Q: At what age
do you recommend a child's first visit to the dentist?
A: Unless there
is a problem noted by the parents or pediatrician, we generally start
seeing patients by 3 years of age.
Q: Should I
receive a fluoride treatment?
benefits both children and adults. It is a naturally-occurring
mineral that helps prevent decay by strengthening the enamel of the
absorbed internally through foods, beverages and dietary supplements
make enamel stronger as the tooth is forming. This is "systemic"
fluoride. This type is most beneficial in children. The fluoride
absorbed will then be present in the saliva and constantly bathe the
teeth to strengthen weakened enamel.
After the teeth
have erupted, fluoride helps to repair enamel if it starts to break
down. Fluoride in toothpaste, dental rinses and professional
fluoride treatments in the dental office provide direct surface
contact with the tooth. This is called "topical" fluoride
and patients of all ages greatly benefit from this treatment.
a fluoride table supplement, first contact your water company to see
if fluoride is already present in the water. Then discuss with Dr.
Maiorino or your physician to decide if additional fluoride is
Q: Does our
office offer implants?
A: Yes, our
office restores the implant. The surgical placement of the implant is
completed with an oral surgeon or periodontist. Dr. Maiorino works
with the specialist during the implant process to ensure the
placement and resulting restoration will not only be functional but
Q: Are there
payment options available?
A: Our office
provides a number of financial options for treatment. We accept Care
Credit that extends an "interest free" option on major
dental treatment that can extend your payments over longer periods of
Q: How does
bleaching work and will it hurt my teeth?
harm your tooth. The bleach is slowly absorbed into
the enamel over a two-week period. A custom-made tray is worn twice a
day for one hour each time. The most common side-effect of bleaching
is tooth sensitivity (mostly to cold). This is temporary and will
subside when bleaching is completed. Bleaching will only lighten
natural tooth and will not work on crowns (caps) or bonded fillings.
Q: How long
does it take to get a new denture?
A : Generally,
new dentures can be made in about 6-8 weeks.
Q: Are dental sealants safe?
Q: When do permanent teeth starts to appear?