Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) Can TMJ cure itself?

It is difficult to say whether TMD (disease of the TMJ) can be completely cured however, it can be well managed and controlled to the level that patients are completely comfortable and fully functional. Many advancements have been made to alleviate many or all of the debilitating symptoms that are associated with TMD (TMJ).

2) Can laser teeth whitening cause cancer?

At this time this, there has been no evidence that laser tooth whitening causes cancer. However, there has been very little research done in this area. It is best to discuss your options with a dentist before starting any time of whitening procedure to make sure that it is safe for you.

We know that most cases of mouth cancer occur in people who:
  • smoke tobacco
  • chew tobacco
  • chew betel nut
  • regularly drink alcohol
3) Is Zoom teeth whitening safe for enamel?

Yes, Zoom teeth whitening is safe for enamel as long as it is used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and performed by a trained dental professional.

4) Does laser teeth whitening work on veneers?

No, laser teeth whitening does not work on veneers. Veneers are usually made of ceramic or porcelain and cannot be whitened although they can stain if eating or drinking a variety of foods and or drinks that contain colour. It is recommended to whiten your teeth before placing veneers, crowns or bridges on your teeth.

5) Are veneers and crowns the same thing?

Veneers and crowns are very close to the same thing. A crown goes over the entire tooth structure, while a veneer is often just placed on the front surface of the tooth much like an artificial nail. From the front, a veneer or crown look the same, but depending on what kind of reinforcement the tooth underneath needs, your dentist will decide what is the best option for you.

6) Does veneers cause bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth overtime that has not been removed. Veneers do not cause bad breath but need to be kept clean of bacteria and maintained with proper home care (brushing and flossing) and regular dental hygiene visits to remove hardened bacteria.

7) How long do dental restorations last?

Even though current dental materials are very durable and look great, they will not last forever. On average, you can expect a "white" filling to have a 7-10 year lifespan. It is important to remember that this is an average and some may last less and some more. Someone with perfect oral hygiene and low wear and tear can expect a higher lifespan. On the contrary, someone with poor oral hygiene or clenching and grinding habits, can expect a shorter lifespan. Sometimes, it is not the filling that has not lasted, but a new cavity that has occurred in the tooth and the filling needs to be replaced to remove the cavity.

8) Does tooth bonding close gaps?

Tooth bonding means adding "white" filling material to teeth to increase their esthetic appearance or strengthen them. This is fairly common with small chips or spaces on upper front teeth. The procedure itself is fairly simple, it can often be done in one visit without any dental freezing.

9) What is deep sedation dentistry?

Deep sedation dentistry is when drugs are used to lessen a patient's consciousness to the point where they are difficult to arouse or wake up. This will allow the doctor to perform dental procedures without disturbing the patient and allow the patient to be fully relaxed during their dental treatment. It is often used for patients who are anxious in the dental chair and would otherwise avoid seeking necessary dental treatment.

10) What is periodontal therapy?

Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical approach to help disinfect the harmful bacteria in between the gum and the tooth (called the sulcus/pocket). It is used to restore health to the supporting tissue to reduce the chances of tooth loss. There are several ways to disrupt the bacteria such as lasers, antibiotics scaling and root planing to name a few.