Frequently Asked Questions – Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada
Does my child really need a sealant? How does it work?
Even thorough brushing cannot reach the deep grooves of some teeth, especially the back teeth. Sealants are a thin layer of acrylic applied and bonded to the chewing surface of teeth, which acts as a barrier against plaque and tooth decay. It is recommended that children have sealants placed on primary (“baby”) teeth as well as permanent teeth. Even though the primary teeth will eventually come out, it is important to keep them healthy because they hold the place where permanent teeth will grow. Sealants are a very affordable and painless way to prevent cavities.
I’ve been told I have bad breath. Can you recommend a product that will help?
Bad breath, also called halitosis, is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease. Rarely, certain stomach problems cause the issue. Unfortunately, products like gum, mints, and mouthwash only temporarily mask odor. The best course of action is to get regular checkups, talk with Dr. Wilkin, and treat the source of the problem.
Does teeth bleaching really work? Do drug store whitening kits work just as well?
Teeth bleaching or whitening works very well for certain kinds of tooth discoloration, especially yellowing teeth. If you have very dark teeth, you should talk to Dr. Wilkin about other cosmetic options. Professional whitening, performed or supervised by a dentist, provides safe and effective whitening with very good results. Drugstore kits and strips often disappoint because the bleaching agent is not strong enough, or they irritate the teeth and gums. Dr. Pollack or Dr. Phan will help you decide the best way to get a brighter smile.
My doctor says I need a root canal. Wouldn’t it be easier just to pull the tooth?
Getting an extraction may seem like the obvious solution for a problem tooth, but losing a tooth can cause more problems than you may realize. If your tooth is missing, it can cause your other teeth to move and shift and can even lead to deterioration of the jaw bone. Root canal therapy will save your tooth and prevent complications later on. With new techniques in dentistry, root canal therapy is a comfortable and effective way to keep your natural teeth, which is always best if possible. Talk to the doctors if you have any questions about root canals.
Are dental X-rays harmful?
We use digital X-rays, which are not harmful. Digital X-rays give off 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays and are only taken when needed. They are also beneficial because they are faster and more accurate. If you have any concerns about X-rays, don’t hesitate to talk to Dr. Pollack.
How many times a year should I visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends two to four dental visits every year, depending on the state of your oral health. Your dentist, who is familiar with your teeth and medical history, can make a recommendation for your specific needs.
My teeth are fine and nothing hurts. Should I still go to the dentist?
Regular dental visits are a wise preventive measure. Even if you do not see or feel that anything is wrong, checkups can detect small problems before they become big problems. If you wait until you are in pain, the treatment to get you back to health can be more complicated and expensive. Conditions like gum disease and tooth decay are best detected early in routine exams. Treatment on the front end will save you hassle and money.
I’m terrified of the dentist, and I’m anxious about dental procedures. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Arvada, CO dentist Dr. Pollack and Dr. Phan understands your fear, so they have made Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada an anxiety-free zone. We have a wide variety of comfort options to help you relax and get comfortable in our dental chairs. We call ourselves a spa for a reason!
What are white fillings?
White or tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin material. Unlike silver amalgam fillings that contain mercury, white fillings are completely metal-free. White fillings offer optimum aesthetics while strengthening the tooth instead of weakening it.
Are braces the only way to fix the gaps between my teeth?
Braces are often recommended by dentists because braces correct all types of teeth misalignment, from mild to severe. However, many people prefer a more discreet alternative. At Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada, we offer cosmetic procedures like bonding, veneers, crowns, and Invisalign® invisible orthodontics which may be used instead of braces to correct the gaps in your smile.