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Springfield OR Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We want our patients to be educated out their oral health so they can take good care of their teeth and gums and make good decisions about recommended treatments. We value patient education and always take the time needed to answer your questions either before your appointment or while you are here at our Springfield, OR dental practice.

Some questions we hear from our patients quite frequently, so we’ve included those here for your perusal. If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to give us a call. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is a big part of who you are, and with today’s modern cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason to live with a smile you don’t love to show off. Come in for a consultation at our Eugene, OR dental practice, and we can go over your options.

Some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer include:

  • Teeth whitening—This is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments because it is affordable and results happen immediately. You can come in during your lunch hour and leave 60 minutes later with a brighter, whiter smile. You can also opt for our at-home whitening kit to handle the process yourself.
  • Veneers—Able to hide a multitude of dental issues, including gaps, misalignment, chips, and discoloration, veneers provide patients with a celebrity-caliber smile in just a few appointments.
  • Composite fillings—A dental filling repairs a tooth that is decayed or otherwise compromised. Your dentist will drill away the decayed or damaged part of the tooth, clean the area, then fill it. Composite fillings closely match the color of your existing teeth, so they are virtually undetectable.
  • Dental crowns—Although dental crowns are used to repair a damaged tooth or to cap a tooth after a root canal, they are also used cosmetically to cover up a tooth that is stained or misshapen.

Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a “cap” that fits over a prepared tooth. This common restorative dental procedure is used in situations where a tooth is damaged or badly decayed. It is also frequently used to restore a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. When the living portion of the tooth is removed, as happens with this dental procedure, the remaining tooth structure tends to become brittle and prone to fracture. A dental crown protects the tooth and enables it to once again withstand the force of chewing.

If your dentist has advised that you need a dental crown rather than a filling, the reason is probably that too much of your tooth structure needs to be removed in order to support a dental filling. In this situation, a dental crown will strengthen the tooth structure and protect it from the force of chewing.

Many people who have a large filling in a back molar that is fracturing also need a dental crown. Because too much of the tooth structure has already been removed to place the filling, only a dental crown can protect what remains.

If you are unsure of whether you need a dental crown or a filling, we welcome your call to our Springfield, OR dental practice. Give us a call today!

Dental Implants

If you have a missing tooth, it's crucial that it be replaced sooner rather than later, and we can go over your options for tooth replacement. The best option for one person might not be the best option for another person.

At our Springfield, OR dental clinic, we can talk to you about replacing your missing teeth with the following restorations:

  • A dental bridge. If you are missing one or two teeth in a row, a dental bridge is a good replacement option. A bridge is attached to the teeth adjacent to the space, usually after they have been fitted with dental crowns. You will be able to chew properly again, and a bridge will also protect your remaining teeth from shifting.
  • Dentures. People who are missing a full upper or lower arch, or both, might opt for dentures. Dentures have been around for a long time, but today’s dentures are more natural-looking and more comfortable than ever before. Because they fit better, denture wearers today can chew and speak properly after an adjustment period.
  • Dental implants. Dental implants provide the tooth replacement option that is closest to the natural teeth. An implant goes into the jawbone to take the place of a missing tooth root. After it is placed surgically, there is a waiting period until the implant integrates into the bone. This usually takes about three to six months, and your dentist can place a dental crown on top of the implant afterward. Dental implants look and function most like a natural tooth, and they also prevent your jawbone from shrinking.

Preventive Dentistry

You can’t have healthy teeth without healthy gums. And the only way to know for sure that you have gum disease is to have regular examinations at the dentist. Often gum disease develops but shows no symptoms, so people don’t know they have it. Gum disease that is not treated can lead to bone and tooth loss. Many people are unaware that gum disease is so serious, it is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in this country.

If symptoms are present, they might look something like this:

  • Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
  • Gums that have a swollen, red, puffy appearance
  • Teeth that have begun to look elongated because the gums are receding
  • Bad breath that persists despite brushing and mouthwash
  • Pockets of pus at the gum line

We can sometimes reverse gum disease if we catch it early enough. But in its later stages, it cannot be cured but only managed. Early detection of gum disease is just one of the reasons it is so important to visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.

If you are due—or overdue—for a checkup and cleaning, we are welcoming new patients to our Eugene, OR dental practice. Give us a call today to make a dental appointment with Dr. Stambaugh!

Preventive care is crucial to good oral health, and this includes coming to our Springfield, OR dental office twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent many dental emergencies.

We commend patients who practice good home care with proper brushing and flossing, but even the most diligent care cannot remove the calculus (tartar) that builds up on teeth. This can only be removed with special dental instruments. If it is not removed, it can lead to gum inflammation and periodontal disease. A dental cleaning also includes a teeth polishing that can help remove surface stains.

Other parts of your routine checkups include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays to detect potential issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye, such as tooth decay and infection. X-rays also enable your dentist to view the roots of your teeth.
  • Oral cancer screening for early detection of any abnormalities.
  • Gum disease evaluation. Gum disease is often present with no signs or symptoms, so people are unaware that they have it. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
  • Examination of the integrity of the restorations you already have in your mouth, including fillings and dental crowns.

Has it been a while since your last dental appointment? Schedule an examination and cleaning with us so you can maintain good oral health!

Teeth Whitening

Many people are unhappy with the color of their teeth. Teeth tend to collect stains over the years, both from lifestyle choices as well as the natural aging process.

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure here at our Eugene, OR dental practice because it is affordable—and because it offers consistent results for our patients. Most people who have tried over-the-counter whitening options are disappointed with the results. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Most over-the-counter whitening kits are used improperly, which leads to many complaints about sensitivity issues after treatment. It also means that results are minimal, at best.
  • Some products, such as whitening toothpastes, contain harsh abrasives, which can damage the tooth surface.
  • Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels do not contain the same strong formula we can offer with our professional whitening treatment.
  • Our professional whitening trays are custom-made to fit your teeth, so more of the whitening gel touches the tooth surface, providing better, more consistent results.

Why not make your smile whiter and brighter with professional teeth whitening? With our custom whitening trays, you can enjoy a smile that is up to four to six shades whiter. Call us today to make an appointment!

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