implant can last between 30 years and your entire life.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us at 812-752-5555 today to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile.

Useful Links

For even more information from our national dental associations, please visit the web sites for the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Call us at
812-752-5555
for more inquiries.

Our dental office is locally owned and operated and has served Southern Indiana since 1984.

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