Bhavani Swarna, DDS
Wayne, MI 48184

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

You may have a number of questions when it comes to your dental care.  Here are a few of the more commonly asked questions we receive. 

If you have any other questions, or would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Swarna, please give us a call today.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Childrens Dentistry

We recommend that your child begin regular visits to the dentist around the age of two. This allows us to take x-rays of your child's teeth, provide any necessary care and begin to develop a plan for the long term oral health of your child.

 

Decay is caused by dental plaque, a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth. When sugar is eaten, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attach the tooth enamel. After repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down, and a cavity (hole) is formed.

 

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone areas of the back teeth from plaque and acid.

Preventive Dentistry

Yes. Even with the best at-home dental hygiene, problems may arise. Regular dental check-ups ensure that we can treat you and your teeth before a minor issue becomes more serious. It is essential to have your teeth cleaned and checked professionally about every six months.

 

Decay is caused by dental plaque, a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth. When sugar is eaten, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attach the tooth enamel. After repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down, and a cavity (hole) is formed.

 

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone areas of the back teeth from plaque and acid.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers, Bonding & Whitening

Of course! While people experience varying degrees of sensitivity and react differently to the whitening process, there is no reason a person with highly-sensitive teeth can't undergo effective whitening treatment. In fact, it is common for modern whitening products to include desensitizing agents which reduce the impact of whitening bleaches on areas of high-sensitivity, allowing people with stained or discolored teeth the ability to safely improve their smiles' brightness and appearance!

Contact our office today to discover how you can undergo powerful, effective and comfortable whitening care that won't leave you reeling!  
 

We can easily replace your old gold and silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings. Made from a special composite resin, these fillings closely resemble the natural color and texture of your existing teeth and provide a more aesthetically-pleasing look than standard metal fillings. 
 

We offer several highly-effective ways to create a brighter, more vibrant smile.

One of the easiest ways is the application of porcelain veneers, which are thin layers of material bonded to the outside of teeth to cover discoloration and enhance whiteness. Veneers are a great way to hide stains, chips and gaps in teeth that may produce a somewhat unsightly appearance.

Dental bonding is another useful method that can help patients safely and affordably fill in gaps and cracks in teeth and develop better-looking teeth in generally just one dental visit. Bonding resin is matched to the color of your teeth, is easy to apply and provides a natural, aesthetically-pleasing look.

Teeth whitening is also offered by our office and can be provided either in-office or at home. The procedure includes a whitening agent that incorporates low-energy blue light activation that effectively and safely eliminates stains and discoloration.

We also provide high-quality orthodontic services, such as braces, to create a healthier and more natural-looking smile. Braces, though generally more long-term than other cosmetic treatments, are highly-effective at correcting crooked teeth and creating better tooth and gum alignment. 

  

    
 

Crown & Bridges

Crown lengthening is a procedure often associated with a fair amount of pain and discomfort, and that's why our practitioners do their best to administer lengthening treatments that not only minimize pain but also reduce long-term irritation and discomfort that allow you a much faster return to your normal routine. We apply a local anesthetic during the procedure and prescribe the pain medication most appropriate to your situation.  

We will work to determine your specific needs so that we may provide the dental care most appropriate to your unique tolerance for pain. Dr. Swarna and her staff want to make you as comfortable as possible and will use the wealth of knowledge and experience at their disposal to address any concerns you might have regarding your crown lengthening procedure.     

   
 

Absolutely! Crowns often fall out or get lost over time, and it is not uncommon to require a replacement. This is typically not a difficult procedure and can be performed rather easily.

Our expert dental professionals are knowledgeable and experienced in crown replacement and can provide you with a quick, quality crown repair that looks better than the original! Come in for a consultation today.
 

A crown is an application used to repair a badly-broken or damaged tooth without the need for removal or dental implantation. Essentially, a crown is a cap used to restore a tooth to its original appearance and prevent further damage or decay.

A bridge, unlike a crown, utilizes existing teeth to fill in an area left vacant by a missing tooth. This method anchors a prosthetic tooth into the gap with the two adjacent teeth to establish symmetry and create a natural-looking appearance.

Our practice offers professional crown and bridge treatments that are both safe and affordable. Call us today to see if you either treatment is right for you.   
 

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure often associated with a fair amount of pain and discomfort, and that's why our practitioners do their best to administer lengthening treatments that not only minimize pain but also reduce long-term irritation and discomfort that allow you a much faster return to your normal routine. We apply a local anesthetic during the procedure and prescribe the pain medication most appropriate to your situation.  

We will work to determine your specific needs so that we may provide the dental care most appropriate to your unique tolerance for pain. Dr. Swarna and her staff want to make you as comfortable as possible and will use the wealth of knowledge and experience at their disposal to address any concerns you might have regarding your crown lengthening procedure.     

   
 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

We can easily replace your old gold and silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings. Made from a special composite resin, these fillings closely resemble the natural color and texture of your existing teeth and provide a more aesthetically-pleasing look than standard metal fillings. 
 

Root Canal Treatment

A local anesthetic is provided during the procedure to eliminate pain and discomfort. Conscious sedation is also available upon request.

Over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, is often recommended for any pain following a root canal procedure. 
 

A root canal is sometimes the best and only way to treat a badly-damaged or decayed tooth. While often viewed in a negative light, this simple and commonly-used procedure allows a dentist to adequately clean and seal the affected tooth in order to prevent any further damage as well as the possibility of future infection.

Though root canals are often associated with pain, our practice aims to make your experience as pleasant and painfree as possible. Our primary goal is to provide high-quality dental care in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

 
 

Orthodontics

 

When first attached or when adjusted, braces can cause temporary soreness. After a couple of days your teeth will get used to the change and discomfort subsides.

We offer several highly-effective ways to create a brighter, more vibrant smile.

One of the easiest ways is the application of porcelain veneers, which are thin layers of material bonded to the outside of teeth to cover discoloration and enhance whiteness. Veneers are a great way to hide stains, chips and gaps in teeth that may produce a somewhat unsightly appearance.

Dental bonding is another useful method that can help patients safely and affordably fill in gaps and cracks in teeth and develop better-looking teeth in generally just one dental visit. Bonding resin is matched to the color of your teeth, is easy to apply and provides a natural, aesthetically-pleasing look.

Teeth whitening is also offered by our office and can be provided either in-office or at home. The procedure includes a whitening agent that incorporates low-energy blue light activation that effectively and safely eliminates stains and discoloration.

We also provide high-quality orthodontic services, such as braces, to create a healthier and more natural-looking smile. Braces, though generally more long-term than other cosmetic treatments, are highly-effective at correcting crooked teeth and creating better tooth and gum alignment. 

  

    
 

 

When teeth are twisted, overlapping or simply don’t fit together properly, this irregularity is called malocclusion. Malocclusion can be treated at any age, in fact, one out of five orthodontic patients is an adult.

The length of time is takes to properly reposition your teeth with braces depends on your age, the severity of your misalignments, and the condition of your mouth.An average child may wear braces for 18 to 30 months. Adults may have to wear braces for longer periods of time depending on the above factors, though there are also more modern orthodontic options that can allow for shorter treatment periods.

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