What is a dental sealant?
A sealant is a preventive treatment usually recommended for the molars of children. These are "painted" on the teeth without the need for anesthesia to help prevent cavities from forming on the chewing surfaces.
What is a dry socket?
A dry socket results from a disruption in the healing process and failure of a proper clot to remain on the alveolar bone. Anything that creates negative pressure in the mouth (smoking, spitting, and use of straws) puts a patient at greater risk of having a dry socket. Pain from a dry socket can be severe and last several days. If you think you have a dry socket please contact our office. Sometimes a sedative dressing can be placed to soothe the extraction site.
Why do I need an x-ray?
X-rays are needed to make a formal diagnosis of the tooth, to determine restorability, and to visualize the structure of the root. An x-ray is required before almost all procedures.
At what age do you start seeing children?
We will see children of any age. Many children are unable to fully cooperate until age 3. When children are not able to cooperate for a regular child prophylaxis a toothbrush prophylaxis may be done and a simple introduction to office staff and equipment. This can make children more comfortable for subsequent dental appointments. We never restrain children. If they are unable to cooperate for treatment they will be referred to a pediatric specialist.
Can I receive dental treatment if I am pregnant?
Yes. Emergency treatment can be provided at any time during a pregnancy with clearance from your OB/GYN. It is recommended that you have a cleaning and a dental exam during your second trimester. The second trimester is the ideal time for any elective, non-emergency treatment.