What type of toothbrush is best?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes can contribute to recession of the gums. We also recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste to decrease the incidence of tooth decay.

How often should I floss?

Flossing once per day helps prevent cavities from forming between the teeth and also helps to keep your gums healthy.

Why do I need an x-ray?

An x ray (radiograph) is like a photograph. Due to the fact that many diseases exist below the gum tissue, and between the teeth, an x ray is a valuable tool for the dentist to safely and quickly detect problems.
Our office customizes the need for x rays to each individual patient. We have digital x ray equipment which allows for shorter exposure time. We use a lead apron when appropriate to minimize stray radiation.

What are dental sealants?

The grooves on your back teeth are hard to keep clean, your dentist may recommend dental sealants. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. The sealant acts as a barrier to “seal out” plaque and food.

I’m interested in changing my smile, what are my options?

Several different options are available to change your smile. The options are: Orthodontics (braces or clear aligners) Bonding, Crowns, Veneers, Whitening and Cosmetic Reshaping. We would be happy to discuss these options with you.

What the latest word on silver amalgam fillings?

Silver amalgam fillings have been successfully used to restore teeth for over a century. The American Dental Association (ADA), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and numerous public health agencies continue to find that silver fillings are a safe restorative material. The subject has been studied for many decades. In 2002 the FDA reconfirmed the safety of silver fillings and in 2010 the ADA council on Scientific Affairs found no consistent evidence of harm associated with dental silver fillings, including for infants and children. With enhanced alternative tooth colored fillings, silver filling usage continues to decline. We offer both tooth colored and silver filling materials as restorative options in our office.

What is Root Canal therapy and why do I need it?

Root Canal therapy is the removal of the pulp (nerves, vessels and other soft tissue) from the center of the tooth. After removal, the space where the pulp was is filled with a sealed moldable material. Root Canal therapy is indicated when the pulp is infected or irreversibly injured. The only alternative is usually extraction of the tooth.

What are dental implants, are they an option for me?

Nothing takes the place of a healthy set of teeth, but when disease or accident ends in tooth loss. It’s good to know there are options for restoring your smile. A dental implant is one replacement option.
A dental implant is a titanium root that is implanted in the jaw. It can replace a single tooth, or it can be a support for a bridge or a denture.

What are the important things to remember after I have oral surgery or a tooth extraction?

A certain amount of bleeding, pain, and swelling may occur and is normal. Immediately after your appointment you will be asked to keep firm pressure on a gauze pack for about an hour. Reduce your activity as much as possible for several hours. Avoid eating foods that could puncture or wound your extraction site, a soft diet is recommended for 24 hours. Do NOT drink through a straw, smoke, or vigorous swishing for 24- 48 hours for this may dislodge the blood clot.
To help minimize pain and swelling, begin taking medication as prescribed by your doctor. Application of an ice pack can also help relieve discomfort. Continue icing area, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for the next 24 hours. Continue to take prescribed medication, only as needed.