Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Health

What are signs of gum disease?2019-03-09T15:26:37+00:00
  • Gums that bleed easily.
  • Red, swollen gums.
  • Persistent bad breath.
What should I do if my dental crown comes off?2019-03-09T15:27:03+00:00
  • Call our office as soon as you can to schedule an appointment.
  • Be very careful eating while the crown is off.
  • Save the crown and bring it to your dental appointment.
  • We will do our best to re-cement the crown if possible.
What is the purpose of sealants?2019-03-09T15:27:26+00:00
  • Dental sealants are an acrylic material that is placed into the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
  • They make it easier to keep those teeth clean and reduce the chances of cavities.
  • Dental sealants are highly recommended on most children between ages 6-13.
What should I do if I have a toothache?2019-03-09T15:27:46+00:00
  • Call our office as soon as you can to schedule an appointment.
  • Take over the counter medications as directed, such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol; these can help reduce pain.
  • Place hot or cold compresses to the area to help reduce swelling.
What can be done to replace a missing tooth?2019-03-09T15:27:59+00:00
  • Dental implants are a replacement for the root, and a crown is attached to restore function and esthetics.
  • A dental bridge uses the teeth adjacent to the space as anchors, and crowns are fused together to replace the missing tooth.
  • If multiple teeth are missing in different areas, a removable partial denture would be an option.
What are veneers?2019-03-09T15:28:16+00:00
  • Dental veneers are a porcelain covering for the front surface of teeth.
  • They can be a great smile enhancement, used to improve the color and shape of the front teeth as well as close spaces between teeth.
Why should I come in for regular cleanings and checkups?2019-03-09T15:28:30+00:00
  • Maintaining the health of your gums and teeth can help prevent more severe issues in the future.
  • Even with great brushing and flossing at home, there is usually some plaque and tartar build-up that needs to be professionally removed.
  • If plaque and tartar are not regularly removed, bacteria can cause gum disease.
  • Checkups allow small cavities and issues to be noticed early on and corrected to reduce chances of more involved treatment in the future.