Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Laser Dentistry, it’s our goal to help you feel comfortable and at ease at your dental appointments. We understand that you may have questions about certain treatments or procedures, and we’re always happy to take the time to explain procedures and answer any questions you may have. Here are some questions we frequently hear from our patients. Feel free to contact us if your question isn’t answered here.FAQ Copy

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It's recommended to get a new toothbrush or electric brush head 3-4 months. If you have recently been sick or ill we encourage replacing them. 

Clenching and grinding can come from too much stress or changes in the bite. An exam with Dr. Clarke is needed to diagnose why this is happening. Once we determine the "why" we can correct the issue. Often times a custom fitted guard that is worn at night can correct the problem. 

We perform visual exams followed up with a Velscope evaluation. A Velscope uses a light which indicates abnormal tissue that can be detected before you see or feel any abnormalities. Make an appointment for an oral cancer screening. 

Most often the reason is a combination of things, whitening toothpaste, acidic foods/drinks, clenching and grinding. We usually recommend that you have your teeth checked to make sure no cavities are present and then taking a look at the products you're using daily. 

Bacteria in the mouth is most likely the culprit, regular cleanings and addressing any gum disease and cavities will promote a healthy mouth. 

Dental Implants

Do Dental Implants Last | FAQ | Laser Dentistry The answer to this question is  - yes! Dental implants are one of the most successful and reliable replacement options for one or more missing teeth. This treatment boasts a 95% success rate, and implants can potentially last for a lifetime with diligent home care and regular dental checkups. This makes them an excellent investment in your oral health.

Another benefit that dental implants offer is the fact that they protect your bone in the way that a natural root does. Without a root to support, your bone begins to dissolve, which not only changes the appearance of your face, it also eliminates support for your remaining teeth and leads to more tooth loss. The titanium post of the implant is surgically placed into your bone and because it's biocompatible, it will integrate with your bone over time. This not only acts as a foundation for your new tooth, it also keeps your bone healthy and stimulated.

With your new tooth, you'll be able to enjoy food, brush and floss, and you'll talk and smile normally again. Your implant is easy to care for as you'll brush and floss as you were used to. With so many benefits, you can rest assured that a dental implant is the best choice to restore your smile.

Teeth Replacement Options | Laser DentistryAt Laser Dentistry, we offer bridges, partials, & dental implants as replacement options for one or more missing teeth. With digital X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough exam with Dr. Clarke, we can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.

We offer bridges, partials, & dental implants. With digital X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough exam, we can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.

Family Dentistry

Dental Emergency | Laser Dentistry Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency or begin to experience dental pain. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

Invisalign

Invisalign Consultation FAQ | Laser DentistryIf you're tired of living with crooked teeth but you find the idea of wearing traditional braces unappealing, Invisalign may be the solution for you!

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible to apply gentle pressure and straighten your teeth. Your aligners will need to be worn at least 22 hours per day in order to achieve the best results, and you'll change them every two weeks.

If the idea of Invisalign sounds interesting to you, the first place to start is a consultation with Dr. Clarke. During your consultation, Dr. Clarke will gather information about your smile by performing a thorough examination, which includes taking x-rays and photos of your teeth. With this information, he can determine if Invisalign is right for your needs.

If you choose to move forward with Invisalign, 3-D technology is used to create your treatment plan, which also gives the Invisalign lab the information needed to fabricate your aligners. Dr. Clarke will even be able to show you how your newly aligned smile will look before you get started with treatment.

Why let your smile hold you back any longer? Schedule an Invisalign consultation today to learn more about what's possible.

Preventative Care

How Often to See the Dentist | Laser Dentistry The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit every 6 months. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know.

Checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential issues. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong, and give you tips and techniques to improve your home care routine.

Do I Need a Root Canal FAQ | Laser DentistryA toothache can indicate a number of different issues. You may have a broken or fractured tooth, or you may be suffering from a dental infection. It's important to note that dental infections or fractures will not go away on their own. You'll need to see your dentist, and the sooner the better. Dental infections can get progressively worse, and eventually lead to tooth loss. Contacting your trusted team at Laser Dentistry is the best thing to do when you have a toothache because the quicker we can diagnose your condition, the quicker we can get you back on the path to wellness.

A root canal may be able to preserve your tooth if you have an infection. Dr. Clarke will clean out the infected tissue from inside your tooth through a small hole drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is removed, it is then sealed with a temporary filling and then given time to heal. After the appropriate healing time has passed, Dr. Clarke will restore it with either a permanent filling or dental crown in order to give your tooth strength and longevity again. Unfortunately, it's not as strong as it was prior to the infection and root canal therapy.

Gums Bleeding | Laser DentistryBleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush to use and the right pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of periodontal disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults and has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can cause significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now.

Cold Sensitive Teeth | Laser Dentistry The answer to this question is a definite - yes! This is an excellent time to contact you dentist for a checkup. Even if your sensitivity goes away quickly and on its own, a sensitive tooth should not be ignored because it's trying to tell you something.

When your tooth begins to feel that twinge when you have hot or cold foods or beverages, it's an indicator that decay may be affecting it. The decay can typically be removed and then your tooth repaired with a dental filling at this point.

Decay that is left untreated will progress, and could end up affecting the nerve, or root, of your tooth. This is when you will start to feel severe pain because your tooth has become infected. It's also important to understand that a dental infection won't go away on its own. You will need to contact your dentist right away in order to relieve your pain and remove the infection from your tooth. This is typically done with root canal therapy.

By contacting your dentist when you first feel sensitivity, you may be able to avoid more invasive and costly treatment procedures like a root canal.

We perform visual exams followed up with a Velscope evaluation. A Velscope uses a light which indicates abnormal tissue that can be detected before you see or feel any abnormalities. Make an appointment for an oral cancer screening. 

We perform visual exams followed up with an OralID evaluation at your regular dental visits. OralID uses a light, which fluoresces to indicate abnormal tissue so we can detect it before you see or feel any abnormalities. If you notice any changes in your mouth, make an appointment for an oral cancer screening as early detection is the key to effective treatment of this disease.

Teeth Sensitivity FAQ | Laser Dentistry Most often the reason is a combination of things such as whitening toothpaste, acidic foods and drinks, or clenching and grinding. We usually recommend that you have your teeth checked to first make sure no cavities are present, and then take a look at the products you’re using daily.

 

Bacteria in the mouth is most likely the culprit, regular cleanings and addressing any gum disease and cavities will promote a healthy mouth. 

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canals and Pain FAQ | Laser Dentistry So many of our patients fear pain when they hear they need a root canal to save their tooth. If you are looking for comfortable root canals in Bradenton, FL, we can help!

We believe that root canals can be comfortable and should feel no different than a common filling. The pain associated with root canal therapy is often from the symptoms, not the treatment. Root canal treatment should provide immediate relief from your symptoms, though it is common to experience some sensitivity for a few days as your body heals. It will subside with each passing day.

Root canal treatment removes the infection from your tooth, which relieves the inflammation that is often the cause of your pain. Once your body completely heals, we will cover it with a restoration, such as a dental crown, that will provide added protection in the years to come.

As with all dentistry, we will make sure you are completely comfortable for your treatment by using a local anesthetic. Every person is different, but we will always give your tooth time to become completely numb before we get started.

If you have more questions about root canals, call our Bradenton, FL dental office and we will be happy to help!

Do I Need a Root Canal FAQ | Laser DentistryA toothache can indicate a number of different issues. You may have a broken or fractured tooth, or you may be suffering from a dental infection. It's important to note that dental infections or fractures will not go away on their own. You'll need to see your dentist, and the sooner the better. Dental infections can get progressively worse, and eventually lead to tooth loss. Contacting your trusted team at Laser Dentistry is the best thing to do when you have a toothache because the quicker we can diagnose your condition, the quicker we can get you back on the path to wellness.

A root canal may be able to preserve your tooth if you have an infection. Dr. Clarke will clean out the infected tissue from inside your tooth through a small hole drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is removed, it is then sealed with a temporary filling and then given time to heal. After the appropriate healing time has passed, Dr. Clarke will restore it with either a permanent filling or dental crown in order to give your tooth strength and longevity again. Unfortunately, it's not as strong as it was prior to the infection and root canal therapy.

Teeth Whitening

Yes! We offer teeth whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically at home or in our office. Call for an appointment today! 

Stained Teeth | Laser DentistryMany factors can contribute to the discoloration or staining of your teeth. While age, genetics, lifestyle choices, and certain medications play a role in diminishing your smile, there are definitely certain foods and beverages that also contribute such as:

  • Coffee and dark tea
  • Soy sauce and curries
  • Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • Tomatoes or marinara sauce
  • Red wine

Limiting your consumption of these culprits, or brushing shortly after eating or drinking them will also help keep your whiter and brighter.

Lifestyle choices such as smoking or tobacco use contribute to staining and discoloration. Tobacco leaves a yellowish brown film on your teeth that is difficult for even professional whitening products to remove. Quitting use of these products will not only brighten your smile, but it will also improve your overall health and well being.

Certain medications such as tetracycline can also leave unsightly stains on your teeth. Talk with Dr. Clarke about your options for dealing with tetracycline stains. Some teeth whitening products or other treatments such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers can often help with this type of staining.

Contact Laser Dentistry today to learn more about your options for achieving a whiter, brighter smile!

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