Frequently Asked Questions
(Dental FAQs )
Click on the Links below to get a full description of each dental FAQ.
- What is Root Canal Therapy (RCT)?
- RCT is a method of saving a tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber.
- What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?
- Periodontal disease is the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth.
- What are Dental Implants?
- Dental implants are titanium screws or cages that are surgically placed in the bone of the mouth to which a tooth, bridge, or denture can attach to make a stable restoration.
- Why should I Replace a Missing Tooth?
- The empty space in your mouth starts to cause many problems including decay and periodontal disease, an unbalanced bite, and stress on the remaining teeth.
- What if I have Headaches, Migraines, TMJ Pain?
- TMJ/TMD, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction -has many signs and symptoms. Some of which you would not think are dental related.
- Why do I need a Crown (Cap)?
- A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration.
- I don’t like my Smile is there anything I can do?
- Besides Braces, there are three common procedures available; bonding, bleaching, and veneering.
- Why does the Floss shred and get caught in my teeth?
- Floss can shred if the contact between the teeth is tight or there is a rough or broken surface between the teeth.
- How can I avoid getting Cavities?
- The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having Sealants placed.
- At what age should I start taking my
Child to the dentist and other child dental related questions?
- The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry recommends that your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
- What should I do if my Child’s Tooth is
Knocked Out (or other dental emergencies) ?
- Place the tooth in cool milk or if the child is old enough, under the child’s tongue. Be real careful not to swallow the tooth and get to the dentist within 30 minutes so it can be re-implanted.
- I’ve got these lacy-white streaks, white patches, and ulcerations in my mouth, what can they be?
- It is possible that you have a condition called Lichen Planus. It has an unknown cause but can be an allergic reaction. Have you changed your toothpaste brand, medications, etc? Also, it may be aggravated by stress! Check out this wonderful area on LP, with info and live chats.
- When do those Baby
and Permanent teeth erupt and how are my teeth are numbered?
- Teeth erupt at different times in all individuals . Your child’s tooth should erupt eventually unless your dentist tells you that there is no replacement permanent tooth.