Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What can I do if my temporary crown comes off?

A. Place a thin layer of Vaseline inside the temporary. Place it back on the tooth and chew on the other side. Call our office for an appointment to replace it.

Q. How do I whiten my teeth?

A. For many people a simple "bleaching" procedure is all that is necessary. However, old fillings and crowns will not change color and you can't bleach with active decay, so a dental exam is necessary to see what is best for you.

Q. What are veneers?

A. Veneers are porcelain covers that are put on the front of your teeth to change the color and shape, or to eliminate spacing and rotations. They are a very conservative solution to beautiful smiles.

Q. Why do I have black lines on my crowns at my gum lines?

A. Older porcelain crowns have a metal substructure that shows at the gum line. The new all ceramic crowns are a beautiful alternative with no black lines, since they have no metal.

Q. What about the dental water line controversy?

A. Dr. Shenk has taken the controversy out of it by installing the 0-SO Pure whole building ultraviolet disinfection system, the leading dental system for 5 years.

Q. How can I replace my missing teeth, if I don't want to wear something uncomfortable or unnatural feeling?

A. There are many alternatives available from non-removable bridges to true tooth replacement with dental implants. We can help you learn what may be best for you.

Q. My lower denture won't stay down. What can I do?

A. mini implants are now available and a great solution for this very aggravating and painful situation. Three or four of these small diameter implants can be placed for the cost of one conventional implant. The denture then snaps down over these implants for vastly improved stability.

Q. My dentist keeps saying I need "crowns" on a lot of my teeth. Why? Is he just trying to find something to do?

A. Teeth which have been used for years can have large fillings in them. These large fillings tend to weaken the tooth, like a wedge in a piece of wood, causing breakage of the tooth. If the break is bad enough, the tooth may need to be removed or have a procedure to remove the affected and dying nerve called root canal therapy. Full coverage crowns act to keep the teeth from breaking and can prevent more involved work. Since it is difficult, if not impossible to know which tooth may break, crowns are generally recommended for the tooth that appears to have a potential for breakage, such as very large fillings and /or have cracks developing down the sides of the tooth. Many times they are not painful until they break. After they break it can be a much more complicated procedure to restore the tooth.

Q. Do all crowned teeth need to have root canals?

A. No. We recommend root canals only if symptoms are present or there is an obvious need, probably less than 10% of the time.