Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked dental questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to call Dr. Thomas A. Bowles & Associates, serving Sarasota, FL and surrounding counties, so we can assist you.
My tooth doesn’t hurt. Should I still follow through with recommended treatment?
What is a crown?
A Crown, also known as a “Cap”, completely covers a natural tooth or an implant. For a perfect fit, shape and shade, Dr. Bowles has each crown fabricated by a dental laboratory. Crowns are often needed when a patient presents a compromised tooth with a large, old filling, decay and/or fracture. Dr. Bowles will carefully prepare the tooth for a crown, take an impression of the prepared tooth for the laboratory, and create a temporary crown to protect the tooth while your crown is being fabricated in the lab.
After about two weeks, your crown will be ready to be permanently bonded to your tooth. An implant is an ideal tooth replacement procedure because it looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
How can I improve my smile?
We have many options for improving your smile. You may want to consider:
- Tooth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns
- Replacing old, dark fillings
Dr. Thomas A. Bowles & Associates will be happy to provide you with a complimentary consultation and treatment plan outlining your options based on your individual needs and desires.
What is gingivitis?
What is tooth whitening?
What is periodontal disease?
What are the benefits of placing composite restorations vs. silver fillings?
Placing Composite Restorations allows the dentist to bond the filling material directly to a tooth, saving healthy tooth structure from being destroyed. The Composite material insulates the tooth protecting you from heat and cold sensitivity and does not expand and contract over time. Dr. Bowles is able to match the shade of your tooth with the shade of Composite for the most natural looking filling.