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 head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums.
Q: What type of toothpaste should I use?
A: Use a tooth paste that has fluoride in it to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: You should floss at least once per day to help prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. If you only floss once a day, floss before you brush your teeth at night time. Flossing is also important to help maintain healthy gums.
Q: What is a crown?
A: A crown is a restoration to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel.
Q: If a tooth requires a crown does that mean I have to have a root canal?
A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
Q: What is the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture?”
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is a permanently attached restoration to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient.
Q: What about “silver fillings” versus “white fillings?”
The American Dental Association has released numerous reports and studies showing the clinical effectiveness and safety of using amalgam restorations (silver fillings). More patients today, however, prefer the composite (tooth colored) restorations because they are just as strong and effective as amalgam but are far more esthetically pleasing. Dental composites bond to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. Please click on the following link to learn more about the safety of using dental amalgam.
Q: If I bleach my teeth will it also bleach my crown or tooth colored fillings?
A: No. It does not change the color of fillings or crowns. It will only change the color of natural tooth structure.