Frequently Asked Dental Questions (Dentist FAQs)
What causes cavities?
What are some signs that I should visit the dentist for a checkup?
My tooth got knocked out! What should I do?
Recover the tooth as soon as possible since there is a chance to save it with emergency dental care! Make sure to handle the tooth by the crown (chewing surface) and not the root! If there is dirt or debris on the tooth, gently wash it away with water or milk. Most importantly, keep the tooth moist and get to a dentist within a half hour. To keep the tooth moist, try to place it back into the socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or transport it in milk. Never leave the tooth soaking in water!
How often should I see a dentist?
I don’t have insurance. Can I still see a dentist at Midwest Family Dental?
How much do dental services generally cost?
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re missing any teeth, you are a good candidate! Even if you wear dentures, you can still benefit from dental implants.
- New Dental Implants are meant to last. That makes it the most cost effective and best long term solution.
- Dental Implants protect your healthy bone and teeth. They never get cavities!
- Implants retain the integrity of your natural face shape and smile.
- More than 3+ million Americans have dental implants and that number increases by half a million on a yearly basis.
- Scientific literature has indicated a 98% success rate of dental implants!
Do I have symptoms of tooth decay?
Unfortunately, symptoms of tooth decay don’t always surface until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this happens, you may have:
- A toothache or tooth sensitivity. This is often the first indication of possible decay.
- Discoloration. White or black staining on your teeth.
- Swelling in your gums near a sore tooth. The gums appear inflamed and sensitive to the touch. This can be a sign of severe tooth decay or an abscessed tooth.
- An undesirable taste in your mouth or offensive breath.
Maintaining a healthy oral regimen and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings significantly reduce your chance of developing tooth decay.
Do I have Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It is caused by a bacterial infection below the gum line due to plaque and food that accumulates in the pockets between your teeth and gums. If left untreated, it could eventually lead to periodontal disease. Common symptoms of gingivitis are:
- Gums that are swollen, red, or tender
- Gums that bleed after brushing teeth
- Halitosis: Bad breath (even after brushing teeth)
What is periodontal disease?
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening
Absolutely! Teeth whitening products are a great solution for a variety of discoloration conditions:
- Aging: As you grow older, teeth start to discolor. Throughout your life, you may have consumed a significant amount of tea, coffee, wine, juice, etc. which can stain your teeth over a long period of time. Through our services, we can effectively reduce this effect.
- Tobacco: Nicotine from cigarettes and chewing tabacco can quickly cause yellowing of your teeth. We strongly recommend the cessation of all tobacco products to reduce the negative effects of on your dental health. Our teeth whitening service is one component of nicotine treatment. Our clients leave with whiter and more radiant looking smile.
- Genetic: Believe it or not, you may be genetically predisposed to having discolored teeth, and we can do something to help you. Your genes may result in you having a thinner enamel, which allows for yellow dentyne to be more visible. Our products and services are gentle and will bring about change to make your smile whiter and brighter!
- Tetracycline: Prescription medicine is also known to have an affect on the discoloration of teeth. Our cosmetic dental practice cares for numerous clients that come to us to correct the side effect of medication on their teeth. Our commitment is for you to walk out the door with a smile of satisfaction!
There a many more factors that contribute to the discoloration of teeth. At Midwest Family Dental, we provide a wide range of techniques and practices to address any teeth discoloration-related issues. Schedule a free consultation with us to learn more!