Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last?

Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars, and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. Sealants can protect the teeth from decay for many years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wear at regular dental check-ups.


What's the latest word on the safety of amalgam-type fillings? How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they? I'm interested in changing the shape of my teeth. What options are available? I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do? What is a bridge? What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Why are crowns more expensive than fillings? What is the difference between a denture and a crown or bridge? My gums bleed. Is that okay? What are some of the warning signs of periodontal disease? What are the advantages of implant treatment? What does root canal treatment really mean? How can one deal with dental emergencies?