AllDent Dental Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

family smilingAt AllDent Dental Center, we are deeply committed to patient education, and we encourage questions about our services and procedures. We are pleased to offer a selection of some common questions about the care we provide. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to ask Dr. Chung or your dental hygienist. 

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Our Recommendation

The team at AllDent Dental Center recommends that you come to see us at least twice a year for an examination by Dr. Chung and professional cleaning from one of our experienced and gentle dental hygienists. Regular professional cleanings are necessary as they clean up plaque and buildup that your everyday oral routine may not be able to remove. Yearly dental exams also allow our team to monitor your dental health. This way, we can catch any potential problems early and before they start to cause you pain.

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In addition to these cleanings, it is also important to book an appointment if you are feeling any type of oral pain or discomfort. Even if you just have questions about oral health habits, want to look into cosmetic dentistry, or have questions about insurance, our 92064 dental office is here to answer your questions.

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At AllDent Dental Center, we accept most PPO insurance plans. On our Insurance & Financial Information page, you can find a list of plans that we accept. 

Because dental plans vary a great deal as to which services they will cover and to what extent, the best way to find out if a specific procedure is covered and how much the insurance company will pay is to call your insurance provider and ask them directly.

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If you are curious if our practice accepts your insurance, contact AllDent Dental Center with questions or concerns. Our experienced team members will be able to answer any questions about insurance plans and paying for dental care. 

Crucial Steps to Healthy Teeth

Flossing your teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and preventing gum disease; however, using good technique is just as important. Follow these steps every time you floss for the best results:

  • Begin with about a foot and a half of floss.
  • Wrap one end of the floss (loosely) around each middle finger. You should have about 1 to 2 inches left in the middle to work with.
  • Use your thumbs and forefingers to hold the floss tightly and gently slide it up and down the inner surface of your tooth.
  • The floss should slide smoothly in between your teeth and up into the gum line. Be very careful that you don't snap the floss or try to work too quickly. You could injure your gums.
  • When you switch teeth, unwind the floss a bit so that you are always working with a clean segment.

Contact Us in Poway, CA

For more information about good flossing technique or for a hands-on demonstration, contact our 92064 dental office schedule a cleaning with one of our dental hygienists today.
 

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care 

Preventing dental problems is always easier than treating those problems once they have occurred. Brushing and flossing are easy habits to develop, and they are the best prevention against gum disease, which is uncomfortable and can lead to tooth loss. Many dental conditions are very painful, and may cause permanent damage to your smile. Gum disease and other dental issues have also been linked to serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Caring for your teeth is an important part of your overall health care.

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If you have questions about how to properly care for your oral health or if you are experiencing pain in your teeth or gums, please call AllDent Dental Center today to book an appointment at our Poway, CA dentist office.

Cosmetic Dentistry

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental or porcelain veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front of a tooth to fix stains, gaps, and chips. They look completely natural, so even your closest friends and family might not know tat you've had cosmetic dental work done.

The Best Candidates for Dental Veneers:

  1. They have overall good oral and physical health
  2. Their teeth are free from decay
  3. They don't have significant gum disease
  4. They are non-smokers
  5. They are committed to good oral hygiene habits including twice yearly checkups and professional cleanings
  6. They don't grind or clench their teeth

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Of course, every case is different. The best way to find out if veneers are right for you is to contact AllDent Dental Center and schedule a consultation with Dr. Tae Chung.
 

Amalgam Fillings versus Composite Fillings

Amalgam fillings are also called silver fillings, but that name is somewhat misleading. Mercury is actually one of the primary components of amalgam fillings. Studies have shown that the mercury used in amalgam fillings is safe, and no adverse health effects have been linked to the mercury found in amalgam fillings. Despite this, many people understandably feel uncomfortable about having even tiny amounts of mercury in their mouths or in their children's mouths. Some people have chosen to have their old amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite fillings.

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To discuss your filling options with Dr. Chung and find out more about the differences between old amalgam fillings and newer composite fillings, please call our office in 92064 to schedule an appointment.

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored wafers that are permanently affixed to the front surface of your tooth. Poway dental patients may be interested in fixing damaged or flawed teeth with this minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure.

Porcelain veneers not only fix chipped or cracked teeth, but they also restore your mouth to a natural-looking, beautiful appearance. At Alldent Dental Center, Dr. Tae Chung can customize your dental veneers to blend in beautifully with your existing smile. 

What Teeth Flaws Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Dr. Chung may recommend tooth veneers for a variety of different issues; the most common are:

Gaps in teeth—Gaps in your smile can have an iconic and unique look (like Madonna or David Letterman), but not everyone is comfortable with significant gaps in their teeth. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option to fill in gaps and create an even smile.

Misaligned teeth—While crooked teeth usually require orthodontics, mild unevenness can be easily remedied using dental veneers in Poway. Many patients enjoy how quick and easy this dental process is—you could have a brand new smile in just a few weeks!

Discolored teeth—Professional teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental solution to yellow and brown stained teeth; however, not all stains can be lifted or removed. For a truly brilliant look, a permanent alternative is stain-resistant tooth veneers. 

Porcelain veneers not only instantly enhance your smile, but they are also easy to maintain and take care of. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental check-ups, will keep your veneers healthy and secure. 

Are You Interested in Dental Veneers?

If you are interested in your smile makeover options, give your Poway cosmetic dentist a call today!

To set up an appointment to see if veneers are right for you, contact our dentist office in Poway, CA to get started!

Your Habits Affect Your Results

Once your teeth have been professionally whitened, your results could last as long as two years. Results depend on how you care for your teeth after they have been whitened. To help your teeth stay brighter longer, avoid staining foods and drinks such as coffee and red wine (or brush your teeth soon after consuming them), keep up your good dental hygiene habits, and come to our office twice a year for professional cleanings.

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If you do find yourself in need of a quick touch-up, let us know. Maintenance of professional whitening is quick and easy and will help your results last even longer. Contact AllDent Dental Center in Poway, CA for a teeth whitening follow-up appointment with Dr. Tae Chung.
 

Our Recommendation

At AllDent Dental Center, we follow the guidelines set by the American Dental Association and recommend that you brush your teeth twice daily, morning and evening, and floss once daily before the evening brushing. We also recommend that you come to our office for professional cleanings twice a year.

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If you have any questions about proper brushing and flossing technique, please speak with one of our skilled dental hygienists, who will be more than happy to discuss good oral hygiene habits with you and give you a hands-on demonstration of good brushing and flossing technique. Contact our local dental office in Poway, CA for more information and to speak with a hygienist about good oral health habits. 

Dr. Chung Can Help

Certain foods and drinks have a reputation for staining teeth, coffee being a major culprit. If your teeth are stained or yellow, make an appointment with Dr. Chung to discuss your options. At AllDent Dental Center, we specialize in a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a healthy, beautiful smile that you can feel good about.

Options to Fix Stained Teeth

We offer professional teeth whitening that can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth. With professional teeth whitening, we can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter with just one visit. Our professional procedure is also safer than at-home kits because our team can monitor the procedure to prevent any gum irritation. If you are seeking a more permanent solution or your teeth are very heavily stained, veneers may also be an option that is right for you. Porcelain veneers are a natural-looking solution to chipped teeth, gaps, and stained teeth.

Contact our dental office in 92064 today to schedule an appointment.

At AllDent Dental Center, we offer comprehensive dental services for any oral health need.

Our Poway patients can benefit from regular dental check-ups and exams to a customized smile treatment plan that addresses specific smile goals. Dr. Tae Chung provides a healthy foundation for maintaining strong and healthy teeth and gums. For patients who are interested in enhancing the beauty of their smile, we can provide the perfect dental treatment. 

The first step is calling our Poway dental office and scheduling an oral exam with Dr. Chung to determine the current state of your smile along with your oral care and smile goals. Our dental team will listen to your wants and desires, along with concerns to draft the perfect smile makeover plan that is unique to your lifestyle and personality.

General and Preventive Dentistry in Poway, CA

Dr. Chung understands that you cannot build a house on a faulty foundation, which is why we highlight the importance of general and preventative dentistry. Through regular dental cleanings and exams alongside at-home oral health care, we can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and infection—all conditions that can severely compromise your teeth and gums. 

Cosmetic Dentistry in 92064

While healthy teeth are exactly what most patients want, many of us weren't born with perfectly aligned or even teeth. Poway patients can enjoy a change in their oral appearance through a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that Dr. Chung offers, such as professional teeth whitening or dental bonding. 

Visit Our Poway Dental Team!

Whether you need a dental cleaning or are interested in changing the look of your smile, you can trust Dr. Chung's excellent dental training and skills. Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment in 92064.

Crucial Steps to Healthy Teeth

Flossing your teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and preventing gum disease; however, using good technique is just as important. Follow these steps every time you floss for the best results:

  • Begin with about a foot and a half of floss.
  • Wrap one end of the floss (loosely) around each middle finger. You should have about 1 to 2 inches left in the middle to work with.
  • Use your thumbs and forefingers to hold the floss tightly and gently slide it up and down the inner surface of your tooth.
  • The floss should slide smoothly in between your teeth and up into the gum line. Be very careful that you don't snap the floss or try to work too quickly. You could injure your gums.
  • When you switch teeth, unwind the floss a bit so that you are always working with a clean segment.

Contact Us in Poway, CA

For more information about good flossing technique or for a hands-on demonstration, contact our 92064 dental office schedule a cleaning with one of our dental hygienists today.
 

Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Poway, CA

Most healthy adults are good candidates for dental implants. When you come in for your consultation and examination, Dr. Tae Chung will be especially interested in the condition of the tissue and bone in your jaw where your implant will be placed. A good quantity of healthy bone is important for proper placement of the implant and will help us to avoid the need for other procedures such as tissue and bone grafts. X-rays will help us determine the condition of your jaw bone and give us a better idea as to whether implants are right for you.

 

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Our team at AllDent Dental Center can help you determine if dental implants are right for you. Contact our local office in Poway, CA to schedule a dental implant consultation.

Price, Permanence, and Comfort for Dental Implants and Dentures

This will depend greatly on a number of factors. Most insurance companies will pay for dentures but may not fully cover dental implants. Dental implants do cost more than dentures, and for some people, this is an important consideration. Dental implants require an oral surgeon to place the titanium post while dentures are completely non-invasive. However, dental implants are a permanent solution that will blend right in with your own natural teeth while dentures and partials are meant to be removed for cleaning and soaking. Dentures will require adjustments to keep them fitting properly as the shape of your mouth changes over time and have been known to slip at the wrong moment. You may also find that dentures will limit the types of foods you can enjoy.

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Dr. Chung will be happy to fully discuss all of your options for replacing missing teeth and help you determine the solution that best fits your needs and lifestyle. Call AllDent Dental Center on 92064 today to schedule your appointment.

Dentures

Price, Permanence, and Comfort for Dental Implants and Dentures

This will depend greatly on a number of factors. Most insurance companies will pay for dentures but may not fully cover dental implants. Dental implants do cost more than dentures, and for some people, this is an important consideration. Dental implants require an oral surgeon to place the titanium post while dentures are completely non-invasive. However, dental implants are a permanent solution that will blend right in with your own natural teeth while dentures and partials are meant to be removed for cleaning and soaking. Dentures will require adjustments to keep them fitting properly as the shape of your mouth changes over time and have been known to slip at the wrong moment. You may also find that dentures will limit the types of foods you can enjoy.

Contact Us in Poway, CA

Dr. Chung will be happy to fully discuss all of your options for replacing missing teeth and help you determine the solution that best fits your needs and lifestyle. Call AllDent Dental Center on 92064 today to schedule your appointment.

Root Canals

Reduced Pain Due to Dental Technology

Dental technology has advanced to the point where most common procedures -- including root canals -- are practically painless. The condition itself that is causing root canal therapy to be necessary can be quite painful, however, and the therapy will relieve your pain and make you much more comfortable. You may experience some sensitivity afterwards, but you are unlikely to experience any discomfort during the actual procedure.

 

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At AllDent Dental Center, your comfort is our first priority. If you are feeling anxious about pain during a root canal, our team can discuss ways to ease your anxiety and keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Call our Poway, CA dentist office today to learn more about root canal therapy and to book an appointment with us.

There’s recently been some press that questions the need for flossing. It’s not that flossing is bad for your teeth or that anyone recommends you stop doing it. At AllDent Dental Center, we encourage all our Poway, CA patients to floss their teeth once a day as part of their oral hygiene routine.

And we can also tell you that no study exists that claims flossing is harmful. Most studies conclude that while the data to support the need for flossing is currently limited, the potential benefits outweigh the risks of not flossing.

In fact, after the first article that questioned the effectiveness of flossing went viral, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement that flossing is still an essential part of the oral hygiene routine.

What does this mean for you?

Just because flossing hasn’t yet been proven to be necessary, it doesn’t mean it’s been disproven. Research continues in this area, and in the future, it may still show that flossing your teeth is beneficial and necessary.

Until then, your Poway, CA dentist recommends that you continue to floss your teeth once a day. You should back up your oral hygiene efforts with routine dental exams and teeth cleanings at AllDent Dental Center at least twice a year.

If you have questions about the benefits of flossing or would like to schedule an appointment at our Poway, CA dental office, please call us, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care 

Preventing dental problems is always easier than treating those problems once they have occurred. Brushing and flossing are easy habits to develop, and they are the best prevention against gum disease, which is uncomfortable and can lead to tooth loss. Many dental conditions are very painful, and may cause permanent damage to your smile. Gum disease and other dental issues have also been linked to serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Caring for your teeth is an important part of your overall health care.

Contact Us in 92064

If you have questions about how to properly care for your oral health or if you are experiencing pain in your teeth or gums, please call AllDent Dental Center today to book an appointment at our Poway, CA dentist office.

Teeth Whitening

There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your favorite Poway foods after you have your teeth whitened. Moderation is the key, and being aware of which foods and drinks can stain your teeth can help you maintain your bright smile. 

The biggest tooth-staining culprits are tea, coffee, and red wine. However, you can prevent staining pigments from sitting on your teeth by sipping through a straw or drinking water during and after you consume them. 

Our dental team knows how confident our patients feel after teeth whitening at our Poway, CA dentist, and we want to help you maintain the results for as long as possible. Here’s a list of other foods, sauces, and condiments that are deeply pigmented and can stain your teeth over the long-term:

  • Beets
  • Some curries
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cola drinks
  • Dark-colored fruit juices
  • Blackberries and blueberries

This list probably contains many of the foods you enjoy, and you don’t necessarily need to cut them out of your diet. Just be aware that they can stain your teeth. Brush as soon as you can after you get home and help scrub away stains by chewing sugarless gum and eating crisp, crunchy fruits and vegetables.

If you have questions about teeth whitening in Poway, CA, or would like to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning at our 92064 dentist office, please call AllDent Dental Center.

Teeth whitening is safe for your teeth, but only when it is supervised by your Poway, CA dentist or hygienist.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are expensive, and the whitening gel that's included is not nearly as potent as the whitening gel our dentist prescribes. They also include one-size-fits-all whitening trays that don’t provide even coverage and can allow the gel can seep out under the trays and irritate sensitive gum tissue.

When you choose teeth whitening at our Poway, CA dental office, you’ll receive custom whitening trays that fit your mouth perfectly because they’re made using impressions of your teeth. Custom whitening trays cover all surfaces of your teeth to produce even, consistent results. Since they fit your teeth so snugly, custom trays also prevent the gel from coming into contact with your gums and causing irritation.

Whitening your teeth at AllDent Dental Center gives you the support of professionals who oversee the process and are here for you if you have a problem. If you happen to experience irritation or tooth sensitivity or were hoping for brighter results, we’re here to help you.  

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about teeth whitening, please call our 92064 dental office to get started.

At AllDent Dental Center, we offer comprehensive dental services for any oral health need.

Our Poway patients can benefit from regular dental check-ups and exams to a customized smile treatment plan that addresses specific smile goals. Dr. Tae Chung provides a healthy foundation for maintaining strong and healthy teeth and gums. For patients who are interested in enhancing the beauty of their smile, we can provide the perfect dental treatment. 

The first step is calling our Poway dental office and scheduling an oral exam with Dr. Chung to determine the current state of your smile along with your oral care and smile goals. Our dental team will listen to your wants and desires, along with concerns to draft the perfect smile makeover plan that is unique to your lifestyle and personality.

General and Preventive Dentistry in Poway, CA

Dr. Chung understands that you cannot build a house on a faulty foundation, which is why we highlight the importance of general and preventative dentistry. Through regular dental cleanings and exams alongside at-home oral health care, we can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and infection—all conditions that can severely compromise your teeth and gums. 

Cosmetic Dentistry in 92064

While healthy teeth are exactly what most patients want, many of us weren't born with perfectly aligned or even teeth. Poway patients can enjoy a change in their oral appearance through a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that Dr. Chung offers, such as professional teeth whitening or dental bonding. 

Visit Our Poway Dental Team!

Whether you need a dental cleaning or are interested in changing the look of your smile, you can trust Dr. Chung's excellent dental training and skills. Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment in 92064.

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