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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is a Dentist who: 1) Specializes in the aesthetic, restoration and replacement of teeth. 2) Receives three years of advanced postdoctoral training in an ADA accredited institution after four years dental school, and 3) Restores the finest appearance and functionality to your smile.
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What is “All On Four”?

Same day implant teeth, known, as the “All On Four”, is the revolutionary smile solution for those who lost all their teeth, suffering from poor broken teeth or loose fitting dentures.
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What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are custom fabricated restorations that are designed to restore missing portions of your natural back teeth. They consist of a solid substance (usually gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and then bonded into place. These restorations are designed to be more precise and last longer than conventional fillings.
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What is a Temporary (Provisional)?

A temporary or a “provisional” is an interim restoration that is usually fabricated from resins. It is designed to serve for a shorter period of time and to be used until the final restoration (crown or porcelain veneer) is ready to be bonded to your tooth.
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What is a Bonding or White Fillings?

Bonding or white composite is a conservative approach to repair slightly chipped, discolored or crooked teeth. It is also the material of choice used by dental experts today to treat cavities and dental decay. They are considered to be one of the best evolutions in the dental industry.
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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea describes a partial or a complete cessation of breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder and can have severe negative impacts on a person health. During sleep, the patient’s airway relaxes and closes, preventing the body from getting enough oxygen to perform crucial functions.
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What is TMJ Disorder or TMD?

TMJ (temporomandibular joints) is part of your bottom jaw structure. They are the most sophisticated and delicate joints in your whole body and control all of your jaw movements during chewing and all other functions. TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) describes symptoms resulting from a disorder in these joints.
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How often should I have preventative care?

Dr. Halim and his staff will determine the frequency of your visits for Preventative Care Therapy based upon your individual oral health conditions. According to your needs, your visits schedule may vary from few to several months.
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What are Periodontal Diseases?

Periodontal diseases are any destructive diseases of the gums and the surrounding jawbone that gradually destroy the bone supporting your natural teeth and untreated results in tooth loss. There is also a strong correlation between Periodontal Diseases and Cancer, Birth Defect, Cardiovascular /Heart Diseases and Diabetes!
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What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin (0.3 mm) pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain shells. They are custom made to match the shape and color that you desire. They are permanently bonded to the front of teeth and provide the patient with a beautiful and attractive healthy smile. Porcelain veneers have become a desired alternative to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental aesthetic conditions.
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What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction is typically a combination of crowns, veneers, bridges, and implant restorations. This process has the potential to restore most or all of the teeth and rebuild a functionally comfortable bite and natural-looking and healthy smile.
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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts specially designed to replace the root of a tooth in preparation for a dental restoration. Dental implants are intended for use in either the upper or lower jaw to support dental restorations, such as crowns. Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to avoid having removable partial or complete dentures.
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What are Crowns?

Crowns “caps” are functional and cosmetic restorations used to improve the shape of your tooth or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken down, worn, or have large portions destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are “caps” cemented onto an existing tooth, which fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold, or combination of both.
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What are Bridges?

Bridges are multiple connected crowns that are used to replace one or more missing natural teeth. The term “dental bridge” is often mistaken with “false teeth dentures”. On the contrary, a dental bridge is permanent and fixed to your natural teeth just like crowns are. They serve to replace one or several missing natural teeth. Missing natural teeth usually lead to shifting of the surrounding teeth. Bridges are a classic treatment that has been used for more than a century with outstanding long-tem success. For those who are not candidates for dental implant treatments, a dental bridge may be the ideal solution.
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What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and tissue. It is made to closely resemble your natural teeth or make improvements in your smile and function (up to 10 years or more).
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What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment, which changes the color of natural tooth enamel and may be an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
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