What do I do when a tooth falls out?
If you or your child has had a tooth fall out, there are a couple things you can do to help. First, with clean hands, hold the tooth by the crown (the top part.) Rinse it under water for a few seconds to make sure there is no visible dirt. Replace the tooth in the socket and bite down on a cloth or napkin. If you’re unable to reposition the tooth in its socket, hold it in the side of your cheek, place it in a clean glass of milk or contact solution. Then, call our office so we know to expect you!
Will this toothache go away, or do I need to make an appointment?
Toothaches don’t go away. They are usually the sign of a cavity, or if they are really bad, an abscess. If dental pain is prohibiting you from sleep or work, you need to come see us as soon as possible.
Is there anything I can do for my chipped teeth?
There’s a couple of solutions for chipped teeth, depending on how severe the damage is. Dental bonding, the application of a composite resin over the chipped or worn area, is one solution. Veneers, a thin porcelain shell, can cover many damaged teeth, and even out a crooked smile.
How well does whitening really work?
At Heritage Oak Dental, we use ZOOM! Whitening, a professional whitening system that can lighten your smile by up to 8 shades in 45 minutes. We also offer a take home whitening system so you can lighten in the comfort of your home.
Do I need to have a check-up every 6 months?
If you want to do the very best you can when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and having a clean, bright smile, you really should visit our Heritage Oak office twice a year. We’ll clean your teeth, check your gums, and take x-rays to determine if there is any developing gum disease or decay. It will take longer than six months for decay to leave damage, so having an exam twice a year will keep your mouth in great shape.
Do I need braces?
If your teeth are crooked, crowded, misaligned, even if there is just a little too much space between your teeth, you could benefit from braces or other orthodontic treatment. Not only do we offer traditional brackets and wires, we also use ceramic braces, MTM aligners, Clear Correct, and Invisalign.
Does my child really need a crown? Why can’t we just pull the tooth?
Pulling a baby tooth when it’s not ready is one of the last things you want to do before a permanent tooth comes in. Primary teeth serve as a guide for adult teeth and act as space savers in the mouth; removing them early can cause crowding and impacted teeth later down the road.
Is the deep cleaning going to hurt?
No, a deep periodontal cleaning should not hurt. There may be a little discomfort, but not pain. If the thought of having your teeth cleaned causes you anxiety, ask one of our dentists about having your mouth numbed, or sedation dentistry to help you relax!
Why do I need a root canal?
When cavities go undetected, they create large holes in the tooth. If allowed to go unchecked, the eroding area will work its way right through the tooth, into the nerve. At this point, an abscess can occur. When allowed to go without care, the inflammation will only get worse and spread to other teeth. There is only one way to clear the infection and save the tooth: a root canal. Under anesthetic, the dentist will remove the nerve, fill and build up the tooth and put a crown over it.
Can’t you treat an abscess with antibiotics?
While antibiotics may be a part of the treatment for an abscessed tooth, it can’t be the only treatment. Without a root canal, the infection will only remain, continue to recur, and spread.
Can’t you just fill my tooth instead of placing a crown?
If the decay or fracture in a tooth is large enough, just filling it won’t do the trick. There needs to be enough tooth structure left to “fill,” otherwise the biting forces of everyday use will cause your tooth to break apart. A crown will surround the remaining portion of your tooth and provide stability for you to chew with.
Will I remember my appointment if I choose sedation?
Everyone reacts a little differently to dental sedation. Most likely, you will be able to respond to the dentist while you are relaxed in the chair, but you might not remember the visit once the sedation wears off. This makes it a great option for patients with dental anxiety or even people who have several procedures to sit through at once.
I thought Botox was for faces!
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin-A is a medically tested neurotoxin that is regularly used by plastic and cosmetic surgeons. But it has a number of other uses including the prevention of excessive underarm sweat, the correction of “lazy” eye, overactive bladder, and many others. In a dental office, we may use it to help treat chronic migraine or symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
What does my insurance cover?
Every insurance company and policy is different. Our insurance coordinator can work with you to explain what is covered and what remaining portion might be due. We don’t ever want you to be caught off guard about what dental treatments are or are not covered. We’re available to answer any questions you have about your dental plan.