Frequently Asked Questions

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General Dentistry FAQ for Pearly Smile Dental Studio

If you’re new to the world of dentistry, you may have a few questions about what general dentistry is and what it entails. Here are some of the most common questions our patients ask us about general dentistry. We hope this information helps to clear up any uncertainties you may have

Dental Cleaning

What do they look for in a dental cleaning appointment “Prophylaxis” ?

A dental cleaning is the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from teeth, it is intended to control local irritation Al factors. Usually prophylaxis appointment would be associated with a periodic dental exam where the dentist will perform an evaluation on patient’s teeth and gums that looks for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.

What should you not do before getting your teeth cleaned?

It’s important not to eat anything for at least an hour before your dental cleaning. This will help your dentist clean your teeth more thoroughly.

What is the importance of getting a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is an important part of your oral health routine because it helps to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

How do you ask for a teeth cleaning?

When you make your appointment with our office, be sure to let us know that you would like a dental cleaning. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

How long should a teeth cleaning take?

A typical dental cleaning along with periodic exam should take about 60 minutes.

Root Canals

What should I ask for a root canal?

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth, you may need
a root canal. In most cases, a root canal can be performed in our office
in one visit.

What is the difference between a root canal and a regular filling?

A root canal is a more extensive procedure that involves removing the
infected pulp from the tooth. A regular filling is a more simple
procedure that involves filling a cavity in the tooth.

What are the benefits of getting a root canal?

A root canal can help to relieve pain and discomfort in the teeth, and it
can also save the tooth from being removed.

What should you not do before a root canal?

It’s important not to eat anything for at least an hour before your root
canal. This will help your dentist perform the procedure more
effectively.

What are the rules after a root canal?

Preferably you should take it easy on your tooth after a root canal. However,
it’s important to continue brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to
keep them healthy and avoid bitting or chewing hard food on non
crowned tooth to prevent tooth fracture

What is the failure rate of root canals?

The success rate of root canals is high, and most patients experience
relief from their pain and discomfort after the procedure.

Dentures

What should I ask when getting dentures?

When you come in for your consultation, be sure to ask our team any
questions you have about dentures. We can help you decide if
dentures are the right option for you and answer any other questions
you may have.

What is the difference between dentures and dental implants?

Dentures are removable prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. Dental
implants are a permanent solution that replaces missing teeth with
metal posts that are anchored into the jawbone.

How long can you leave your dentures in?

It’s generally recommended that you remove your dentures at night
each day to give your gums a break.

How long does it take to get used to dentures?

Most patients adjust to their dentures within 2-4 weeks. However, it
may take some time to get used to the new feeling of having dentures
in your mouth.

Do dentures cause bad breath?

Some patients may experience bad breath after getting dentures.
However, this can be easily treated with a tongue scraper and
mouthwash.

What happens if you leave your dentures in all the time?

If you leave your dentures in all the time, they may start to feel loose.
Resorption and bone loss are accelerated if dentures are worn 24
hours per day. Also it’s important to take them out periodically so that
your gums can rest and prevent yeast infection

How many hours a day should you wear your dentures?

You should never wear your dentures 24/7 without performing proper
oral hygiene, dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water
during the night

Veneers

What are the do's and don'ts of veneers?

There are no specific do’s and don’ts of veneers. However, it’s
important to keep in mind that they are a cosmetic procedures and
should only be used for aesthetic purposes.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers typically last 5-10 years, but they may last longer or shorter
depending on how well you take care of them.

How often do veneers pop off?

It’s rare for veneers to pop off, but it can happen if they’re not
properly bonded to the teeth. If this happens, be sure to contact our
office right away.

What should I know before getting veneers?

When you come in for your consultation, be sure to let our team know
if you have any dental work done in the past. We’ll also need to take
impressions of your teeth so that we can create your veneers.

How often do veneers need to be replaced?

Most patients only need to replace their veneers every 5-10 years.
However, this may vary depending on how well you take care of them.

Restoration Implants

What is the final restoration for dental implants?

The final restoration for dental implants is the dental crown. This is a
porcelain cap that is placed over the implant to restore the look and
function of the tooth.

What is the restoration of implants?

It’s a procedure that creates an artificial tooth to replace a missing
one. The process involves attaching this tooth to an titanium post or
posts that is/are previously placed in the jaw bone as a replacement
for the root of a lost tooth

How long does it take to get the final restoration for dental implants?

It typically takes 2-3 weeks to get the final restoration for dental
implants. However, this may vary depending on the type of restoration
you need.

How often do dental implants need to be replaced?

Most dental implants only need to be replaced every 10-15 years.
However, this may vary depending on the type of implant and how well
you take care of it.

What occurs during the second surgery of an Osseointegrated implant?

At the second appointment, the gum tissue is opened to expose the
implant and attach the healing abutment to the implant. The gum
tissue will begin to heal and form around the abutment.

Why do dental implants fail to Osseointegrate?

Dental implants may fail to Osseointegrate for a variety of reasons,
including poor oral hygiene, smoking, and diabetes. It’s important to
maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist for regular checkups
to help prevent implant failure.

Dental Fillings

What not to do after getting dental fillings?

There are no specific do’s and don’ts for getting dental fillings.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that they are a cosmetic
procedures and should only be used for aesthetic purposes.

How long do dental fillings last?

Dental fillings typically last 5-10 years, but they may last longer or
shorter depending on how well you take care of them.

What should I know before getting dental fillings?

When you come in for your consultation, be sure to let our team know
if you have any dental work done in the past.

What are the 4 types of fillings?

The 4 types of fillings are amalgam, composite, porcelain, and gold.
Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to discuss
your options with our team during your consultation.

What is the difference between composite and porcelain fillings?

Composite fillings are made of plastic and metal, while porcelain
fillings are made of ceramic. Composite fillings are typically less
expensive, but they may not be as durable as porcelain fillings.
Composite fillings may also discolor over time, while porcelain fillings
are less likely to do so.

What is the difference between amalgam and gold fillings?

Amalgam fillings are made of metal mainly silver and mercury, while
gold fillings are made of gold. Amalgam fillings are typically less
expensive, but they may not be as durable as gold fillings. Gold fillings
are also more likely to corrode over time.

What is the difference between amalgam and porcelain fillings?

Amalgam fillings are made of metal mainly silver and mercury, while
porcelain fillings are made of ceramic. Amalgam fillings are typically
less expensive, but they may not be as durable as porcelain fillings.
Porcelain fillings are also more likely to discolor over time.

How many times can a dental filling be replaced?

There is no set limit to the number of times a dental filling can be
replaced.

How long do fillings take to feel normal?

Most people feel normal within a day or two after getting their fillings.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different and
some people may take a little longer to feel normal. If you have any
concerns, be sure to speak with our team.

Partial Dentures

How long does it take to adjust to partial dentures?

Most people adjust to partial dentures within a few weeks. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different and some people may take a little longer to adjust. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak with our team.

Do partial dentures need to be replaced every 10 years?

No, partial dentures do not need to be replaced every 10 years. However, it’s important to keep in mind that they are a cosmetic procedure and should only be used for aesthetic purposes.

What are the problems with partial dentures?

Partial dentures can sometimes be difficult to adjust to and can cause soreness in the mouth. They may also slip out of place or become loose over time.

What are the benefits of partial dentures?

Partial dentures can help restore your smile and improve your oral health. They are also more affordable than dental implants.

Can you leave partial dentures all the time?

No, you should not leave partial dentures all the time. Partial dentures should be removed at night.

What can you not eat with partial dentures?

You should not eat anything that is difficult to chew or that may cause you to choke. You should also avoid eating sticky or crunchy foods.

Can I drink with partial dentures?

Yes, you can drink with partial dentures. However, you should avoid drinking anything that is carbonated or acidic.

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