Quality Dental Care of Lakeland
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Our goal at Quality Dental Care is to provide individualized care that helps you achieve your goal for a healthier, more attractive smile. One of the ways we do this is by spending time talking to you, listening to your concerns, and answering your questions. This process helps us understand what’s important to you and how we can best help you.

So we are always more than happy to provide the answers you need, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked. Here are a few of the questions we hear most frequently from our patients, but you may have others that you don’t see here. If so, please call our Lakeland dental office at (863) 858-3891 so we can arrange a consultation to address your concerns and find the best way to help you achieve your oral health goals.

Dental Implants

While there are some existing conditions diabetes and immune deficiencies that make dental implants a challenge, our specialist at Quality Dental Care has the skill needed to expertly place implants for nearly everyone who wants them, even those who have been previously told that they are not a good candidate.

A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that acts as a replacement for a lost tooth root. The post is placed surgically in your jaw and left to heal and fuse with surrounding tissue. So, one of the criteria for placing the implant is that there is enough dense bone to support the implant. However, even in this case, Dr. Zaman can solve the problem by performing a bone graft procedure.

Bone grafting sounds complicated but is actually quite straightforward. A small piece of bone is removed from another part of your body like your hip and transplanted to your jawbone. Minor bone grafting can often be performed at the time of implant placement, while larger areas may require months to heal.

But all our patients who have had bone grafting tell us that the extra step was well worth it to enjoy the freedom and comfort of a permanent tooth replacement. If you have questions about dental implants at our Lakeland, FL, dental office, please call us to arrange a commitment-free consultation with our implant specialist Dr. Zaman.

Bridges and dental implants at Quality Dental Care are both dental prosthetics that have the same general goal: restore the appearance and function missing teeth. However, they each go about it in different ways.

A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap that’s left after you lose a tooth. An artificial tooth called a pontic sits in the open space and is supported by dental crowns attached to adjacent teeth. The result is a cosmetic improvement and an artificial tooth that restores your chewing ability.

A titanium dental implant is a replacement root that resembles a tiny screw and is placed surgically in your jaw by one of our doctors. During a healing period of several months, the implant and the bone and tissue in your jaw fuse together. The result is a complete tooth replacement-from root to crown-that looks, feels, and functions the most like a natural tooth.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or added to a bridge or denture to replace multiple teeth.

One common problem with untreated tooth loss is the degeneration of bone in the jaw that causes your face to take on an aged, sunken appearance. Not only do implants restore greater function than a bridge, but they also help stimulate the regeneration of healthy bone in your jaw.

We recommend dental implants in Lakeland, FL because they have proven to be the healthiest replacement for missing teeth. If you have other questions about implants or would like to learn about alternatives like bridges and dentures, please call our office to arrange a consultation.

Full Smile Makeover

If minor smile flaws make you feel self-conscious, dental bonding at our Lakeland dental office may be the perfect solution. New dental materials are available today that make it possible to repair slight cosmetic defects easily and affordably.

Dental bonding is not as complicated as you may think. We use the same tooth-colored material that we use for fillings because it can be mixed to match the color of your natural teeth. This process allows us to repair problems like chipped or cracked teeth, teeth with uneven spaces, and even stains on your teeth.

Bonding is done using a composite material that is very strong and durable. We apply it to the area that needs to be repaired or built up, shape it to match your natural teeth, and use a special light to cure the material so that it bonds securely and permanently to your teeth.

When we’re finished, no one will be able to tell that you’ve had any work done – they will only notice your naturally beautiful smile!

Our doctors enjoy helping our patients love their smile again, and their expertise, combined with state-of-the-art materials and technology, can help you achieve your goal of a perfect smile. Please call Quality Dental Care today for more information!

Periodontal Treatment

Gum disease is a widespread problem that affects nearly half of US adults over the age of 30. One reason why it is so prevalent is that it often exists without showing any symptoms, so you may have a gum infection and not even realize it. We emphasize the necessity of preventive exams and cleanings because the earlier we find gum disease, the better the outcome we can provide.

Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush and floss
  • Inflamed, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that separate from your teeth
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • A change in your dental bite

If we find that you have gum disease during one of your exams, we will schedule a thorough cleaning to clear away the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. We will also provide tips for stepping up your oral hygiene to support better gum health.

Gum disease that advances will require a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing followed up by more frequent cleanings to get it under control. If you need a more advanced procedure to get gum disease under control, you will be happy to know that we offer the services of our on-site periodontist who can provide the gum disease treatment you need right here at our Lakeland, FL dental office.

If you’ve noticed a change in your gums recently, please call Quality Dental Care at (863) 858-3891 to arrange an appointment so we can take steps to protect your oral health.

General Dentistry

If you want to protect your smile and make sure it’s as healthy as possible, you need to schedule visits for preventive dental exams and cleanings. The general rule of thumb is to schedule these appointments ever six months, which works well for many people, but not everyone.

Patients who are dealing with gum disease or other ongoing dental conditions may need to see our Lakeland, FL dentists three or four times a year. Advanced gum disease will require periodontal procedures, and the results need to be monitored over several months to keep it under control.

In general, though, preventive exams and cleanings are the easiest, most affordable ways to stay a step ahead of damaging conditions that threaten your oral health. During these appointments, your dentist or hygienist will evaluate your overall oral health and look for signs of problems that can develop without your knowledge. When you combine these preventive visits with conscientious oral hygiene efforts at home, you have the perfect recipe for a healthy, problem-free smile.

If you’re overdue for a checkup or aren’t sure how frequently you should schedule your visits, please call Quality Dental Care in Lakeland, FL to arrange an appointment. You will meet with Dr. Smith or Dr. Zaman who will evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and recommend a schedule personalized for your needs.

Teeth Whitening

It can be pretty overwhelming to try to figure out which teeth whitening products work and don’t work. The stores are filled with shelves full of different teeth whitening products, all claiming to transform your smile.

The truth is that you can spend a lot of time and money on over-the-counter whitening products and never achieve the same consistent whitening that you can with professional teeth whitening. At Irving Park Dentistry, your complete satisfaction is our highest priority, and our teeth whitening treatments provide results you can count on every time.

There are two significant differences between professional whitening treatments and store-bought products. First, these products contain a much lower concentration of peroxide, the ingredient that whitens your teeth. This is because a dental professional does not monitor the use of these store-bought products.

Since our dentists or hygienists handle your professional teeth whitening, we can safely use a concentration of whitener that will produce noticeable, dramatic results. The other notable difference is that our whitening kits come with a customized tray that we make by taking impressions of your teeth. A custom fit keeps the whitening gel from coming into direct contact with all surfaces of your teeth evenly for more consistent results.

If you’d like to learn more about our effective teeth whitening in Lakeland, FL, please contact Quality Dental Care to schedule your next dental cleaning.

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