Jeffrey J Tibbs DDS PA
The Dental Practice of Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At the office of Jeffrey J. Tibbs, DDS, patient education is the cornerstone of our practice. We know from experience that educated patients generally enjoy healthier smiles because they understand how their oral health affects their overall health and quality of life. 

We always have time for your questions because we don't expect you to be an expert on your oral health. Dr. Tibbs and our team are always more than happy to explain what we need to do and why we recommend a certain procedure. In addition to answering your questions, we also use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras that allow you to be an active participant in the process.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often from our patients. You probably have some of your own that aren't shown here, so please don't ever hesitate to call our office at (336) 765-7477 or use our convenient online contact form.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening in Winston-SalemIt’s an unfortunate fact of life that your teeth will lose their youthful brightness over the years.

However, professional teeth whitening treatments can turn back the clock and restore your bright, beautiful smile.

How Teeth Whitening Works

As you age, microscopic holes open up in your dental enamel and attract food particles that dull your smile. At the same time, the enamel thins, making the yellowish layer of dentin beneath more noticeable. Another factor that can contribute to a dull smile is consuming foods and drinks like coffee, dark tea, red wine, dark berries, and tomato sauce that deposit stains on your teeth.

Professional teeth whitening can remove stains and brighten your smile by six to eight shades. An in-office treatment gets the job done fast, usually in an hour or less.

Many of our patients prefer whitening at home at their convenience with custom take-home kits. The kit consists of prescription-strength whitening gel and trays that are customized for you using impressions of your teeth. You will be instructed to wear the trays daily for about two weeks, and you should see results that are about six to eight shades brighter.

Dental Cleanings and Whitenings in Winston-Salem

Every teeth whitening treatment should start with a professional cleaning to ensure that your teeth are as clean as they can be. This results in the most noticeable, consistent results.

If you would like to learn more about professional whitening treatments offered at our practice, please give us a call to arrange an appointment.

Are you living with chipped or broken teeth? Maybe you've tried eliminating stains on your teeth with little to no success? Perhaps your teeth are irregularly shaped? Did you know that cosmetic dental treatments in Winston-Salem, NC like porcelain veneers or dental bonding can get rid of these imperfections? But what's the difference? Which treatment is right for you?

Porcelain veneers utilize micro-thin layers of porcelain that cover your teeth, while dental bonding adds composite resin to your teeth to eliminate imperfections. Both treatments can improve and enhance your smile in different ways. 

If it's a "Hollywood" smile you've dreamed of, veneers are your best solution as they can be used to completely redesign your smile. Porcelain veneers change the shape, shade, and size of your teeth to give you a more uniform and beautiful smile.

If you'd like to enhance your smile, but the cost is a concern, dental bonding can be a great solution. Typically less expensive than porcelain veneers, bonding can eliminate some of the same imperfections during one short visit to your Winston-Salem cosmetic dentist.

The best way to determine which procedure might be right for you is to schedule a cosmetic evaluation with Dr. Tibbs. He will discuss your goals and ideas about your smile with you and create a plan to help you achieve your dream smile without breaking your budget.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are truly an investment in your oral health and your overall health. Living without a tooth creates problems for many aspects of your life. Your nutrition suffers when you can't properly chew your food, while your confidence may be diminished by the appearance of your smile without your tooth.

The cost of a tooth implant varies significantly with each patient's unique needs. Price is determined based on how many implants you might need to restore your smile and what type of restorations you decide on. Dental implants can restore a single tooth with a ceramic porcelain crown, and they're also capable of supporting dental bridges or partials and dentures for multiple tooth replacement.

The best way to determine precisely how much your tooth implant will be is to schedule an evaluation with Winston-Salem dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Tibbs. He will use x-rays and a thorough examination to decide if dental implants are right for you and what type of restorations you need.

Once the cost of your implant treatment is determined, our talented treatment coordinators can help you learn about different ways to make your new smile a reality. Third-party financing with companies like CareCredit is what many patients choose to make monthly payments, which makes their treatment more affordable. Contact our dental office today to learn more about dental implants in Winston-Salem.

When you lose a tooth, it’s critical to have it replaced as soon as possible. A gap in your smile is unattractive, but that’s not your biggest problem. You may find it difficult to speak clearly, and a missing tooth can make eating your favorite foods difficult or impossible

Smiling Woman | Dental Implants in Winston-SalemA missing tooth also creates oral health problems that result in complicated treatment. The teeth adjacent to the space can start to drift, causing alignment issues that may eventually require orthodontics or the need for periodontal treatment.

Replacing a Missing Tooth

At our office, we offer several tooth replacement solutions to fit your individual needs.

  • Full and partial dentures are a popular option because they work well for nearly everyone. If you resist the idea of dentures, you should know that technology and materials have dramatically improved their look, fit, and feel.
  • Dental implants are an ideal replacement because the implant post is rooted in your jaw and creates a stable base for the restoration we attach to it. We often use crowns to provide function for your implant, but we can also choose fixed bridges and full or partial dentures.

Tooth Replacement in Winston-Salem

If you have been living with a gap in your smile, please call our Winston-Salem, NC dental office. We will be happy to sit down with you to discuss your needs and recommend the ideal tooth replacement option for you.

Digital X-Rays

X-Ray Example | Top Dentist 27103We understand our patients’ concerns about the frequency of dental x-rays. However, x-rays have always been one of the most valuable diagnostic procedures in dentistry.

This is because x-rays allow us to see deep inside your teeth to detect problems long before they cause you discomfort. Developments in technology in the past few decades have made the process safer than ever before using state-of-the-art digital x-rays.

Benefits of Dental X-Rays

One of the most important benefits of digital x-rays is that they expose you to significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays – some estimates say as much as 90%. Since modern x-rays use digital technology, they produce detailed, high-resolution images that are sent to our secure in-house network.

We can view these images together on your chairside monitor, and Dr. Tibbs can point out in detail what the problem is and why treatment is necessary. Understanding exactly what’s happening with your oral health empowers you to make confident, informed decisions about treatment that you are comfortable with.

Call Your Winston-Salem Dentist

If you aren’t sure if you need new x-rays taken, please call our Winston-Salem dental practice. We will be happy to arrange an appointment so we can discuss your needs.

General Dentistry

Woman in Dental Chair | Dental Cleanings in Winston-SalemIf you want a healthy smile, conscientious brushing and flossing are non-negotiable. Good oral hygiene combined with semi-annual preventive cleanings and exams is the best (and only) way you can enjoy a problem-free smile.

When thinking about your oral hygiene, it’s good to establish a routine. Performing the same actions at the same time every day will gradually get you into the groove so brushing and flossing become second nature.

Despite your best intentions, it’s easy to get sloppy with your brushing and flossing habits. The best way to get back on track is by talking to one of our hygienists about proper techniques. If you are going to make the effort, you should be sure you are getting the most out of it.

How Often to Brush

You should plan to brush twice a day and floss once, and the whole process shouldn’t take more than five minutes. Start a timer or put on one of your favorite songs so you can be sure you are brushing long enough.

Flossing is critical, but if you aren’t doing it properly, you may be doing more harm than good. Form the floss into a “C” shape and clean one side of a tooth then move to the other side. Change the floss for each tooth because reusing it can actually spread plaque to other teeth.

Dental Cleanings in Winston-Salem

At our Winston-Salem dental practice, we are always more than happy to take time to explain proper hygiene techniques. If you need a refresher, please make an appointment and we will be happy to get you back on track!

Preventive Dentistry

Man in Dental Chair | Dentist 27103 We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that you should schedule checkups every six months. This frequency allows us to stay a step ahead of dental problems by monitoring your oral health on an ongoing basis.

Why Twice Per Year?

Obviously, semi-annual checkups are needed for good oral health, but numerous studies also point to a connection between what’s happening in your mouth and your overall health. Chronic dental conditions like decay and gum disease have been shown to contribute to problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and dementia.

Dental Exams with Dr. Tibbs

During your exams, Dr. Tibbs visually examines your teeth to look for any changes since your last visit. If you are a new patient and don’t have current x-rays, we will probably recommend a set of low-radiation digital x-rays to use as a baseline for future visits.

If he does find a problem, we can resolve it when it is still small and easily treatable. Dr. Tibbs will use an intraoral camera that displays a real-time image of your teeth on your chairside monitor. You will be able to clearly see what the concern is so you can understand why treatment is needed.

Call Your Winston-Salem Dentist

If it’s time for your routine checkup, please call us to arrange an appointment at our Winston-Salem, NC dental office.

Woman with Toothe Sensitivity | Dentist 27103 Do you notice a sharp pain when you take a bite of ice cream or a sip of coffee? Is tooth brushing and flossing a painful procedure? If so, you are not alone; some surveys show that one in eight Americans deals with tooth sensitivity.

Some Causes of Tooth Sensitivity:

When your teeth are healthy, the outer layer of enamel protects the visible part of your tooth (the crown). Beneath the gum, a layer of material called cementum shields the root of the tooth. Under these two layers is a material called dentin.

Embrace Preventative Dentistry!

If you want to avoid dealing with sensitive teeth, proper oral hygiene is essential. You can speak to Dr. Tibbs about your concerns, and after he performs a thorough exam, he may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste that blocks pain sensations between the surface of your tooth and the nerve. An in-office fluoride application is a treatment that strengthens enamel, or we may suggest a crown or bonding to build up worn portions of your tooth.

Call Your Winston-Salem Dentist

Tooth sensitivity is common and usually easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth, please call our practice to arrange an appointment so we can find the solution you need to relieve your discomfort! 

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