How can we help you?
Dr. Paul Perez, Dr. Elizabeth Crapanzano, and the team at Avenue Family Dentistry know that you will have questions regarding dental care for you and your family. It’s something they expect and welcome from their patients. They believe that patient education is an important part of maintaining good oral health and making good treatment decisions, so they are happy to answer any questions you might have. They are never too busy to address any concerns you might have about your teeth and mouth. We want you to be well informed!
We’ve answered some of the more common questions we often hear below. But please don’t hesitate to come to us if you have other questions that haven’t been addressed here—regardless of how small they might seem. We firmly believe there is no such thing as a silly question, and we want you to feel secure about having chosen us as your dental care provider. Before you undergo any treatment, we want to be sure you feel completely comfortable and confident about the route you have chosen. We are here to provide you with all the information you need to make the best decisions for you and for your oral health.
Fillings and Bonding
Prevention is always the best way to approach dentistry because preventing a problem is less costly and invasive than treating a condition. Decay is no exception.
Some people are more prone to decay than others. Diet, genetics, home care habits, and how often you visit the dentist can all play a role in your likelihood of developing decay. For some people with deep grooves in their teeth that cannot be reached with a toothbrush, we recommend the added protection of dental sealants.
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and creating a barrier between your tooth and decay-causing bacteria. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for up to five years, when we can replace them. Sealants are tooth-colored, and we paint them onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They harden and are not noticeable to others. You will not need anesthetic because they are painless. They are significantly less expensive than fillings!
When people think of sealants, they often think they are just for kids. Adults, however, can also benefit from decay-preventing sealants, especially if they have a history of decay or drink acidic soft drinks, energy drinks, or juice.