Magid Dental Care
Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Radiation exposure is measured in mREM, the average person in the US is exposed to about 360mREM per year just from naturally occurring background sources. Radiation from background sources comes from  space, the earth, natural materials and even other people. The average digital dental x-ray delivers only 0.3mREM per x-ray. So 4 checkup xrays taken once a year is 1.2mREM’s.  Flying in a plane across the country exposes a person to about 3-5mREM. To equal the amount of radiation the average person picks up from naturally occurring background sources each year, the dentist would have to take 950 digital x-rays! The digital X-rays that we use in our office are made by a company called Dexis- one of if not the best and highest quality digital X-rays money can buy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends taking your child to the dentist by their first birthday. Even though your child is small and their appointment will likely be a simple one, this first visit is essential for a couple of reasons:

1.    Early dental appointments, when handled correctly, can help eliminate fear, anxiety, and skepticism about the dentist. When children learn at a young age that the dental office is a positive place to be, they have an improved attitude toward dentistry and dental office visits that will stick with them for life.
2.    It is essential that we have an opportunity to communicate with you, the parents. We want to help you maximize your home care for your little one because we know that kids keep you busy. We can discuss brushing, flossing, what to expect with your child’s development, and when it’s time to break those habits that can cause oral health issues.

Dr. Magid is a father himself. He will treat your child the way he would want his own children treated. When we create a partnership with parents, we achieve the highest level of success when it comes to the health of your child.

 

Theoretically you can eat right away since the white filling becomes rock solid immediately after it has been done. However, if you are still numb you might want to wait until the numbness wears away so you do not bite your lip. It is totally fine to have a drink, yogurt or smoothie right after though. 

As Dr. Magid says, “You only have to floss the ones you want to keep!” If you look closely in the mirror after you brush but before you floss, chances are that you can see some plaque building up between your teeth near your gum line. You might even be able to feel some tartar or plaque with your tongue, especially near your gum line or behind your teeth.

Your toothbrush does a great job for the easy-to-reach surfaces of your teeth, particularly when you use it correctly. Flossing is essential, however, because your toothbrush cannot go between your teeth – it’s simply too small a space!

Dental floss effectively removes plaque from between your teeth and in those hard-to-reach areas. By sliding your floss up and down in between the sides of each tooth, on both sides of your papilla (the little v-shaped piece of tissue), you can remove plaque before it hardens into tartar.

Combined with regular dental cleanings, brushing and flossing is the best way to stave off gum disease and decay. When you take a few extra steps to prevent oral conditions, you can save time and money in the future.

Your smile is a good investment in your health and your appearance.

When you are pregnant, you have numerous trips to the doctor and a lot to think about for your precious child’s arrival. Maintaining regular dental visits and keeping a vigilant eye on your oral health is also essential to a healthy baby.

Gum disease during pregnancy is common. That is why it is especially important to make regular visits to the dentist during this special time. We will examine your gums and note any changes to your health. Because of hormonal changes, you may notice bleeding where there wasn’t any in the past. Together, we can work to keep pregnancy gingivitis under control.

Our hygiene department can help you adjust your home care habits, products, and diet to keep your gums healthy and free from infection during pregnancy.

Maintaining the health of your gums while you carry your child is essential. Periodontal disease has been linked to low birth weight babies and premature birth. If you notice your gums bleeding more than usual or feeling tender, contact us right away to schedule. Together, we can support your overall health with quality dental care so your little one has the best chance for a good, healthy start.

Insurance companies base their frequencies on what is good for their THEM- not for you. If the dentist is telling you to come in 3 or even 4 times a year it is because he/she has determined that it would be beneficial for YOU to come in more than every 6 months.  Some people’s mouths accumulate plaque faster than others, or their personal hygiene requires an extra visit to keep their mouths at a healthy level. 

Dental Implants

Implants are specially designed to fuse and integrate into your bone so that they will be strong enough to support a new tooth placed on top of the implant. It takes about 3-4 months for this integration to occur which is why from the time you get the implant to the time you get your new tooth it will take roughly 3-4 months. Sometimes a temporary crown can be placed immediately on the implant at the time of implant placement but this is only on a case by case basis and if a number of criteria are met and the surgeon thinks it is safe to do so. 

The good news about implants is that taking care of them is just like you would take care of your natural teeth. You can brush them, floss them, and get them cleaned during your regular dental cleanings. There are some additional cleaning devices that you can get that may be recommended by Dr. Magid or our hygienist. Even though implants can not get cavities they still get wear and tear like natural teeth and need to be monitored during your regular checkups. Implants that are well cared for have the potential to last a lifetime.

 

As amazing as implants are, they require extensive training, planning, education and skill in order to be able to place them. Dr. Magid has devoted hundreds of hours of continuing education in order to be able to place implants with precision and expertise. Dr. Magid also goes to great length to search out implants and materials that have undergone years of testing to demonstrate that they will offer the highest rate of success. Other costs associated with placing an implant are the actual costs of the implant which are made out of titanium and and all the parts it takes to build a tooth as well as all the machines required to place them. All materials that we use to place an implant are sterilized as well as the implants themselves. Call us if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

When a tooth is missing from your mouth it can cause problems in various ways. First and foremost a missing tooth causes the bone where the tooth used to be to recede and shrink which weakens the bone's strength and hardness. Implants actually stimulate the bone to prevent further bone loss after a tooth is lost. In the old days if you were missing a tooth, a bridge would have to be fabricated to replace that tooth which required drilling on healthy teeth in front of and behind the empty space. We do not want to drill healthy teeth if we do not have to, plus having a bridge means that you would not be able to floss in between the teeth because the bridge would be in the way causing more risk of food getting trapped in the gums, causing even more problems. Implants are also made out of titanium which can not get cavities like a regular tooth. Implants restore function, are flossable, predictable, prevent opposing teeth from pushing into the empty space where the lost tooth used to be, and keep adjacent teeth from shifting. They can even stabilize loose dentures that have poor bone underneath so they can clip in and give you confidence that they will stay in. All in all, dental implants are a great choice and the standard of care now to replace missing teeth. Call us if you have an questions or would like book an implant consultation, we are here to help.

INVISALIGN

Not every adult was lucky enough to have braces as children. For those who did, some may have experienced orthodontic relapse because of a lack of compliance with retainer wear. 

As adults, we learn the value of a confident smile. Whether you have an active social life or you are a professional trying to make a good first impression, your smile is important.

At Magid Dental Care, we treat adults of all ages with alternative orthodontic systems that don’t require years of brackets and wires. That way, you can enjoy your new smile quickly with more discreet treatment options.

We offer both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. 

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth over time. You wear aligners for approximately two weeks before trading them in for the next set. Treatment times are similar to those of traditional braces but without the unsightly brackets.

Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored brackets along with memory wire, which applies constant low-force pressure to safely, comfortably, and quickly move your teeth into an esthetic alignment. We treat only those teeth that are visible, which makes your treatment fast and easy. Treatment lasts on average six months.

Step 1: The Initial Appointment

  During this consultation stage, Dr. Magid will examine your teeth and discuss with you what it is that you are looking to do as well as areas that can be corrected using the Invisalign clear aligners.

Step 2: Taking Measurements for your Aligners

  Once it is decided that treatment is desirable and necessary, impressions are taken as well as photographs. These will then be sent to the laboratory where they will be instructed using Dr. Magid's directions to fabricate your custom made Invisalign aligners.

Step 3: Explaining the Treatment Outcome

  Before treatment begins, Dr. Magid will show you a computer 3D rendition of the smile you are aiming for, so you will know exactly what is planned. Since wearing the aligners takes commitment, it is great to have that mental picture to refer to so you can visualize the final successful result and get psyched!

Step 4: Fitting the Aligners

  You will be shown how easy it is to take the aligners in and out. The aligners are replaced every two weeks for another aligner and Dr. Magid will see you every six to eight weeks to make sure that progress is being made as expected and to answer any questions you might have. Depending on the case's needs, treatment times can be nine to fifteen months give or take.

GLO PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING

When looking for a way to brighten their smile, many patients have the misconception that professional teeth whitening is outrageously expensive or difficult. This may lead them to try over-the-counter products such as gels, strips, trays, and whitening toothpastes.

Whitening toothpastes work by using abrasive cleansers that polish away the stains on your teeth. While you may notice a subtle change, whitening toothpastes fail to address staining that occurs beneath the outer layer of your enamel. Teeth have microscopic pores where stains can collect. No amount of surface whitening can reach those areas. Additionally, abrasives can damage your teeth, gums, and restorations like crowns.

With our professional whitening system, we address the stains on your teeth from two angles:

First, we use professional strength in-office whitening to give you a substantial jumpstart to a bright smile. This one-hour treatment will brighten your teeth by several shades right from the start.

Next, we will send you home with a custom whitening system to continue your treatment and touch up your smile as needed. We will provide enough gel to get the job done and we also offer refills for future touch-ups.

With this dual-step treatment, you can achieve dramatic results quickly. Because you have trays at home, you can maintain your brighter smile for a lifetime.

The GLO whitening kit that you see in the store is different in 2 key ways. First off the light that is used in the retail version is about half as warm and intense as the light used in the GLO Professional System (GLO PRO). Secondly the gel that is used to whiten your teeth in office is 30% hydrogen peroxide as opposed to the gel bought at the stores which is 3% hydrogen peroxide. The take home part of GLO PRO uses a 9% gel vs. the 3% you can buy in the stores. GLO Professional has told me that the in office/take home procedure is about 80% stronger than the product that you would buy at Sephora. 

Full and Partial Dentures

If you have worn dentures for some time already, you may notice that they loosen over time. Some of this can be due to weight loss, but your bone density also changes over time. 

When you lose your natural teeth, the roots no longer stimulate bone growth. Your jawbone may actually begin to deteriorate and shrink away, year after year. When you lose bone, your face may begin to have that shrunken appearance common with tooth loss and age.

Dentures allow you to maintain your nutrition. No one wants to eat soft foods 100% of the time! Dentures also provide some structure for your face so it looks fuller and more youthful.

Having your dentures checked at Magid Dental Care at least once a year will allow us to look for cracks, damage, or changes in fit. We'll also perform a life-saving oral cancer screening.

If your dentures are too loose, we can either reline or replace them. If you want a more secure solution, we offer implant-retained dentures for extra stability and more freedom.

Smile Makeovers

Every person’s body has different rates at which their body metabolizes anesthesia. The average amount of time you feel numb for a routine filling is between 1-2 hours give or take.

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