FAQs

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is crucial for your overall health. At each checkup, we conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, giving us a chance to catch any oral health issues.

My teeth look fine and do not hurt, do I still need to see a dentist?

Even if your teeth are perfectly white and give you no issues, you should still see your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. This is the best way to ensure that you maintain good oral health. Home hygiene is not enough to ensure your teeth remain cavity-free.

How can I care for my teeth between checkups?

Be sure to brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should also floss regularly and always rinse your mouth out after eating to prevent food particles from clinging to your teeth. Speak with your dentist to get a personalized recommendation about the best toothpaste for your unique oral health needs.

What is considered a dental emergency?

The following are generally considered an emergency:

· Severe or lasting toothache

· Cracked tooth

· Swollen jaw

· Sore red or swollen gums

· Loose or lost filling

· Tooth damage

· Root canal therapy

Exams/Cleanings

How often should I see the dentist for exams and cleanings?

You should see the dentist for a complete exam at least once a year. For cleanings, at least two times a year is recommended.

What is the difference between a deep cleaning and a regular teeth cleaning?

A regular teeth cleaning consists of the removal of hardened plaque, a polishing and possibly a fluoride rinse. Deep cleaning is for when you have an active infection, and bacteria and plaque are eliminated from beneath the gums.

TMJ/TMD

What causes TMJ?

Numerous things can cause TMJ. They include teeth grinding, excessive gum chewing, braces, stress, poor posture, misalignments, arthritis, and trauma to the teeth or jaw.

How is TMJ treated?

Treatment of TMJ is based on the cause. After an assessment, the dentist will develop a customized treatment plan, which may consist of:

· NSAIDS

· Muscle relaxants

· Relaxation and self-care techniques

· A special retainer-like oral appliance

Teeth Whitening

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is completely safe, especially when done in a professional’s office. You may notice a bit of tooth sensitivity immediately after the treatment, but it should diminish over time.

How often can I get my teeth professionally whitened?

If you get in-office whitening, this typically lasts at least a year. If you do a professional grade at-home whitening, this can be done every six to twelve months.

Implants/Bridges/Veneers

What are implants and bridges?

Implants and bridges are used to replace damaged, missing, or decayed teeth, leaving you with a healthy-looking smile. They are typically made from porcelain or similar material and are designed to look just like real teeth.

Does it hurt to have an implant procedure done?

While this procedure was once known to be painful, modern dentistry has made incredible strides. Now, thanks to localized anesthesia and pain-killers, the procedure is relatively pain-free. Be sure to speak with your dentist if you have concerns.

How long do dental implants last?

As long as you exercise good oral hygiene, including regular visits and cleanings, your implant can last for the rest of your life.

What are veneers?

Veneers or porcelain veneers are shells made from porcelain that cover the teeth’s surfaces. They help correct minor issues of the teeth as well as protect the enamel beneath. They are durable and blend in with your normal teeth.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers typically last 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of veneer. The life of your veneers also depends on how you care for them. You should brush and floss just as you do your normal teeth and use a gentle toothbrush and toothpaste.

Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the prevention and treatment of any abnormalities in the way the jaw or teeth appear.

At what age should I bring my child to the orthodontist?

The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that parents make an appointment for children around seven years of age. Any future orthodontics services required can be discussed then.

What is the difference between Invisalign and Clear Correct?

Both Invisalign and Clear Correct are clear aligners that are custom designed to straighten teeth and readjust your smile, and results for both typically occur after 12 to 14 months. Both have various treatment options based on the severity of the issue, and the cost is comparable.

Clear Correct aligners are similar to Invisalign, but may allow more options, such as use in conjunction with braces.

If you still have questions, you can always contact our friendly and compassionate staff at All Smiles Dentistry. We are always happy to provide you with any information you require or to book your appointment.

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