Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the brush's head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended, because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to the recession of the gums. On the other hand, a smaller brush allows you to get around each tooth more completely, and is less likely to injure your gums. It is unnecessary to scrub the teeth, as long as you are brushing at least twice a day, and are visiting your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental cleanings.
Q: Is there a toothpaste that is better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, we advise to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use whatever toothpaste that tastes good to them, as long as it contains fluoride.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing your teeth once a day helps prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can not reach. It is also a good practice to rinse and floss after every meal, to protect your gums. Flossing keeps your smile clean and beautiful!
Q: What is the difference between a crown and a cap?
A: If a tooth was severely fractured or compromised after numerous restorations, a crown or a cap needs to be placed to cover the remaining tooth structure. This restoration can be made of many different materials, including gold, porcelain, composites, and stainless steel. Usually all these restorations are referred to as “crowns” by most dentists, however patients often refer to porcelain as “crowns” and stainless steel or gold ones as “crowns”.
Q: What is the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and can be easily removed by the patient. Usually, patients are more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Q: What about silver fillings versus white fillings?
A: Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no significant health reasons not to use amalgam or silver fillings, more patients today are requesting white or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they bond to the tooth structure and help strengthen a tooth that was weakened by decay, they are less sensitive to temperature, and look much better!
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
A: No. Although it is true that most teeth that had root canal treatments require crowns to return the teeth to normal form, and provide proper chewing function. But not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
Q: How can I pay for my Dental Services?
Our office is in network with over 200 different insurance plans, and we accept all forms of payments including Visa, AmEx, Master Card,
Checks, Flexible Health Spending Accounts, and CareCredit.
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