FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS has made it easy to answer your common questions about some problems that you may face.
We hope this section can help you enrich your information about dental care.
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My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?
If your child's tooth is knocked out and there is no imminent medical emergency, such as uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness, or other bodily injury, preserve the life of the tooth by placing it in a glass of milk, and then contact us immediately. We'll ask you to simply describe the situation over the phone so that we can help you determine the safest and most appropriate plan of action.

I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?
If your temporary crown comes off or breaks, carefully put it back in place (try using ChapStick!), then call our office to schedule an appointment so that a doctor can professionally re-apply it.

My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?
Bleeding gums is never a good sign! However, the condition may or may not require professional attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by improper, rough scrubbing of the teeth instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar buildup below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.
If your problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods, or if it occurs every time you brush, it's likely to be the result of some level of gum disease, and we recommend that you set up an evaluation appointment. We specialize in helping patients arrest and successfully treat all stages of gum disease through the use of our excellent non-surgical soft tissue management program.

Do I really have to floss every day? Can't I skip it now and then?
It's been said that you should only floss those teeth that you want to keep. And it's true! A little regular flossing goes a long way and is truly critical for your overall oral health. It loosens food particles in tight spaces that your toothbrush cannot reach, gets rid of plaque buildup that toothbrushes alone cannot remove, and protects your gum tissues from irritation. All of this is necessary to avoid gum disease. So, just think of daily flossing as the finishing touch after brushing—insurance for your smile's future.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Each person is different...twice a year is based on most insurance coverage, but most patients need to have a professional dental cleaning every 3 to 4 months. Decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria in a colony that takes about 8-10 weeks to become destructive, or must be removed or broken up within this base period.

I have one dark tooth in the front. Will regular at-home bleaching make it lighter?
External bleaching may not help. Internal bleaching may be the solution if the tooth has had the nerve removed (root canal treatment). If not, consider bonding, porcelain veneering, or capping the tooth to mask the darkness.

I have been smoking for years -- can my teeth be whiter?
Yes. Our external bleaching may or may not help. If not, the teeth can be covered with a light composite resin bonding or beautiful "stick on" porcelain laminates. However, continued heavy smoking will unfortunately shorten the longevity of any treatment result.

Does a special whitening toothpaste really lighten teeth?
Most "whitening toothpastes" remove some surface stains, but they will not bleach the teeth as effectively as bleaching gels or solutions that contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide. Even if the toothpaste does contain some bleaching chemicals, the length of time in which the paste is in contact with the teeth is insignificant compared with using a bleaching solution and a form-fitted matrix, or especially an in-office treatment. Also, these toothpastes may have harmful abrasives that can wear away tooth structure

What is the success rate of implants?
Highly successful. Implants boast low infection potential, no rejection by the body, ninety-five to ninety-eight percent success rate for the lower jaw, and eighty-six to ninety-two percent success rate for the upper jaw. However, implants must be maintained by the patient with proper oral hygiene and frequent dental exams and cleanings.

What can I do about bad breath?
It may be coming from your teeth or gums, but usually it's from bacteria colonizing on the back of the tongue. A comprehensive breath evaluation and bacterial culture can determine the best form of treatment. See a dentist who uses a new diagnostic device called the Halimeter with bag culturing to help diagnose the extent of your problem. There are remedies available today to combat this problem. Mouth rinses (chlorine dioxide) and tongue scrapers help get rid of the bacteria that cause these odors.

I've lost a tooth. What can be done?
Today's dentistry offers many options.
1. Tooth bonded back in place
2. A removable appliance
3. A fixed bridge
4. An implant and crown

Why should I spend a lot of money on a root canal? Why not just pull the tooth?
Losing a tooth can be the beginning of many more lost teeth. Saving the tooth maintains space, keeps other teeth from shifting, and eliminates the need and cost of a bridge or implant and crown. Although seemingly expensive, it is actually quite cost-effective.

 
     
 
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