Dental FAQs

How can I treat a chipped or broken tooth at home?

When put simply, there is no way to treat or repair a broken/chipped tooth at home. However, when you are unable to immediately see a dentist, these things may temporarily relieve you of pain, or any embarrassing and visible damage.

To relieve you from pain, you may take an over the counter pain reliever. The pain may go away for some time, but you will still have to see your dentist as soon as possible.

If you are looking into concealing a broken or chipped tooth, a loose or broken dental filling and crown, these are a few of the band-aid fixes worth the try.

  • Try to use dental cement. This can be purchased over the counter. This temporarily serves as a patch to the broken/chipped surface.
  • As an added pain relief, apply a cold pack to the affected area. Whether it be near the lip or the cheek, doing so will ease the pain a little pain.
  • Carefully apply pressure to the wounded area using a sterile piece of gauze. Change the sheets of gauze when it has completely soaked in blood.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Try to avoid using oral antiseptics as most of them contain alcohol, thus can sting in the mouth.

Do wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

In a lot of cases, people grow a third molar when they are in their 20. By the time that these teeth have grown, all teeth are permanent and have no room for an added tooth. This is the reason why most wisdom teeth are either pulled because they usually come in a place that there already is an existing tooth. Therefore, it is common for a wisdom tooth to be aligned in the jaw or misplaced. When they can’t grow out of the bone, they become impacted. Otherwise, if your wisdom teeth grow in place and cause no pain, there is no need for extraction.  

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign works quite similarly as the regular orthodontic braces as they both straighten teeth. As opposed to regular metal braces, these clear aligners are designed to be removable and changed every two weeks. Similarly, since you wear them the majority of the time, they cause your teeth to shift in alignment. This practice is done for a period of at least a year or two, depending on the results you expect. Before you begin treatment, you are shown a virtual 3D plan.  This shows and models how your teeth will shift in position during the course of the treatment.

What are the jagged ridges on my child’s teeth?

It is normal for children to have ridges on their teeth. The teeth are not yet full grown, thus have ridges in them. Think of it as a growth spurt that will need time to completely turn in shape. These jagged ridges, called mamelons are usually visible until the early stages of their teens. Mamelons, appearing as bumps in the teeth are caused by the development of the teeth’s lobes. These don’t require any dental treatment as they usually wear off in time due to chewing and abrasion.

Will my dental insurance cover cosmetic dental procedures?

Most dentists’ straight up answer to this is a no. However, there are some dental insurances that cover a small amount of cosmetic procedures such as fixing a chip or dental veneers. Aesthetic procedures are voluntary procedures made to make teeth look better. Therefore, most insurances don’t usually cover these procedures. If at all that they do, the portion that they pay for is usually a small fraction of the total amount.

What are at home teeth whitening techniques?

The Brooklin Village Dental Clinic includes teeth whitening in their services. However, even if you go through the whitening procedure in the clinic, you will still have to follow that through with good dental hygiene at home. Here are some ways:

  • Avoid eating highly pigmented food as they cause stains in your teeth
  • Try using a toothpaste that has baking soda in it
  • Eat apples and pineapples
  • Dilute apple cider vinegar in water and use as a mouthwash
  • Brush and floss regularly

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