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Elegant Smiles of Sea Girt, LLC | Q & A in Sea Girt



  Elegant Smiles of Sea Girt

W. Scott Steiner, D.M.D.

  Phone: 732-974-9494

Q & A


What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us with the necessary paperwork and insurance information.  To save time, you can also print the New Patient Forms located under the Patient Resources tab and bring them filled out to your appointment.


How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

We recommend you brush your teeth twice a day (after breakfast and before you go to bed) and encourage daily flossing.  The most effective way to prevent the build up of plaque is through daily flossing.


What kind of toothbrush is most recommended?

We recommend a soft bristled brush for the optimal health of your gums.  We also suggest a small headed brush to get around each tooth more thoroughly.


Do I need to floss regulary?

Yes.  It is important to floss daily because flossing removes plaque between teeth where your toothbrush does not reach.  A major contributing factor to gum disease is caused by not flossing.


How often should I have a dental cleaning and examination?

If you have healthy gums, it is recommended to visit your dentist every 6 months.  If a patient has gingivitis and/or periodontitis, it is recommended to have your teeth cleaned every 3 or 4 months.


Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying cementum to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail 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.   By keeping to a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis, periodontitis and/or tooth decay as you age.  Routine cleanings every 6 months for patients with healthy gums and every 3 or 4 months for patients with gingivitis or periodontitis is also necessary for maximum oral health.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The gums can become irritated, sensitive, inflamed and often bleed.  In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.  During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you  proper brushing and flossing techniques and establish a customized oral hygiene routine for you.


What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms.  It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’.  The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  If not properly treated, the condition worsens.  The infection spreads to the surrounding bone, causing it to deteriorate.  Noticeable symptoms now appear.  They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss 


How is gum disease treated?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention.  Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled.  Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.


Should I replace my old silver fillings?

Silver (amalgam) fillings eventually need to be replaced.  The average life span of a silver filling varies due to leakage, breakdown, or recurrent decay.  During your scheduled appointments with us, we can tell you when they need to be replaced.  Replacing your silver fillings with white filling materials, porcelain inlay/onlays, or crowns can give you the beautiful, long-lasting smile you are seeking.


What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?

Silver Fillings known as Amalgams have been around for decades.  Made from a metal alloy, it was the best restoration for cavities.  The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth.  This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong, but very susceptible to fracture.

White Fillings, also known as composites are often made of a composite resin or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look, feel, and function just like your existing tooth structure.  Today, it is the best option to fill a cavity.  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 in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile.  Certain procedures include:  

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Invisalign
  • Snap On Smile


We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile.  Over the years, flouride has been added 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, as well as smoking, will reduce the lasting effect.  Remember, if it 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 coffee, tea, cola and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. . This entire procedure can take as few as two visits.   Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth.  This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile.  Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!


What are Crowns?

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are cemented on a tooth or teeth.  They are done to fix or restore a tooth when a filling would not work due to size or can be done for cosmetic improvements.  They usually are completed in as little as two appointments.


What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.  After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. 


What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.


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, and severe osteoporosis.  


What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for 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 not necessary unless requested by the patient).   The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.

You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees for Dental Implants vary from patient to patient.  Some factors include: how many implants are being placed, how many teeth are being replaced, and does the implant site(s) require bone grafting.  Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.


How long does a Dental Implant last?

With routine dental hygiene appointments 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 us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!  We have interest free options (up to 12 months) available for all our patients.


Do you allow same day or emergency appointments?

Absolutely.  Our goal is to accomodate an emergency patient that business day- existing patients of record as well as new patients.


What is your cancellation policy?

We require 24 hours notice to cancel all appointments.  Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the visit.


Sea Girt Dentist | Q & A. William Steiner is a Sea Girt Dentist.