Questions We Hear at the Office

Questions We Hear At the Office

 Do I really have to floss? Isn’t brushing enough?

You could probably predict our answer to this one, but yes, you really do have to floss. Here’s why: as you eat and drink, plaque can accumulate on your teeth and cause cavities. You use a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush away any plaque or debris left on the surface of your teeth, but what about in between the teeth or above the gum line? Flossing is important because it gets these hard-to-reach areas, helping prevent decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Do you know if I have not flossed since my last cleaning appointment?

If your gums and tissues are inflamed and bleed, these are good indicators to us that flossing has not been conducted routinely.

Do I need to take XRAYS?

Advances in dentistry over the years have led to the low radiation levels emitted by today’s X-rays. X-rays allow the dentist to see what cannot be seen visually in the mouth. X-rays capture images of the parts of your mouth we can’t see. That’s because hard tissues like bones and teeth absorb more radiation than softer gum and cheek tissues, creating a picture that clearly shows differences between these types of tissue. Which means decay, gum disease, infection, tooth cracks, bone loss and other problems that aren’t visible to the eye can now be seen.


What if I’m too scared to come to the dentist?

Many people are afraid of coming to the dentist. In fact, approximately 15 percent of Americans have dental phobias or anxieties that keep them from coming in to a dentist’s office for proper maintenance. The problem is that avoiding treatment only makes any problems you have worse, meaning that you’ll have to deal with more complicated procedures later on. If you are hesitant to come in to the office due to fear, past bad experiences, or difficulty with needles, we provide nitrous oxide to help you get through your treatment while remaining at ease.


Why do my kids’ baby teeth have to be treated? Won’t they lose them anyway?

It’s easy to believe cavities aren’t a big deal for children’s because they’ll be gone in a few years anyway. However, it is very important to maintain your child’s dental health because baby teeth set the stage for permanent adult teeth. Decay could cause the tooth to come out too early, which means other teeth will crowd in and fill the space reserved for that adult tooth. In addition, infected baby teeth can create long-lasting damage, causing the adult tooth to be weakened.


Why can’t I put a filling in instead of getting a root canal?

Once the bacteria has penetrated into the nerves and the pulp tissue, the removal of these infected tissues are required, therefore a root canal is indicated.

However, there are some cases where a filling can be placed with a protective liner. This is appropriate when the patient does not demonstrate symptoms, an infection is not present and the decay has only slightly exposed the nerve and bleeding can be controlled. You should be aware that the success rate is not high.


Why do I need an Onlay, can’t I just put in a filling instead?

Once a cavity compromises more than 50% of the coronal (enamel) tooth structure or undermines the structure of the tooth, an Onlay is needed.   Large fillings cannot provide the same level of protection from fracture. Without an Onlay a tooth may crack or break sometime in the future, possibly irreparably. An Onlay will support the remaining tooth structure and disperses the occlusal forces evenly.


I don’t want a deep cleaning, can’t I just get a regular cleaning?

A regular cleaning (prophylaxis) prevents gum and periodontal disease. A prophylaxis removes tartar build-up above the gums. A deep cleaning, known as Scaling and Root Planning is indicated for periodontal (bone disease). Scaling and Root Planning removes build-up and bacteria below the gum line.


I don’t like the sound at the dental office, what can I do?

Bring headphones and your favorite music…..We don’t mind.


*If you have any other questions, please feel free to call the office and ask!


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