Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I visit the dentist?
This is a case-to-case basis. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or even more.
How do I know if my teeth are healthy?
It is best you have regular check-ups (6 months) as some problems may be developing in your teeth or gums without you being aware of it. Signs that you might have gum disease include:
- consistently bad taste or breath
- separating or losing permanent teeth
- gums that easily bleed
- gums that are swollen, red, or tender
- gums that have pulled away from your teeth
Does my insurance cover my dental fees?
It depends on your insurance agreement. Your dental coverage should state what can be covered. Our friendly staff will be more than glad to walk you through this when you visit our clinics.
How can I improve my oral hygiene?
- Change your toothbrush regularly
When was the last time you got a new toothbrush? Are you using the right toothbrush? It does not need to be the most expensive and fanciest toothbrush on the market. The bristles should not be too hard, as this can lead you to brush too hard, which can cause receding gums and enamel loss. Pick something that is firm but still soft.
- Proper Mouthwash
There are antibacterial mouthwashes on the market that can help do a better job at cleaning your teeth than the more traditional options. This will reach the bacteria from deep within the crevices of your mouth, which will stop the bacteria from spreading. And it can help keep your breath fresh while also reducing the risks of gingivitis and cavities.
- Don’t Skip the Floss
It’s so easy to think that flossing is a step that you can easily skip every day. But it is just as important as brushing your teeth. It is necessary for getting the hidden food and germs out from between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot adequately reach. Floss at least once a day.
- Drink Water
Water is an essential thing for all aspects of your dental health. Most of the time fluoride is added to tap water to help with fighting tooth decay. Fluoride is essential to your oral health and tap water can be the easiest way for you to get it.
- Healthy Eating
In case you needed another reason for you to eat a healthier diet, eating a nutritious diet can be very helpful to your teeth. With a balanced diet, your bone and oral health will be positively impacted by this. And it means that you are avoiding things like sugary snacks and soda. This is beneficial because sugar can eat through your enamel and lead to cavities.
Are dental X-rays safe and needed?
Dental x-rays are a common diagnostic procedure that is considered extremely safe. Digital dental x-rays have very low doses of radiation, producing just a fraction of what you are exposed to in other imaging procedures. If you’re worried about whether you need dental x-rays, or wondering if you should forego this procedure due to other medical conditions, it’s helpful to dive a little deeper into what dental x-rays involve, why they’re performed, and how they’re best handled.
Are sweets and ice really bad for my teeth?
Sweets, Yes, – if you do not clean your mouth thoroughly after eating sweets or sticky food
Ice – no evidence to our knowledge that it will damage teeth.
What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?
The best way to whiten teeth is at a “lower temp” (or lower concentration of whitening gel) over a longer period of time. This results in deeper penetration of the tooth and a more permanent color change. This is because the higher concentration of in-office whitening gels tends to dehydrate the tooth, causing a rebound effect (tendency to return to the original color) after about a week. Dehydration is much less likely to happen when you whiten with custom-made trays since the whitening gel isn’t so concentrated.
Since there are several ways to whiten teeth. As whitening is temporary and expensive, it is best to discuss your options with your dentist.
Will I see a different dentist every time I visit?
Our patient-centric approach gives you the freedom to choose if you prefer to see one particular dentist for your check-up.
What are the options for the patient when experiencing pain
Pain management can differ depending on the level of pain
- Removal of carries
- Tooth fillings
- Root canal Treatment
- Extraction of teeth
- Pain killers and Antibiotics
What are mini dental implants?
Mini dental implants are smaller diameter dental implants to stabilize dentures or fix teeth to your jaws, single tooth to multiple teeth, and full mouth rehabilitation.
Mini Dental Implants – It’s a Small Wonder
Imagine this: You visit your dentist at 9:30 am, let him help you with a mini dental implant procedure that requires less than two hours, then you go out and meet your friends for lunch.
You find that you can eat comfortably, have a great conversation, laugh, and talk with confidence.
You also recall that it was a painless procedure, with hardly any surgery and the price was so affordable.
This is all too good to be true, you say. But, it is true. And it’s been happening to thousands of ordinary folks who decided to give the procedure a shot.
They have all benefited from the application of mini dental implants (MDI), whether for long-term support of structures such as crowns and bridges, or to stabilize dentures, especially loose lower dentures.
How are mini dental implants different from regular dental implants?
All dental implants, whether traditional or mini, essentially work as replacement tooth roots, providing a base for artificial teeth. We have several great options for topping off your implants, including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Mini implants are smaller than traditional implants and require less bone to fuse with. Your gums will also heal quicker with mini implants, meaning we may be able to place your new artificial teeth on the same day! If your jawbone is healthy, traditional implants may work better for you. They are somewhat stronger than mini implants and may give you better performance and longevity.
What to expect afte dental implant surgery?
Your dentist will give you a list of instructions that you will have to follow after surgery. For example, you will likely be advised to avoid using tobacco while you are recovering. If you use tobacco, then the healing process will slow down.
You will need to attend all of your follow-up appointments. The purpose of the follow-up appointments is to ensure that you are recovering properly. If you have any questions about your recovery, then you will need to ask them during your follow-up appointments.
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