Frequently Asked Dental Questions
Be it basic dental checkups and cleaning or a complex full mouth reconstruction, Parkway Dental of Clinton offers a complete range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments to help patients smile with confidence.
Here, Dr. Matthew Chow provides answers to several frequently asked dental questions about our treatments, providing information on dental fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. At our Clinton, MS, office, patients can undergo an evaluation and learn more about how to maintain optimum oral health.
WHY DO MY GUMS BLEED WHILE BRUSHING OR FLOSSING?
Bleeding gums are generally a symptom of gum (periodontal) disease, which, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss and other systemic health concerns. You should schedule a dental checkup to ascertain the exact cause of the bleeding gums, and undergo treatment for gingivitis.
IS TEETH WHITENING SAFE?
Dentist-monitored teeth whitening treatments are safe and offer superior results compared to over-the-counter products. At Parkway Dental of Clinton, we offer in-office teeth whitening services which give instant results, and patients walk out of their appointment with a luminous smile.
We also offer Zoom! take-home whitening trays for those patients who want to achieve a brighter smile in the comfort of their home.
ARE AMALGAM FILLINGS HARMFUL?
There have been debates surrounding the impact of metal or silver fillings on a patient's health, and although there is no conclusive evidence of side effects of amalgam fillings, Dr. Chow offers only tooth-colored composite fillings. Tooth-colored fillings look natural, as they do not show conspicuously like metal fillings.
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
A crown is a dental prosthetic that encapsulates the entire tooth structure to restore strength and stability to a weakened tooth after decay treatment, as well as replace a missing tooth by being attached to a dental implant.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium or titanium-alloy posts that are surgically inserted into a patient's jaw, acting as artificial tooth roots. After surgical placement, the implant posts fuse with the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, which may take up to six months.
Once fused, implants provide a stable base for a number of restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. The treatment option offers the added benefits of preventing further bone loss. Dentures also fill out the facial structure to prevent the sunken look that is commonly associated with tooth loss.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry for missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry for missing teeth. The natural-looking prosthetics attached to your dental implants by Dr. Chow will be custom crafted to fit your bite and blend seamlessly with the adjacent teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire arch, implant-supported restorations can complete your smile and allow you to once again eat nutritious foods and smile, talk, and laugh with ease. Implants are also the only type of restoration that preserves a strong, healthy jaw bone.