Fairfax Smiles:Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

–  Why would I do Root Canal Treatment if my tooth doesn’t hurt?

There are several reasons which lead to pulpitis – root nerve inflammation – when Root Canal Treatment needs to be done. One of them is a deep cavity. The bacteria causing decay and existing in the cavity can reach pulp (nerve) through the microscopic canals in the hard tissues of the tooth. When reaching it they infect the pulp even it may not cause pain yet. It depends on the amount of the bacteria and how much toxins they produce and the protective abilities of your organism. Sooner or later local or general state changes will cause progressing of the infection and acute symptoms such as pain, swelling, pus etc. The sooner you do Root Canal Treatment when having deep cavity the more complications you’ll escape.

–  Why do I need a crown to be done after Root Canal Treatment?

Through the root canals blood and nerve vessels deliver necessary nutritive and protective elements to the hard tissues of the tooth. After Root Canal Treatment is done all the vessels are removed from the canals and the tooth therefore becomes weaker and can break easily. The most dangerous is the root fracture because it usually leads to the tooth loss. To avoid such complications a crown needs to be done following Root Canal Treatment.

–  What types of crowns exist?

There are several types of crowns depending on the material they are maid of. There porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns and all-ceramic crowns.
PFM crowns are the best for the back teeth due to their strength and loading resistance. They also differ by the kind of metal used for the metal cap.
All-ceramic crowns are esthetically better as the metal base is not seen through the ceramic layer and therefore they are ideal for the front restorations.

–  What are the advantages of the implants?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They do not differ from natural teeth aesthetically and functionally. Implant placement helps to avoid preparation of the intact teeth which is necessary for fixation of bridges. Also they are easier to clean, don’t need special solutions to be kept in like dentures, and they do not damage soft tissues. And they serve all your life!

–  Why wisdom teeth should be extracted?

“Wisdom teeth” or third molars are considered to be rudimental teeth which our ancestry had. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop within the mouth. When they align properly, and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth often do not have to be removed. The removal of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth (also known as impacted). They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. This results in swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure .

–  What is the cause of a bad breath?

Bacteria from the untreated cavities, tooth plaque and calculus produce a lot of toxins and also destroy local tissues. Both may cause bad breath. Also bad breath may be one of the first symptoms of the digestive system and kidney problems.

–  How long does the bleaching effect last?

On average it is 3-5 years. If you smoke a lot, like coffee and other colored drinks this time reduces. To support the result you can use home bleaching system and special tooth paste.

–  How long does it take to make a crown?

Usually it takes 2 appointments. In the first appointment includes tooth preparation, taking of the impression and fixation of the temporary crown. Then the impression is taken to the laboratory and in about 14 days the permanent crown is ready for the second appointment when it is fixed.

–  How often should I do cleaning?

Dentists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during the treatment of many of the dental/oral disorders. Our hygienist will evaluate your oral health state and advice the best hygiene program for you.

–  In what age is it the best to have orthodontic treatment with braces?

In the age of 12-18 when the permanent teeth are erupted and the jaw bone growth is note completed it is the best. The bone is comparably soft and compliant which is desirable for teeth displacement. It is also possible in later age but the treatment will take more time because of the bone hardens with the age. But the ideal result is achievable in every age.

–  According to the ADA, how long can I expect all porcelain crowns on the top 2 front teeth to last on average?

If the crown is done properly and if you keep good oral hygiene, it will serve all your life.

 

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3930 Pender Dr, Ste. 150, Fairfax, VA 22030 USA
(703) 359-9080 Victor Soyfer, DMD Fairfax, Northern Virginia cosmetic, restorative, & general dentist. info@fairfaxsmiles.com