Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.
Is it always necessary to remove wisdom teeth?
It is not always necessary to remove wisdom teeth they are positioned and functioning with the rest of the dentition. However, wisdom teeth are often removed more than not due to the following reasons:
- Their eruption can impinge on other teeth, leading to crowding or misalignment.
- Cysts can form around the wisdom teeth over time.
- Upper wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure and congestion.
- Gum tissues can swell and lead to inflammation due to food and debris trapped around partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- Wisdom teeth are difficult to maintain in nature, in which cause them to be more prone to cavities.
What types of crowns do you offer?
At our office we offer all ceramic crowns with different shades customized to your esthetic preferences. We work closely with a well-established laboratory to ensure that you are receiving quality care in terms of esthetics and functionality. Ceramics make it possible for crowns to be strong and durable without sacrificing the translucency that is characteristic of natural teeth.
Does a crowned tooth require special care?
Every dental patient who comes through our office is recommended to brush and floss twice a day. A crowned tooth does not require special care compared to natural teeth. The crown is permanently cemented onto your natural tooth to insure that it is stable during function. Therefore, it feels very similar to natural teeth (if not better and smoother)! Like your natural teeth, crowns themselves pst longer with upkeep and good hygiene habits. They are easily one of the easiest restoration to maintain and can keep their integrity for a long time if you treat them well.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
We can supply you with de-sensifying paste that is not used with a toothbrush. We also recommend a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth including fluoride gels. Sometimes a root can get exposed and will cause the sensitivity. by filling in the root we can eliminated the sensitivity. Sealants are also used to de-sensitive a tooth.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases range from gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. This more serious gum disease can lead to loss of teeth.
What causes canker sores?
The precise cause of canker sores remains unclear though researchers suspect that there are a combination of factors that contribute to the out-break in canker sores:
- A minor injury in the mouth
- Food sensitivities
- A diet lacking in vitamin B-12, Zinc, folic acid, or iron
- Allergic response to certain bacteria in the mouth
- hormonal shifts during menstruation
- Emotional stress
What are cavity fighting sealants?
Naturally, our teeth are formed with grooves, pits, and fissures. Over time, these crevices will trap debris and bacteria that will produce acid and lead to decay. For prevention purposes, sealants are recommended for children to seal the open grooves to reduce the chance of getting cavities. Sealants need to be checked periodically to ensure that they don’t have open margins. Despite so, they are one of our front line prevention methods to help children protect their teeth at a young age. Sealants have been approved by the American Dental Association as an effective treatment in the fight to prevent cavities.
What are the dangers of oral piercings?
Oral piercings can be difficult to maintain inside the oral cavity. Stainless steel or jewelry can serve as a reservoir for bacteria inside our mouth, in which they can easily access other vital components such as gums and tissues. When gingival tissue is exposed to bacteria, increased incidence in gingivitis (inflammation of the gum) can occur and if not well maintained, can lead to periodontal diseases. Tongue piercings can chip teeth as the jewelry come in contact with our natural tooth structure. Lip piercings can sometimes cause the gums on our front teeth to recede as a result. This can lead to increased sensitivity due to exposed root structures.
What causes canker sores?
The causes of canker sores are not defined, but there are factors that can be linked to their occurrences inside the oral cavity.
-Aggressive brushing, cheek bite, or injury to the soft tissue inside the mouth due to impact
-Dental products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate can irritate soft tissues leading to canker sores. But do note that some individual s may be more sensitive to this product than others.
- Different food sensitivities such as those that are spicy or have high acidic content.
- If your diet lack sources of Vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, or iron
- Canker sores can be caused by a bacteria called Helicobactor pylori, which is the culprit of peptic ulcers
- Changes in hormones
- Canker sores can be further exacerbated by systemic diseases such as:
- Celiac disease, which is a disease of the intestine that renders the individual increased sensitivity to gluten
- Inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Behcet’s disease
- HIV/AIDS due to its immunosuppressive nature
I have a fear of the dentist, what should I do?
If you are nervous about going to the dentist, there are ways to help reduce that anxiety. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Have someone you trust to go to the first visit with you
- Find engagements to distract yourself from the nervousness, such as reading a book or magazine, listening to music, or bring any portable personal hobbies that you can attend to while waiting in the dental chair
- Relaxation techniques that improve your breathing can certainly help to calm your anxiousness, they improve heart rate and muscle relaxation
- There are also sedatives that can be offered prior or during procedure to help calm your anxiety, such as nitrous oxide, local anesthetics, oral sedatives, or IV sedation. It is important to check with your dental office to find out which options they offer and what is most suitable for you
What do I do about bleeding gums?
Gingivitis is also known as inflammation of the gums, which is often associated with bleeding. This is commonly caused by plaque build up that is trapped in the gum pockets and/or around the teeth. Diligen flossing and effective brushing will help to reduce the inflammation, which will in turn condition the gums so it would return to its healthy status.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis – an inflammation of the gums – is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque – the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums.
If the plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. At this early stage in gum disease, damage can be reversed, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected. Left untreated, however, gingivitis can become periodontist and cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaw.
What Is Tartar?
Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gum line and can irritate gum tissues. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to adhere, which can lead to more serious conditions, such as cavities and gum disease.
Not only can tartar threaten the health of your teeth and gums, it is also a cosmetic problem. Because tartar is more porous, it absorbs stains easily. So if you are a coffee or tea drinker, or if you smoke, it is especially important to prevent tartar buildup.
What are cavities?
“Cavities” is another way of saying tooth decay. Tooth decay is heavily influenced by lifestyle what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth, the presence of fluoride in our water and toothpaste. Heredity also plays a role in how susceptible your teeth may be to decay.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar if not removed daily.
When Should My Child First Go To The Dentist?
Two or three years old is a good age to first bring your child into the office. They can get use to the environment and see others visiting the dentist.