What is dentistry?
Dentistry is collaboratively working with our patients to devise individual plans that cater to their expectations and needs with a team approach. To some, that may include restoring missing teeth, teeth with decay, cosmetic dentistry or simply maintaining their smile for life. Dentistry is a pursuit for a lifetime of great oral & overall health.
What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:
- Does the office use current technology, like digital scans and X-rays?
- Does the office have a kind, caring environment and friendly atmosphere?
- Do the doctor and staff listen to your concerns and take into consideration your overall health?
- Does the doctor take their time with each individual patient?
- Is it easy to schedule appointments?
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Visiting your dentist is important because it is good for your overall health, not just your oral health. During your regular visits, Dr. DeLorenzo evaluates the health of your jaw and addresses any concerns. Routine visits help Dr. DeLorenzo find any conditions while they are small before they become a big problem. Addressing our patients concerns at the time of their visit is also important to us.
How can I maintain oral health between office visits?
Oral health can be maintained between visits to our Flemington dental office by cleaning your teeth well every day with brushing and flossing and using interdental aids (softpicks, proxabrushes, and rubbertips). Our dental hygienists will customize a homecare plan for you based upon your individual needs. We also recommend:
- Using a Sonicare toothbrush for optimal cleaning results in between clinical hygiene visits
- Eating a healthy diet and steering clear of foods that are very sugary or acidic to keep your enamel strong and healthy
- Quitting smoking to avoid periodontal disease, bone loss, and staining on your teeth
- Wearing your retainer, appliance, and/or bitesplint as instructed
What’s involved during my first visit?
We really enjoy getting to know our patients, so we like to start every new patient visit with an overall exam and dental history discussion with Dr. DeLorenzo. We reserve time to better understand what you are hoping to gain from our practice. During this visit, we discuss your concerns, expectations, and dental history to help us establish a baseline of where you started in our practice. Together, we will partner with you on a path of discovery in regards to your oral health needs, and prioritize any immediate concerns according to Dr. DeLorenzo’s findings.
What do I do in a dental emergency?
In some cases, new patients are seen on an emergency basis, which focuses on a specific area in the mouth and is an area of concern. This may mean an abscess on your gums, a broken filling or tooth, jaw pain, or any other kind of immediate pain or urgent issue. If a referral to the oral surgeon or endodontist is required, they are conveniently located in our office building. Dr. DeLorenzo and his assistants will examine your area of concern and advise you on the best solution to fit your needs.
What services do you provide?
Our team is concerned about your oral and overall health and we provide a caring team approach to your dental needs. Some of our dental services include:
- In-office and at home whitening, which gives you the option of what works best for you
- Tooth-colored, white fillings, which are known as “composites” and are more esthetically pleasing
- Several types of crowns, from all porcelain to gold, depending on your dental needs
- Thorough oral cancer screenings
- Comprehensive restorative care
- Periodontal treatments for irritated gums, gingivitis, and periodontal disease
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! The brackets on your teeth used in orthodontic treatment trap plaque and food. It is very difficult to brush and floss around these brackets. When the plaque and food remains on the teeth for more than 24 hours, the brackets become a breeding ground for cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis (gum infection). Regular clinical hygiene visits and fluoride treatments reverse and prevent the damage plaque does on the enamel.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
Simply call our Flemington dental practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.