Q1. What is the procedure for placing sealants?
The first step is cleaning the teeth. Next, the teeth are dried and etched with a mild acid solution to roughen their surface so that the sealant adheres better. After that, the teeth are rinsed and dried again before placing the liquid sealant. A curing light may be used to help with the hardening process.
Q2. How long will the dental fillings last?
Dental fillings have an average lifespan of 10 years. However, their longevity is influenced by factors such as the filling used, eating habits, and proper care. Habits such as grinding teeth put extra stress on the teeth, causing the fillings to wear down faster. Failing to brush can also lead to decay around the filling.
Q3. When should I get my dental implants restored?
Generally, dentists recommend getting dental implants restored within six months to a year after they are placed. This timespan allows the implants to fuse to the jawbone so that they are strong enough to support the restoration. However, there are some cases where it may be necessary to wait longer.
Q4. What do I do in the case of a dental emergency?
In the case of a dental emergency where you have a life-threatening injury, call 911 or visit the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as you can. Our clinic offers emergency dental care for chipped, moved, or completely knocked out teeth. Please call our office at (408) 733-4473 for assistance.
Q5. How often should I visit a dental clinic?
The standard advice is to visit the dentist at least once every six months to give them enough time to spot developing problems. However, some people may need more regular visits if they have certain medical conditions or are at a higher risk for dental problems. Your dentist will give you more specific recommendations based on your needs.
Q6. Is a root canal better than a tooth extraction?
In most cases, a root canal is a better alternative to tooth extraction. A root canal is a procedure that removes the infected tissue from inside the tooth, helping to save the tooth and prevent further damage. An extraction is only necessary if the tooth is too damaged to be saved.