How can we help you?
When it comes to your dental care, you have a right to ask questions. At Bonita Grande Dental, we believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked. You're not expected to be an expert in your dental care – that's our job! But there are often decisions to be made about certain treatments where you need to feel like you can turn to a trusted source who has your best interest at heart.
Patient education plays a huge part in the services we provide, and we take the time to thoroughly answer your questions while you're in our office. But there's always one more question that comes to you, so we've listed a few that we tend to hear more often. If yours isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us, and a helpful member of our team will do everything possible to help you find the answer you need.
Crowns & Bridges
A permanent crown is not meant to fall out. However, from time to time, it does happen. Of course, this tends to happen at the most inconvenient time - usually on a Friday night or a long holiday weekend. There are a variety of reasons for a permanent crown to come out, and you will likely not know that reason until you see your dentist. Here are a few tips you can follow at home if your crown comes out:
- Do not lose the crown. Place it in a plastic bag, and keep it somewhere you will not lose it. All too often we see patients who lose the crown or throw it away thinking it can no longer be used. In most situations, your dentist can easily recement your existing crown.
- For those daring enough, you may attempt to place the crown back in place yourself. Do not use any sort of permanent glue or adhesive. These materials will make an otherwise reusable crown worthless, since your dentist may not be able to recement it if the glue sticks to the tooth or crown. First, place the crown in your mouth and see if it fits into place properly. If it does not, place the crown in a bag and wait to be seen by your dentist. If you can fit it on properly, you may use a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive (bought at your local store), to place it back on temporarily. This is not a perfect solution but may buy you time until you are able to see your dentist.
- Avoid chewing on that side. A tooth without a crown is very vulnerable and could break easily. Try to avoid damaging the tooth by not using that tooth to chew. Also, if you can recement the crown temporarily, when flossing, avoid pulling up with the floss to prevent dislodging the crown. Floss down towards the gum and then slide the floss out to your cheek side.
- Your tooth may be sensitive without the crown. This usually resolves when the crown is recemented. Avoid cold beverages and other liquids that may cause sensitivity until you get the crown recemented.
- In some instances, a crown falls out because the underlying tooth has broken. If this is the case, you may find that you are not able to fit the crown back in place yourself. You may experience pain or sensitivity, depending on how badly the tooth is fractured. Unfortunately, a broken tooth may mean you need a new crown, root canal, or possibly an extraction.
Learn More at Bonita Grande Dental
If your crown happens to fall out, Dr. Gostigian will discuss all your options based on your unique case. Call our office today at 239-301-2713 or contact us via our website!
Both fillings and crowns are important procedures used to strengthen and protect teeth. Fillings are one of the most important services we offer (aside from professional cleanings and exams). They’re a fairly conservative treatment for removing small areas of decay and strengthening the tooth structure to make it functional again.
However, if decay damages more than half of the tooth structure, it’s no longer strong enough to retain a filling. That is when Dr. Gostigian would make the recommendation to place a dental crown. The crown fits completely over the damaged tooth, up to and under the gum line, which is why they’re often referred to as “caps.” The crown acts as a shield that protects the weakened structure of your natural tooth.
Quality Dental Crowns
All our dental crowns are fabricated using porcelain because of its strength, durability, and natural appearance. Dental crowns are extremely durable, and in certain cases can last as long as 15 years or more.
If you’re interested in learning more about fillings and crowns, and which is the correct choice for you, please contact Bonita Grande Dental. We’ll be happy to arrange an appointment so we can evaluate your needs and help you make the best decision for you.
Full & Partial Dentures
The great thing about new dentures designed at Bonita Grande Dental is that they are custom-made to perfectly fit the shape and contours of your jaw. This creates a fit that is snug and comfortable, eliminating any worry about chafing or irritation.
Dentures made today are far more comfortable than those made years ago. One reason for this is that they are fabricated from a material that is softer than the rigid plastic used in the past. This allows us to design your dentures so that they conform closely to your jaw and gum line. It also significantly reduces the discomfort associated with older dentures.
The important thing to remember is that the shape of your gums and jaw will change gradually over time. This is completely normal and occurs to everyone, whether they wear dentures or not. A consistent schedule of routine checkups with is the best way to avoid this movement from causing you unnecessary discomfort.
Coming Back For Follow-up Appointments Is Important
We will carefully check your dentures at each visit, so that we can track any slight movement or changes to the shape of your mouth before they cause any irritation. In most cases, it will be necessary to adjust or partially redesign dentures periodically due to these natural changes that occur in your mouth as you age.
If you are interested in learning more about modern dentures and the benefits they offer, please contact our Bonita Springs office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation that fits your schedule.
Most likely, yes. The technological advancements of Invisalign have made nearly every person a candidate for treatment. There are various techniques that can be utilized to tackle the more challenging cases, so it is paramount to choose a provider who has extensive experience with Invisalign.
Come Talk To Our North Naples Dental Office
Dr. Gostigian is a Preferred Provider and has been offering Invisalign for over 4 years to his patients. He even completed Invisalign treatment on himself! For more information, contact our North Naples, FL dental office today!
Invisalign is typically recommended for adult patients since compliance is essential for treatment to be successful. However, Dr. Gostigian will also consider invisible braces in Bonita Springs for teens who may be interested in straightening their teeth without using braces as long as they agree to wear their aligners at least 22 hours each day and change them every two weeks.
For a self-conscious teen, Invisalign can be a great way to boost their confidence while aligning their teeth without the embarrassment or discomfort of wearing bulky metal braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are comfortable to wear and virtually invisible, so they are easy to integrate into your teen's daily routine. They also can be removed for brushing and flossing so your teen can easily manage their home care routine.
Aligners should be taken out for meals, so your teen must be conscientious about keeping track of their aligners at school or during other activities away from home. Since aligners are clear, it's easy for them to get lost or thrown away in the trash after lunch.
If you would like to learn more about straightening your teen's teeth with Invisalign in Bonita Springs, contact our dental practice today and schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gostigian.
Studies have shown that smiling actually releases dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins into your system, which causes you to relax and can even lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Not to mention the benefits it has for other people. It is said that when you smile, the world smiles back at you. Did you know that your smile can improve the moods of other people?
But what if you're not confident about your smile? What if you hide it because you feel embarrassed about crooked teeth?
We have good news for you! Invisible braces in Bonita Springs, FL with Invisalign can straighten your teeth with clear plastic aligners that you wear instead of braces. You won't even have to endure the embarrassment of spending months or years in ugly metal braces to achieve the smile you want!
Would you like to hear more about Invisalign and see if it's right for you? A complimentary evaluation with Dr. Gostigian is the first place you should start. With x-rays, photos, and a thorough examination of your teeth, he will determine if Invisalign will work for you and even show you what your completed smile might look like. Call us today at (239) 301-2713 to schedule your appointment.
Invisalign relies on strong patient compliance to ensure a positive outcome. Failure to wear the aligners will cause your teeth to not move properly and ultimately result in treatment failure. If you will have difficulty keeping track of your aligners and not wear them diligently, regular braces may be a better option.
Reach Out To Your North Naples Dentist
For more information, call Dr. Michael Gostigian at our North Naples, FL dental office today!
Each Invisalign case will vary based on complexity and patient compliance. Generally, cases are completed in 12-18 months.
Invisalign is one of the most popular choices for teeth alignment available today. Not only are the aligner trays nearly invisible, but you can also remove them to eat and to clean your teeth!
Your Dentist Is There To Help
For more information on Invisalign, please contact your North Naples FL dentist today. Dr. Michael Gostigian at Bonita Grande Dental is a trained professional in administering Invisalign, he even performed the treatment on himself! Send us an email or us a call at (239) 301-2713 today!
Invisalign allows patients to maintain better overall oral hygiene. While aligners must be worn almost 24 hours a day, brushing and flossing is easily achieved by removing the aligners as needed. There are no brackets to brush around. This allows the gingiva to maintain a healthy state while achieving the goal of straighter teeth.
How To See What's Right For You
The best way to find out if Invisalign or traditional braces are a better option for you, is to talk to your dentist. A dentist will be able to take an in-depth and personal look at your mouth, and give you the best advice pertaining to your specific situation. For more information, call our North Naples, FL dental office today!
Some patients report a strong sense of pressure when first starting the Invisalign aligners. Generally, this feeling subsides after a few days of wearing the first aligner. Patients typically report no discomfort during the remainder of their treatment.
Reach Out To Your Dentist
If you're experiencing pain from your aligners, don't be afraid to give your dentist a call and see if there's anything that can be done for you. You may find that your dentist is able to alter your aligner for more comfort. For more information, call our North Naples, FL dental office today!
Oral Cancer Screening
Without knowing you and understanding your dental history, it’s really difficult to say how often you should schedule checkups. This is a decision that needs to be made between you, Dr. Gostigian, and our hygienist. For many patients, however, twice a year is sufficient.
Dr. Gostigian and our team are trained to detect and treat many problems before you’re even aware of them. With semi-annual dental visits, we can catch decay and gum disease in their earliest stages.
Prevention is The Priority
Of course, the goal is to prevent disease, decay, and tooth loss from occurring. It’s obviously preferable to stay current with your dental treatment and avoid having to worry about unexpected problems sneaking up on you. We’re here to help you, but you need to do your part by making and keeping your appointments. It all comes back to teamwork!
During each checkup, we’ll look for signs of decay and disease that may have developed since your last visit. If necessary, we’ll take digital x-rays to make sure we have the most current information on hand. Once we’ve gathered all the necessary information, we can make recommendations about any treatment we think may be necessary.
Is it time for you to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam? Give Bonita Grande Dental a call, and we’ll get you set up for your next appointment.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the structures that hold your teeth in place including soft tissue, ligaments, and bone.
The two stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is usually indicated by tender or inflamed gums and gums that bleed easily when you brush. But at this stage, the teeth are still firmly rooted, and no bone loss or tissue damage has occurred.
What Happens If Gingivitis Goes Untreated
If we don’t treat gingivitis, the infection continues to spread and the gums and bone separate from the teeth forming pockets. Debris collects in these small spaces and causes an infection. Your immune system tries to fight the infection as it spreads below the gum line. The pockets deepen, the bone and connective tissue that supports your teeth start to break down causing them to loosen, and tooth loss becomes a real possibility.
Gum disease is a widespread problem that affects millions of adults in the US, but the good news is that it’s largely preventable and treatable when caught in the earliest stages. Prevention includes brushing twice a day, flossing once, watching your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly.
At Bonita Grande Dental, we can show you how to avoid gum disease, and If you need periodontal treatment in Bonita Springs, we provide the gentle care you need. Please call us today so we can check your oral health and help you avoid the complications of gum disease.
Gum disease starts when bacteria-filled plaque is allowed to build up between your teeth and under the gum line. Without treatment, these pockets deepen, separating the teeth and gums from bone. Your teeth may loosen and, without treatment, they may be lost.
During each professional cleaning at our Bonita Springs dental office, our dental hygienist looks for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the depth of these gum pockets. If everything looks normal, we'll proceed with a regular cleaning. However, depending on the extent of disease present, we may recommend scaling and root planing. Also referred to as a deep cleaning, this procedure involves gentle removal of bacteria, plaque, and calculus deposits to aid in healing.
The Importance Of Visiting Your Bonita Springs Dentist
Gum disease is a serious problem, but it is highly preventable with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care. One of the reasons that gum disease is so prevalent is because it may be present and not show any symptoms. This is why regular exams are essential.
If it's time for your routine dental exam, please give us a call to make an appointment. Our hygienist will evaluate the condition of your gums and let you know if a regular cleaning is enough or if you can benefit from a deep cleaning.
This is an excellent question because we’d like to dispel any ideas that you might have that getting a root canal is painful. In truth, even with older techniques used decades ago, it wasn’t so much the procedure that caused the greatest discomfort—it was the pain of the infection. Since the goal of root canal treatment at our Bonita Springs dental office is to remove the infection, the procedure also eliminates your pain.
If you have a painful root canal infection that we’re treating, the first step is for Dr. Gostigian to apply a local anesthetic to the area. This will numb the area completely, and the first thing you will notice is blissful relief! The pain is gone!
But years of conditioning have left many people with fears about the procedure, so we offer comfortable dentistry at Bonita Grande Dental. We offer sedation options like nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation that will take the edge off your anxiety. Our team will also pamper you with soothing music, pillows, blankets, and even warm scented towels after your procedure.
With this combination of sedation dentistry and attention to your needs, we strive to provide you with the most stress-free root canal treatment in Bonita Springs that you can imagine.
If you need to schedule a root canal in Bonita Springs but are anxious about the procedure, please call Dr. Gostigian. We’ll make an appointment to see you as soon as possible to get you the comfortable treatment you need.
If you need root canal treatment, you may not notice any symptoms at first, depending on the extent of the infection. In the earliest stages, only Dr. Gostigian can identify the problem by taking an x-ray of the tooth. That’s why we stress the importance of routine dental visits every six months!
Once the infection advances to a certain point, you will experience intense pain that continues to worsen. Other common signs that you need a root canal in Bonita Springs, FL are:
- Sore or tender gums
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Extreme tooth sensitivity when touched
- A pimple or raised bump on the gums
But again, not everyone will have these symptoms, or they may be so subtle that you don’t notice them. When we see you at Bonita Grande Dental for routine dental exams and cleanings, Dr. Gostigian can stay up to date with what’s happening with your oral health. When he finds and treats small cavities early on, he can help you avoid the discomfort and cost of a more complex procedure such as a root canal.
If it’s time for your routine dental exam and cleaning, or you think you need a root canal dentist in Bonita Springs, FL, please call Dr. Michael Gostigian to arrange an appointment.
Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to brighten your smile. If your teeth are yellowed or darkened by years of tobacco use, drinking coffee and tea, or another culprit, teeth whitening can give you a standout smile again. But as you consider your options in Bonita Springs, FL, you may wonder if teeth whitening is safe.
The answer is yes, particularly if you take advantage of professional teeth whitening through your dental office. Unlike store-bought kits, professional teeth whitening has these advantages:
Custom-made whitening trays
A tray that fits your upper and lower arches precisely provides more protection. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which a dental lab will use to create your trays. These custom-fit trays will protect your gums from the whitening gel and provide a more uniform application.
Prescription-grade whitening gel
The whitening gel that your dentist uses provides a faster whitening effect and, as a result, shorter treatment time. The professional whitening gel also gives more reliable teeth whitening for tough stains, so you can be sure you’ll see the results you want.
After taking your history and discussing your goals, your dental team will help you determine the right shade of teeth whitening. Then they’ll give you individualized instructions for using your professional teeth whitening kit. You can ask questions anytime and feel confident that your teeth will be brighter and whiter in just one to two weeks.
We tell all our patients that if there’s one thing that will dramatically improve the appearance of a healthy smile, it’s professional teeth whitening. The procedure's easy, affordable, and produces results that will make you want to show off your beautiful smile!
At our Bonita Springs dental office, we are pleased to offer professional take-home teeth whitening. But don’t confuse professional kits with those you buy over-the-counter. Our teeth whitening treatment is superior in every way to store-bought kits!
What Your Teeth Whitening Kit Includes
Your professional kit includes a custom-made whitening tray to deliver the fastest, most even whitening results. Store-bought kits include a generic or boil-and-bite tray that does not produce consistent whitening.
We also provide you with a prescription-strength whitening gel to get your teeth whiter faster than gel purchased over-the-counter. And you don’t have to wear our whitening trays forever to see results. Use your custom tray and whitening gel every day for two weeks, and you will see results similar to that of an in-office treatment!
If you’re thinking of having a professional teeth whitening treatment, please call our Bonita Grande dental office. We will be happy to arrange a cleaning so we can help you decide if professional whitening is right for you!
If you have wisdom teeth (not everyone gets them) and they are healthy, you probably don’t need to have them removed. Healthy means that they have completely erupted, are not out of proper position or alignment, and they can be easily cleaned as part of your regular oral hygiene.
Wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars and are located in the very back of your mouth. In many cases, this doesn’t allow them to grow properly, which is when they become a problem. Because of the restricted space, the teeth can come in at odd angles – sometimes even sideways.
Another problem we see is that the wisdom teeth have not erupted completely through the gum or, alternately, haven’t erupted at all. This is what’s referred to as an impacted wisdom tooth.
To Remove or Not to Remove?
The decision whether or not to remove a wisdom tooth can only be made by your dentist. It is almost always necessary to remove partially erupted or impacted wisdom teeth to prevent overcrowding and infection and protect surrounding teeth. It may be better to remove wisdom teeth before they cause problems, but that needs to be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Do you have wisdom teeth and wonder if you need to have them removed? Please contact our Bonita Springs dental office, and will be happy to consult with you to decide the best course of action in your particular case.
Used properly, none of these pose a danger to your health. Silver (amalgam) fillings have been used effectively for many years, but there’s been a lot of discussion recently the about mercury contained in silver fillings. Any release of mercury, however, is significantly less than what you’re exposed to every day in food, air, and water. But we do have other choices including porcelain, gold, and composites.
At Bonita Grande Dental, we use digital x-rays that expose you to about 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. X-rays help detect disease, including tumors, and can help determine the location of cavities that may not be found in a visual examination. We’re also conservative in the schedule we follow for x-rays, only taking them when it’s absolutely necessary for a diagnosis or as part of your ongoing healthcare.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that’s found in water, soil, air, and most foods. It is absorbed easily into the enamel and helps prevent decay and even repair early decay before it damages the tooth.
Give Your Bonita Springs Dentist A Call
If you still have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be happy to talk to you and explain the steps we take to keep you and your family safe.