Dental FAQs


Do wisdom teeth must be extracted?

Not all wisdom teeth have to be extracted, and it all depends on the condition of the each wisdom tooth. Some conditions could be potentially dangerous for your TMJ(Temporomandibular joint), your other teeth, etc. So please make a visit, and we will be more than happy to take a look at your own situation with necessary x - rays, and give you the best possible advice. 

I have done fillings, but my tooth still feels pain

It is called “post-op sensitivity”. Every tooth has a nerve inside. When a tooth is drilled for any reason, the nerve inside could get “stirred up” from it. And the nerve may need some time to go back to the pre-drilled-state. It can be a slow progress that could take even up to around a year. Dentist will try best to take all possible measures to lower the chance of the post-op sensitivity. If you had a dental work done, and the tooth is sensitive, please have the dentist take a look soon as you are able, to see if there is anything your dentist can help with.

What is a root canal? 

Sometimes decay goes too deep into the nerve within a tooth and infect the tooth. Sometimes a tooth gets too much trauma that the nerve within it dies overtime. When an event happens like that, the tooth cannot survive on its own, and it needs help. That is when root canal treatment comes into play. Dentist will get an access to the affected tooth, and remove the nerve inside the tooth. Then the canal where the nerve was is cleaned thoroughly, and is packed with dental material so no bacteria will grow inside the canal. That way, the tooth will be able to get a second life. This is the last thing we can do to attempt to save a tooth from getting extracted. 

I am not sure about x-ray, Is it safe? Is it necessary? 

Dental x rays are safe as long as you are not constantly exposed to it. Digital x rays did lower amount of radiation you receive during x rays significantly compared to older analog x rays. How many, and how often we have to take x rays of your mouth depends on your condition and history of decay, etc.

Dental x rays are needed to diagnose where dentist cannot see. Tooth decay can start from where we cannot see, so x rays are very useful source for dentists to be able to detect, and treat the affected tooth with the best possible treatment for the situation.

I am currently pregnant my tooth hurts, Am I safe to visit and get treatment?

Yes it is totally safe to visit a dentist! In fact, if the toothache gives you too much pain and stress, that cannot be good for the baby either. There are certain precautions to make while you are pregnant, and how many weeks are. Your OBGYN could also give additional precautions if needed, so please contact your OBGYN and inform that you are going to dentist. Usually dentist will focus only on the problem area while you are pregnant to keep the treatment as minimum as possible. And we do strongly recommend to come back for a full exam once your precious is born.

What if i crack my tooth?

You will have to rinse your moth with warm water to clean the area, and make sure to put cold object (Ice bags) on your cheek to reduce the swelling. It is important that you visit the dentist as soon as possible.

What if my teeth feel fine, should I still visit dentists?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still worthwhile to see us regularly because problems can exist without your knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and we can help keep it healthy and looking beautiful.

With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers

What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?

Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the office easy to get to and close by?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
  • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask our team if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth and can cause more plaque and potential cavities), and avoid tobacco (which can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
  • Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! This will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year. During this time, your son or daughter’s baby teeth will be coming in and we can examine the health of those first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to come in more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit our office for regular checkups.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities form when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This produces an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth.

If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by remembering to brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss between teeth at least once.

What is a filling?

A filling is a synthetic material that a dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt, because we will numb your mouth with an anesthetic.

Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, be sure to talk to your doctor about what type is best for you and your teeth.

How often should I brush my teeth?

According to our dentists and the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque.

It is also recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. We recommend that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently.

Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics.

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. If detected, it is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition.

Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting our office every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:

  • Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed teeth

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure the teeth stay clean and healthy while you or your child is wearing braces.

How do I schedule my next checkup?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

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