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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, Tiffany Family Dental is currently welcoming new patients. We're excited to meet you and help you achieve your best dental health. Please contact our office to schedule your first visit.

Why are regular dental visits important?

Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining good oral health. They allow dentists to detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues before they become more serious. These visits also include professional cleanings that remove plaque and tartar build-up, reducing your risk of cavities and infections.

What should I expect during my first appointment?

Your first appointment will typically involve a thorough dental examination, including X-rays if necessary, to assess your overall dental health. We will discuss your dental history, any specific needs, and plan out any treatments if required.

What if I need to cancel my dental appointment?

If you need to cancel your dental appointment, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance. This courtesy allows us to adjust our schedule and accommodate other patients. We understand that emergencies happen, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make it.

What should I do after a dental procedure?

After any dental procedure, it's important to follow specific post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and avoid complications.

• Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours

• Eat soft foods and avoiding hot beverages for a few hours

• Rinse gently with salt water starting 24 hours after the procedure

What do I do if I am having a dental emergency?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, such as severe pain, a broken tooth, or bleeding, call our office immediately at (856) 231-7560. We strive to accommodate emergency cases as soon as possible or will direct you to the nearest emergency dental service if after hours.

What are early signs of dental trouble?

Early signs of dental trouble can include sensitivity to hot or cold, persistent bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, pain when chewing, and visible holes or dark spots on your teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule a visit with your dentist to address the issues early.

When will I need to come back after an initial procedure?

The timing for a follow-up appointment can vary depending on the procedure:

• Post-Implant Surgery: Generally, follow-up visits are scheduled to monitor the healing process.

• After Crown or Filling: A short follow-up might be needed to ensure proper fit and comfort.

What if my temporary crown or filling falls off?

If your temporary crown or filling falls off, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible to avoid further damage or discomfort. In the meantime:

• Try to keep the temporary piece if you can find it, as it may be possible to reattach it.

• Avoid chewing on the side of the lost temporary to protect the exposed tooth.

What can I expect with dental implants?

Dental implants involve a multi-step process:

• Initial Consultation: Assessment of your oral health and planning.

• Implant Placement: Surgical insertion of the implant into the jawbone.

• Healing Period: This may take several months as the implant integrates with the bone.

• Abutment and Crown Placement: After healing, the abutment is placed, followed by the dental crown.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.

Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:

Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.

Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.

Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.

Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).

Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.

As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.

Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Over the years there has been some concern as to the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc, bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.

The general consensus is that amalgam (silver) fillings are safe. Along with the ADA’s position, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the FDA, and others support the use of silver fillings as safe, durable, and cost effective. The U.S. Public Health Service says that the only reason not to use silver fillings is when a patient has an allergy to any component of this type of filling. The ADA has had fewer than 100 reported incidents of an allergy to components of silver fillings, and this is out of countless millions of silver fillings over the decades.

Although studies indicate that there are no measurable health risks to patients who have silver fillings, we do know that mercury is a toxic material when we are exposed at high, unsafe levels. For instance, we have been warned to limit the consumption of certain types of fish that carry high levels of mercury in them. However, with respect to amalgam fillings, the ADA maintains that when the mercury combines with the other components of the filling, it becomes an inactive substance that is safe.

There are numerous options to silver fillings, including composite (tooth-colored), porcelain, and gold fillings. We encourage you to discuss these options with your dentist so you can determine which is the best option for you.

How often should I brush and floss?

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease.

Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.

Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

• Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.

• Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.

• Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.

• Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

Flossing Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

• Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.

• Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.

• Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

At Tiffany Family Dental, we specialize in reconstructive dentistry using advanced tools like digital scanners and intraoral cameras. Our commitment to personalized care ensures you're fully informed throughout your treatment, meeting your unique dental needs effectively.

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