Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the patient form.
Please bring the following items with you:
- Dental insurance card
- Identification such as drivers licence
It varies. Just consult 15 minutes. Any treatment may be from 30-45 minutes.
You should get an examination by Dentist at least every 6 months with few exceptions who may need more frequent visits.
Most people do not see a Dentist on a regular basis to save money but end up costing much more in dollars and time. This is beacuse dental problems may not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages. The Dentist the detect a cavity in early stages and thus prevent more complex treatments such as Root canal treatments or extractions.
Flossing gets rid of the bacteria hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth where the tooth brush can't get to.
Buy toothbrushes with soft bristles. Medium and hard brushes can damage the teeth if used inappropriately. Electric toothbrushes may be easier to use. Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months. Bent bristles don't clean well.
Most toothpastes will clear away bacteria growth and acids from foods and drinks. Toothpastes with fluoride strengthens and protects teeth. If sensitive teeth,pick a toothpaste for sensitive teeth after consultation with Dentist.
- Always spend 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Floss atleast once a day.
- Watch the sugar you eat and the foods that stick to the teeth such as lollies.
- Regular Dental checkup.
Dental xrays are very safe. The amount of radiation that a Dental xray produces is about the same as you would receive from a cross country air plane ride.
Xrays can detect few things which cannot be detected just by examining the mouth such as infection/abcess, tooth decay and periodontal condition.
If you have knocked out a tooth,these tips may be able to save it.
- Rinse,donot scrub,the tooth to remove debris or dirt.
- Donot attempt to replace the tooth into the socket as this could cause further damage.
- Go to the Dentist as soon as possible.Successful reimplantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly.
Chemotherapy and radiation can cause a number of problems in mouth some of which might include-Mouth sores, infections, dry mouth, bleeding gums and general soreness of the mouth. It is harder to control these things while undergoing treatment as the immune system is generally compromised as a result of the treatment. It is very important to see your Dentist before treatment begins and then to continue with recommended followup care.
The fastest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is typically an in office professional whitening procedure. The other method is take home bleaching kit with Custom made trays.
If you whiten your teeth, the length of time you can expect it to last will vary. If you smoke, drink red wine, tea, coffee, your bright smile may begin to yellow more quickly than you expect. In general, a teeth whitening procedure can last upto a few years.
Commercial whitening toothpastes vary greatly in their ability to whiten teeth. Some toothpastes might destroy the tooth enamel as they might use harsh abrasives and thus may contribute to increased sensitivity. Consult your dentist first before using whitening toothpastes.
Most possible cause of gum bleeding is gingivitis or periodontistis(gum disease). Most often people stop brushing as frequently because it might be painful or it might cause gums to bleed. You may need a good checkup and clean from your Dentist.
This is called pregnancy gingivitis. This condition might cause swelling, bleeding and tenderness in the gum tissue.
Amore advanced oral health condition may affect the health of the baby.
Depends upon choice of removal/fixed, site, number of missing teeth. Starts approximately from $600 upto $4500.
Can do a filling if cavity is small and not close to nerve. If deep you may need RCT and filling or extraction.
Although you can’t expect your fillings, bridges and crowns to last forever, you can do your part to make them last as long as possible. Maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for regular checkup.
Most people benefit from wearing a mouthguard when playing any contact sports. The best mouthguards are custom-fitted by your Dentist. Commercial, readymade mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. They are relatively inexpensive but may be less effective.
Research shows diabetics are more prone to gum disease due to poorly controlled blood glucose levels. Gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar levels to rise and make diabetes hard to control. Talk to your dentist if you notice bleeding gums or dry mouth.