Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Winchendon, MA

Getting You the Answers You Need

Do you have questions about dental implants, veneers, or any other treatments our team offers? Our top priority is to help you feel confident and comfortable investing in the procedures you want and need, which is why we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. Below, we’ve included some of the top concerns we receive from our patients. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please give our Winchendon dental office a call directly!

Why are dental implants so popular?

Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth because they offer a wide range of benefits that distinguish them from traditional dentures and bridges. Some of these advantages include:

  • A lifespan of 35+ years
  • Easy to maintain
  • Natural looking and feeling
  • Ability to preserve jawbone density and facial structure
  • Versatile treatment that can replace any number of teeth

To learn whether you’re a candidate, we invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the process!

How do I find out if I have TMJ disorder?

To receive a diagnosis for TMJ disorder, Dr. Hakwati can conduct a thorough examination of your jaw and oral function. He’ll discuss your symptoms with you, and based on what the underlying cause of your condition is, he can recommend an appropriate TMJ treatment option for you, like occlusal adjustments.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign treatment can help patients who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues, like bite problems, misalignment, and crowding. However, for those who have severe orthodontic cases, Dr. Hakwati may refer you to an orthodontic specialist for more extensive treatment. The best way to find out whether Invisalign aligners is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our team!

What happens if gum disease isn’t treated?

Without timely intervention, gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, leading to progressing symptoms like chronic bad breath, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Our team aims to spot the signs of this condition as soon as possible so we can treat it before it has a chance to cause permanent damage to your smile. Ultimately, taking a preventive approach is always the most cost-effective as well.

Do you accept emergency dental patients?

Yes! We offer same-day emergency dental appointments for patients of all ages. If you’re concerned about whether your situation could be considered a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to call us so we can assess the issue over the phone and let you know whether it requires same-day or next-day care.

What’s the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

The primary difference between veneers and Lumineers is their thickness. Veneers are designed to be a permanent solution to chipped, cracked, misshapen, and discolored teeth, so they’re thicker and more durable. However, Lumineers, despite still having a lifespan of between 10 to 20 years with proper care, are more of a temporary cosmetic dentistry solution. This is because they’re so thin that they can be secured over the top of your existing teeth, meaning no alterations of your natural teeth is necessary like it is with veneers.