Frequently Asked Questions
At Elmbrook Family Dental, we believe that a well-informed patient is also a healthy patient. Below, you’ll find extended answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day. If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call! We’re always happy to talk dentistry with you and make sure you completely understand your care options.
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What Is the History of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are state-of-the-art, but the idea behind them is actually quite old! Evidence shows that ancient civilizations have been trying to replace the roots of the teeth literally for thousands of years. Of course, they didn’t have titanium to do it, so they needed to get creative! The discovery that led to the invention of modern implants was actually a bit of a happy accident, and it involved…rabbits. It’s an interesting story, and you can read all about it by clicking on the link below!
How Do I Banish Bad Breath?
Bad breath can make personal and professional situations alike very stressful and potentially embarrassing, so what can you do to make sure your breath always stays fresh? In the article below, we share simple strategies on how to keep your mouth clean, healthy, and free from offensive odors. We also talk about persistent bad breath, or halitosis, and how the skillful team at Elmbrook Family Dental can help you overcome it.
What is the Mouth-Body Connection?
For years, dentists have known that the health of the mouth directly affects the health of the entire body, and research is just now starting to catch up. Your mouth is the primary portal to your body, in which all essential things (food, nutrients, air) enter. Unfortunately, it can also allow harmful factors like bacteria to enter your body via the bloodstream, which can not only affect your teeth and gums, but your other internal organs as well. The article below will let you know why taking care of your mouth can do much more than keep your smile looking great.
What is Adult Tooth Decay?
We’ve all heard of tooth decay, but how much do you really know about it? What causes it? Why does it happen? What can you do to prevent it? Knowing about tooth decay and how to stop it is one of the keys to having a healthy smile, and in the article below, we give you all the information you need about it. With it, you’ll know exactly how to keep your smile protected from the most common dental problems.
What is Spectra?
Spectra is a high-tech dental caries (or cavities) detection light that enables our team to spot signs of tooth decay that are too small to even be picked up by an X-ray. When this light is shined on a tooth, it reacts with the surface and creates a readout to display the thickness of the enamel. With this information, we’re able to catch decay even sooner so we can treat it quickly, helping a patient preserve more of their natural teeth.
What Are Soft Tissue Lasers?
A soft tissue laser is an instrument that enables our team to perform even the most sensitive periodontal (gum) procedures with relative ease. With it, we can instantly vaporize harmful bacteria located below the gum line, painlessly remove infected tissue, and even reshape the gums to create a more beautiful smile. It can do all of this without generating much heat, sound, vibration, or harming the surrounding gums to deliver a very comfortable patient experience.
What is Single Tooth Anesthesia?
Single Tooth Anesthesia is a computerized anesthesia administration system, and its primary goal is to lessen and even eliminate the discomfort patients experience when we numb them before performing a procedure. This small, pen-sized device places a topical numbing agent on the treatment area before slowly administering the rest. This helps avoid numerous pain factors traditional administration methods include, making sure you basically feel nothing right before you feel nothing!