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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have a question about one of our services or procedures? Check here for the answers to several commonly asked questions. If you still have questions, please let us know. It’s important to us that our patients understand and are comfortable with their dental care.


If you are having severe tooth pain -- or any other dental emergency -- call our office immediately. We will always do our best to make sure that you are seen the very same day for a dental emergency.

Complete, Partial, and Implant Dentures

With proper denture care, your dentures should last you for years. Follow these tips to keep your dentures in great shape:

  • Avoid brushing your dentures with a regular toothbrush or toothpaste. These are too abrasive and could cause damage to your dentures.
  • Only use soap and water or a cleanser specifically designed for dentures. 
  • When your dentures are out of your mouth, keep them moist. If your dentures dry out, they may warp.
  • Keep dentures out of the reach of children and pets. 
  • Be very careful not to drop your dentures. They could become bent, cracked, or otherwise damaged. 

If your dentures fall or they don't feel like they are fitting quite right, call to have them checked by Dr. Briese.

Cosmetic Makeovers

A large number of procedures can comprise a smile makeover. Some of the most common services we use to give our patients a beautiful smile include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain crowns and bridges
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implant restoration
  • Invisalign

Modern aesthetic dental procedures are easier and are much more comfortable than they used to be. Call us today to find out what we can do to help you have the beautiful smile you deserve

General Dentistry

We follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association and recommend that you come to our office every six months for a professional cleaning and examination. This allows us to stay on top of any tartar buildup before it becomes a problem as well as check your teeth and gums for any signs of decay or disease so that we can start treatment quickly.

Preventive dental care usually includes professional dental cleanings, dental examinations, and x-rays. These procedures allow us to check your teeth on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and free from any signs of decay or disease. They also give us the opportunity to screen you for serious conditions like oral cancer.

Even with good brushing and flossing technique, it is difficult to remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially above the gumline. If this plaque is allowed to remain there, bacteria can grow and thrive and eventually lead to serious dental problems. Catching these problems before they start or nipping them in the bud will prevent infection, damage to your teeth, and eventually tooth loss.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Probably! Invisalign is a practical option for just about anyone who would be a candidate for traditional braces. Invisalign is used to correct the following dental issues:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Teeth that are spaced too wide
  • Teeth that are crowded
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

Call our office today for an appointment with Dr. Briese to discuss Invisalign.

Invisalign has a number of significant advantages over traditional braces:

  • Invisalign is practically invisible. Most people will never even know that you are wearing the clear aligners.
  • There is no need to return to the office constantly to have wires tightened and adjusted.
  • Because you remove the aligners before eating, you do not have to deal with the food restrictions that are typical for braces.
  • You remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth, eliminating the hassle of trying to clean around brackets and wires.
  • You won't have to deal with the discomfort and hassle of broken wires and brackets.

Invisalign can treat most of the conditions that have been traditionally treated with braces. Call our office to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Pediatric Dentistry

We recommend that all children visit the dentist before their first birthday. Not only does this give us an opportunity to meet your child and check that everything looks good, it also helps your child become more comfortable with the concept of regular dental care. This will hopefully set the stage for a lifetime of good dental health habits.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

The only care your porcelain crowns and bridges require is the same twice daily brushing and once daily flossing routine that your own natural teeth require. Continue to visit our office for your twice yearly professional cleanings and examinations so that we can check the condition of your porcelain restorations.

Porcelain Veneers

No. People who are close to you are likely to notice that your teeth look better, but people who are meeting you for the first time will only see that you have a natural-looking beautiful smile. The shade of porcelain veneers looks just like natural teeth, and one of the qualities of porcelain is that it reflects the light in the same way that natural teeth do.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is very safe. You will be given a prescription for low-dose benzodiazepine medication, which will relax you while allowing you to remain conscious throughout the procedure. The medications are safe and not addictive at such a low dose, and few people experience adverse reactions. You will always be carefully monitored while you are sedated to make sure that you are comfortable and free of stress and anxiety. 

Due to the sedation effect, you must make arrangements for transportation to and from your appointment with a driver who can remain at the office while you are undergoing your procedure. We also recommend that you take at least a day or two off so that you can go home and relax following your dental appointment. Do not drive for at least 24 hours after taking the sedative medication.

Possibly. Every patient is different, and every patient has unique needs. If you have anxiety related to dental care or are worried about pain or stress during a procedure, please talk to us. We will discuss sedation dentistry with you and what it entails. Dr. Briese is certified in Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) dentistry. Understanding your needs and your medical history will help us decide if sedation dentistry is right for you.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is a safe way to whiten your teeth quickly and effectively. Our office uses Zoom 2 teeth whitening. The procedure takes only 45 minutes, and you will be closely monitored the entire time the whitening gel is on your teeth.

Although professional whiteners use a higher concentration of the active ingredient, we are careful to make sure that it doesn't come in contact with your gums or lips, where it could cause irritation. Zoom 2 also contains ingredients that desensitize your teeth to make it comfortable even for people with sensitive teeth. The product does not damage the enamel or any other part of your teeth.

After you've had your teeth professionally whitened, you want your results to last as long as possible. You can take steps to help your teeth stay bright longer:

  • Don't smoke! Smoking will stain your teeth quickly.
  • Practice good oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing as directed by your dental hygienist.
  • Avoid drinks that stain such as red wine and coffee. If you do choose to enjoy these, brush your teeth quickly afterward.
  • Use the whitening maintenance kit. 
  • Keep up your regular twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams.

Age and some medications can also cause your teeth to become stained, but these are harder to avoid. Once you have had your teeth professionally whitened, occasional maintenance is all that is required to keep you smile sparkling.

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