Frequently asked dental questions

dental questions

As you can imagine, we get many great dental questions from our guests.  We thought we would take this time to answer a few of them for you because I bet you have asked similar questions yourself!

What happens if my temporary crown comes off?

If your temporary crown falls off and you experience pain because of it, you should call your dentist’s office to have them re-cement it as soon as possible.  Even if you are not experiencing pain, it is important to put it back on for several reasons. First, your teeth can shift and without the temporary tooth in there to keep the proper alignment, your crown might not fit properly due to shifting of teeth around it. Also, the gum tissue can change without the temporary, causing additional problems with the final crown seating. Additionally, constant exposure of saliva on your tooth can lead to inflammation in the tooth causing sensitivity. Until you can see your dentist to re-cement it, you can use a dab of denture adhesive or even tooth paste to hold the temporary crown in place for a short time.

Why should my teeth get cleaned two times a year?

We would all love to say that we brush and floss at least two times a day, right? Well even if you did,  plaque can still build up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. Our hygienists remove this calculus that is a very tough substance at your regular cleaning visits. By visiting every six months it keeps your mouth healthy and clean, and it allows any problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.

Some folks, however, need to visit more often than six months. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay, visiting every 3-4 months might be best for you.  Dr. Arredondo can work with you to let you know what is best in your situation.

What are dental sealants and why are they done?

Our teeth, especially the molars have pits and grooves that are the perfect spots for decay to happen. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Sealants get brushed on the tooth in thin coats onto the biting surfaces and help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth.

Young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and grooves tend to be deeper than they are in adults.

I was told I have a cavity and need a filling, but why does my tooth not hurt?

Most dental problems don’t have many symptoms until they reach more advanced stages, so if you wait for things to hurt it might make the needed treatment more extensive.  What was once a small filling might now require a root canal if you wait until it bothers you. It is best to get a thorough dental exam, and diagnose and treat problems early when they are first noticed, whether they cause pain or not. Waiting often prevents problems that are more difficult and more expensive to bring back to health.

Hope these answers have helped you!

Dr. Carlo Arredondo


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