X-rays are films taken of the teeth to find cavities on teeth
that cannot be seen by the naked eye. They are also used to
locate infections that are down at the root of a tooth. They
also locate wisdom teeth that have not even erupted through
BWX (bitewing x-rays)
Bitewings are taken approx. once every six months along with
a cleaning to help locate any new cavities that patient may
have in between teeth where your dentist can not see.
This is a procedure done mostly by a hygienist once every
6 months. This procedure removes any calculus/plaque above
the gum line to aid in keeping gums & teeth healthy and
strong. This is also a time to have an exam by a dentist.
Exams are done along with a cleaning, this is a time where
the doctor can review any problems you may or have had recently.
Having this done once every six months helps aid in the diagnosis
of things you may not even notice, saving time and pain that
may come later on.
The benefits of fluoride have been known for quite sometime.
It can be found in many products from toothpaste to water.
The results still stay the same; the use of fluoride greatly
reduces the risk of tooth decay in both children and adults
alike. It is also used in the dental office along with cleanings.
A sealant is a clear plastic coating put on the surface of
the molars to form a protective shield in the deep, hard to
clean areas of back teeth. The application of sealants has
proven highly effective in protecting children’s permanent
molars against decay.
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Fillings are done when a cavity has been located on a tooth
and has been cleaned out. A filling material is then placed
in tooth to seal the area where the cavity had been.
Amalgam (silver) Filling
Amalgam is one of the choices patients have to use as a filling
on their teeth. If it’s the anatomy of the amalgam filling
your concerned about, don’t worry there is a sheet now
available to Patients called MSDS to let you know about all
the materials used in your dental work.
Tooth colored fillings is now also available to dental patients.
These fillings are virtually invisible to the human eye. They
are made from a material that’s cured under a special
light to match the color of your existing tooth.
Root Canal Therapy (RCT)
Root canals are normally done on a tooth in which a cavity
has gotten so large that it has worked its way into the nerve
of a tooth. RCT’s can also be needed on a tooth that
had been damaged due to trauma. If any of the above happens
to the nerve of a tooth, a root canal may be the only means
of saving the tooth.
Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning)
SRP is needed for patients who experience perio problems caused
by excessive calculus on their teeth. When calculus is left
untreated on teeth, the gums get deep pockets where bacteria
gather and cause gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis,
and eventually tooth loss. However with SRP this can help
stop the cycle, it removes the deep down plaque hidden under
the gum line, which gets the bacteria out and lets the gums
Oral Surgery (extractions)
Extractions are a fairly common dental procedure, which most
people are familiar with. Patients need extractions for many
reasons, wisdom teeth removal, severely decayed teeth, and
perio infected teeth.
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A crown completely covers or “caps” a damaged
tooth to restore it to its normal size and shape. Severely
fractured , decayed , root canal treated or badly damaged
teeth require the strength and durability of a crown.
A bridge is needed when a patient has a missing tooth and
needs a space filled. When a tooth is lost, the neighboring
teeth may tilt toward the empty space. As a result the teeth
become out of alignment, and serious dental problems may occure.
A bridge is a fixed appliance, made and placed the same as
a crown, only that a bridge has 3 or more units and spans
across the space with a missing tooth, and covers it with
a false tooth that isn’t even noticeable.
A partial is a removable appliance made to fill the space
between missing teeth. If these spaces are not correctly filled
the teeth may not “mesh” correctly with the teeth
in the opposite jaw. Thus when the mouth is closed finding
a comfortable resting position becomes difficult. When one
tooth is missing, the others are at a disadvantage. The whole
group is needed for effective and comfortable chewing, clean
speech and attractive smile.
A full denture is a well known prosthetic used to replace
a full mouth of teeth. Dentures aren’t what they used
to be. New advances in dentistry enable us to improve the
fit, comfort and appearance of dentures. Replacement teeth
help fill out your smile by giving support to the cheeks and
lips giving you a more vibrant appearance.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces,
using Aligners. Aligners are made of a clear, thin medical-grade
polymer that is virtually invisible when worn.
How does it work?
Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology to project tooth
movement, Invisalign creates a series of clear, custom-made
Aligners that gradually move your teeth. You wear each Aligner
for about two weeks, moving to the next set, until your teeth
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
· Nearly Invisible: You can straighten your
teeth without anyone knowing.
· Removable: You can still eat and drink what
· Better Oral Hygiene: You can brush and floss
normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
· Comfortable: There are no wires, metal or
brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
How do I get started?
Just make an appointment with Dr. Jack Dubin for an initial
exam. Consultations are free. Additional diagnostic procedures
may result in additional fees (such as x-rays, diagnostic
models, etc.) which are most likely covered by your dental
You may find more valuable information at www.invisalign.com.
Does a doctor need any special training?
Dr. Jack Dubin has attended a comprehensive training program
to become certified and proficient in the various requirements
necessary for treating patients with Invisalign.
How long does treatment take with Invisalign?
As with other orthodontic options, treatment times will vary
depending on the complexity of your case. Nevertheless,
in cases completed to date, Invisalign cases finish in approximately
the same amount of time as other orthodontic options.
Dr. Dubin would be glad to take a look at your concern. During
this complimentary visit our doctor will be able to estimate
your approximate length of treatment as well as answer any
questions you may have.
Are there restrictions on eating and
No. The Aligners are removable, so you can still enjoy your
Does Invisalign hurt?
Unlike other orthodontic options that have sharp edges, Invisalign's
smooth plastic Aligners aren't abrasive to the inside of the
mouth and are more comfortable to wear.
Because aligners adjust the teeth incrementally
over two week periods, any soreness is mild and subsides within
a few days. In contrast, other appliances may require
adjustments and are only made at each appointment.
Has Invisalign been reviewed by the FDA?
Yes, the FDA has cleared Invisalign as a Class I medical devise
for orthodontic treatment for prescription use.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
What are the steps involved with Invisalign?
1. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dubin.
2. Once Dr Dubin determines that you are
a good candidate for Invisalign, he will write a treatment
plan and submit it to Invisalign, along with X-rays and an
impression of your teeth.
3. Using 3D computer imaging technology
to project tooth movement, Invisalign translates the treatment
plan into a series of precisely customized Aligners.
4. You wear each Aligner for about two weeks,
moving to the next set, until your teeth are straight. You
must return for appointments every 4-6 weeks. This is
the only way Dr. Dubin can be sure that the treatment is progressing
What does Invisalign cost?
As with other orthodontic options, the cost will be based
on the complexity of your case and the length of treatment.
We don't want the investment to be a concern
in preventing you from having the smile you have always wanted.
During the initial exam, our doctor will estimate the
complexity of your case, the approximate length of treatment,
and the investment for treatment. We offer payment options
to suit your individual needs. All of this will be discussed
during your complimentary exam.
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Yes. Typically, an insurance policy that covers orthodontics
will cover Invisalign.
Are financing options available?
Yes. Our practice has financing options available. Dental
Care Westgate frequently offerers the use of CareCredit
with many of our patients.
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