Frequently Asked Questions

What is cosmetic and restorative dentistry?

In order to understand cosmetic dentistry you must first understand one basic principle; something must work right before it can look good. Therefore, the process of improving aesthetics starts by preventing the breakdown of teeth. They will last longer by controlling the forces that are causing the breakdown to occur. With this problem solved it is then possible to enhance the appearance of teeth and achieve optimal dental health with a treatment plan that is specifically design for you. Cosmetic dentistry combines advanced techniques and materials to provide results that are as natural looking as they feel.

What makes a good cosmetic and restorative dentist?

Cosmetics in dentistry is more than just how teeth look. A cosmetic dentistry combines art, science, and technology to create a restoration that is both aesthetic and functional. A good aesthetic dentist must think like an artist, understand science, and have the technical skills of a master.

Before choosing a cosmetic dentistry look at their education and credentials and do not be afraid to ask questions. Be certain that the person you choose has specific training and expertise, not just someone who uses the term ‘cosmetic’ in an ad. Ask to see photos and/or testimonials of actual patients, not just generic photos that can be purchased and passed on as their own work. Speak with other patients who have had similar treatment to discuss their experience and results. This can be a life altering experience, so talk to the dentist and their staff to make sure you are where you want to be. Do not let anyone talk you into doing anything, this must be something you want! Click here to learn more.

What can I do for discolored teeth?

If the only concern with your smile is the color of your teeth, there are several whitening options available for you. We offer both in office, Boost Whitening, and take home whitening. After careful consideration an informed decision can be made for which option is best for you.

What can I do for uneven gums?

There are several solutions for this problem, but the most common is the use of a laser. When looking at your smile, the gums are just as important as the teeth. Dr. Robinson is able to use a laser to sculpt the gums while still providing a comfortable experience and rapid healing.

How can I replace missing teeth?

It is not necessary to live with missing teeth any longer. With the advanced techniques and materials available today we are able to offer many options, including bridges, implants, and natural looking partial or full dentures. A complete set of teeth will not only improve your self-esteem, but also increase the longevity of your natural teeth by removing the stress placed on them. In addition, you will notice improved speech, digestion, and taste.

I don’t like my smile, can you help?

As unique as your smile, so is your reason for not liking it, but we are certain we can help. Dr. Robinson is very trained and experienced in determining key factors to enhancing any smile. Some key factors are:

  • Cracked, chipped, crooked, missing, or discolored teeth
  • Uneven gums
  • Uneven or slanted display of teeth
  • Unattractive or failing restorations
  • Underlying skeletal problems that can cause teeth to be crowded, excessively prominent or retruded, or have spaces between them
  • Worn down or broken teeth

The best way to determine your needs and wants is for you to come in and talk to us. During a consultation we can take close-up photos and molds of your teeth to help you identify those areas you would like to improve.

What should I know about amalgam or mercury fillings?

Amalgam, or “silver”, fillings are the most commonly placed filling material according to the ADA. Since the largest component of amalgam is mercury, not silver, they should be referred to as mercury fillings. More than 78% of dentist surveyed by the ADA considered amalgam the material of choice because it is cheap, easy to place, and it’s longevity.

Dr. Robinson chose years ago to stop using amalgam for the following reasons:

  1. Amalgam fillings weaken the tooth over time by expanding and fracturing teeth from the inside, similar to splitting wood with a wedge.
  2. The material usually contains about 50% mercury and even though the ADA has deemed it safe, it is still considered a toxic and hazardous material outside the mouth. Several European countries have banned the use of the material and many states within the United States are regulated on proper disposal. It is important to remove the amalgam material with the proper technique to reduce the exposure to aerosolized mercury which can be readily absorbed through the lungs.
  3. Amalgam fillings are very unesthetic and because of corrosion typically turn dark with time. There are more aesthetic and environmentally safer materials to use. And with these new materials and biological ‘super glues’ it is possible to predictably bond teeth back together, virtually restoring them back to their virgin strength without the invasiveness of full crowns. In the majority of circumstances, crowns can be replaced with more conservative techniques. It is therefore possible to preserve more healthy, remaining tooth structure.

By intercepting the potential of fracture before experiencing symptoms of hot/cold sensitivity and biting pain, new conservative treatments are preventing the side effects of toothaches and broken teeth. We are also able to diagnose these problems earlier with the assistance of fiber optics and camera magnification technologies. Using a proactive rather than reactive approach to amalgam replacement is something many patients have chosen.

What is full mouth reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction entails restoring teeth, bite, muscles and self esteem back to a natural looking and feeling condition. Using computerized technology and an artistic eye, full mouth reconstruction may be an answer to many of your problems. You no longer have to feel dissatisfied and uncomfortable with your smile or suffer from reoccurring headaches and sore jaw muscles.

What is neuromuscular dentistry and can it relieve headaches or TMJ pain?

Neuromuscular dentistry is a process that involves the muscles and nervous innervation of the body to create balance, function, and comfort with the correct positioning of the jaw. With neuromuscular dentistry we can diagnose problems and positively change structures controlled by the 5th and 7th cranial nerves. Since these nerves contain 60% of the cranial nerve mass they have a profound effect on how we feel.

For more information check out our TMJ Information section.