Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a dental crown and a filling?
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth to provide additional strength and protection. A filling is used to fill in a cavity or small area of decay. The choice between a crown and a filling depends on the extent of the damage, and should be made by your dentist.
What should I do if I have a severe toothache?
If you have a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the affected tooth to remove any debris that may be causing the pain. If the pain persists, take pain relievers and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
What should I do if I have a broken or chipped tooth?
If you have a broken or chipped tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling. Save any broken pieces if possible and see your dentist immediately.
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
If a tooth is knocked out, seek emergency dental care immediately. If possible, try to reposition the tooth back into its socket and hold it in place until you can get to the dentist.
Can dental emergencies be prevented?
Some dental emergencies can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, wearing a mouthguard during sports, avoiding hard or sticky foods, and scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is generally safe when done under the guidance of a dental professional. However, over-the-counter whitening products can cause sensitivity or damage to the enamel if not used correctly. It's important to talk to your dentist about the best whitening options for you.
What is a dental abscess?
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms in the teeth, gums, or bone around the teeth. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection and can cause severe pain and swelling.
Can dental trauma cause long-term damage?
Yes, dental trauma can cause long-term damage such as tooth discoloration, nerve damage, and tooth loss. Seeking prompt dental care can help prevent or minimize long-term damage.
How often should I schedule dental checkups?
We recommend scheduling dental checkups and cleanings every six months to maintain good oral health. However, we may recommend more frequent checkups if you have certain dental conditions or risk factors.
What is the best way to maintain good oral hygiene?
The best way to maintain good oral hygiene is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and avoid smoking or using tobacco products.
What cosmetic dental procedures are available to improve my smile?
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your smile, such as teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and orthodontic treatments. Schedule a consultation with us today to determine the best option for you.