Commonly Asked Dental Questions & Answers

What can I do about a toothache?

Answer: Usually a toothache can only be remedied by a root canal or extraction. Sometimes, the “ache”, is caused by gum recession, sinus pressure, or a periodontal problem. An X-ray can usually tell if there is tooth decay, but can’t show pain or infection. Diagnosis over the phone is difficult and usually ends with a trip to the dentist.

How can I replace a missing tooth?

Answer: A bridge, implant, flipper or partial denture can replace missing teeth. There is a vast difference in cost and appearance.

At what age should wisdom teeth be removed?

Answer: There is not a specified or exact age for wisdom teeth removal. However, the earlier, the better. If there is pressure or pain caused by the eruption of the wisdom teeth, having them removed may be the only option.

When should my children have their new teeth sealed?

Answer: Sealants prevent tooth decay by painting a plastic material into the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of the back molars. Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when the child is about six years old. Second molars appear at about age twelve.

What causes an abscess?

Answer: An abscessed tooth is a painful infection at the root of the tooth, or between the gum and a tooth. It is most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. Other causes of tooth abscess include trauma to the tooth, such as, a broken or chipped tooth. Also, gingivitis and gum disease.

How can I have a whiter, brighter smile?

Answer: All food and drink scan be staining to the teeth. Especially coffee, wine, tea, and smoking. The dentist can remove discolored plaque and staining, but a bleaching treatment may be needed to achieve the shade desired.

How can I fix chipped teeth?

Answer: Depending on the extent of the damage to a chipped tooth, a filling may be enough to repair a chip. If a tooth has too much structure missing, a crown may be needed fix it.

What will my dental insurance cover?

Answer: All dental insurances are different. They all have different deductibles, maximums, percentages, and waiting periods. Contact your employer for the specifics regarding your coverage.

What is a dental implant?

Answer: A dental implant is an artificial tooth. It is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

What is a Bridge?

Answer: A Bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Types of bridges may vary, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.

What is the difference between a bridge and a partial?

Answer: A bridge is cemented in and non-removable. A partial is removable and clasps around existing, natural teeth for support.

What is a white filling?

Answer: A “white” or composite filling is a tooth colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth and/or reshaping disfigured teeth.