Q) Why should I have my teeth cleaned twice a year?
In a perfect world everyone would brush and floss twice a day. Plaque builds up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. This cement-like substance is removed by the hygienist at your regular cleaning visits. A six-month interval not only serves to keep your mouth healthy and clean, it allows potential problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.
In some instances a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay a 3 or 4 month interval may be needed. Your dentist can work with you to determine what will be best for you.
Q) Why are checkups recommended every six months?
You may feel like visiting the dentist twice a year seems excessive, but the truth is that oral health problems can pop up without any symptoms, causing major damage long before you ever notice it on your own. That’s why we recommend dental checkups every six months. At these checkups, we’ll look for signs of decay, damage, and disease and use this information to create a comprehensive treatment plan for any problems we notice. It gives us the chance to intervene early for better treatment results.
Q) My gums bleed after I brush. Should I be worried?
Yes. Bleeding gums are always a sign of some kind of problem, either because of gum disease or brushing too hard. If your gums are bleeding, make an appointment at Farhoumand Dentistry as soon as possible for an exam. We can determine the cause of your bleeding gums and make treatment recommendations – either showing you better brushing techniques, or, in more cases, providing periodontal care for gum disease.
Q) How does gum disease affect the body?
It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications as well. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80% of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.
Q) What are the benefits of Invisalign?
One of the main benefits to Invisalign is the fact that you are able to be as discreet as possible during your orthodontic treatment. The aligners are barely noticeable on your smile, giving you the ability to not be as self-conscious as someone may be with traditional braces. You are also have to have better oral health with Invisalign, as you are able to easily remove and reapply the aligners when you need to eat, drink, brush, or floss!
Q) What is the iTero scanner?
The iTero scanner is a revolutionary piece of dental technology that allows your dentist to take 3D images of your teeth. The scanner is especially beneficial when you need to get fitted for Invisalign Clear Braces, crowns, bridges, etcetera. The iTero promotes a more chair side manner between you and your dentist, and ends up saving you money in the long run.
Q) Who makes a good candidate for dental implants?
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to make an appointment at our dental office. An ideal dental implants patient doesn’t drink or smoke, has good oral health, and had adequate bone to support the implants. There are ways to build up lost bone if needed before placing dental implants. Contact us to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants – most patients are!
Q) What is a root canal?
Root canal therapy is intended to be a tooth saving procedure that removes the pulp, or living tissue from inside a tooth. Each tooth typically has from 1 to 3 roots and each root has 1 or 2 tunnels or canals that stretch the length of the root. In a healthy tooth, these canals are filled with tissue (consisting of the nerves and blood vessels) that keeps the tooth alive and provide sensations like hot and cold. Sometimes the tissue can become damaged or diseased due to decay, fracture or trauma. This in turn can cause a toothache or there may be no pain at all.
During root canal treatment a hole is created in the top of the tooth to locate the canals. The dentist cleans and disinfects these canals and seals them with a special filler material. Root canal therapy is highly successful and with todays technology can be painless.