Frequently Asked Questions
I have old, dark fillings. Is there any hope for my smile?
Dark fillings and metal crowns can be replaced with strong, aesthetic tooth-colored fillings or crowns. Dr. Ramsey never uses amalgam fillings because the metals can cause adverse reactions in some patients. For over 25 years, Dr. Ramsey has used safe, biocompatible materials to restore teeth and renew smiles. The result is a healthy, natural-looking smile that brings in the compliments! Read more about our holistic dentistry practices here.
Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials...Where can I learn more about these procedures?
Our Patient Library is a great resource for learning about dental procedures. You can also review our Services page for more information. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us. We’d be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We follow strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety. Furthermore, Dr. Ramsey follows strict protocols when removing amalgam fillings. Our special ventilation system keeps hazardous particles from infecting the air and, ultimately, being inhaled by people in the treatment room. We do this because your safety is very important to us.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from brushing too hard or early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to alleviate your symptoms. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults and has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can significantly damage your health, so call for an assessment now. We’ll help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we’re trained and equipped to handle most dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.
My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
You'll need to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Ramsey. He can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, dental implants, or partial or full dentures. A dental implant mimics natural tooth structure, so it’s the most long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking choice.
How can I improve my smile?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, come in for a consultation. We’ll discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Lumineers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. Invisalign clear braces may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan specifically for your unique needs.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Absolutely. We bet you didn't know that teeth whitening, in some form, has been around since the 1700s. Modern teeth whitening uses safe and effective bleaching gel to melt away stains and discoloration. We offer Zoom! Whitening in our office to brighten smiles up to eight shades in about an hour.
What’s the difference between veneers and Lumineers?
Lumineers are actually a brand of veneers that requires minimal or no tooth preparation prior to placement. Some patients prefer Lumineers because of the quick application and reduced risk for sensitivity. However, others prefer traditional porcelain veneers because of their completely customized design.