It is important to have all the answers when it comes to your oral health. That is why our dentists at North Pointe Dental Associates are here to answer any questions you may have about dental health and procedures. In this blog post, we will share the 15 most frequent questions patients ask dentists and their answers! If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment today.
“I’m experiencing tooth sensitivity. What could be causing this?”
There are a few things that could be causing your tooth sensitivity. It could be because of gum recession, which exposes the root of your tooth. It could also be due to enamel erosion from acidic foods or drinks, teeth grinding, or dental procedures.
“I’m interested in getting my teeth whitened. What are my options?”
There are a few different ways you can get your teeth whitened. You can use at-home teeth whitening kits, or you can come into our office for professional teeth whitening treatment.
“What is the difference between a dental filling and a dental crown?”
A dental filling is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. A dental crown is used to cover a tooth that is damaged or has been treated with a root canal.
“I’m considering getting braces. How do I know if I need them?”
If you have crooked teeth, gaps in your teeth, or an overbite, you may be a good candidate for braces. The best way to find out for sure is to come into our office for a consultation.
“What are some things I can do to prevent gum disease?”
You can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing your teeth daily and by coming in for regular dental cleanings.
“What is a root canal, and do I need one?”
A root canal is a treatment that is used to save a tooth that has been damaged by decay or infection. If you have a cavity that has reached the nerve of your tooth, you will need a root canal.
“I’m missing a tooth. What are my options for replacing it?”
If you are missing a tooth, you have several options for replacing it. You can get a dental implant, which is an artificial tooth that is placed in your jawbone. You can also get a dental bridge, which uses adjacent teeth for support, or you can get a denture, which is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth.
“I’m pregnant. Are there any dental procedures I should avoid?”
It is generally recommended that you avoid non-emergency dental procedures during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, you should still come in for regular cleanings and checkups.
“I have bad breath. What could be causing this?”
Bad breath can be caused by several things, including smoking, eating certain foods, gum disease, and dry mouth. If you are concerned about your bad breath, please come in for a consultation.
“I’m considering getting veneers. What are they and do I need them?”
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front of your teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and can be used to treat a variety of issues, including chipped teeth, stained teeth, and misshapen teeth.
“I’m interested in getting Invisalign. How does it work?”
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is used to straighten your teeth. It works by gradually moving your teeth into their correct position over time.
“I think I have a cavity. What should I do?”
If you think you have a cavity, it is important to come into our office as soon as possible. We will take x-rays of your teeth and determine if you do, in fact, have a cavity. If you do have a cavity, we will then discuss your treatment options with you.
“I’m due for a cleaning, but I’m really nervous about going to the dentist. What can I do?”
There are a few things you can do to ease your anxiety about going to the dentist. You can bring headphones and listen to music during your appointment. You can also ask us about sedation dentistry options.
“What is a sealant, and do I need it?”
Sealant is a thin, clear coating that is applied to the chewing surface of your molars. It is used to prevent tooth decay.
“I’m going on a trip, and I’m worried about my teeth. What should I do?”
If you’re going on a trip, it’s important to pack a travel dental kit. This should include items like toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and gum. You should also make sure to schedule a cleaning and checkup before you leave so we can make sure your teeth are healthy.
We hope this has helped answer some of the most frequently asked questions patients have for dentists! If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We would be more than happy to help you!
Thank you for choosing North Pointe Dental Associates! We look forward to seeing you soon.