Commonly Asked Dental Questions at Above Dental
If you are in need of a dental procedure, you undoubtedly have questions and concerns you would like to have answered. Below, we addressed the most frequently asked questions for you, because at Above Dental in North Bend, we know that the more information you have regarding your treatment, the better prepared you’ll be to handle any decisions you need to make concerning to your dental health and care.
Which type of toothbrush should I use?
The brand of toothbrush is not as important as the type of bristle and size of the head. Toothbrushes are available in soft, medium, and hard bristles. Our dentists in North Bend recommend a soft toothbrush with a small head. Medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to gum recession. The added benefit of a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It is not necessary to “scrub” your teeth, just do a thorough cleaning at least twice a day, and visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning. Our hygienists can help you brush your teeth perfectly.
What’s the difference between a “crown” and a “cap”?
To restore or repair a severely broken tooth, our dentists will insert a crown, or cap, which will cover all or most of the tooth. We will remove any old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay prior to adding the crown. The restoration material can be made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns”.
What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?
Both of these dental devices are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to teeth or, in some cases, implants, whereas a partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Do I need to have a root canal just because I have a crown?
No. While most teeth that have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and return the tooth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
Is it possible for my teeth to become more sensitive if I brush?
The answer is no, definitely not! That is, of course, assuming you are brushing correctly. The outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel, which is extremely hard and very wear resistant. Our suggestion though, is to always use a soft toothbrush so as not to harm the surrounding gums when you brush. If you brush incorrectly or use bristles that are too hard, you can irritate the gums or even cause your gums to recede. Receding gums can expose the more sensitive parts of your tooth, giving the impression that your teeth are becoming more sensitive.
What if I can’t afford dental treatment right now?
We understand that dental care can be an expensive and sometimes unexpected. That is why we have teamed up with Care Credit to offer a wide array of affordable payment plans, including the 3, 12, 18, & 24 month, payment plans. Payments under these plans can be as low as 3% of the total balance and interest charges will not incur. Simply make your minimum monthly payment and pay off your entire balance during the agreed upon time period, and you can finance a dental payment plan interest free at our dental office in North Bend !