FAQ


Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Am I a good candidate for professional teeth whitening?

The doctors at Queen Anne Dental are always available to examine your teeth to determine the causes of your staining. This will allow them to determine whether teeth whitening is an appropriate solution or not. There are certain medical conditions where the teeth are naturally darker than normal. In such a case, the patient may need crowns or veneers to mask the undesired color.

Stained and discolored teeth detract from your self-confidence and appearance. At Queen Anne Dental, we want you to be proud of your smile! Contact our office today for an appointment if you would like to speak to one of our doctors about your options.

Do over the counter teeth whitening agents actually work?:

For home whitening, you have two options: whitening toothpastes and home whitening, or “bleaching.” Whitening toothpastes” contain gentle polishing agents that take away surface stain. Whitening toothpastes will only lighten your teeth by about one shade increment. Products for home whitening, or “bleaching,” contain hydrogen peroxide, which removes surface stains as well as stains hiding deep inside the tooth. Like the whitening tooth paste mentioned above, at home whitening will only lighten your teeth by about one shade increment.

None of the above products are as effective as a professional tooth whitening treatment. At Queen Anne Dental we use a few different methods for teeth Whitening, which is capable of whitening teeth by as much as 16 shade increments! If you would like more information about teeth whitening, call our office today!

I brush my teeth twice a day, why are they still getting stained?

If you brush properly twice a day and your teeth are still becoming discolored, then your home care is most likely not the problem.

As we progress through life, our teeth do a lot of work and are exposed to much wear and tear. The result is that our teeth will develop microscopic holes and defects in the enamel surface. This allows stain-producing agents to penetrate into the enamel, causing discoloration and staining.

Obviously the types of beverages and food we consume are also a huge factor. Drinks such as red wine, coffee, and tea can stain your teeth. Tobacco use is one of the foremost causes of  staining.

Please contact Queen Anne Dental today for more info regarding your options for achieving that beautiful smile you deserve.

Will professional teeth whitening make teeth look too white?

This is a very common concern. Don’t worry, it is very difficult to whiten your teeth beyond their most natural, whitest shade. You may have seen people with unnaturally white teeth, which may have lead you to be concerned about teeth that are “too white.” Most likely the people you have seen have had other types of cosmetic treatment done such as porcelain crowns or veneers. 

If you are thinking about having a professional teeth whitening treatment, please contact our office to schedule a convenient appointment. We will take all the time you need so we can answer your questions and discuss your expectations, ensuring that the results are exactly what you hoped for.

Dental Care with Cleanings & Exams

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are one of the most important preventive treatments we offer because they are essential to maintaining optimal oral health. No matter how conscientious you are with your oral hygiene routine, you still need regular professional cleanings.

During a dental cleaning, we will start by visually inspecting your mouth to detect any changes and find problems that may be developing, like tooth decay and periodontal disease.

We then start the cleaning process, which consists of removing any plaque and tartar that is present on your teeth. This is especially important, because we can reach areas between your teeth that you can’t reach with regular brushing at home.

Removing these substances greatly reduces the risk of developing periodontal disease, which can significantly damage your oral health if not treated. Studies have also shown that periodontal disease can impact your overall health because of a connection known as the oral-systemic link.

Regular dental cleanings are one of the easiest and most effective ways to head off periodontal disease before it has a chance to worsen and cause serious oral health problems. If you’re due for a dental cleaning, please contact our Queen Anne dental office so that we can help you stay on the right track with your good oral health.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

We all know the importance of brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once daily. So, the short answer is to choose a brush you are most likely to use!

At Queen Anne Dental, we know that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the variety of toothbrushes offered at your local store. Electric or manual? Soft bristles or medium? It would be difficult to give one specific answer, because everyone is different and has unique needs.

The best place to start is with your dental hygienist. He or she is specifically trained to determine which type of brush will be most effective for you. The type of dental work you have had done, the condition of your teeth, and even your age are determining factors.

For instance, very young children and older adults with arthritis will find it easier to use an electronic toothbrush that does most of the work. While high-end electronic toothbrushes have proven to be very effective, you can also find less expensive variations that work quite well.

Whatever toothbrush type you and your hygienist choose, make sure you replace either the brush or replacement head every three months. Over time, the brush will accumulate bacteria, which defeats the purpose of brushing.

Please contact our Queen Anne dental office to schedule a professional cleaning. At that time, we will be happy to suggest a brush that best fits your particular needs.

What steps can I take to keep my teeth healthy?

It’s important for you to be proactive with your own oral health to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Our Queen Anne dental office has some tips to help you get the most out of your at-home hygiene and oral health care.

Brushing

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste removes plaque from your mouth before acid has a chance to adhere to your tooth. If you are unable to brush after every meal, make sure to at least rinse your mouth with water to free any debris from between your teeth.

Flossing

Flossing cleans the small spaces between your teeth brushing can’t reach. Flossing is the most effective way for you to remove plaque and prevent cavities from forming in those tiny crevices.

Use a Mouth Rinse

Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse on a daily basis helps to kill bacteria and prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Mouth rinse is also helpful in cleansing the hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Watch your Diet

Stay away from foods with a lot of sugar, junk foods, and starchy foods. Instead, choose foods rich in Vitamin C, like oranges and broccoli. Calcium-rich also promote healthy teeth. Be sure to include foods high in Vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. Crunchy foods, especially vegetables, are also helpful because they can naturally carry debris off of your teeth as you chew.

If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your oral health at home, please contact our Queen Anne dental office.

Why are dental x-rays necessary?

Dr. Goel is completely committed to helping you attain excellent oral health. Solid preventive treatments and diagnostic evaluation are the foundation of any treatment plan. At our Queen Anne Dental office, we utilize the latest technology to assist in patient treatment.

We usually take x-rays once a year, but if we encounter a problem, we may need to take additional images to provide a proper diagnose and plan for treatment. Dental x-rays are a mainstay of dental medicine, and one of our most valued diagnostic tools.

They allow us to get a view of the interior portion of your teeth, beneath your gums, and between your teeth. Using digital x-rays, we can find problems at their earliest stages, treat them as necessary, and monitor your progress after treatment.

Digital x-rays are also essential for helping us develop and place dental appliances like implants. Proper implant placement is crucial to the proper function and long-term success of these dental appliances and restorations.

Your safety and health are both important to us, and at our Queen Anne Dental office, we rely on digital x-rays, which reduce exposure to stray radiation by as much as 90% when compared to traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays are safer, and more efficient because we can see the detailed image of your teeth immediately.

We understand your concerns and want you to be completely comfortable with the care we provide. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have other questions about x-rays or would like to schedule an appointment.

Dental Implants and Bridges

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you have missing teeth, you may have thought about getting dental implants. Not replacing missing teeth can have a negative effect on your appearance. Furthermore, the jawbone in the region of the missing teeth will atrophy, and this can lead to problems with your bite as well as your ability to talk and chew properly. A dental implant will stimulate your body to grow bone, thus the jawbone won’t atrophy as it would if you did not replace the tooth. In order to decide if dental implants are for you, we will take a close look at the density of your jawbone. We will also look at your overall physical health, to make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure. Please call us today so we can arrange a consultation to decide if implants are right for you.

Are dental implants better than bridges?

It is difficult to say which one is better because it really comes down to the individual patient. For some, an implant may be better, for others, bridges.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in your jaw, where it is allowed to integrate into the surrounding bone. It takes the place of the missing root, which stimulates growth of the bone and gum tissue. This important process prevents your jawbone from deteriorating in the region of the missing tooth. 

A bridge is a dental prosthesis consisting of an artificial tooth held in place by crowns attached to neighboring teeth. The bridge fills the space left behind by the missing tooth, restoring your ability to speak and chew properly. A bridge typically requires support from the two teeth in front and behind the empty space.

Dental implants are preferable because of their proven predictability, however, not everyone is a good candidate. Ultimately, the best option depends on your oral health, budget, and timeline regarding treatment completion. A bridge procedure can be completed within 2 weeks, but an implant procedure can take anywhere from 6-10 months, due to healing time post surgery.

If you feel you may need an implant or a bridge, please call our Queen Anne office today to schedule a consultation. We will take a detailed look at your situation and help you determine the best option. 

 

How do dental implants work and what is involved in the process?

There are three components to a dental implant: the actual implant, the abutment, and the dental restoration.

The implant is a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed planted in your jaw. The titanium is naturally biocompatible, so it integrates seamlessly into the surrounding bone.

The abutment is the part that attaches to the implant once it has fully healed and integrated into the bone. It provides an anchor of sorts for us to secure the dental restoration, which is more or less a crown (it can be made from many different types of material like porcelain or gold).

The treatment sequence goes like this: first the implant is placed in the jaw. Then we wait for your body to heal from the surgery, and for the implant to fully integrate into the bone. Next, the abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, the dental restoration, which is more or less a crown, is securely attached to the abutment.

If you have missing teeth, and would like more information regarding implants, please contact our office today and arrange a consultation with our doctors. 

How stable are bridges?

A dental bridge is a very effective and durable restoration. With proper homecare, a well fabricated bridge can provide many years of service. There are certain cases where implants may be utilized in order to stabilize a bridge if the supporting teeth are not strong enough to do it on their own. Our doctors have extensive experience placing bridges. Contact us today for a consultation if you feel you need a bridge. 

What’s involved with getting a dental implant?

Dental implants are a really remarkable tooth replacement method that has helped millions of people regain their whole and healthy smile. Even though implants have been around for many years, most people are unfamiliar with the process involved.

To understand the process you need to know that a dental implant is actually composed of three parts – the implant, the abutment, and the restoration. These three pieces work together to form what you refer to as the dental implant.

First, a very small titanium screw is surgically placed in your jaw. The body easily accepts titanium, so the implant eventually forms a secure bond with the bone in the jaw.

Once the site of the implant has healed, the abutment is secured to it. The abutment is the portion of the implant to which the dental restoration is attached. Finally, the dental restoration – usually a crown – is affixed securely to the abutment.

The result is a fully functional, permanent tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant portion is part of your jaw, so it is permanent. The restoration will last for many years with proper care, but it may need to be replaced.

Please contact our Queen Anne office if you’d like more detailed information about the dental implant process.

What’s the big deal about dental implants anyway?

Up until about the late 80’s, the only options we had for replacing missing teeth were dentures and bridges. These remain effective treatment options, even in the 21st centuary. Dental implants, on the other hand, are meant to be a full tooth replacement, with an artificial root planted in the bone as well as a crown that is meant to simulate natural enamel. You can think of it as a “bionic” tooth. It will look and feel just like a tooth.  

Why should I get a dental implant?

At Queen Anne Dental, our goal is to do everything we can to prevent the loss of a tooth. But sometimes situations do make tooth extraction the only option we have to protect your teeth and prevent further damage.

We know that losing a tooth can be traumatic enough, but determining which type of tooth replacement is best for you can really leave you confused. Dr. Goel will talk to you about tooth replacement so that you understand all of your options. This way, we can create a treatment plan that best suits your specific needs.

Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement options available. They are preferred by many patients because they look most like your natural teeth. They are also very stable and function just like a real tooth. The replacement root created by the implant also helps prevent bone loss.

Dr. Goel creates dental implants that are custom-made to perfectly match the appearance of your natural teeth. He will make sure that the shape, size, and color of your implant restoration (dental crown) complement your own teeth. Since our implants look so natural, no one will ever know you have had an implant placed.

If you’re facing the prospect of losing a tooth or already have a toot missing, please contact our Queen Anne Dental office. We will arrange a consultation so that Dr. Goel can sit down with you and explain dental implants and other tooth replacement options.

Invisalign® Clear Braces and Six Month Smiles

Are Invisalign clear braces easy to wear?

One reason Invisalign clear braces are so popular is that they are comfortable and easy to wear. There are several advantages to choosing Invisalign over traditional braces or even some other short-term braces.

Invisalign aligner trays are made of a smooth plastic that will not irritate the inside of your cheek or lips. This is a significant advantage over traditional metal and wire braces.

People who have gone through Invisalign treatment also enjoy the convenience since the aligners are completely removable. Unlike regular braces, they can be taken out to eat, brush and floss. If you participate in sports, you don’t have to risk the safety of your teeth since you can remove Invisalign to wear a protective mouth guard.

Since Invisalign uses a progressive series of aligners, you will be able to see and feel them working each time you move to the next set. This will keep you motivated since you can see the progress as your teeth are gently guided into their proper position.

These are just some of the reasons to consider Invisalign clear braces. If you are thinking about Invisalign and would like more information, please contact our Queen Anne dental office. We will be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation so we can discuss your orthodontic needs.

How can Six Month Smiles work so quickly?

Many adults are unhappy with the appearance of their crooked teeth, but they live with the problem because they think their only option is years of wearing metal and wire braces. At Queen Anne Dental, we offer Six Month Smiles clear braces, a great orthodontic treatment that works quickly and doesn’t mar your smile like traditional braces.

Six Month Smiles clear braces correct misaligned teeth quickly and safely by using the most up-to-date dental technology available. Results can be achieved in such a short amount of time for two reasons – their unique, patented design, and the primary goal of correcting the alignment of only the teeth that are visible when you smile.

Many people choose Six Month Smiles because of their advantage over traditional braces, including:

  • Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that are very discreet
  • Treatment time averaging about six months
  • Consistent, predictable results
  • Affordability compared to traditional braces

Six Month braces are effective option for many people, but they may be the best choice for you. We would love to talk to you about Six Month Braces as well as your other cosmetic options. Please contact our Queen Anne dental office, and we will be pleased to arrange a consultation.

How do Six Month Smiles braces work?

Six Month Smiles braces are an innovative approach to orthodontic treatment offered at our Queen Anne Dental office. With Six Month Smiles, we combine the best aspects of traditional braces with modified treatment and materials. The result is a straightforward cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle

It may seem impossible, but the average treatment time for Six Month Smiles is really only about six months! The Six Month Smiles system is aesthetically pleasing because it uses clear brackets and wires that are tooth-colored, making them more discreet than traditional braces.

The primary reason that Six Month Smiles work so quickly is that treatment does not address your dental bite, and we work on straightening only the teeth that show when you smile. One of the reasons traditional braces take so long to work is that they correct your dental bite as well as straightening your teeth.

Most adults do not need any bite adjustment, making Six Month Smiles the perfect choice for effective, short-term orthodontic treatment. Since Six Month Smiles treatment times are shorter, they are usually more affordable than traditional braces or aligner treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about Six Month Smiles braces or our other orthodontic treatment options, please contact our Queen Anne Dental office today!

How long do I have to wear Invisalign each day?

The recommended minimum time to wear your Invisalign aligners is 22 hours per day. If you can wear them longer, that’s even better.

Invisalign is an easy way to correct misaligned teeth in a relatively short amount of time when compared to traditional orthodontics. Even though they are discreet, convenient, and comfortable to wear, Invisalign clear aligners have a lot of work to do!

One of the things that our Queen Anne patients love most about treatment with Invisalign is that the aligners are completely removable. You will be able to continue eating all the foods that you enjoy. And you don’t have to worry about debris getting caught in brackets and wires as you would with traditional braces.

Also, oral hygiene with Invisalign is much more efficient since you can remove the aligners to brush and floss thoroughly. If you play sports, you can also remove Invisalign so that you can wear a protective sports guard. It’s great to have this freedom, but you have to remember that the more conscientious you are about wearing your aligners, the sooner you will see the beautiful results.

We would be happy to provide more information about Invisalign. Please contact Queen Anne Dental to arrange an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Goel

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes any treatment that corrects aesthetic imperfections in your smile. We have so many options available today, that there is virtually no problem we can’t correct.

Teeth whitening is considered to be cosmetic dentistry because it can transform the appearance of your smile. It is a quick and easy procedure that produces dramatic results that greatly enhance the appearance of your smile.

Porcelain veneers are another example of a very effective cosmetic treatment. Veneers look natural and can be used to address a wide variety of dental flaws. These include problems like chipped or broken teeth, teeth with uneven spaces, and even severely discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening.

Invisalign and Six Month Smiles clear braces are two short-term orthodontic treatments that can quickly and effectively correct misaligned teeth. The bonus is that straightening your teeth also has oral health benefits.

Dental restorations like crowns are most often used to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth. But we can also use crowns to alter the shape of a tooth or cover an old filling, so in this way they can also be considered cosmetic.

As you can see, cosmetic dentistry offers us lots of options for correcting a number of imperfections. Please contact our Queen Anne office to learn more about how these treatments can benefit you.

What options do you offer for quickly straightening teeth?

Our office uses both Invisalign® clear braces and Six Month braces to correct moderately misaligned teeth. Each treatment has its own advantages, but they are both excellent options for correcting the appearance of crooked teeth in a relatively short amount of time.

Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are calibrated to gently reposition your teeth and gradually move them into proper alignment. Invisalign® aligners also have the advantage of being completely removable and almost invisible. This allows you to eat normally and brush and floss more effectively than with traditional braces. Invisalign® aligners are also very comfortable and cause little irritation for the wearer.

Six Month Braces are very effective as a solution for correcting misaligned teeth and can provide desired results in an average time of six months. Treatment times are shorter with Six Month braces because they are designed to straighten only the teeth that are visible when you smile; they are not meant to correct your dental bite as traditional braces do.

Depending on the extent of misalignment and the correction needed, we can easily perfect the appearance of your smile in as little as six months.

Will I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?

There is virtually no orthodontic treatment, short-term or otherwise, that does not require a retainer to be worn for maintaining results. Invisalign is an amazing and efficient solution for straightening teeth, but yes, you will need to wear a retainer.

You may wonder why, with all that advanced dental knowledge and technology, you still need to wear a retainer. It’s a common mistake to think that when the alignment portion of treatment is complete, you’re finished.

Your teeth do look pretty great after treatment, and you want them to say that way. That is why you need to wear your retainer conscientiously.

Our teeth are always moving, and of course you never actually feel it happening, but you see the results. While you were wearing your Invisalign aligners, they were gradually working to move your teeth into proper alignment.

When treatment is finished, and you go on with your “life after Invisalign,” your teeth are still moving. Retainers do the job of reminding your teeth where they belong, encouraging them to stay in proper alignment. Without a retainer, your teeth will gradually start to move back into the “life before Invisalign” position, and all that time and investment will be wasted.

You made the commitment to wear the aligners as instructed, and you now enjoy the beautiful results. Take the simple step of wearing the retainer provided by our Queen Anne Dental office, and enjoy those stunning results for a long, long time.

Pediatric Dentistry

Do you recomend fluoride treatments for my child?

Fluoride is an essential element for keeping your child’s teeth healthy and protecting them from decay. At Queen Anne Dental, we want to do everything to help promote your child’s optimal oral health, and fluoride treatments are part of the preventive services we provide.

Most of us ingest sufficient amounts of fluoride through our public water supplies and the foods we consume – spinach, apple juice, and vegetables, to name just a few. But, depending on your diet and the area in which you live (residents of rural areas often live on a well, instead of public water), your child may benefit from topical fluoride treatments.

It’s important to establish a routine of early childhood visits so that Dr. Goel can keep a close watch on your child’s oral health as it develops. This way, he can establish a history that allows him to note any changes since the previous visit. It is during these visits that he can decide if your child is in need of an application of fluoride to keep his or her teeth strong and healthy.

We really love working with kids and helping them get a head start on good oral health care. Please feel free to arrange a convenient appointment for your child at our Queen Anne dental office.

Do you treat children?

We do treat children while trying to make it fun and easy for them! In fact, Dr. Goel has many years of experience in working with very young children. We even have a special kids’ play area so that your children feel at home in a welcoming setting.

Treating children requires a special, gentle touch, and our team of caring professionals are trained to help our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable to help them enjoy their dental visits and feel good about taking care of their dental health.

Our emphasis is on helping your children get started on a lifetime of proper oral hygiene and dental care. The sooner we can establish a friendly relationship with your child, the more likely it is that they will see visits to the dentist as an enjoyable and positive event.

Your proactivity with your child’s care from an early age by bringing them in for regular visits allows us to monitor the growth and development of their teeth. This way we can avoid problems from developing or progressing. Most importantly, we do not want your child to associate trips to the dentist with pain, so it’s important to establish a routine of comfortable, enjoyable experiences early on.

Does Dr. Goel have experience treating children?

When you’re looking for dental care for your entire family, it is essential to find a dentist who understands your child’s unique personality. Regular dental exams are essential for good oral health, but children also require a dental team that can provide them with a positive experience to ensure continued care of their teeth.

Dr. Goel has many years of experience in treating children of all ages. He is very patient and sensitive to the fact that kids need to feel safe with us and secure in their surroundings. Our professional team takes pride in the high-quality, gentle care that we provide to our young patients. We know that you have a choice when it comes to care for your child, and we value the confidence that you put in us to help manage your child’s dental health.

As a team, we are committed to making sure that we make every visit comfortable and fun for kids. We have a special kids’ corner filled with games and toys that will help them see trips to the dentist as an enjoyable experience.

We would love the opportunity to show you the difference that gentle care at Queen Anne Dental can make to your child’s attitude about dental treatment. Please give us a call – we will be happy to schedule a time for you to visit our office and meet our team.

 

How can dental sealants benefit my child?

It’s very important to start your child off with a proper routine of oral health care. The preventive steps we take now are important for ensuring that they enjoy a lifetime of excellent dental health.

Part of this preventive care may include dental sealants. This is a process where a thin plastic resin is used to coat the chewing surfaces of teeth with pits, deep grooves, or uneven chewing surfaces. The sealant forms a shield to protect these surfaces and prevent decay.

If your child doesn’t yet have their permanent teeth, sealants can help protect baby teeth and keep them healthy. Baby teeth are important for proper development of permanent teeth.

Older children who have their permanent teeth can also benefit from dental sealants. When they are young, kids consume a lot of cavity-producing foods, and dental sealants prevent these foods from damaging healthy teeth.

Every child is different, and if your child’s teeth are generally healthy, they may not need dental sealants. But it is an easy process that requires no numbing, so it’s appropriate even for the youngest kids.

Please contact our Queen Anne dental office to arrange an appointment for your child to meet with Dr. Goel. After conducting a thorough exam, he will decide if your child can benefit from dental sealants.

How can I keep my child’s teeth healthy?

We are happy to welcome your little ones to our Queen Anne Dental office. Continuity of care is essential for providing comprehensive, convenient treatment for your entire family in one location. Dr. Goel has many years experience working with children, and he has truly developed a gift for making them feel safe and comfortable.

Just like adults, with children, the best defense against common dental problems like cavities is diligent at-home oral hygiene, routine dental exams, and professional cleanings. It’s crucial to help kids get started early with proper dental habits to ensure a lifetime of dental health.

Regular brushing and flossing is essential for excellent home care. Until your child is around eight years old, they probably won’t have the necessary dexterity to brush their own teeth, and they will need your help.

Once they are able to brush their teeth properly by themselves, you should check in with them periodically to make sure they’re doing an effective job. It’s common for kids to miss their back teeth when brushing, just because these teeth are harder to reach.

Brushing and flossing at home is a great start, but regular dental visits to our Queen Anne Dental office are necessary so that Dr. Goel can help to detect problems before they can advance and damage your child’s oral health. During this exam, we will also do a professional cleaning and check each tooth for signs of decay or other problems.

If you have any other questions about your child’s oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

What can you do to make my child’s first visit easier?

At Queen Anne Dental, we love treating kids! We know how important it is for that all-important first visit with us to be a success. The future of their good oral health depends on it!

First, we want to let you know that Dr. Goel has many years experience in treating children of all ages. Dental care for your child requires a gentle, understanding touch, and he knows exactly how to take care of your child’s unique needs any time they visit.

Their first visit sets the tone for their future oral health care, and we go out of our way to make it pleasant and fun. Our office environment is warm and inviting – we even have a special child’s area with toys, games, and colorful posters.

Our team is sensitive to your child’s needs, and will treat your child as the unique individual that they are. We promise that we will do everything possible to make the first visit stress-free for you and your child.

If it’s time for your child’s first checkup, please give our office a call. We will be happy to make arrangements for you to visit our office and meet our team. We want you to feel completely comfortable that your child’s oral health care is in good hands.

Why are baby teeth important?

It’s a common mistake that people make in thinking that a child’s baby teeth are unimportant. This idea is probably due to the fact that the child will eventually lose all their baby teeth, so that must mean they’re not that important.

This is not the case. Like everything else in your body, baby teeth are there for a reason. Of course, your child needs them to chew and speak properly. But most importantly, baby teeth are designed to hold a place for permanent teeth that are already developing in the child’s jaw.

Parents at our Queen Anne dental office often ask us if and why a cavity in a baby tooth needs to be filled. The answer is that we need to do everything possible to make sure your child’s baby teeth stay intact until they are ready to come out naturally.

If your child develops a cavity and it is not filled, you are subjecting your child to unnecessary discomfort. If decay spreads and the tooth is lost too soon, underlying teeth may not erupt properly. This can potentially lead to tooth misalignment, and costly orthodontic treatment in the future.

Please contact our office if you would like to arrange a convenient time to bring your child by for a visit. 

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns

Can you fix teeth that are chipped or broken?

Yes! Depending on the extent of the damage, you have several options for repairing broken, chipped teeth.

The most straightforward, and least invasive method for fixing a small chip is to simply buff it out by smoothing the enamel. We can also use composite resin tooth colored fillings to fill in small defects. The color of this material can be matched perfectly to the natural shade of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are another option, and can give you a very natural, beautiful, lifelike smile. Porcelain is a very strong, but translucent material that allows it to closely match natural tooth enamel.

Teeth with severe fractures may require dental crowns. Modern dental crowns are quite strong and can reinforce a weakened tooth for many years, you take care of it properly. 

I’m unhappy with the appearance of my smile. Can you help me?

Most definitely! Depending on your unique situation as well as your needs, we can offer a tailored treatment plan that will provide you with the results you seek.

Whitening treatments will leave your teeth looking naturally white.

Porcelain veneers can quickly alter the appearance of your smile by correcting cosmetic defects such as chipped, stained, or deformed teeth.

Tooth colored composite resin fillings can restore your teeth back to full health and function. These versatile, naturally looking fillings, while not only beautiful, can also prevent further oral health issues.

Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign and Six Month Braces can be used to rapidly correct misaligned teeth in a reasonable amount of time.

The above treatment options, either by themselves or in combination, can correct the following problems:

  • Stained, unsightly teeth
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth with uneven heights
  • Diastemas, or gaps between teeth
  • Old, defective, unaesthetic fillings
Okay, so I’ve decided I wanted porcelain veneers. What does the process involve?

You can think of a veneer as a thin sheet of porcelain that is designed to precisely fit over your teeth. They are often custom shaded to match the color and appearance of your teeth.

At the first appointment, we will remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth. This step is needed so that the veneer does not end up looking too bulky with a poor fit. Whatever amount of enamel we remove will be roughly the same amount that we will replace with porcelain. After the enamel is removed, we will take a mold of your teeth. The lab will use this mold to design your veneers. We will often send smile photographs to the lab as well to give them more data to work off.

Once we receive your veneers, we will fit them to your teeth and adjust them if needed. Once we deem the fit perfect, we will bond the veneer to your teeth. We will also follow up by polishing the veneers so that they feel smooth and blend in perfectly with your natural tooth.

What can I do to take ensure that my new dental crown will last for a long time?

A dental crown is often a big investment, so it is only natural to want to know how you can take care of it so that it lasts. With proper home care, and in the absence of any significant health problems that may alter saliva flow/chemistry, dental crowns can potentially last a lifetime. Grinding and clenching habits can put excess stress on the crown, and this can potentially lead to the crown breaking in the future. We often recommend a night guard in cases where patients have grinding/clenching habits.

Maintaining good oral hygiene at home, as well as making your regular dental checkups and cleanings is the best way to ensure that your crown lasts you a lifetime. During exams, we will take a close look at your crowns to catch problems when they are early and to prevent any substantial future damage. 

Will my porcelain veneers look natural?

If you’re looking for a solution that will resolve certain cosmetic dental problems, veneers are an excellent choice! For many people, they are one of the most effective, natural-looking solutions available today.

At our Queen Anne dentist, Dr. Goel, creates veneers that blend perfectly with the appearance of your natural teeth. You don’t have to be concerned that people will notice the difference. The best dental restoration, cosmetic or otherwise, is completely indistinguishable from your own teeth.

When creating your custom veneers, Dr. Goel will first talk to you about your desired results. Communication is essential, because we want you to be completely thrilled with your new porcelain veneers.

Once we know what you want your new veneers to accomplish, we begin the process by removing a very small amount of your tooth enamel. This is necessary to allow the veneer to fit naturally, and the amount we remove depends on your individual case.

Next, Dr. Goel takes impressions of your teeth that will be used to create your veneers, which usually takes about two weeks. You will return to our office, and we will check the veneers for proper fit, then bond them securely to the surface of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are an appropriate cosmetic treatment, but may not be the best for your situation. Please contact our Queen Anne dental office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Goel so we can discuss your options.

Will porcelain veneers look natural, and match the rest of my teeth? I don’t want a fake looking smile!

Porcelain veneers can rapidly solve a number of cosmetic problems, and they are virtually indistinguishable from your own teeth in appearance. You can think of a porcelain veneer as a thin sheet of porcelain that is bonded to your teeth. The porcelain, although thin, is also quite strong and durable, and can withstand the natural wear and tear that you teeth endure.

The porcelain is often translucent, and is very similar in characteristics to enamel, allowing it to blend in seamlessly. Moreover, the porcelain can be layered and colored by the lab ceramist to give it a natural, “imperfect” appearance, if that is what you desire. At Queen Anne Dental, we have helped create lots of beautiful smiles using veneers. Patients are often pleasantly surprised by how beautiful and  natural the end result is.

At our Queen Anne dental office, we have helped enhance lots of smiles using porcelain veneers. Our patients are always thrilled to see how the natural beauty of veneers can truly transform their smile.

We know that you will also be pleased at the difference porcelain veneers can make if your smile is less than perfect. Please contact our office for more information and to make an appointment for a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Root Canals & Tooth Extractions

Do you take same-day emergency patients?

We are pleased to provide same-day emergency treatment to help you find relief and get the immediate treatment necessary to protect your oral health.

Sudden, severe pain is often a sign of a serious problem, and we are available to help you so that you never have to put off the important treatment you need because you can’t find proper dental care.

Since you may not be sure if your problem is an actual dental emergency, here is a general list of problems you may be experiencing that qualify as a dental emergency. In any event, do not hesitate to contact us if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.

  • An accident or damage to your tooth that has caused it to break or fracture
  • An unexplained bump or pimple on your gums
  • Sudden severe tooth pain or swelling
  • A toothache that is severe enough to cause radiating facial pain
  • Sports injury or trauma caused by an accident
  • Loss of a filling, dental crown, veneer, or other type of restoration

Depending on the emergency, prompt treatment can prevent further damage, and may mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. If you have a dental emergency, please contact our office immediately. We know how painful and overwhelming a dental emergency can be, and we will make arrangements to see you that day.

 

How long will it take to recover from oral surgery?

The length of recovery from oral surgery depends on the type of extraction you had – simple or surgical extraction, as in the case of removing an impacted tooth. There are also health factors that come into play and whether or not you smoke. Smoking can inhibit healing after oral surgery, and is not recommended.

After a simple extraction at Queen Anne Dental, you can expect some discomfort and swelling for about 24 to 48 hours. If you have a surgical extraction, this swelling and discomfort can last for three days. Full healing may take several weeks.

We will provide you with medication and explain the steps you can take after surgery to make reduce discomfort and swelling. Taking your medication and following these after-care instructions carefully will promote faster healing and prevent complications.

Dr. Goel can give you more specific information regarding healing time once we perform a full evaluation of the teeth that need to be extracted. We also offer solutions for tooth replacement after extraction and he can discuss these options with you as well.

Our goal is to protect your oral health in a comfortable, stress-free setting. We understand your apprehension about tooth extraction, and will do everything to make it as easy as possible for you

Tooth extraction scares me! How can you help?

We understand your worries, and we want to do anything we can to help you get through the process with as little stress and anxiety as possible. Our sedation options are the answer for getting you the help you need in a calming environment.

At Queen Anne Dental, we work hard to preserve your teeth whenever possible. But sometimes it becomes necessary to extract a tooth to protect your overall health. We have done many tooth extractions, and we work together as a team to make sure you are completely comfortable throughout the procedure.

We can assure you that both of our doctors are very gentle, but we know that this may not be enough to help you relax before and during treatment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a simple, but very effective type of sedation that helps keep you calm with no side effects afterwards. You will feel relaxed during the treatment and it controls any anxiety you may have.

Oral sedation is also very effective if you have more serious dental anxiety. We can prescribe a relaxing medication to be taken at our office. Combined with nitrous oxide, this type of sedation is sufficient to help even the most fearful patients.

 Please contact our Queen Anne dental office for more information about the ways in which we can help you deal with your fears.

Why do I need to have my tooth extracted?

At Queen Anne Dental, our highest priority is to make sure that all your teeth stay whole and healthy so that they provide you with a lifetime of use. But circumstances do occur that make extraction of a tooth necessary.

You may be surprised at the number of reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary:

  • Advanced decay that has caused so much damage that the tooth can’t be repaired
  • Severe periodontal infection that cannot be eliminated with root canal therapy
  • Impacted wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth that compromise the alignment of neighboring teeth
  • Preparation for placement of full or partial dentures
  • Teeth that have grown in at odd angles, affecting the alignment of surrounding teeth
  • Dental trauma that has broken or severely damaged teeth beyond repair
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment for children

Dr. Goel chooses the most conservative treatments available for protecting and restoring your family’s oral health. If tooth extraction does become necessary, you can be sure that you are in good hands with the team at our Queen Anne dental office.

We understand how challenging tooth extraction can be for anyone. Our kind, caring team and gentle sedation options will make your procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Please contact us for more information or to make a convenient appointment.

Why does my child need teeth extracted?

We understand that the idea of your child having a tooth extracted can be very stressful. As parents, your priority is to keep your child happy, healthy, and free from any unpleasantness.

Dr. Goel and the team at Queen Anne Dental always have your child’s best interest and comfort in mind during any treatment. Extractions can be difficult for anyone, and particularly for children who may not be able to understand what is happening to them.

You have our assurance that we will always use the most conservative approach when it comes to any dental treatment. If we recommend that your child have a tooth extracted, it means that it is the only option available to make sure that their oral health is protected.

It may be that your child has a baby tooth that is preventing the permanent tooth from erupting properly. It is far easier for us to remove the baby tooth now, so that we can avoid having to deal with misaligned teeth later.

At Queen Anne Dental, we value the trust you place in us for your child’s oral health care. We will always discuss all alternatives with you so that you understand exactly why we recommend certain procedures.

Sedation Dentistry

How does nitrous oxide sedation work?

Many people suffer with dental anxiety, which is actually very common. Sometimes their fear is so great that they simply go without dental treatment. Nitrous oxide sedation may be all you need to help you get the treatment you need.

We have options at Queen Anne Dental because we want you to be able to relax during treatment so you can stop putting off dental visits and possibly damaging your oral health. Nitrous oxide is a gentle form of sedation that is very effective for many of our patients.

Unlike other sedation methods, nitrous oxide is very mild. We administer the gas through a small nasal mask, and all you have to do is sit back and breathe normally.

Almost immediately you will begin to feel rather drowsy and very relaxed. We continue sedation throughout your treatment, and a member of our team is by your side at all times to make sure you are completely comfortable. Once treatment is finished, and we stop the nitrous, you will feel completely normal.

At Queen Anne Dental, your complete comfort is one of our top priorities. If you have more severe anxiety, we do have other options for sedation. Please contact our office and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about sedation options.

I’ve always been afraid of dentists. Can you help me?

We understand your fear, and we want to assure you that you are not alone! Millions of people avoid visits to the dentist because of dental anxiety.

It’s very important to schedule dental visits for routine dental exams, cleanings, and other dental treatments. With today’s sedation options, putting your dental health at risk because of anxiety and stress is completely unnecessary.

First, we make you feel completely comfortable with us by getting to know you and taking the time to talk to you about your concerns. For lots of people, this provides a level of comfort that is enough to get them through the visit.

Others have a higher level of anxiety and require sedation options to help them relax. Nitrous oxide sedation is very effective and easy – all you have to do is breathe through a mask during treatment, which will make you feel drowsy and relaxed.

If you are more anxious, we can prescribe a medication to be taken before your visit. That way, you arrive at our office already feeling little or no anxiety. If we feel it’s necessary, we can add nitrous oxide sedation to really help you relax.

We want you to be completely comfortable, and our compassionate team of professionals will provide support and encouragement to help put you at ease every time you receive treatment at our office.

Will I be groggy after sedation with nitrous oxide?

One of the advantages of using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is that it is a very mild form of sedation that only lasts as long as we’re administering the gas. Once treatment is over, you will feel no after-effects, and depending on the type of procedure you had done, you will be able to go about your normal activities.

Nitrous oxide is very effective for many people who need a bit of sedation to help with dental anxiety. Of course, for the majority of procedures, Dr. Goel will numb the area first, so that you will not feel any discomfort.

But you may have greater anxiety about dental procedures, and sedation with nitrous oxide is helpful in allowing you to relax completely. With nitrous oxide, you will not go to sleep. You will, however, feel very calm and detached from the activity around you. Many patients tell us that they have little or no memory of the procedure after it’s completed.

At Queen Anne Dental, we also offer oral conscious sedation, which provides deeper relaxation. We can also combine this with nitrous oxide for the ultimate in relaxation and stress-free dentistry.

Please contact our office if you have an upcoming procedure and would like to learn about the benefits of sedation dentistry.

Will my dental procedure hurt?

Our first priority at Queen Anne Dental is your complete comfort. It’s very common to be concerned about your treatment and want to avoid any discomfort.

We use state-of-the-art equipment that is designed to help make treatments more efficient, minimizing the amount of time you need to spend in the dental chair. Dentistry has changed a lot in recent years, so if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental visit, you may be pleasantly surprised at the difference these improvements can make to your overall experience.

Before we begin any invasive procedure, like filling a tooth, we will numb the area completely with an anesthetic. You will not feel anything, except perhaps a light pressure.

If you’re very concerned and feel you need more support, we can recommend sedation options to help you relax. Every patient has unique needs, and we will work with you to make sure that we address yours so that you are completely comfortable before, during, and after treatment.

Getting to know and trust the people caring for your treatment can help tremendously. We encourage you to call our Queen Anne Dental office to arrange a visit just to say hello and meet our friendly, caring team.

Will nitrous oxide sedation put me to sleep?

Nitrous oxide is an effective, yet safe and gentle, form of sedation that we use with great success at our Queen Anne Dental office. Dental technology has improved in most every area, but nitrous oxide is a constant and has been in use by dentists for well over 100 years!

The objective of nitrous oxide sedation is not to put you to sleep. In fact, it’s helpful for you to be awake enough so that you can let us know if you’re experiencing any discomfort, allowing us to adjust your dosage as necessary.

The effect of sedation with nitrous oxide is to put you completely at ease and help you drift off into a dreamy, but awake, state. It’s often referred to as laughing gas simply because it helps you to relax to the point where nothing bothers you.

Nitrous oxide is so effective because it not only allows you to relax, but also dulls your senses. You know where you are and why you’re there, but you don’t respond to the sounds and activity around you.

It has the added advantage of being effective only as long as the gas is administered. Once we stop it, you will quickly regain your awareness, and be able to get on with your day as usual.

Dental anxiety is a terrible thing, and we’re here to help. If you’re putting off dental visits due to fear or stress, please call our Queen Anne Dental office. We’ll help you get the relief you need.

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Do you take same-day emergency patients?

We are pleased to provide same-day emergency treatment to help you find relief and get the immediate treatment necessary to protect your oral health.

Sudden, severe pain is often a sign of a serious problem, and we are available to help you so that you never have to put off the important treatment you need because you can’t find proper dental care.

Since you may not be sure if your problem is an actual dental emergency, here is a general list of problems you may be experiencing that qualify as a dental emergency. In any event, do not hesitate to contact us if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.

  • An accident or damage to your tooth that has caused it to break or fracture
  • An unexplained bump or pimple on your gums
  • Sudden severe tooth pain or swelling
  • A toothache that is severe enough to cause radiating facial pain
  • Sports injury or trauma caused by an accident
  • Loss of a filling, dental crown, veneer, or other type of restoration

Depending on the emergency, prompt treatment can prevent further damage, and may mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. If you have a dental emergency, please contact our office immediately. We know how painful and overwhelming a dental emergency can be, and we will make arrangements to see you that day.

I’m unhappy with the appearance of my smile. Can you help me?

Most definitely! Depending on your unique situation as well as your needs, we can offer a tailored treatment plan that will provide you with the results you seek.

Whitening treatments will leave your teeth looking naturally white.

Porcelain veneers can quickly alter the appearance of your smile by correcting cosmetic defects such as chipped, stained, or deformed teeth.

Tooth colored composite resin fillings can restore your teeth back to full health and function. These versatile, naturally looking fillings, while not only beautiful, can also prevent further oral health issues.

Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign and Six Month Braces can be used to rapidly correct misaligned teeth in a reasonable amount of time.

The above treatment options, either by themselves or in combination, can correct the following problems:

  • Stained, unsightly teeth
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth with uneven heights
  • Diastemas, or gaps between teeth
  • Old, defective, unaesthetic fillings

Teeth Grinding Treatment

How can you help me stop grinding my teeth?

Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a fairly common problem that affects many people. You may not even be aware that you grind and clench your teeth. But if you regularly wake up with pain in your head, jaw, neck or shoulders, you may be feeling the effects of teeth grinding.

The answer to your problem may be as simple as a custom night guard created for you by Dr. Goel. The guard is worn at night and can effectively reduce or eliminate the painful symptoms of teeth grinding that can have such a dramatic impact on your life.

There are many reasons that people grind their teeth, but most commonly it is caused by stress or a misaligned dental bite. Dr. Goel will examine your teeth to try to pinpoint the conditions that may lead to teeth grinding. A custom night guard has helped many of our patients, and it may be the solution for you as well.

The first step is to make an appointment so that we can work to find the reason you grind and clench your teeth. We will take all the time necessary to pursue appropriate solutions until we find the one that is most effective for you.

What are occlusal splints, and what are they used for?

Occlusal splints (also referred to as night guards) are used to treat a wide range of dental conditions, depending on the style of the guard. One of the most common uses for occlusal splints at Queen Anne Dental is to address and treat the problem of teeth grinding and clenching.

There are different types of night guards available, but the objective with any of these is to provide relief by repositioning your jaw slightly forward. This prevents your back teeth from touching, so that you cannot grind or clench. The purpose of the splint is to protect your teeth from the wear and damage caused by clenching and grinding, and to relieve tension on the muscles in your jaw.

It is important to treat teeth grinding and clenching because, without treatment, it can lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), a condition that affects the joint where your lower jaw meets your skull. The night guard is designed to reduce the tension placed on your jaw joint, in turn reducing inflammation and pain.

Teeth grinding and clenching can also lead to migraines, so wearing an occlusal guard can also provide relief from this type of chronic, painful headache.

At our Queen Anne Dental office, Dr. Goel will create a customized occlusal splint that is made to fit your mouth perfectly to provide the desired results. Please contact our office so that we can arrange an evaluation and make appropriate recommendations.

What are some signs that I’m grinding my teeth?

The majority of people who chronically grind or clench their teeth experience head, neck, or jaw pain when they wake up. Often, patients at our Queen Anne dental office are not aware that this pain is associated with grinding of their teeth (bruxism).

This occurs because you are putting significant additional stress on your teeth, which in turn stresses your jaw joint. Over time, this excess force can cause the joint to break down, leading to TMJ.

Another sign that you have bruxism is not so obvious. As you can imagine, the stress on your teeth caused by grinding and clenching can lead to premature wearing of your dental enamel. Unless substantial damage has occurred, Dr. Goel will probably be the first to notice the wearing of your tooth.

We know that the painful symptoms of teeth grinding can be hard to bear, and even may affect your lifestyle. Fortunately, at Queen Anne Dental, we have a simple solution called a night guard that may be all you need to alleviate these debilitating effects.

If you believe that you are grinding your teeth, please contact our Queen Anne dental office. We want you to get the help you resolve the problem so that you can get on with your life.

Why do I grind my teeth?

There are several reasons people grind or clench their teeth. This is referred to as bruxism, and is often the result of muscle tension, stress, or a misaligned dental bite.

Teeth grinding and clenching is an annoying problem that usually occurs while you’re sleeping. Since you’re not aware that it’s happening, you may awaken with headaches or pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders. In some cases, it’s such a problem that the grinding sound can be heard by others.

Obviously, this chronic pain can have a severe negative impact on your life. It can be particularly frustrating when you don’t know why you’re experiencing these painful symptoms.

If you’re grinding your teeth due to a misaligned dental bite, Dr. Goel can evaluate your situation and work with you to correct the problem. Another problem with teeth grinding is the toll it can take on your teeth. The constant grinding and clenching can gradually wear down the surface of the teeth, potentially leading to TMJ.

If you believe that you are grinding your teeth excessively, please contact our Queen Anne Dental office. Dr. Goel can often help prevent teeth grinding with a simple appliance called an occlusal splint to get you the relief you need.

Why is teeth grinding bad for my oral health?

Everyone catches themselves grinding their teeth occasionally, usually in moments of stress. But chronic teeth grinding can cause problems with your oral health like premature wearing of teeth, cracked teeth. Grinding and clenching can also affect your jaw joint and possibly even lead to TMJ.

At Queen Anne Dental we know that healthy teeth are very strong because they need to withstand a lot of wear and tear. But teeth grinding puts abnormal stress on your teeth, particularly your molars, which can lead to broken or fractured teeth. Many people who grind their teeth do so because of a misaligned dental bite.

Chronic grinding and clenching can also damage restorations like crowns, bridges, and even porcelain veneers. All these effects impact the health of your teeth, but can lead to more costly repairs in the future as we try to eliminate these problems.

If you grind your teeth, Dr. Goel can create a custom night guard, or occlusal splint, that you wear while your sleep. People primarily grind their teeth during the night and are not aware of it. The night guard holds your teeth in a position that makes it impossible to grind your teeth.

If annoying grinding teeth and the resulting headaches and neck pain are a problem for you, please contact our Queen Anne dental office. We can arrange a consultation with Dr. Goel so that he can evaluate your particular situation and make appropriate recommendations for treatment.

Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

How do I know if I have a cavity?

The problem with tooth decay is that, in its early stages, you probably will not notice anything different. Even if you do have feel slight sensitivity, you may dismiss it – after all, your tooth doesn’t hurt, so it must be okay, right?

The fact is that by the time you have a toothache, the decay has already done some pretty serious damage. If you’ve lived with the pain, hoping it will go away on its own, you’re just postponing the inevitable and allowing the decay to do even more damage to your tooth.

At Queen Anne Dental, we use digital x-rays that allow us to detect even the minutest signs of decay. We have a much better chance of easily removing the decay and filling the tooth, preventing the decay from spreading.

With new dental technology, having a cavity filled is very easy. You don’t have to worry about painful injections. We use Vibrajet, which is a device that painlessly delivers the injection of anesthetic that numbs your tooth. This results in no pain before, during, or after treatment!

The best way to stay on top of cavities is to maintain a schedule of twice-yearly exams at our Queen Anne dental office. With regular checkups, we can find tooth decay before it advances and harms your tooth.

What are my options for replacing old silver fillings?

Silver, or amalgam, fillings are an effective material that has been used for many years. But there are drawbacks to amalgam fillings, and one of them is that they tend to darken over time. If the tooth is visible, the filling will mar your appearance because it stands out from the rest of your teeth.

Fortunately, at Queen Anne Dental, we can now use a filling made of a composite material, and we refer to these as composites or composite fillings. The advantage of using this material is that it contains porcelain, which is very durable and natural-looking.

Porcelain is used in a lot of dental applications, like veneers, because it so closely resembles the natural translucency of your own teeth. This allows us to create dental fillings that blend seamlessly with your own teeth and are virtually indistinguishable.

Composite material makes a beautiful replacement for old silver fillings, but they may not be appropriate for your specific needs. We want to ensure that all your teeth are stable and healthy, and Dr. Goel can talk to you about other treatments that may be more appropriate for your situation.

If you are interested in replacing your old silver fillings, please contact our Queen Anne Dental office. A member of our professional team will be happy to arrange an appointment at your convenience.

What is dental bonding, and how can it help me?

If you’re looking for an effective way to fix teeth with chips, cracks, or other minor cosmetic flaws, dental bonding at our Queen Anne dental office may be the perfect solution. We can use tooth-colored composite filling material to build up problematic teeth for a uniform appearance.

We’re fortunate to have access to state-of-the-art dental materials and treatments that were not available just a few years ago. Dr. Goel uses tooth-colored composites to create beautiful, natural-looking fillings that are indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.

This same material is used for dental bonding, making it possible for us to correct a wide array of cosmetic imperfections:

  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Uneven spaces and gaps between teeth
  • Severely stained teeth that can’t be corrected with teeth whitening

Dental bonding solves these problems and provides results that look completely natural. Another advantage is that bonding is more affordable than other cosmetic treatments like veneers and dental crowns.

You do have choices when it comes to repairing cosmetic dental flaws. Please contact our Queen Anne dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment for a convenient consultation.

What’s the easiest way to fix small chips in my teeth?

We know that lots of people live with small cosmetic dental problems like little chips or broken teeth. You don’t have to live with these imperfections, and you don’t have to break your budget. Dental bonding is a cost-effective and easy way to resolve these problems.

Dental bonding is a process that uses tooth-colored composite material to build up your tooth to restore its shape and function. One of the things that makes bonding so effective is that the composite material can be shaded to match your natural teeth perfectly.

This material also has an appearance very similar to that of your own teeth.  Once the process is complete, no one will be able to see where the tooth was repaired.

The process is quick and easy – Dr. Goel starts by preparing your tooth, then he applies the composite and shapes the repair so that it blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth. You will leave our office with a fully restored tooth and a big smile.

Dental bonding with tooth-colored composite material is very effective, but there may be other treatments that are more appropriate in your case. Please contact our office to learn more about dental bonding and your other cosmetic dentistry options.