How can I treat a chipped or broken tooth at home until I can get in to see my dentist?
Depending on how bad the damage is, you may want to avoid brushing the tooth to avoid causing further damage. You should also use mouthwash to keep the tooth clean. For the pain, you can use an over-the-counter analgesic and avoid hot and cold liquids. In any case, you should make it a priority to make an appointment and see your dentist for broken tooth repair.
How do I know if I need braces or have a bite that needs to be fixed?
There are many signs such as:
*Certain speech impediments, such as lisps
*Problems with dental hygiene, such as regularly getting food stuck in your teeth or bad breath.
However, the degree to which these problems are caused by crooked teeth or need braces is impossible to determine on your own. If you suspect you need braces, the best thing you can do is to make an appointment with a dentist or orthodontist and ask.
My wisdom teeth are trying to come through but will not seem to come through all the way will I need surgery?
While wisdom teeth can cause a wide number problems, if they aren’t, your dentist is unlikely to recommend via surgery. Some people just get their wisdom teeth later than others. Sometimes very late. Even if you are a decade or more away from your teenage years, un erupted wisdom teeth aren’t necessarily a problem in and of themselves.
I want to straighten my teeth. Will Invisalign work?
Yes, Invisalign works. Rather it’s the best option for you depends on a number of factors. In order to be a suitable candidate, all your adult teeth must have erupted and you have to be willing to wear each retainer for 20-22 hours a day for two weeks. In addition, invisalign is not as effective in treating some very severe orthodontic problems. If you want to find out rather it’s suitable for you, the best way is to contact us and schedule and appointment.
I have noticed some ridges on my toddler’s teeth. What should I do?
It’s normal for children to have small, slightly serrated looking bumps on their teeth called mamelon. These are a consequence of the way teeth develop and are not a sign of anything wrong. They are quite fragile and tend to wear down shortly after the teeth erupt. In very rare cases, they may last into adulthood. If they do, they don’t cause any known health problems, but they can be smoothed down by a dentist if the patient thinks they would look better without them.
Will my dental insurance cover cosmetic dental procedures?
It depends on the procedure and the plan. It is true that some dental plans are designed to only pay out for “non elective” procedures, but it isn’t always easy to draw a line between cosmetic procedures and procedures that are vital for the patient’s dental health. In many cases, an insurance company will offer to pay for part of the procedure even if it could be considered elective. In all cases, Brooklin Village Dental Care will work hard to come up with a plan that best suits your needs.
How can I whiten my teeth at home?
There are many home and folk methods of whitening your teeth over time. Most aren’t proven to work. Some that do, such as certain toothpastes, do so by applying abrasive chemicals that can make your teeth more sensitive and may wear down enamel over time. The best way to take care of your teeth is to brush and floss them every day, and the best way to whiten your teeth is to come in for a professional whitening at your local dentist.