How can we help you?
Having a clear understanding of all aspects of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If a concern is important to you, it's important to us too.
We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!
Any type of lingering tooth pain is a sure sign that it is time to call the dentist. If we address the problem as soon as you experience pain, we can help you avoid more complicated and painful problems later on. We would rather find out that your problem is minor than have you risk damaging your oral health by waiting to call!
There are numerous reasons why you might suffer a toothache:
- Tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Infected root canal
- Chronic teeth grinding
- Misaligned dental bite
Avoiding the inevitable is never good because whatever is causing the pain is sure to worsen over time. When pain is still minor is the best time to call us because there is a good chance we can prevent a small problem from becoming major.
Whatever the reason for your tooth pain, the first step is to provide you with relief. We understand that even a mild toothache can make it hard to function, so we will do our best to see you the same day.
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we always look for the most conservative and affordable solutions for our patients. Dental bonding is an easy, cost-effective procedure that can be used in a number of ways to solve several esthetic problems. Bonding allows us to:
- Fill in chips and build up broken teeth
- Create fillings that closely match the look of your natural teeth
- Close uneven spaces and gaps between your teeth
- Correct the appearance of severely stained teeth
- Refine the shape of irregular teeth
The process of bonding requires little or no preparation of the teeth to be treated. Once the composite is applied to your teeth, Dr. Kai Liang will expertly shape and polish the tooth so that it blends perfectly with your natural tooth enamel. Bonding is so efficient that we can often fix several minor problems during a single appointment.
The technique used to bond the composite material to your tooth results in a repair that looks and acts like the surrounding natural tooth. In many cases, the procedure doesn’t require the use of an anesthetic. Dental bonding provides immediate results and is a great cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of dental bonding, please call our Alpharetta dental office to arrange a convenient appointment.
It is not uncommon to experience sensitivity with some fillings. Sometimes a tooth is generally sensitive to touch and changes in temperature. In other cases, a tooth with deep decay may take a little longer to return to feeling normal because there isn't enough "insulation" between the filling and the nerve.
One bit of advice we offer patients at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry who experience sensitivity is if the tooth is feeling a little better each day, just give it time. However, if you are very uncomfortable and the sensitivity doesn't seem to be diminishing, please let us know.
When we place a new filling, we are always very careful to ensure that your teeth are meeting properly when you bite down and that there are no high spots. These high spots place excess force on the filled tooth, leading to sensitivity and discomfort.
However, you may be one of the many people who have a general problem with tooth sensitivity. If so, Dr. Kai Liang may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne that contains potassium nitrate to calm the nerves in your tooth.
If you notice that one of your fillings feels sensitive and uncomfortable, please call our Alpharetta dental office so we can determine what's causing the problem.
Probably not. Tooth-colored fillings in Alpharetta, GA go by several names – composite fillings, dental composites, white fillings – and the material was developed specifically to create seamless dental fillings that are strong and durable.
These fillings are called composites because they are a mixture of materials that give them their strength, beauty, and natural appearance. When combined, the glass and resin particles used look very similar to dental enamel.
Dr. Kai Liang further customizes the composite material to match the shade of your teeth closely. When we place the filling on the tooth, most patients can’t detect the repair, which makes it unlikely that anyone else will!
These characteristics also make the composite material quite versatile. We commonly use tooth-colored filling material to:
- Fill cavities and eliminate tooth decay
- Build up chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the shape or size of a tooth
- Close uneven spacing between teeth
- Create conservative, no-prep veneers
If you need to fill a cavity or have cosmetic smile flaws you would like to address, please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Kai will evaluate your needs, talk to you about all the options we offer, and help you decide if a tooth-colored filling is the best solution for your needs.