Q & A

Here is a list of commonly asked questions in our office.

  1.  How do I make my teeth whiter? This answer may seem simple. If you just give up eating and drinking the things that stain your teeth they will become wider. However, most people are not willing to do this. That is why today you can purchase a huge number of whitening products. They range from whitening toothpaste, to gel strips you can stick on to your teeth to whiten them, as well as premium products that you can purchase only through your dental professional. The most popular service in our office is in office professional dental whitening. With this procedure you can whiten your teeth in a little over an hour and a half results that will last six months to a year depending upon your eating and dental hygiene habits.

 

  1. I have a toothache what should I do? Toothaches can be caused by any number of reasons. The best way to help with a toothache is to prevent one. Prevention means visiting your dentist every six months even when you don’t have a toothache to examine the health of your teeth and gums. However if you are already suffering from a toothache you should pick up the phone and call your dental professional. You could have an infection, a broken tooth, or a problem with your gums. There are many different causes of dental pain and the dentist is the first and best person that you should seek out when you have a toothache.

 

  1. How much of a difference will professional tooth whitening make? Tooth whitening will whiten your teeth to their natural shade before staining from things like coffee red wine or other dark foods. Tooth whitening will not fix broken or a crooked teeth. It will also not make your teeth whiter than they would be if they were not stains. It removes stains but does not whiten decay or hard tarter. It is always recommended to have your teeth cleaned immediately prior to professional whitening.

 

  1. Why do I need my wisdom teeth or third molars removed?  Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have enough room in their mouth’s to accommodate another set of molars. However, not everyone has this space. When the third molars more wisdom teeth start to grow in if there is not enough room, they will push against the other teeth. This can cause pain, infection, crowding and sometimes swelling. In this situation it is important to have your wisdom teeth or third molars removed. If they are not removed your teeth can get crooked and you can suffer severe pain. Dental x-rays help to diagnose this before it becomes a problem.

 

  1. Should I get Dental Veneers or Orthodontic treatment? If you want to improve the appearance of your smile there are a lot of options available to you today. At Arlington dental we perform both dental veneers and orthodontic treatment. Both are in option to improve the appearance of your teeth. If you are happy with the shape and color of your teeth and you do not have a lot of dental work then braces or Invisalign are the best treatment. These orthodontic options straighten your teeth but do not change the size or shape. Are unhappy with the size and shape of your teeth or if you have dental decay then veneers are probably the best option for you. With crowns and dental veneers we can change the shape and size of your teeth and smile. We can also remove any decay. And cover the teeth with a thin layer of porcelain.

 

  1. What are dental Implants? Dental implants are titanium screws that replace missing or unrestorable teeth. They are an excellent option because they look and feel just like real teeth. However, some people with certain medical conditions or extreme bone loss are not good candidates for dental implants. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants is to give the office a call and make an appointment!