Freqently Asked Questions

IS AMALGAM (SILVER FILLING) SAFE?
Yes. Amalgam has been used safely worldwide for over 100 years. Numerous studies have been done and except for a rare allergy to amalgam, no studies have found amalgam to be unsafe.

I NEED A FILLING WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
If you are looking for longevity a gold filling is best. A gold filling has the best fit, doesn't wear down the opposing teeth and gold is bacteriostatic. This means it helps to prevent future cavities in the tooth. If you want a more esthetic appearance to your filling, there are many tooth colored materials including porcelain, ceramic, and composite to chose from. Each has its own plusses and minuses. Finally, amalgam filling (discussed above) is also an option.

IS BLEACHING SAFE?

MY DENTIST SAYS I NEED A CROWN. WHAT IS A CROWN?
A crown is a method of restoring teeth that are badly decayed, broken or severely discolored or teeth that are not properly aligned. A crown is a laboratory or cad-cam fabricated covering for the tooth. It can be fabricated out of several different materials. For longevity a gold crown is considered the "gold" standard. More esthetic materials are available however, and your dentist should be able to fabricate a crown that blends in with the rest of your teeth.

I JUST GOT NEW DENTURES AND THEY DON'T FEEL RIGHT. DID MY DENTIST DO SOMETHING WRONG?
Probably not. Dentures are made to look natural and feel comfortable. It is important to remember that even the best fitting dentures can feel awkward at first. A denture is a foreign article in your mouth (much like when you first get braces) it takes time to get used to the feeling of dentures when you talk, eat and drink. You may want to practice talking to yourself - in private and start by chewing soft foods at first until you get used to the feel. Of course, if you experience persistent or severe pain, you should contact your dentist. A slight adjustment may be all that is needed. A final note, the longer you are without teeth, the more bone you lose. Eventually this effects the fit of the denture and you may need mini-implants or standard implants to stabilize the denture.

WHY DOES MY DENTIST TAKE X-RAYS WHEN I DON'T HAVE ANY PAIN? ARE X-RAYS SAFE?
X-ray technology helps prevent patients from receiving unnecessary radiation. In fact, the amount of radiation you receive from dental x-rays is extremely small when compared to other naturally occurring sources of radiation (like radon and sunlight). This is especially true when compared to medical x-rays. Therefore, dental x-rays are very safe.

X-rays are an extremely useful diagnostic tool and can aid in the identification and prevention of major problems. Dental x-rays may reveal unerupted or impacted teeth, the existence of dental caries, bone loss or damage, abscessed teeth, fractured jaw and other abnormalities of the teeth, gums and jaw bones. The goal is prevention of disease. By identifying the problems BEFORE you become aware of them, you can treat the disease while the problem is still small. This means a more enjoyable visit with the dentist as well as lower cost of necessary treatment.

WHY ARE HEALTHY GUMS SO IMPORTANT?
Your gums and supporting bone structure are the foundation of a healthy mouth. Gum disease is more serious than you may think. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to a wide range of other serious health risks including heart disease and premature babies. The infection and inflammation of gum disease exacerbates diabetes. Therefore, if you think that the only thing you are risking by not having your gum disease treated is tooth loss, you may be deadly wrong.
The GOOD NEWS is that gum disease can be successfully treated. Returning your gums to good health may prolong your life longer than it is now.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT I MIGHT HAVE GUM DISEASE?
If you experience bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, chances are you are in the early stages of gum disease. The best treatment is prevention. Get regular professional cleanings and check ups by a dental professional at least once every six months. Your dentist may suggest you have your teeth cleaned more frequently depending upon your particular condition. Gum disease is not in itself painful or debilitating, therefore, it is easy to ignore...don't! Even "light" bleeding when brushing your teeth is an early warning sign that you may be in for more trouble than you may realize.

I AM LOOKING FOR A NEW DENTIST. IS DR. CALABRESE THE RIGHT DENTIST FOR ME AND MY FAMILY?
ABSOLUTELY! Dr. Calabrese's credentials speak for themselves. In addition, he has identified 4 problems that people have at the dentist. Here is how Dr. Calabrese solves those problems:

  1. LONG WAITS. Many dental offices cram too many appointments into short time slots. As a result, the dentist or hygienist runs late, leaving you to wait for your appointment to begin. We don't do that. We respect the time you take out of your day to come into our office. We space each appointment far enough apart to cut back on waiting time.
  2. TOO COSTLY. We accept most dental insurance plans to cut down on your out-of-pocket costs. Interest-free third party financing is also available. For your convenience, we accept payments by cash, personal check, Mastercard, Visa or Discover Card.
  3. THE DENTIST DOESN'T LISTEN TO ME. Often a dentist will just treat the mouth, not the person. In our office your needs and concerns are very important to us. So, when you visit Dr. Calabrese for the first time, feel free to do most of the talking. Treatment plans are tailored to meet your needs using state-of-the-art techniques and materials.
  4. THE DENTAL WORK HURTS. Dental work does NOT have to hurt...in fact...it SHOULDN'T! The latest techniques and anesthesia are used for your utmost comfort and assurance of a pain-free dental visit.

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Monday:Closed
Tuesday:11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed