Sparks Family Dentistry, L.L.C. | Q & A in Sparks, NV

Sparks Family Dentistry

 Thomas A.J. Basora, D.D.S.

340 Pyramid Way & D Street
Sparks, NV 89431

775.359.3336

Q & A
 

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth are one indication of tooth decay.  However, if no decay is present, your gums may have receded exposing the root surfaces. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows acids from food and bacteria easier access to this very sensitive part of the tooth.  The acids then expose nerve fibers on the surface of the roots.  To manage this, we have a couple products that will remineralize your teeth and seal the sensitive areas so you can function without pain.  Schedule with us for a dental check-up.

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 on a continual basis.   By keeping to a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.  It also goes without saying that diet plays a critical role in the health of our teeth and gums.  Please refer to Dr. Basora's FREE REPORTS section of this website for dietary suggestions.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria in the form of plaque build up around the teeth and gums.  The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.  During your visit, our Hygienist will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care that will prevent Gingivitis.

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms.  It is caused by bacteria (plaque) that surrounds the teeth and extends below the gumline.  The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’.  The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  Minerls from your saliva eventually penetrate the sticky plaque around the teeth and below the gumline and harden the plaque.  These hardened plaque deposits are referred to as tartar.  Tartar can then only be removed with an scalers in the dental office.  If not properly treated, the condition worsens.  Noticeable symptoms now appear.  They include:

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


How Do YouTreat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention.  Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, oral rinses and in some cases antibiotic use, this condition can be controlled.  Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases that do not respond well to scaling and root planing.

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

Silver Fillings also known as Amalgam Fillings have been around for decades.  Made by combining silver, mercury and other metals, it WAS the best restoration for fillings in the past.  The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth and is quite resistant to wear.  However, amalgam fillings require more removal of tooth structure for placement and are rarely bonded in place and at a very high rate they will promote cracks in the teeth causing numerous other problems often necessitating the placement of a crown, build-up, root canal or extraction.  The metals in amalgam will also leach into the tooth structure over time causing the tooth to turn gray.  We do not place amalgam restorations in this office.

White Fillings, also known as composites are often made of plastic or glass polymers. Minimal tooth removal is required and they are bonded or glued to the existing tooth structure.  These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.  This restoration 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 more closely.  Composite fillings can wear down over time and may need to be resurfaced or replaced depending on the location in the mouth.

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

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures.  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.  We provide both in office whitening procedures and take-home whitening trays.  Over the years, flouride is 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 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/Onlays?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth.  It will change the size, shape and color of the tooth in as few as 2 visits.  Onlays cover the upper half of the tooth and do not extend all the way to the gumline like a crown does. 

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 no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).   The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. 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 6 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.  During that 6 month healing period a partial denture or bridge may be indicated as a temporay restoration.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Fees from Dental Implants vary from dentist to dentist.  Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How long does a Dental Implant last?
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care a dental implant can last 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!