How can we help you?
At Kreuzer Family Dentistry we believe it is of the utmost importance that you understand your dental care. We have complied a list of our most commonly asked questions. If you ever have questions regarding your care ,please contact our office, and we will be happy to assist you.
How often should I brush my teeth?
Studies have shown that three exposures to fluoride per day is the optimum regimen for strong and healthy teeth.
Ideally, two of the three fluoride exposures would come from brushing your teeth two times per day (two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night). The third fluoride exposure could come either from drinking tap water, rinsing with a fluoride-containing mouth wash, or from brushing an additional time.
Dr. Luiza Kreuzer recommends using a soft manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. If you use an electric toothbrush avoid applying any pressure, to prevent any potential excess wear to tooth structure or gums.
Even with the most rigid hygiene protocol, it is still very important to see visit your dentist every 6 months for a dental exam, oral cancer screening, and a professional dental cleaning. Your dentist and dental hygienist are able to access multiple areas that are very difficult to reach without specific dental hygiene tools.
Dental caries, or gum disease, do not usually hurt, therefore it is important that see a dentist regularly. You may not be aware anything is amiss until symptoms develop -which in most cases is only at a very advanced stage of gum disease.
My child may not cooperate at the dentist. Should I still bring them in?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a child’s first visit to the dentist should be six months after the first tooth erupts (which is usually around six months of age) or by the age of one, whichever comes first.
Dr. Luiza Kreuzer is exceptionally skilled with children of all ages, having worked in a pediatric-based private practice for over ten years. She can perform your child’s evaluation while you are holding them. At Kreuzer Family Dentistry, our primary goal is for your child to feel safe and comfortable in the office, while performing a thorough evaluation.
If possible, we recommend scheduling any older siblings to have their cleanings done at the same time. By having your anxious child watch their sibling(s) get their exam and/or cleaning done first their apprehension of being seen by the dentist will be greatly reduced.
There are numerous behavior modification techniques that Dr. Luiza Kreuzer is familiar with. She can implement these techniques with your apprehensive child, to give them the best experience possible so they will love coming to the dentist.
My tooth is broken! How soon can you see me?
Don’t worry, Kreuzer Family Dentistry is here for you! A broken tooth is considered a dental emergency, regardless of where the tooth is located, or if it is painful. We will make every effort to see you the same day you contact us.
Some patients may not think that a broken tooth is an urgent dental problem, especially if they are not experiencing pain, or if the tooth is not visible when smiling. Unfortunately, once pain develops, the treatment is considerably more expensive, so it is best to address a broken as soon as possible.
Two of the most common underlying reasons for a broken tooth are:
- Fracture lines caused by clenching during the day, or grinding your teeth at night.
- Large cavities located inside the tooth weaken the tooth structure, therefore causing the tooth to break. Often the cavity is not visible with the naked eye, and in the absence of pain, a large cavity may not seem urgent for some.
Dr. Luiza Kreuzer’s goal is to address your dental problems while they are in the early stages, before pain or other symptoms develop. This way, dental emergencies can be prevented, and you can spend more time doing the things you love, with the people you love.
I'm not happy with the appearance of my teeth. What options are available for changing them?
Our team at Kreuzer Family Dentistry will be more than happy to help you obtain the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Dr. Luiza Kreuzer will work with you to create a customized treatment plan for your smile, at an affordable cost.
We offer a large range of cosmetic dentistry services such as: veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding, Philips Zoom professional teeth whitening, dental implants, and even orthodontic treatments like Invisalign. All of Dr. Luiza Kreuzer’s dentistry is done with an eye toward aesthetics.
We know that it is important that your teeth are both healthy and attractive. If you would like to find out which of our services can help you meet your goals, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Luiza Kreuzer.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Kreuzer Family Dentistry’s mission is to offer our patients the most gentle, comprehensive, and non-invasive dental care possible. Dr. Luiza Kreuzer wants to help you keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and functional for the rest of your life.
There are instances, however, when a tooth (or teeth) cannot be saved, and tooth replacement options must be considered. Dr. Luiza Kreuzer recommends dental implants as the most ideal option for replacing missing teeth. Implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth and in most cases last far longer than other tooth replacement options.
Some of the advantages of dental implant are:
- Biocompatibility: Dental implants are made of surgical grade titanium; they are easily accepted by the body once placed in a patient’s bone.
- Stability: Dental implants are composed of three parts, which function in the same manner as the root and the crown of the natural tooth.
- Longevity: Dental implants usually last a lifetime, unlike dental bridges or partial dentures which have to be replaced every 5-10 years.
- Enhanced Aesthetic Appearance: The physical and biomechanical design of dental implants mimic a natural tooth. Implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth to the naked eye. Implants are specifically designed to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.
- Speech Pattern: Unlike dental bridges or partial dentures, your speech will not be affected by the design of the implant.
- Chewing power and functionality: Unlike dental bridges or partial dentures, dental implants don’t require you to modify your diet. You can enjoy all types of food, including hard or chewy foods like steak or apples.