When selecting a toothbrush, choose one with a smaller head and soft bristles to easily clean around each tooth and stimulate your gums. Harder bristles can cause some damage if you “scrub” the tooth in a harsh way. If you want to consider an electric toothbrush, we prefer Sonicare and Oral-B electric toothbrushes. These are effective for motivated patients! Whatever you choose, just remember to brush twice a day and come in for a cleaning twice a year.
Most kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, which helps reduce dental decay. When you select a toothpaste, select one that tastes good and that has fluoride. Our office uses Colgate Total, which is helpful in boosting periodontal health.
Flossing your teeth once per day helps prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is also instrumental in helping to keep your gums healthy.
Caps and crowns are the same thing! These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel.
Bridges and partial dentures are the replacement for missing teeth. A bridge attaches to either an implant or the adjacent teeth. A partial denture is attached with clasps that hook to the adjacent teeth and is removable. Most of our patients have preferred a bridge over a partial denture.
Amalgam (silver fillings) was the previous standard for filling cavities. Now, both dentists and patients prefer the tooth-colored or “white” composite fillings. The composite material bonds to and strengthens the weakened tooth. Plus, the composite material is better looking and blends with the surrounding teeth. In some situations, when a filling is not enough, the dentist may suggest a crown for overall oral health.
With our modern technology, not every tooth with a crown needs a root canal. However, most patients who need a root canal will also need a crown to keep the accurate tooth spacing and give the teeth normal form and function.