Q: How often should I come in for a teeth cleaning?
A: We understand that each of our patients is unique and therefore has unique needs. For example, for someone with early signs of periodontal disease, we may suggest a dental cleaning every 3 months. For a person with minimal risk factors and healthy gums, a cleaning every 6 or 9 months may be sufficient.
The factors that contribute to how often you require a professional hygiene appointment include your oral care habits, your overall health and the health of your teeth and gums. If you are a smoker, have diabetes, have a compromised immune system, or currently have gum disease, our dentists may strongly suggest that you come in more frequently. Prevention is always preferable to larger problems down the road.
The real answer to this question is to discuss your individual needs with your dentist at Millrise . No matter how healthy you are and how excellent your oral care habits are, you cannot remove tartar, also known as plaque, from above and just below the gum line. Removing tartar is an important step in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Q: I get extremely anxious during visits to the dentist. Might I be a candidate for sedation dentistry?
The use of sedation in dentistry is a very safe and effective way to help patients deal with dental fear and anxiety.
Whether you require extensive dental work or struggle with anxiety and tense muscles during dental visits, sedation may be suitable for you. Since sedation allows you to relax, your dentist can complete longer treatments in a single visit and actually decrease the number of times you need to visit dentist!
Most patients qualify for sedation no matter what procedure they are undergoing, – from minor treatments such as tooth whitening to extensive treatments such as implants.
Don’t let your fear of the dentist take a destructive toll on your teeth and oral health. Sedation provides a way for you to get the dental care you need without fear and anxiety!
Q: Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush and floss my teeth?
A: Bleeding occurs due to inflammation of the gums and can indicate a serious health risk. In fact, this is one of the symptoms of the beginning stages of gum disease such as gingivitis.
Gingivitis develops due to plaque build up on tooth surfaces. If gingivitis progresses, it can lead to the recession of the gums and eventually to tooth loss. You should schedule an appointment with us immediately if gum bleeding persists or gets worse.
Q: What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?
A: The basic principle of cosmetic dentistry is to restore both the health and appearance of the teeth and smile. Cosmetic dental procedures can employ a variety of techniques to achieve the aim of a healthy and restored smile. Cosmetic procedures range from whitening your teeth to completely reshaping your smile with porcelain veneers, implants or crowns.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please come in to Millrise for a consultation. We can advise you on how best to achieve your cosmetic dental goals.
Q: What can be done to replace missing teeth?
A: Replacing missing teeth is not only important to the appearance of your smile, but critical to the functioning of your teeth and jaw. Missing teeth cause the remaining teeth to shift and tilt over time and a shifting bite position can cause imbalances that extend to the jaw, neck and shoulders.
Whether you are missing one tooth or a number of teeth, our dentists can help you find the restoration to correct it. This can include dental implants, bridges or partial and full dentures. Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of the options with you.
Q: How can I get a whiter smile?
A: Teeth whitening is the most popular and straightforward cosmetic dental treatment. At our office, we offer a variety of teeth whitening options to suit your needs and budget.
In some cases, however, tooth whitening is not effective to treat certain types of staining or in the case of restored teeth that cannot be whitened. In these cases, there are several other options for obtaining a whiter smile, including cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns.
Ask our dentists for more information. We’re dedicated to serving you and your family with all of your cosmetic dentistry needs.
Q: How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
A: Cosmetic dental treatments can vary widely in cost. We can help you by giving you all the options, including the costs of each treatment and by helping you fully understand the commitment involved in your investment in a healthy, attractive smile. We also offer financing plans to help you spread out the cost of a cosmetic treatment over several years.
If you have more questions about dentistry, please contact us to book an appointment with one of our Calgary SW dentists today.