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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I get dental implants?

Dental implants create a beautiful smile – the smile you deserve! You’ll find renewed confidence in eating, speaking, and sharing your smile with the world. Dental implants also:

•     Make you look younger by providing internal facial structure
•     Prevent bone loss, which occurs when teeth are missing
•     Keep your healthy teeth safe by reducing stress
•     Keep your other teeth in correct position
•     Free you to eat whatever you want to, whenever you want to
•     Can increase your sense of taste
•     Free you to speak and laugh with confidence
•     Offer a long-term smile solution
•     Improve your quality of life


What If I Don’t Have Enough Bone To Support My Implants?

With the new technology in Dr. Narbone’s office , the BTI-ENDORET system with Plasma Rich Growth Factor (GPRF)

How Long Those Invisalign Retainers Take To Aligned Teeth?

Most patients 5 months

What is “teeth in an hour?”

Dr.Narbone offers the NobelGuide system, so you can leave his office with completely functional teeth after a single office visit. NobelGuide is minimally invasive, so you’ll have no recovery time, and you can return to work and life immediately.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a traditional bridge?

While a traditional bridge looks good and improves oral function, it does not have the full benefits of dental implants.
For instance:

•     To place a bridge, healthy teeth must be altered
•     This can pose a risk to the attachment teeth
•     A bridge does not stop bone loss
•     A bridge may last only five to ten years
•     Some bridges contain metal, thus detracting from your natural smile


What is the difference between fixed bridges and overdentures?

A fixed bridge and overdentures are attached to dental implants. Fixed bridges are stationery and cannot be removed, whereas overdentures are removable.

How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

The American Dental Association advocates brushing twice each day. Although there is research indicating that brushing once a day is sufficient to disrupt the formation of plaque that feeds the bacteria that cause decay, this may not be enough for some people, depending on factors such as their diets and the efficacy of their brushing technique. ADHA recommends that you discuss this with your dental hygienist who understands your individual oral health needs and will be able to make a recommendation appropriate for you.

Which is better: a manual toothbrush or an electric one?

Comparisons have been made between power-assisted (electric) toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes to look at the ability of each to remove plaque and prevent or reduce calculus (tartar) buildup, thus reducing gingivitis (gum disease). These research studies have shown both powered and manual toothbrushes to be equally effective when used correctly. So probably, in practical terms, which brush you use is not the critical factor, but how you use it. The ADHA Web site ( instructions for proper tooth brushing technique with a manual brush, and product packaging shows the best way to use powered brushes.

What kind of toothpaste should I use?

There are a lot of products to choose from, and much of the decision depends on individual preference. A fluoride toothpaste is essential for optimal oral health. Beyond that, your dental hygienist and dentist can alert you to any other features that make one product more suitable than another for you as an individual.

What is the best way to get my teeth whiter?

Most people have teeth that are naturally darker than “pure” white. If you want them whiter, the best thing you can do is talk to your professional oral health care provider about your options. Different people respond differently to different procedures used to whiten teeth, and it will take an in-person consultation with a professional to determine what is best for you. Sometimes all it takes is professional prophylaxis to remove stain and then abstinence from behaviors that stain teeth, such as drinking coffee or tea, or smoking tobacco. Some people respond well to the use of whitening toothpastes while some do not. Other options available include bleaching, at home or in the office, with chemicals or with lasers, as prescribed by a dentist. Sometimes a combination of options is used.

When should a child have his or her first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child have his or her first oral health care appointment around age one. ADHA suggests an oral health visit as soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts.

How do I get rid of bad breath?

That depends on what is causing it. Often, bad breath results from less-than-optimal oral health, and sometimes people are not aware that they are not performing oral hygiene as effectively as they could be. A dental hygienist or dentist will be able to evaluate your oral health procedures and make recommendations for improvement; also, these professionals will be able to recognize any associated problems that might be contributing to an unpleasant mouth odor. In addition to evaluating and suggesting alterations to your brushing, flossing, and tongue deplaquing regimen, your dental hygienist may recommend products such as a mouth rinse that contains zinc. If it turns out that the problem isn’t in the mouth, a physician appointment is advisable. Sinus problems, stomach problems, certain foods and medications, and other factors can contribute to bad breath.

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