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What are all the computer screens in the exam rooms for?
Not only does today’s technology allow dentists and hygienists to work more effectively and efficiently—it also gives you, the patient, a front-row seat to every appointment. Bobcat Dental has computers in all patient rooms, along with an extra monitor on the left side of each dental chair for patients to see. Having dental X-rays? They’ll show up instantly on the monitors. Forgetting to floss? Your hygienist can use an intra-oral camera to show you the trouble spots. Gone are the days of handing patients a mirror and trying to show them what’s going on with their teeth! Now, a quick glance at the monitor reveals it all.
What’s the difference between digital X-rays and the traditional kind?
Since there’s no film to develop with digital X-ray technology, we’re able to view images instantly and manipulate contrast, brightness and size to get a better look at every detail. Not only are we able to catch tooth decay earlier with digital X-rays, but we’re able to do it more efficiently and with less radiation exposure to the patient.
Once I have cosmetic work done, what special care do I need to take?
If you’ve had a cosmetic treatment, especially on the front teeth, we do recommend wearing a night guard to help prevent nighttime clenching or grinding. We also encourage brushing and flossing as recommended and using oral rinses that contain fluoride.
What are the pros and cons of teeth whitening?
The pros are evident from the moment our patients see the results—they tend to smile more often, and more confidently. While there are few cons, some people can have a sensitivity to the whitening process. We have a desensitizing gel that we can dispense if needed.
How does in-office whitening compare with take-home whitening?
In-office whitening takes an hour and a half and offers visible results the same day. It’s a pricier option than take-home whitening, but the cost of the procedure includes the office visit, custom trays and whitening gel for boosting your whitening results.
Take-home whitening generally takes from 8 to 10 days but is more affordable than in-office whitening. With this option, patients use custom-made trays and special 35 percent whitening gel for 30 minutes each day until their smile reaches the desired level of brightness.
Can I get a custom mouth guard like the ones I’ve seen at Celina High School?
Absolutely! We can make a custom mouth guard for any patient who plays contact sports, rides off-road bicycles and motocross, or participates in other activities that could put your smile at risk. Each mouth guard is custom made in our office using a highly specialized machine to ensure a perfect fit.