Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers. At Dr. Boris Grigorovich DDS Dental Care, we welcome questions from our patients. We’ve found that patients who are interested and informed have better outcomes, so we encourage you to ask us about the services we provide, our practice, and any other dentistry questions you might have.

To help you, we’ve compiled a collection of questions we are often asked. If your question isn’t answered here or if you’d like more information, you are always welcome to call our office at (805) 4189 942 or send us an email using our convenient online form.

Your first appointment is a comprehensive exam, consisting of an evaluation of your head, neck and mouth (teeth, gums oral cancer screening and hard tissue). Based on this evaluation, x-rays may need to be taken. Your dentist will review the findings of your exam and x-rays and discuss how your dental needs can be met. Note: If you are experiencing dental pain at the time of your exam/appointment you will be seen as an emergency patient so that your immediate dental need can be met. You will then be scheduled for another appointment for a complete exam.

Please contact our clinic and we will try to accommodate you within 24 hours.

When necessary, nitrous oxide sedation or oral sedation can be used for almost any procedure. While it does not put you to sleep, it does provide you with a relaxing, positive dental experience. We do not offer in-office full sedation (being “completely knocked out”) but if required we can refer you to our team of Oral and Surgeons equipped to use intravenous general anesthesia.

That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn’t! Your smile is unique, and we won’t compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we’ll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile. We offer digital imaging for smile previews, as well.

Yes. We offer whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically at our clinic. Call our dental clinic for an appointment today!

Dark fillings and metal crowns can be replaced with strong, aesthetic solutions. Our dentists have placed composite resin fillings for years, and we also offer porcelain crowns. We are a “metal-free” practice with many aesthetic solutions to fit your needs.

Following a thorough consultation, we will assess your needs and determine the best option for you to replace missing teeth. Often, dental implants are the most preferable and predictable solution. We offer crown and bridge treatments, full and partial dentures as well. Learn more about these services on our services menu, and then call us for a consultation.

No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options with your dentist.

When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.

We recommend brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush. You can use any toothpaste that you like, as long as it contains fluoride. However, many people find that tartar control toothpastes cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. You should also floss daily, at least once and preferably twice per day. Many patients find an electric toothbrush such as the Sonicare or Braun to be very helpful. Please feel free to ask the dentist or dental hygienist if you have any questions.

Children should first see the dentist at 18-24 months. One very important (and often overlooked) reason for this recommendation is so that we can educate the parents about the child¹s dental health. At this young age, it is quite simple to recognize and take steps to prevent future problems. We check to make sure all the primary (baby) teeth are present and cavity-free. Even though a child will lose his or her primary teeth, they are still very important to dental development. Early loss of baby teeth due to decay can cause problems with the bite, causing a need for orthodontics in the future. One more reason for an early dental visit is simply to help your child become accustomed to the dental office and to start forming good habits.
We treat children who need permanent tooth restorations, replacement of missing teeth, or who have most of their permanent teeth. We generally refer children below the age of four to a pediatric dentist. We encourage you to use us as a resource and ask us for the names of pediatric dentists we recommend. Regardless of your child¹s needs, we encourage you introduce your child to the dentist around the age of 18 months.

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning.

There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue.  Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

What may cause bad breath?

  • Morning time – Saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleansing action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
  • Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc.  Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the blood stream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease – Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
  • Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
  • Tobacco products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
  • Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
  • Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
  • Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.

Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath.  Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with you dentist.

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth.  Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that cause cavities and irritate and inflame the gums. Also, when plaque is not removed above and below the gumline, it hardens and turns into calculus (tartar). This will further irritate and inflame the gums and also slowly destroy the bone. This is the beginning of periodontal disease.

How to floss properly:

  • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline.  Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Daily flossing will help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for life!

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.

Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years, not only due to the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available today, but also because patients are becoming more and more focused on improving their overall health.  This includes dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile.

There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile.  Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over.  Ask your dentist how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Procedures:

Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking.  Teeth darkened as a result of injury or taking certain medications can also be bleached, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.

Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings: Also known as “bonding”, composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings.  Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth.  This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.

Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile.  They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth.  Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.

Porcelain Crowns (caps): A crown is a tooth-colored, custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.  They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.

Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth.  Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution to removable dental appliances.

Orthodontics: Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are making straightening teeth with orthodontics much more appealing to adult patients.  Also, in some cases, teeth may be straightened with custom-made, clear, removable aligners that require no braces.

Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic treatments can make a difference in making your smile shine!