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Dental Checkups

How often should I have a dental checkup?

It is generally recommended to have a dental checkup every six months. However, the frequency may vary depending on your oral health condition and the recommendations of your dentist. Some individuals with specific dental needs may require more frequent visits, while others with excellent oral health may be able to space out their checkups to once a year.

What happens during a dental checkup?

A dental checkup typically involves several important components:

  • Comprehensive oral examination: Your dentist will visually inspect your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to check for any signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, or other dental issues.
  • Dental X-rays: X-rays may be taken to assess the health of your teeth, jawbone, and underlying structures.
  • Professional teeth cleaning: A dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth, leaving them clean and polished.
  • Discussion and advice: Your dentist will discuss the findings of the examination, address any concerns you may have, and provide recommendations for further treatment or preventive care.

Is a dental checkup painful?

Dental checkups are generally not painful. The oral examination and dental cleaning are typically comfortable experiences. However, if you have any specific concerns or dental anxieties, it is important to communicate them to your dentist so that they can provide appropriate care and make you feel at ease during the visit.

How long does a dental checkup take?

The duration of a dental checkup can vary depending on various factors, such as the complexity of your oral health needs and the procedures involved. On average, a dental checkup may take around 45 minutes to an hour. However, this can vary from person to person.

Do I need dental X-rays during a checkup?

Dental X-rays are valuable diagnostic tools that allow dentists to detect dental issues that may not be visible during a visual examination. They help identify cavities, tooth decay, impacted teeth, bone loss, and other underlying dental conditions. The frequency of dental X-rays will depend on your oral health history, risk factors, and the recommendations of your dentist.

Can dental checkups detect oral cancer?

Yes, dental checkups often include an oral cancer screening. Your dentist will examine your mouth, tongue, gums, and throat for any signs of oral cancer, such as unusual sores, lumps, or discoloration. Early detection of oral cancer greatly improves the chances of successful treatment.

Are dental checkups covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover preventive services, including dental checkups, as they are essential for maintaining good oral health. However, coverage may vary depending on your specific insurance plan. It is recommended to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and any associated costs.

Clear Aligners

Is wearing clear aligners painful?

No, wearing clear aligners is not painful. While some patients may experience minor soreness or discomfort as their teeth adjust to a new tray, this is usually temporary and quickly subsides.

How long do you have to wear clear aligners?

The duration of your clear aligner treatment depends on the condition of your teeth. In most cases, patients achieve straighter teeth within 12 to 18 months. To ensure optimal results, it is recommended to wear your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

How often will I get a new clear aligner tray?

In a typical treatment program, patients receive a new set of clear aligners every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on their individual needs and progress.

Are clear aligners as effective as traditional braces?

Yes, clear aligners are highly effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, spacing, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and minor misalignments. However, severe cases may still require traditional braces or other orthodontic interventions.

How long does the clear aligner treatment take?

The duration of clear aligner treatment varies depending on individual needs. On average, most patients achieve their desired results within 12 to 18 months. However, the timeline can be influenced by factors such as the complexity of the case and the patient's compliance with wearing the aligners.

Are clear aligners noticeable when worn?

Clear aligners are designed to be discreet and nearly invisible. They are made from transparent materials that allow your natural tooth color to show through, making them significantly less noticeable compared to traditional metal braces.

Can I remove clear aligners whenever I want?

Yes, one of the significant advantages of clear aligners is that they are removable. You can take them out when eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, and flossing. However, it is crucial to wear the aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day to ensure optimal treatment progress.

Will wearing clear aligners affect my speech?

While it may take a short adjustment period for some patients, clear aligners generally do not significantly impact speech. As you become accustomed to wearing them, any initial difficulty in speaking should subside.

Do clear aligners require any dietary restrictions?

Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners do not impose any dietary restrictions. Since the aligners are removable, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages without worrying about damaging the aligners. However, it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly before reinserting them to maintain oral hygiene.

How often should I wear my clear aligners?

To achieve the best results, it is recommended to wear your clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. Consistent and diligent aligner wear is crucial for the success of your treatment and to ensure the desired teeth movements occur as planned.

How frequently do I need to visit the dentist during clear aligner treatment?

Regular dental check-ups are necessary during clear aligner treatment. The frequency of these visits may vary, but typically patients are scheduled for appointments every 6 to 8 weeks. These appointments allow the dentist to monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and provide you with the next set of aligners.

Can I whiten my teeth while using clear aligners?

Yes, you can whiten your teeth while undergoing clear aligner treatment. In fact, many patients find that their teeth become whiter as a result of the aligners' snug fit, which keeps whitening gel in close contact with the teeth.

Dental Implants

Are dental implants painful?

Rest assured that most patients do not experience any pain during their dental implant procedures. We will administer a local anesthetic and sedation before the procedure begins to ensure your highest degree of comfort during the procedure. If you have additional questions regarding pain or anesthetic, do not hesitate to express your concerns during your consultation appointment.

How long will my implants last?

Implants are made to last for decades when treated and maintained properly. The crown is the piece of the implant that may need touch-ups or replacements, but generally only after 15 – 20 years. With routine dental visits and at-home oral hygiene, implants and crowns can both last for even longer.

Are there alternatives to dental implants?

Depending on your oral health and your needs, you may qualify for alternatives to permanent dental implants. Some patients opt for a partial denture when looking for a removable option. Discuss your specific goals with your provider to determine what would be the best option for you.

Are there alternatives to dental implants?

Depending on your oral health and your needs, you may qualify for alternatives to permanent dental implants. Some patients opt for a partial denture when looking for a removable option. Discuss your specific goals with your provider to determine what would be the best option for you.

How long will my implants last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution for tooth replacement. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, it's important to note that the longevity of implants can vary depending on individual factors such as oral hygiene practices, overall health, and lifestyle habits. Our team will provide you with guidance on how to maintain and care for your implants to maximize their lifespan.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The timeline for dental implant treatment can vary depending on individual cases. In general, the dental implant process involves multiple stages, including the initial consultation, implant placement surgery, healing and integration of the implants with the jawbone, and the placement of the final restoration. This process can take several months to complete. Our team will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and timeline based on your specific needs and goals.

Is the dental implant procedure expensive?

The cost of dental implant treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the number of implants needed, any additional treatments required, and the complexity of your case. While dental implants may have a higher upfront cost compared to other tooth replacement options, they offer long-term benefits and durability that can make them a cost-effective solution in the long run. At Elite Smiles of Pflugerville, we understand the financial aspect of dental care, and we offer flexible financing options to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile within your budget.


Are porcelain veneers bad for your teeth?

No, porcelain veneers are not bad for your teeth. They are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth while maintaining their strength and integrity.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last for many years. On average, they can last between 10 to 15 years or even longer. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can help extend the lifespan of your veneers.

Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?

The procedure for getting porcelain veneers is typically painless and does not require anesthesia. However, some individuals may experience mild sensitivity after the procedure, which should subside within a few days.

Is there any special care for porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers require regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing. While they are resistant to staining, it's important to avoid excessive consumption of staining food and drinks. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also essential for monitoring the condition of your veneers and maintaining your overall oral health.

Can porcelain veneers be removed if needed?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be a permanent solution. However, they can be removed if necessary. It's important to note that the removal process may involve some tooth reshaping, and the teeth may need alternative cosmetic treatments after veneer removal.

How do I care for my porcelain veneers?

Caring for porcelain veneers is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects to prevent damage to the veneers. Additionally, it's important to attend regular dental check-ups for professional cleanings and to monitor the condition of your veneers.

Can porcelain veneers stain?

Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining compared to natural tooth enamel. However, it's still advisable to avoid excessive consumption of staining substances, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco products, to maintain the brightness of your veneers.

Are porcelain veneers reversible?

While porcelain veneers are intended to be a permanent cosmetic solution, they can be removed. However, it's essential to consult with a dental professional before considering veneer removal, as it may require alternative treatments to maintain the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Does Zoom! teeth whitening hurt?

No, most patients don't find a Zoom! teeth whitening procedure painful or even uncomfortable. After a Zoom whitening treatment, some patients may experience minor tooth sensitivity as their teeth adjust, but it typically goes away quickly and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long does a Zoom! teeth whitening treatment take?

How long your Zoom! teeth whitening session takes will depend on the condition of your teeth and aesthetic goals. Most Zoom! treatments are about 45 minutes to one hour.

How much whiter will a Zoom! treatment make my teeth?

Results are unique for each patient; however, many patients can see results that get their teeth up to 6 – 8 shades whiter.

How often should you have Zoom! teeth whitening?

How often you should have a teeth whitening treatment will depend on the health of your teeth and overall oral health. In general, it is not recommended to have more than one Zoom! whitening treatment a year, but for some patients, a touch-up may be recommended after six months.

Are there any alternative teeth whitening options available?

Yes, at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville, we offer a range of teeth whitening options to cater to different preferences and needs. In addition to Zoom! teeth whitening, we provide custom-made whitening trays and professional-grade whitening gel for at-home use. These trays can be used to achieve gradual and effective teeth whitening results in the comfort of your own home. Our dental professionals can guide you in selecting the most suitable teeth whitening option based on your goals and dental condition.

Are there any side effects associated with teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening treatments, including Zoom! and at-home whitening, are generally safe and well-tolerated. However, some individuals may experience temporary tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, or mild discomfort during or after the treatment. These side effects are usually mild and transient. Our dental team will take necessary precautions to minimize any potential discomfort and provide you with instructions on how to manage any temporary side effects.

Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective cosmetic dental procedure for most individuals. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our dental professionals to assess your oral health, discuss your goals, and determine the best course of action. If you have dental restorations, such as dental crowns or veneers, they may not respond to teeth whitening treatments. In such cases, our team can explore alternative options to enhance your smile.

Emergency Dentistry

What is considered a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies encompass a range of situations, including severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken or chipped teeth, loose or lost fillings or crowns, dental abscesses, and injuries to the mouth or jaw. If you are experiencing significant pain, bleeding, or have a dental concern that requires immediate attention, it is likely a dental emergency.

When should I seek emergency dental care?

It is recommended to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible if you are experiencing intense pain, have a knocked-out or severely damaged tooth, are bleeding excessively, or have a dental infection with swelling. Prompt treatment increases the chances of successful intervention and prevents further complications.

Can I visit an emergency dentist without an appointment?

Yes, our office prioritizes accommodating walk-in patients with dental emergencies. However, it is advisable to call ahead if possible, so the dental team can prepare for your arrival and provide appropriate care promptly.

How can I relieve a toothache before seeing a dentist?

While waiting to see the dentist, you can try rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater, taking over-the-counter pain relievers (following the instructions), and applying a cold compress to the affected area. Avoid using aspirin directly on the tooth or gum, as it can cause tissue irritation.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

If your tooth is knocked out, try to handle it by the crown (top) and avoid touching the root. Gently rinse the tooth with water without scrubbing or removing any attached tissue. If possible, try placing the tooth back in its socket, or keep it in a container of milk or saliva until you can reach a dentist. Time is crucial, so seek immediate dental care.

How can a chipped tooth be repaired?

The treatment for a chipped tooth depends on the severity of the chip. A dentist may repair a minor chip with dental bonding, which involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to the affected area. For more significant damage, dental crowns, veneers, or inlays/onlays may be recommended to restore the tooth's appearance and strength.

Are same-day crowns available for emergency dental treatments?

Yes, at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville, we offer same-day crowns using advanced CEREC technology. With CEREC, we can create custom-made dental crowns on-site, eliminating the need for multiple visits and temporary restorations. This allows us to provide efficient and convenient emergency dental care.

What is involved in a root canal procedure?

A root canal is a procedure performed to save a severely infected or damaged tooth. It involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth's root canal, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and sealing it with a dental filling or crown. Root canals are typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.

Are tooth extractions painful?

Tooth extractions are usually performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that the procedure is as comfortable and painless as possible. However, some post-operative discomfort or soreness may be experienced once the anesthesia wears off. The dentist will provide appropriate pain management instructions and may prescribe medication to alleviate any discomfort.

What tooth replacement options are available after a tooth extraction?

Following a tooth extraction, there are several tooth replacement options available, including dental implants, dental bridges, and removable dentures. The most suitable option for you will depend on various factors such as the location of the extracted tooth, the health of your surrounding teeth, and your specific needs and preferences. Your dentist will discuss these options with you and help you choose the best solution.

Dental Bonding

Does dental bonding hurt?

No, most patients do not find a dental bonding procedure painful because only the surface of the tooth is being treated. After the procedure is finished, some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity as their teeth adjust, but this is typically easily controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers and usually fades in a few days.

How long does dental bonding last?

With regular brushing and flossing paired with regular checkups, most patients can expect their dental bonding results to last up to 10 years.

Will my teeth look fake after a dental bonding treatment?

No, they won't. Dr. Sharma chooses a bonding shade that will match the natural color of your teeth in addition to shaping and contouring the final results — so they look naturally beautiful.

What tooth issues can dental bonding address?

Dental bonding is an effective way to address a wide variety of dental problems, including chips, cracks, stains, discoloration, unevenness, gaps, and more.

How long does a dental bonding procedure take?

Dental bonding doesn't take long at all, often able to be finished in about an hour or less.


Can I sleep in my implant dentures?

It may be tempting to leave your implant dentures in overnight, whether from forgetfulness or convenience. However, we urge our patients to always remove their dentures at night and ensure they are cleaned properly. This treatment will ensure the longevity and efficacy of your implant dentures.

Can I eat with my implant-supported dentures?

With your newly-restored mouth, we know you will be excited to eat again! However, your new teeth will take some time to adjust. Here at Elite Smiles, we encourage you to take your time and begin with soft, easy-to-chew foods. As your mouth adjusts to your new implant dentures, you will be able to notice a growing confidence in what you can eat and chew.

How can I keep my denture implants clean?

It's a good idea to treat your implant dentures with extra care and attention to cleaning. Just like your healthy teeth, we suggest brushing them twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. In addition, we can demonstrate to you how to floss your new dentures so as to keep them as clean as possible.

Dental Bridges

How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?

It depends on which teeth are being replaced and where they are in the mouth, but in general, dental bridges replace up to four teeth in a row. Trying to replace more than four teeth can cause a dental bridge to be unstable in the mouth, making a denture a better option in these cases.

How long does it take to get a dental bridge?

Most dental bridges are placed in two appointments at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville. The first visit is to take impressions of the mouth, remove teeth if necessary, and prepare the anchor teeth to mount the bridge. Patients are fitted with a temporary bridge while their custom bridge is being made at the dental lab. When your permanent bridge is finished, you'll come back to have it permanently affixed in your mouth.

Does insurance cover dental bridges?

It depends on your dental insurance coverage, but most insurers will cover at least part of the cost of a dental bridge. During your consultation, we can help you review your dental insurance to determine what your out-of-pocket costs may be.

How long does a dental bridge last?

Dental bridges can typically last up to 15 years before they may need to be adjusted or replaced. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, patients can greatly extend the functional life of their dental bridges.