Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Do I Need a CT scan for Dental Work?

CT or computed tomography delivers a superior 3 dimensional image that can be examined from every angle.  This allows detailed viewing of the surgical site facilitating predictable treatment outcomes and avoiding surgical complications.

"No more guessing as in Panorex or Intra Oral Periapical views" says Dr. Cherukuri  from her Chino, California family dental practice.
" A patient can go numb on the side of the face if an implant is placed too close the nerve- the nerve will probably never generate" adds Dr. Cherukuri.

Access to CT is readily available and affordable cost makes it a invaluable tool in surgical cases. Cost is a non issue when patient safety is concerned and it is the standard of care.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When to Get a Second Opinion for Dental work?

You should consider having second dental health professional weigh in on your dental health concerns if:
  • Your dentist has diagnosed a major problem, such as oral cancer.
  • You have had dental work that is not fixing your problem.
  • You are unsure if the recommended treatment is necessary, or you're concerned about whether costs.
  • You feel that your dentist is not qualified to treat your dental health problem.
  • You don't have good rapport with your current dentist.
The Benefits of Getting a Second Opinion for Dental Work
All dentists have unique backgrounds, because they were trained differently or because they have seen different sets of dental health problems in their practice. Multiple perspectives can help you make an informed decision about treatment.
Another reason you may want to seek a second opinion is if you need to see a specialist. Some dentists specialize in certain conditions or aspects of dental health, and seeing a specialist in addition to your general dentist may be advantageous — the specialist will have more experience in diagnosing and treating problems like yours. 

Where to Go and What You Should Ask
There are several ways you can find another dentist to assess your problem:
  • Ask your primary dentist. If you have a good relationship with your current dentist, ask him or her for a referral to another dentist for a second opinion. "I've had patients ask me whom they can turn to for a second opinion," says Price.
  • Ask loved ones. If you don’t feel comfortable talking with your current dentist about your concerns, ask friends or family to recommend a dentist.
  • Call a dental society. A local or national dental society may be able to provide a referral for a second opinion consultation.
  • Contact a local dental school. If you live near a dental college, call to see if they can suggest a dentist for a second opinion.
Also call your dental health insurance company before you go to a second dentist. Many plans will cover a second opinion, but there may be certain steps you and your current dentist will need to take in order for the second opinion to be covered. 

Once you find a second dentist, consider asking these questions:
  • Do you agree with the diagnosis my dentist has made?
  • What treatment options do I have for my problem?
  • How much will each option cost me?
  • How will each treatment option improve my dental health?
  • What will happen if the problem is not treated?
  • What are the risks of each treatment option?
  • How long will the treatment benefits last? Will I need future treatments? 
 Our office offers complimentary consultation for second opinions.  Visit 

WWW.CHINOSMILES.COM   and  ASK Dr.C to address any questions.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Teeth whitening is not for everyone. Pregnant or lactating women should avoid it. So should anyone younger than 16. If you have allergies or sensitive teeth, your teeth may become more sensitive, or your allergies  may be aggravated by teeth whitening.

You should avoid teeth whitening if you have worn enamel, exposed roots, gum disease or cavities. You may do further damage by whitening with these dental issues. Uneven whitening can occur with crowns, fillings and other restorations.

Teeth whitening is meant to bring teeth back to their natural appearance and not a shocking white.

Begin any whitening regimen with a realistic expectation says Dr. Cherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice

 Teeth that are darkly stained, may not become as white as you would like them. Purple or gray-stained teeth tend to not respond well. Brown discoloring tends to not respond well, either.
Also get to know the whitening product being used. Stay away from scratchy and abrasive OTC polishers- they simply work by mechanically removing the outer layer which wears away enamel.

 “The In Office whitening products yield the best results because of a higher concentration of the oxidizing agent used and more importantly, there is a trained chairside to monitor and modify the process to achieve maximum whitening while limiting the sensitivity” adds Dr. Cherukuri.