Smith Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Education and information are important, and we have found that patients who ask questions and stay involved in their dental care have better outcomes. We always welcome your questions, and we are happy to take the time to address your concerns.

Check out our list of questions patients often ask us about our practice, the services we provide, and dental care in general. If you have a question that isn’t answered here or you would like more information, you are always welcome to call our office or send us an email using our convenient online form.
 

Cosmetic Dentistry

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At Smith Dental, we have had the pleasure of serving a wide array of patient's needs for cosmetic dentistry. Depending on your unique goals for cosmetic procedures, our experienced cosmetic dentists can determine if you are a good candidate. Smith Dental provides a wide variety of services including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, and more, and we are confident that we can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted!

It depends on your goals and your expectations. If you'd like to improve the appearance of your smile, call us today to schedule a consultation and find out which procedures can help you meet your goals! Our experienced team will be happy to answer any questions that you have, and we can help you get started with an appointment today at our Hillsboro or Aloha locations!

Adult Orthodontics Aloha ORBraces are not just for teenagers anymore! 

Braces for Adults

Invisalign is an innovative system that comfortably moves your teeth back into their proper alignment. It does not use brackets and wires like traditional braces. The clear aligners that move your teeth are clear and practically invisible, meaning you can enjoy a professional appearance while you straighten your teeth.

If you'd like to learn more about straightening your teeth, give us a call today! 

If you're not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, there are excellent solutions for creating the smile you want. Surprisingly, porcelain veneers and dental bonding can actually correct many of the same issues, such as:Smile | Cosmetic dentist in Hillsboro OR

  • Spacing between teeth
  • Chipping, fractures, or excessive wear
  • Shape or size discrepancies
  • Stains or discoloration

Where Veneers and Bonding Differ

The difference between veneers and bonding is that veneers cover your tooth structure, allowing you to change the shade, size, and shape of your teeth and giving your smile a more symmetrical and harmonious appearance. Bonding, on the other hand, utilizes composite resin that is added to your tooth to eliminate imperfections, custom shaded and polished to blend flawlessly with your smile.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution since they require your dentist to remove a small amount of tooth enamel for proper placement. It takes around two weeks and two appointments with your cosmetic dentist in Hillsboro to complete your new smile with porcelain veneers, while dental bonding can typically be completed during one visit. Bonding also tends to be less expensive than porcelain veneers. 

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Hillsboro and the treatment options that might be right for you, contact Smith Dental today at (503) 336-9458 to schedule an appointment.

Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns in Aloha ORDifferent from a tooth filling, which is designed to restore a small area of your tooth, a dental crown replaces your whole tooth. It is made of ceramic porcelain, which reflects light in the same way a natural tooth does to blend seamlessly with your smile. A crown also takes the same shape as your tooth so your bite functions properly and you're able to eat and chew with ease.

Dr. Smith may recommend a dental crown for these situations:

  • For a tooth that is decayed, broken, or damaged beyond what a filling can repair
  • To strengthen a tooth after a root canal
  • For a tooth that is cracked or broken
  • To restore a dental implant in a single tooth replacement

It typically takes two dental visits and about two weeks to complete a dental crown. Dr. Smith will make a temporary crown and prepare your tooth for its new restoration during your first visit. It then takes about two weeks to craft your new tooth at a dental laboratory. Once your new crown is ready, you'll return to Smith Dental to have it placed and adjusted.

If you have any questions about dental crowns in Aloha, or you need to schedule your appointment, contact Smith Dental at (503) 575-1337 today.

Fillings

During your examinations and cleanings, we'll be checking your teeth for cavities. Depending on the size of the cavity, we may be able to see it during our visual inspection of your teeth. If the cavity is still fairly small, we'll be able to spot it on your x-rays.

While amalgam fillings are an effective method of stopping cavities, newer composite resins do have some distinct advantages.

Advantages of Composite Resin Fillings:

  • The color of the filling blends in perfectly with your natural tooth color.
  • The resin bonds to your tooth from the inside, giving the tooth additional support.
  • Resin fillings require less removal of natural tooth structure.
  • Resin fillings are 100% mercury free.
  • In addition to filling cavities, composite resin can be used to make other repairs to the teeth such as fixing chips.

Invisalign

Adult Orthodontics Aloha ORBraces are not just for teenagers anymore! 

Braces for Adults

Invisalign is an innovative system that comfortably moves your teeth back into their proper alignment. It does not use brackets and wires like traditional braces. The clear aligners that move your teeth are clear and practically invisible, meaning you can enjoy a professional appearance while you straighten your teeth.

If you'd like to learn more about straightening your teeth, give us a call today! 

Oral Surgery and Extractions

Man in Dentist Chair | Wisdom Tooth Exctraction Aloha OR Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgery procedures. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they may need to be removed, but many people actually never have their wisdom teeth extracted. The best way to determine whether your teeth need to be removed is to call our office and schedule an examination with either Dr. John Smith or Dr. Ryan Smith. We'll check to see if your impacted teeth are:

  • Infected
  • Putting pressure on your other teeth
  • Causing crowding
  • Likely to cause future problems

Determining if an extraction is needed

Every situation is different, so it's important to have a professional evaluate your wisdom teeth, and to help you find the best treatment options to suit your needs. Our team of experts will help you through the process, and we can determine if an extraction is needed. If you have any questions about your wisdom teeth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to find out if they need to be removed, contact Smith Dental today for more information on getting started!

Call today to schedule your examination.

Woman at Dentist | Dentist in Hillsboro ORAt Smith Dental in Aloha, OR, we offer a variety of oral surgeries, including wisdom tooth and damaged tooth extractions and implant surgeries.
 
In addition to tooth extractions, we routinely perform surgeries to correct the following:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Trauma repair
  • Jaw repositioning

When you have surgery performed at Smith Dental, our caring staff will keep you relaxed and comfortable prior to, during, and following your procedure. We also offer a variety of sedation options and are always available to answer any questions. 
 
Following your surgery, you may be sent home with aftercare instructions, any prescriptions you may need, and an appointment for follow up if necessary. 


General oral surgery aftercare instructions may include:

  • No drinking through a straw for a few days or hours following surgery
  • No smoking for a few days or hours following surgery
  • Soft foods for a few days or hours following surgery
  • Instructions on how to care for your stitches or other
  • How to take any prescribed medications properly 

Whether you’re looking for cosmetic surgery, alignment, or trauma repair, our caring staff is always available to answer any questions. We want you to feel confident in your care.

Contact our Aloha, OR dental office to schedule your next dental appointment today.  

Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Dentist Hillsboro ORAbsolutely! We love caring for kids, and kids love coming to our office! At Smith Dental, our family cares for your family. 

Dentistry for Children

We offer services for the whole family such as preventative dentistry and cleanings. We believe that bringing your child into the dentist will build strong habits and a familiarity with the dental office that they will carry with them through life. Whether it's an appointment for their first baby teeth or they are older and need a check-up, we look forward to making sure your kid's smile is healthy. 

Contact one of our three locations, Hillsboro, Aloha, or Forest Grove to book an appointment for anyone in your family. 

 

Root Canals

When we recommend root canal treatment in Aloha, it is likely because a tooth is abscessed or infected. When decay reaches the nerve of your tooth, it causes a painful infection, and root canal treatment is needed to remove the diseased tissue from inside your tooth. This procedure eliminates your tooth infection and also preserves your natural tooth structure, which is always preferable over losing a tooth.

If you don't get root canal treatment to restore your infected tooth, it becomes so damaged that we have to remove it in order to eliminate your infection. You also run the risk that your infection can spread to neighboring teeth and even move to other critical areas of your body, such as your brain, where it can become a life-threatening situation.

Root canal treatment not only relieves your infection, but it also eliminates the severe pain that a tooth infection causes. It is crucial in order for you to protect your health not to delay treating a tooth that is infected. If you are experiencing dental pain or a constant toothache that doesn't go away, we encourage you to contact your Aloha dental team right away for prompt emergency dental care.

This important therapy is performed when the root canal that is a part of the structure of your tooth becomes infected oMale Root Canal Patient | Smith Dental Root Canal FAQr damaged.

Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal

  • Trauma has caused your tooth to fracture.
  • A cavity has progressed too far and decay has reached the root canal or nerve of your tooth.
  • You have an abscess, a serious infection of the tooth and gum.
  • Decay has started again under an old metal filling.
  • A previous injury has damaged the pulp or the nerve of your tooth.

Often, pain is a reliable signal that root canal therapy is needed, but if the nerve is dead, you might not feel pain even though we can see the need for a root canal on an x-ray.

If we believe that you need a root canal, we'll discuss this with you and present you with all of your options.

Root Canal Hillsboro Or We will do our very best to make your root canal comfortable. You'll be numb while we are performing the actual procedure and won't feel anything. You may have some discomfort following your root canal, after the anesthesia wears off, but once your immune system recognizes that the danger has passed, this discomfort will fade.

Before your Root Canal

Before your procedure, we will discuss how to manage your discomfort and stay comfortable. If necessary, we can also prescribe medication to help.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apneaCouple Sleeping Soundly | Sleep Apnea Treatment Aloha OR can be treated using an oral appliance that you wear in your mouth while you sleep. The appliance holds your lower jaw slightly forward, preventing it from falling back and blocking your airway. The appliance is created specifically for you from impressions of your teeth so that it fits your mouth perfectly. 

Get help with your sleep apnea

If you snore or have sleep apnea and can't tolerate therapy using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), give us a call today.

Woman sleeping soundly | Sleep Apnea Treatment Hillsboro ORWe understand. About 50% of sleep apnea patients are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy.

At Smith Dental, we have another way of treating sleep apnea, using customized appliances that you wear while you are sleeping. 

Call our office today to learn more about this therapy! 

Teeth Cleaning

For most of our patients, professional teeth cleanings should happen about every six months. In some cases, you may need cleanings more often, and if we believe that you need more frequent cleanings, we'll discuss this with you. 

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