Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions the team at Sam Cress DDS often receives:
  • Always spend 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth
  • Floss once a day
  • Avoid sugar
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating

Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. Flossing gets rid of the bacteria the toothbrush can’t get to. That’s the bacteria hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. If you do not floss, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth. 

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. The lack of exposure to fluoride places individuals of any age at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth.

Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and possible tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer.

Most patients who undergo the treatment have results that last from 9-12 years. Some slight fading is inevitable, but for for most patients with good dental hygiene this will not occur for about two years.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), porcelain is a strong, reliable and preferable material for use in dental restoration. 

The dental implant procedure itself takes 1 to 2 hours and the healing time is 3 to 6 months. During this time the titanium alloy (the same material used in joint replacement) implant will heal around and merge with the surrounding bone tissue.

Dental bonding is best for restoring chipped or discolored teeth. It uses composite resin materials molded directly onto the teeth then hardened with a special light to quickly repair chipped teeth. Your dentist will use the correct color composite resin according to your teeth to ensure a natural look.

Sensitivity toothpaste, which contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate are very effective in treating sensitive teeth.

Improving Smiles

Dr. Cress has a comprehensive list of cosmetic dental offerings.  These offerings are designed to promote emotional health and well-being through a positive self-image.  Improving your oral dental health can be accomplished by replacing and realigning teeth, as well as, brightening your smile.

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Did You Know…

 Plaque from your teeth can have a direct correlation to heart health and can increase your risk of heart attack.