Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need X-rays every year?
X-rays enable us to evaluate and diagnose areas that are not visible clinically upon oral examination. For example: bone level, periodontal lesions, periapical lesions or infection around the root tips, cysts, etc. A failure to diagnose is sublevel standard of care. Therefore, we utilize X-rays to provide optimal patient care and safeguard your oral health.
If I chip my tooth, should I go to the office immediately?
If you chip or fracture a tooth, please contact our office immediately and we will accommodate you within 24 hours. If you are experiencing pain, we will see you the same day. If it happens over the weekend and you have no discomfort, please call first thing Monday morning to schedule an appointment.
Why do I need Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)
Scaling and root planning is needed to control periodontal disease. Studies show that periodontal disease predisposes a person to several systemic diseases and conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, etc. Periodontal disease is a low-grade infection present in our mouth that, if not controlled, can be ingested and spread throughout your system.
Why do I need a crown after a root canal?
A root canal is performed when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Once the nerve is removed and the space is filled, the tooth becomes brittle due to the loss of the blood supply. The remaining tooth needs to be protected. A crown encapsulates the tooth, holds it together, and protects it.
What do I do if my crown comes off?
If your crown is either permanently or temporary cemented, please hold on to it and bring it to your next dental appointment. If you are experiencing sensitivity, please call our office and we will accommodate you within 24 hours. If you are not experiencing sensitivity, you can leave it off until your next scheduled appointment.