Top Dental Questions Part II
Being prepared for your dentist appointment can help calm your nerves. Last time, we covered some of the top common questions we get.
Here are some additional frequently asked questions about visiting the dentist.
1. What is a root canal?
A root canal occurs when a tooth is badly damaged or infected. During the root canal, the infected pulp of the tooth is removed, then the tooth is sealed off. A root canal occurs when a tooth is cracked, damaged, or has a deep cavity.
2. Why doesn’t my cavity hurt?
Cavities don’t always hurt. In fact, cavities usually don’t hurt until they’ve reached the later stages. That’s why it’s always important to get your teeth checked out regularly – even if you’re not experiencing any oral pain or discomfort.
3. Are dental x-rays safe?
While traditional x-rays are safe, digital x-rays are now frequently used to scan images of your teeth. These digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation you are exposed to, making them safer than traditional scans.
4. How do I whiten my teeth?
Many individuals are looking for ways to effectively remove stains and discoloration from their teeth. You can begin by using whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes. However, you can also use bleaching techniques for more immediate results.
5. What are my options to replace a missing tooth?
Whether you’ve had a tooth knocked out or you needed to have a tooth removed, you’re going to want to have that missing tooth replaced. You can replace your tooth with a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.
6. Why are my gums bleeding?
Gums bleed when plaque builds up along the gum line. This is the first sign that you may be at risk for gingivitis or inflamed gums. Bleeding gums may also be a side effect of certain medications. Gingivitis is not always necessarily serious, however if nothing is done to remedy the situation, it can lead to a serious gum disease called periodontitis, a condition that is linked to tooth loss.
If you have more questions about your dental health, Dr. Anderson is here to help. Contact our Kansas City, MO office at 816.454.3336 today.