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Atlantis Dental Care
13238 W. Persimmon Ln. Suite 100
Boise, Idaho 83713

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We love patients who ask questions because it shows a certain commitment to doing everything possible to maintain a healthy smile.

At Atlantis Dental Care, we believe that you have every right to ask questions and expect answers that help you make informed choices about dental treatments. That is why we encourage you to talk to us about any area of dental care that concerns you.

We've shared a few of the questions that we hear most frequently. But oral health is a very personal thing, and you probably have your own questions that aren't listed here.

Contact our office for more information

Please don't ever hesitate to contact our Boise dental office for more information – the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns and Bridges

Your new dental bridge placed at our Boise, ID dental office restores chewing function and appearance when you have missing teeth. With proper care, your bridge will keep your teeth healthy and functional for as long as 10 to 15 years.

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But proper care is a little different for a bridge than it is your natural teeth. Because the individual parts of the bridge are fused together as a unit, you can’t floss between them as you do your natural teeth. You must thread the floss underneath your bridge to clean it daily, and this requires the use of floss threaders. If you’re not sure how to use floss threaders, let us know, and one of our dental hygienists will be happy to show you the proper technique.

This process requires some patience, but it’s essential to keep the teeth and gums that support your bridge (anchor teeth) healthy and free of disease. If one of the anchor teeth gets a cavity, we would need to replace the entire bridge. This isn’t optimal for your oral health or your budget, so taking a few extra minutes each day to clean around your bridge is well worth your time!

Schedule a dental bridge consultation

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge, contact our Boise, ID dental office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Cantwell. We offer an assortment of tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, and we will be happy to explain the pros and cons of each.

Both dental bridges and dental implants are appropriate long-term solutions for missing teeth. The advantage of a dental bridge is that we can complete the process, from planning to placement, in as little as two weeks. But in most man smiling | implants boise idcases, that's where the advantages end. For the vast majority of patients, dental implants are the clear winner. Here is why:

Benefits of dental implants

  1. Implants stand alone, so they don’t affect the teeth surrounding them negatively. A bridge requires shaving down and placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the open space. If one part of a bridge fails, we must replace the entire unit. If you something goes wrong your implant, the problem stays with that tooth.
  2. Implants floss and brush like a tooth. To floss a dental bridge, you need to use floss threaders. This isn't a difficult process, but it does require patience. It's easy to skimp on this step, which puts you at increased risk for decay and gum disease. 
  3. The average lifespan for a dental bridge is 7 to 10 years. If you commit to excellent oral health, your dental implant could last a lifetime. 
  4. Dental implants prevent bone loss. The moment you lose a tooth, the jaw bone around the site starts deteriorating, and you continue to lose as much as 8 to 10 percent of bone every year after that. An implant placed in the site reduces that amount to almost zero, preserving a healthy, strong jaw.

Schedule an implant consultation

Please call our Boise, ID dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cantwell. He will be happy to help you decide if a dental implant or bridge is right for you.

A tooth becomes weak with cracks and wear caused by trauma, usage, decay, and fillings. When this happens, the tooth becomes structurally unsound and will break or crumble under normal use. Placing a dental crown at our Boise dental office is a procedure we perform to strengthen a tooth. A dental crown is a porcelain or metal jacket that covers and surrounds the tooth, which makes it strong and functional again.

What happens during the procedure?dental crown | boise id

During the first step, Dr. Cantwell removes the decay or fractures from the damaged tooth. Next, he reduces the tooth by a 1-2 mm of thickness so that when he places the crown, it will fit naturally along the gum line. Dr. Cantwell then scans the tooth with a 3-D scanner that allows him to design your new dental crown digitally. 

With this design as a guide, your crown is milled out of a small block of a ceramic block that is the same size shape and color as the original tooth. Your new dental crown is bonded securely onto the tooth restoring the function and appearance of the tooth.

Schedule a crown consultation

Please contact our Boise, ID dental office to request an appointment with Dr. Cantwell, and he’ll help you decide if a dental crown is the right choice for you.

At Atlantis Dental Care, we offer several solutions to replace missing teeth in Boise, ID. One question we're often asked is to explain the difference between dental bridges and full and partial dentures. Both options will restore your ability to speak clearly and eat comfortably, but they go about it in slightly different ways.

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Dental bridges are a replacement for one to four teeth that are bonded permanently in place. The replacement teeth are made from porcelain and fixed into place by crowning teeth on either side of the space missing teeth. When cemented in place, a dental bridge acts similar to your natural teeth allowing for good function and chewing ability.

Full Dentures

By contrast, we use dentures at our Boise dental office when a person is missing all or most all of their teeth. Full dentures—also referred to as complete dentures—are made from acrylic/plastic, look life-like, and provide a good aesthetic replacement for your teeth. Unlike a fixed dental bridge, dentures are removable and do not provide as much functional chewing ability as a bridge, but when they are combined with dental implants, they deliver far better chewing ability.

Schedule a tooth replacement consultation

If you have questions about dental bridges and dentures and which is right for you, please call Atlantis Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cantwell.

Dental Implants

dental implant diagram | dentist 83713 Dental implants at our Boise, ID dental office are a safe and fantastic treatment option that gives you the longest-lasting tooth replacement available in dentistry today. 

There are three areas to look at when we talk about the safety of dental implants: Planning, Surgery, and Maintenance.

Planning

Proper planning is the key to the long-term success of your dental implant. The implant must be placed in such a way that it avoids nerves, arteries, sinuses, and other structures, and is placed in the ideal location to support the implant. We use 3-D cone beam imaging to plan the precise placement of your implant before we even begin surgery. Dr. Cantwell uses the customized surgical guide to ensure that your implant is placed correctly. This process is called "Fully Guided Surgery."

Surgery

The safety of implant surgery is also enhanced by planning placement beforehand. Since there's no guesswork in placing the implant in the optimal position, the length of surgery decrease, and faster surgery means fewer complications and a smoother recovery.

Maintenance

The key to the longevity of your dental implant is excellent oral hygiene habits at home paired with semi-annual preventive exams and dental cleanings at our Boise, ID dental office. By investing in technology that allows Dr. Cantwell to perform Fully Guided Surgery, the safety of placing implants has increased, and complications have decreased. 

Contact Atlantis Dental today to learn more about how our state-of-the-art dental implant placement can benefit you.

dental implants diagram | boise idComfortable Dentistry at Atlanta Dental Care

It’s no secret that dental anxiety is a problem for millions of people. Anxiety triggers can be the sights and sounds of a dental office or a fear of injections. For most people, however, it’s the fear of dental pain that is the biggest obstacle to overcome.

So it makes sense that facing a procedure like dental implant placement can be overwhelming. Dr. Cantwell and our team want you to know that we’re sympathetic to your feelings here at Atlantis Dental Care. Our goal is to show you that even a more complex dental procedure is nothing to be afraid of when you are surrounded by a team of professionals whose focus is on you and your comfort.

Having a dental implant placed is no more uncomfortable than having a tooth extracted. In fact, many of our patients are surprised that the procedure was pretty uneventful. Our gentle approach, combined with the use of effective sedation techniques, ensures that you will remain comfortable at all times.

What separates Dr. Cantwell from the rest?

Dr. Cantwell has been providing high-quality dental care to patients in Boise for over ten years and has a reputation for being a kind and considerate professional. We also help improve your experience by staying up to date with advances in dental technology and techniques that streamline your treatment.

Please contact our Boise dental office at (208) 938-2468 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Cantwell so he can explain the implant placement process and how we keep you comfortable.

Both dental bridges and dental implants are appropriate long-term solutions for missing teeth. The advantage of a dental bridge is that we can complete the process, from planning to placement, in as little as two weeks. But in most man smiling | implants boise idcases, that's where the advantages end. For the vast majority of patients, dental implants are the clear winner. Here is why:

Benefits of dental implants

  1. Implants stand alone, so they don’t affect the teeth surrounding them negatively. A bridge requires shaving down and placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the open space. If one part of a bridge fails, we must replace the entire unit. If you something goes wrong your implant, the problem stays with that tooth.
  2. Implants floss and brush like a tooth. To floss a dental bridge, you need to use floss threaders. This isn't a difficult process, but it does require patience. It's easy to skimp on this step, which puts you at increased risk for decay and gum disease. 
  3. The average lifespan for a dental bridge is 7 to 10 years. If you commit to excellent oral health, your dental implant could last a lifetime. 
  4. Dental implants prevent bone loss. The moment you lose a tooth, the jaw bone around the site starts deteriorating, and you continue to lose as much as 8 to 10 percent of bone every year after that. An implant placed in the site reduces that amount to almost zero, preserving a healthy, strong jaw.

Schedule an implant consultation

Please call our Boise, ID dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cantwell. He will be happy to help you decide if a dental implant or bridge is right for you.

There are numerous benefits to choosing dental implants over other to replace missing teeth in Boise, ID. Dental implants are unique because Dr. Cantwell places a small titanium post in your jaw, and when it heals in place, it acts just as the natural tooth root did. We then attach a dental restoration—crown, bridge, or denture—to the implant, which is the part of the implant you see when you smile.

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  • Dental implants are individual units. They aren’t attached to the teeth surrounding them. A dental bridge is anchored to the teeth on either side of the space, so if one part of a bridge fails, we must replace the entire unit.
  • Dental implants floss and brush like a tooth. Bridges need to have floss threaded under them for cleaning. Failing to do this results in decay, which is the number one reason for bridge loss.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime. The average lifespan of a dental bridge is 7 to 10 years. An implant lasts much longer, possibly a lifetime with proper care.
  • Dental implants help prevent bone loss. The moment you lose a tooth, the jawbone around the site starts deteriorating by about 8-10% a year. An implant placed in the site reduces that amount to almost zero, preserving a healthy, strong jaw
  • Dental Implants are strong. They can support normal chewing loads, just like a natural tooth.

Learn more about implants

Dr. Cantwell would be happy to meet with you to explain dental implants in greater detail. Please contact our Boise, ID dental office to get started!

dental implant diagram | dentist 83713Choosing to get a dental implant is a big decision. After years of helping our patients understand the benefits of dental implants in Boise, we have some tips to pass along that should help make your decision a little easier.

What are the advantages?

Dental implants are the preferred method for tooth replacement by dentists because they offer many advantages: 

  • You can replace a tooth without damaging healthy adjacent teeth. Altering the structure of healthy teeth is never a good idea, and a dental restoration placed on the tooth will eventually need to be replaced.
  • When you replace a missing tooth with a bridge, you've created a three-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem. If any of the three teeth are damaged, you will have to replace the entire bridge. 
  • You can floss around a dental implant, but a bridge is designed as one unit, so flossing involves getting in and around the dental work with the aid of floss threaders. 
  • The implant that's placed in your jaw won't get a cavity and should last a lifetime with proper care. Dental bridges, on the other hand, often fail because of a cavity on one of the anchor teeth.

Schedule an implant consultation

If you would like more information and help in deciding if getting a dental implant in Boise, ID is the right step for you, pleases contact Atlantis Dental and request an appointment with Dr. Cantwell.

Full and Partial Dentures

 

In modern dentistry, there’s often more than one way to approach a problem, and replacing missing teeth is a great example. While up-to-date teeth replacement options have made the need for dentures less common, they are still an excellent choice in some cases.older couple smiling | dentures boise id

When dentures work best

Tooth loss and damage may be so extensive that dentures would be the healthiest option for restoring your smile. Also, today’s dentures that Dr. Cantwell designs at our Boise, ID dental office are a far cry from those your grandparents wore. We have access to materials that look more natural and are more durable than ever before. At Atlantis Dental Care, we can customize your dentures down to the last detail, such as the size, shape, and even positioning of artificial teeth. The result is a set of comfortable dentures that look as close to natural teeth as possible.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Not only do dentures look more natural, but we can also use them with dental implants, so they feel like your own teeth. If you’re getting full dentures, Dr. Cantwell can place four dental implants at points along your jaw to secure them and hold them firmly in place. Combining full or partial dentures with dental implants provides the best of both worlds in terms of appearance, comfort, fit, and function.

Learn more about dentures

Would you like to learn more about implant-supported dentures at our Boise, ID dental office? Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cantwell.

older woman smiling | dentures boise idPeriodic dental checkups are still needed even if you don’t have teeth. It is vital that we check your dentures at our Boise dental office periodically and reline it to ensure a precise, comfortable fit. This process reduces the amount of jaw bone that is lost.

How often do I need to get my dentures checked?

For many patients with full dentures, dental exams every four to six months is a good idea. However, in some cases, you may only need to visit Atlantis Dental Care once a year for annual checkups. These visits also allow Dr. Cantwell to check the general condition of your dentures for wear and comfortable fit and to make sure that there are no cracks or damage.

You will also get a fresh start for the next year because we professionally clean your dentures. If you have dental implants supporting your denture, the attachments are sometimes unscrewed and cleaned and checked for wear and tear. For your safety and well-being, Dr. Cantwell will also perform an oral cancer screening at these appointments. 

Schedule an exam at Atlantis Dental Care

A little bit of prevention with your dentures can prolong their usefulness and keep several mouth conditions like fungus and jaw bone loss from plaguing the average denture wearer. Please contact our Boise dental office to arrange your next appointment.

General Dentistry

sisters smiling | family dentist boise idWe like to see children for their first visit around the age of three.

At this age, most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth, and we can check to see how things are developing and perform services like exams and cleanings. However, we’re happy to see kids under age three for a “happy visit” so that they can become familiar with us.

What to expect at my child's first dental visit

Your child’s first visit to our Boise dental office sets the stage for every visit to follow. It is crucial that we use this time to help your child get accustomed to being in a new environment. Suddenly being surrounded by new faces and unfamiliar machines can be pretty overwhelming for a young child!

So Dr. Cantwell’s goal is to make the first visit fun and stress-free. The goal is to let them dictate the pace of their care, and we will never try to treat a child who is not ready. We’ll give them take a ride in the dental chair and look in the little mirror. Dr. Cantwell will count their teeth and show them how to brush if they’re receptive to it.

Your child’s first dental visit is also an excellent opportunity to ask us any questions you have about their oral health. We’ll be happy to show you how to brush your child’s teeth and help them maintain a healthy smile.

Schedule an appointment at Atlantis Dental Care 

If you are looking for a gentle children's dentist in Boise, please call Atlantis Dental Care, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to get started.

Invisalign

Invisalign Treatments at Atlantis Dental Care

If your teeth are misaligned, you probably already find it challenging to brush and floss them properly. Crowded teeth may make it nearly Invisalign | Boise ID Dentistimpossible to floss thoroughly. Brushing is not as effective since your brush can’t reach all surfaces of your teeth.

This lack of effective oral hygiene can lead to gum disease as the unreachable crevices give bacteria a place to thrive. Few people realize that recent studies prove oral infections caused by the buildup of bacteria may lead to more serious ailments, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Crowded bottom teeth often protrude, placing abnormal stress on the teeth they come in contact with. This, in turn, can lead to abnormal wear of dental enamel. Conversely, protruding upper teeth are more likely to crack or chip in the event of an accident.

What can I do to solve teeth crowding?

However, you do not need to live with a smile that looks unappealing and causes you discomfort. Atlantis Dental Care is proud to offer Invisalign clear braces, a discreet alternative to metal braces. Invisalign clear braces are easy to wear, and many patients achieve a straighter smile in as little as a year.

Schedule an Invisalign consultation

Would you like to learn more about Invisalign and the way this orthodontic treatment can change your smile and your life? Please contact our Boise dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Cantwell.

Oral Surgery

dental pain | boise id dentistIt is normal to have some light or intermittent bleeding after having a tooth extracted. Here is a list, in order, of steps to remedy the situation. If you experience heavy bleeding that will not stop, please call our dental office or go to the emergency room immediately.

Steps to remedy bleeding after a tooth extraction

  1. Limit activity – The more active you are, the more your heart rate and blood pressure increases. Sit down, lay back and relax till bleeding stops.
  2. Apply pressure – Use the gauze that was provided at our dental office. Fold into a tight square and place directly over the extraction site. Bite firmly, hold still, and resist the urge to check it for at least an hour. Watch your favorite TV show to distract yourself in the meantime.
  3. Drink black tea – Take a slightly moistened tea bag and place over the site and bite down. Keep still and wait for an hour before you remove the tea bag.

These three tips will take care of 99% of bleeding that commonly occurs after we extract a tooth.

Contact Atlantis Dental Care 

Don't ever hesitate to contact Dr. Cantwell at our Boise dental office if you experience any problems after we extract a tooth. We can take a look at the extraction sites and determine next steps.

Periodontal Deep Cleanings

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Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects your gums and the structures that support it. Fortunately, you'll find the gum disease treatment you need at our Boise, ID dental office.

About 40 percent of adults over age 30 have some level of gum disease. This number is so high because in many cases, periodontal disease can exist without showing any symptoms.

5 Common Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums that bleed when you brush
  • Red, inflamed, or swollen gums
  • A change in the way your teeth feel when you bite down
  • Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
  • Teeth that feel like they’re loose

Gum disease develops when bacteria-filled plaque isn't removed with brushing and flossing and sits on your teeth. These bacteria cause an infection that attacks your gums, and without treatment, it can start to damage other structures that support your gums, including bone.

Periodontal Treatment

Treatment for mild gum disease (gingivitis) involves a thorough professional dental cleaning and instructions for improving your oral hygiene. If we don’t treat gingivitis, it can develop into periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis will require a deep cleaning procedure and more frequent hygiene appointments until the condition is under control.

Prevent Gum Disease 

Avoiding gum disease and the need for treatment is easy; maintain excellent oral hygiene habits and visit our Boise, ID dental office every six months for dental exams and cleanings. To schedule your next exam and cleaning contact Atlantis Dental Care

Sedation Dentistry

man at dental appointment | sedation boise id Anxiety about visiting the dentist is a very common problem shared by millions of people. If you’re one of those people who regularly avoids dental visits because of anxiety, you’ve come to the right place!

What separates our practice from the others?

Dr. Cantwell and our professional team always listen to our patients with compassion and respect for your concerns. Knowing that you are being heard and your needs are being considered can go a long way toward helping you stay calm. You should never feel embarrassed about your feelings – our primary goal is your comfort and well-being.

Dr. Cantwell has successfully helped many patients overcome their dental phobias. Once you visit us, you’ll see that our caring approach and genuine concern for your personal well-being can make a world of difference to your attitude about dental treatment. 

Are there other options?

We also offer nitrous oxide sedation at our Boise dental office to help in calming your nerves. However, if you find your anxiety to be overwhelming, Dr. Cantwell can prescribe a calming medication to take before your visit. You can be confident that we’ll do everything necessary to put you at ease because our objective is to get you the help you need.

While we do offer comforting sedation medication, many of our patients find that our gentle treatment and calming approach are all they need to relax. If you’d like more information about our gentle approach or sedation dentistry, please contact us today.

Teeth Whitening

woman smiling | teeth whitening boise idProfessional teeth whitening in Boise, ID is one of the most convenient, affordable ways to brighten your smile and refresh your overall appearance. At Atlantis Dental, offer our patients the flexibility of choosing an in-office treatment or customized teeth whitening kits to use at home.

After whitening, you want to maintain the level of brightness for as long as possible.

Tips for extending teeth whitening results

  • Check your oral hygiene habits – Even if you think you know how to brush and floss properly, it’s a good idea to get tips from your dental hygienist for getting the most out of your efforts.
  • Be aware of the foods that stain your teeth – Red wine, coffee, dark tea, and cola are notorious for staining teeth. But there are other foods like soy sauce, curries, and tomato sauce that can also darken your smile.
  • Stop using tobacco products – If you are a smoker, you already know there are numerous good reasons to quit, and maintaining a bright smile is another.

Dental Cleanings & Exams

You should also include routine preventive visits for dental cleanings and exams. Dr. Dave Cantwell will ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful, and he will clean and polish your teeth to give you a “clean slate” to maintain your bright smile.

Please contact our Boise dental office to arrange an appointment so we can get started!

Get a Brighter, Whiter Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening

When you visit your grocery store, you are bombarded with products for whitening your teeth. These professional teeth whitening | 83713 systems may be affordable, but are they effective? Here's what you should know before you decide.

Whitening your teeth with your dentist in Boise offers a lot of benefits. First, Dr. Cantwell has access to much stronger bleaching gel than what is available at the store. This means you have a better shot at eliminating tooth stains or yellowed teeth much faster and more effectively.

Next, whitening your teeth under the supervision of the dentist is always a good choice, especially if you encounter any concerns with sensitivity. At Atlantis Dental Care, we can customize the strength of your bleaching gel to reduce any problems with tooth sensitivity.

Lastly, professional teeth whitening with your dentist in Boise is tailored to meet your needs. If you choose a take-home kit, your plastic trays are customized based on impressions taken of your teeth. This ensures a better fit, which achieves your best outcome. During in-office teeth whitening, we use a protective barrier for your soft tissues and gums, and the gel is applied directly to your teeth for immediate results.

Schedule Your Teeth Bleaching Appointment Today!

If you have questions about bleaching your teeth, we encourage you to contact our Boise dental office today at (208) 938-2468.

teeth whitening | boise | atlantis dental careProfessional Teeth Whitening at Atlantis Dental Care

Does bleaching gel damage my tooth enamel? Is professional teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

The answer is yes. Whitening your teeth is safe for your enamel. The main problem that most people have with teeth whitening in Boise, if any, is tooth sensitivity.

Some people experience sensitivity from the whitening gel that can cause discomfort. An excellent way to avoid dealing with sensitive teeth during whitening is to brighten your smile under the guidance of your dental team. Dr. Cantwell can help determine the right strength of bleaching gel to use based on your level of sensitivity and adjust it, so it minimizes your discomfort.

Teeth Whitening Options in Boise 

If you choose in-office teeth whitening at Atlantis Dental Care, we finish with a fluoride treatment to help reduce any tooth sensitivity you might have. If you opt to whiten your teeth at home with a take-home system, Dr. Cantwell will customize your bleaching gel to the right strength for you, and you can always take time off in between treatments to avoid sensitivity.

If you'd like more information on brightening your smile with professional teeth whitening in Boise, we'd love to talk with you! Call Atlantis Dental Care today at (208) 938-2468 for more information.

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