Why am I experiencing teeth sensitivity?

Patients with sensitive teeth may be dealing with receded gums. Gum line recession causes the dentin to be exposed and be more accessible for food and water to reach the sensitive nerves. Patients may use gels, toothpastes, and other dental products to reduce sensitivity, and may discuss with their dentist procedures that can help.

How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?

It is important for every patient to take good care of their smile to reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease or cavities. Great oral health care starts in the home, and brushing and flossing are a major part of cleaning the teeth and gums to improve the health of the smile. A daily routine that includes brushing and flossing after every meal, as well as regular visits to the dentist for a cleaning and examination, can help.

How can a dentist treat periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. It is a chronic condition that requires immediate attention, and patients who experience this medical problem may need to undergo laser therapy, root planing and scaling, and periodontal cleanings, as well as take antibiotics to control the infection. In severe cases, periodontic surgery may be necessary.

What are the differences between silver and white fillings?

Silver fillings are also known as silver amalgam fillings and have been used for decades. The materials are made of metal alloy, which contracts and expands with changes in temperature in the mouth. This keeps the tooth strong and healthy and reduces the amount of bacteria that can get into the tooth after treatment.

White fillings are made of a composite material such as glass polymers or plastic. They can be applied to the tooth after decay has been removed to help maintain the tooth structure and prevent decay. The benefit of this white resin material is the ability to treat and prevent decay while offering an aesthetic appearance.

What can I do to improve my smile?

Cosmetic dentistry allows patients of Chandler Dentistry to make drastic improvements to the way their smile looks and functions. A few of the common restorative solutions offered at Dr. Carlos’s practice include:

  • Veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding

In some cases, patients may benefit from the use of one or more restorative treatments to complete a full smile makeover whenever necessary.

What are the advantages of placing a dental implant?

Dental implants have a number of benefits. They look and function as a natural tooth, and provide patients with a permanent solution for missing teeth. They are easily maintained with regular visits to the dental office for cleanings and examinations, just as natural teeth are. They help in maintaining bone structure and reducing the risk of periodontal disease, and can replace the need for dentures such as a removable full denture or a partial denture. Dental implants are used for single tooth replacements or to stabilize full dentures.

Who is a proper candidate for dental implants?

Patients who are considering dental implants will want to visit Dr. Carlos of Chandler Dentistry to determine if they are appropriate candidates for this particular restorative treatment. Many patients can enjoy dental implants, except those who do not have sufficient bone structure, suffer from severe osteoporosis, experience chronic illnesses, or who have heart disease.

What can I expect during the dental implant procedure?

Three to four visits are necessary for the entire dental implant process. During the first visit, patients will undergo an examination and x-rays. Impressions are taken to act as a surgical guide and to form a temporary prosthesis for covering the implant. The second visit is scheduled for placement. Local anesthetics will be used, and sedation may be used if desire before the dentist makes incisions for the placement of the implant into the jaw bone. Sutures cover the surgical area and patients may experience minor discomfort. Approximately three months later, another appointment will be made for the creation of the porcelain crown. A fourth visit may be necessary as a follow-up if any complications occur.

How much can I expect to pay for a dental implant?

The cost of implants will vary, depending on many different factors. The best way to receive an accurate price quote is to consult Dr. Carlos, and also discuss any reimbursements you may receive from your dental insurance.

How long can I expect my dental implant to last?

Dental implants are popular because they can last several decades, even a lifetime, with proper care and maintenance.

Can I receive financing for my dental services?

Yes! We offer a variety of financing plans to help make your dental care affordable. Contact our office to ask about insurance coverage and determine a payment plan that works for you budget and your needs.

Common Dental Terms


This condition causes inflammation of the gums. It is caused by the buildup of bacteria, and can result in bleeding gums when patients brush, floss, or eat. At this point, patients are encouraged to seek treatment to keep the condition from becoming worse and developing into periodontal disease. Regular hygiene visits are recommended, especially for patients who are experiencing the signs and symptoms of gingivitis.

Periodontal Disease

When gingivitis is left untreated, periodontal disease may occur. There are little to no symptoms of this condition in the earlier stages, but as it progresses, it can result in more noticeable concerns such as persistent bad breath, the recession of the gum line, sensitivity to foods, toothaches, abscesses, and even the loss of natural teeth.

Tooth Whitening

Dr. Carlos offers tooth whitening as an effective, safe, and affordable method of creating a dazzling, beautiful smile. Fluoride helps reduce the risk of sensitivity. The treatment is done at the dental office with the guidance of a dentist, and is only done when a patient has been determined to be an appropriate candidate and has undergone a full examination and cleaning. When properly maintained, tooth whitening results may last for several years. Patients can reduce staining of the enamel by avoiding products that can discolor the teeth such as coffees, wines, and sodas.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is used to address a number of situations including gaps between teeth and for disguising imperfections such as color, shape, chips, or cracks. The composite bonding is applied to the teeth, hardened with a special light, and polished and shaped to blend with the patient’s smile. It is susceptible to discoloration from the beverages and foods that stain the teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Thin pieces of porcelain made to disguise imperfections on natural teeth are called porcelain veneers. These are bonded over teeth to change size, shape, and color of teeth. Patients can enjoy porcelain veneers as a cosmetic treatment within two visits to the dental office.

Dental Crowns

Patients may use a crown to permanently cover a natural tooth to protect it or to change the appearance of it. Our practice offers same day CEREC crowns, which allow patients to enjoy a beautiful restoration during their appointment time without the wait!

Dental Implants

Patients who are missing a natural tooth may benefit from a restoration such as a dental implant. An implant is a screw-like restoration made of titanium metal which is inserted into the upper or lower jawbone. It is restored with a dental crown to function and appear as a natural tooth. Minimal discomfort is experienced during the procedure, and, over time, the bone will fuse with the implant to provide a solid foundation for a crown or denture.