Answers to Frequent Dental Questions

Put Your Mind at Ease About
Dental Procedures

Most people have questions about visiting the dentist. The patients of Katrina Perdue - Eglian, DMD are no different. On this page, we have included answers to some of the most common questions.

We are here to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease before, during, and after your appointment. Let us explain your options about the procedure. 

Whether you want to brighten your smile, you are experiencing dental pain, or you simply need more information, we can help. Contact us for an appointment.

Tooth Sensitivity, Gum Disease, and Other Issues

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth often result from slightly receded gums. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through, allowing water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. There are a number of toothpastes, gels, and dental procedures that can help. Talk to us if you have very sensitive teeth.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine, you’ll minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis results from the presence of bacteria surrounding the teeth and entering the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed, and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular dental hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our hygiene team will teach you proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care that prevent periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria surrounding the teeth and entering the gums. The immediate condition is known as gingivitis. The gums become irritated, inflamed, and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms appear.

They include:
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Gum sensitivity to acidic foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth loss
How do you treat periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

Fillings and Dental Improvements

What is the difference between a white and a silver filling?
Silver fillings, known as amalgams, have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, it was the best material for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth. This allows bacteria to enter a filled tooth.

White fillings, also known as composites, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

How can I improve my smile?
There are several ways to enhance your smile in this modern age. Procedures include:
  • Tooth whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain crowns
We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. Get in touch with our office for a customized treatment plan.

We also offer same day CEREC crowns that eliminate the need for a second appointment because you won't need a temporary. 


Smile Enhancement Methods

What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a cost-effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. More recent methods add fluoride to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.

Tooth whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, and wine will reduce the lasting effect. If something could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What is bonding?
Bonding is a cost-effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding, like tooth whitening, may change color over time due to consumption of coffee, tea, cola, and wine.

What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. The entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape, and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is commonly used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. 

Patients often ask for porcelain veneers in order to feel and look younger – thanks to a straighter, whiter smile!

What are crowns?
Crowns are part of a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth. A crown changes the size, shape, and color of the tooth in as few as 2 visits.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • A permanent solution for missing teeth
  • Are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dentist 
  • Fewer chances for bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss
  • Replace the need for a removable full or partial denture
  • Focus only on the missing tooth or teeth 
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
With major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, most people are candidates for dental implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, or severe osteoporosis.

What does the dental implant procedure involve?
The average dental implant procedure takes 3 or 4 visits. The first visit involves x-rays and the making of a dental impression that serves as a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the implant.

The next visit is to place the implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist). The dentist will make a minor incision to place the implant into the jaw bone. The area will be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.
You’ll return in approximately 3 months so we can begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the implant.

How much does a dental implant cost?
Fees for dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How long does a dental implant last?
With routine dental hygiene and proper home care, a dental implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact the office to discuss available financing options. 
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Our Office Location
Katrina Perdue - Eglian, DMD
20921 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080-7600

Our Business Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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