Frequently Asked Questions
- Avoid chewing ice, cracking nut shells, or opening packages with your teeth.
- Avoid “hard foods” such as popcorn kernels.
- Limit acidic soft drinks and sugary foods that stick to your teeth.
- Decide against tongue and lip piercings, which can fracture teeth and increase infection risk.
Dental amalgam (silver) fillings are comprised of silver, tin, copper, and liquid mercury, which are combined to form an inert (non-active) alloy. According to the FDA, CDC, the American Dental Association (ADA), and a number of other public health agencies, there is no link between this type of filling and any known health issue. Because of speculation and controversy, amalgam is the most researched and tested dental filling material on the market. Dr. Viet Tran places tooth-colored composite fillings instead of silver-colored amalgam fillings for a more natural look.
When teeth are lost, the result is more than just a gap in your smile. Bone loss in your jaw begins almost as soon as the tooth goes missing. Losing even a single tooth can cause the other teeth to shift and move around. This can affect chewing and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Your face can look “sunken” and age your appearance. Your speech can be affected, too. One of the best ways to treat a missing tooth is with a dental implant. An implant can replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.