Frequently Asked Questions

Why are your child’s teeth important?

Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile. Baby teeth also keep a space in the jaw for the adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the teeth beside it may drift into the empty space. When it’s time for the adult teeth to come in, there may not be enough room. This can make the teeth crooked or crowded.

Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than a bridge?

bridgeYes, dental implants can provide artificial teeth that look nature and feel secure. Dental implants can be also used to attach full or partial dentures. Implants, however, are not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

Does pregnancy affect my gums?

During pregnancy, your body’s hormone levels rise considerably. Gingivitis, especially common during the second to eighth months of pregnancy, may cause red, puffy or tender gums that tend to bleed when you brush. This sensitivity is an exaggerated response to plaque and is caused by an increased level of progesterone in your system. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your second trimester to help you avoid problems.

Are your teeth sensitive?

Cavities and fractured teeth can cause sensitive teeth. But if your dentist has ruled these problems out, then worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed tooth root may be the cause.

What is Tooth Decay?

tooth-decayTooth decay is a destruction of the tooth enamel. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrives on the foods containing carbohydrates (sugar and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

What is periodontal (gum) disease?

periodontalPeriodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because periodontal (gum) disease is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it. Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by plaque, sticky film of bacteria constantly forms on the tooth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums.

Amalgam filling vs White filling

almalgamDental amalgam is a stable alloy made by a variety of metals, including mercury. Although some concern has been raised because of their mercury content, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth. White (composite) filling is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. White fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to with standard moderate chewing pressure.