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Dental care services FAQs

As you prepare for an upcoming dental appointment, we understand you may have questions. From understanding the basics like check-ups and cleanings, to more involved treatments like root canals, we’re here to help you know what to expect.

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General Dentistry FAQs

General dentistry encompasses a broad range of services, including dental fillings, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, periodontal disease treatment, dental implants, and dental crowns. Dentists also provide preventive services like dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. General dentistry practitioners focus on overall oral health and wellness

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining your healthiest smile. Your Aspen Dental dentist can identify any potential problems at an early stage, which helps prevent more severe issues in the future. Additionally, regular check-ups include dental X-rays and professional cleanings that remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of gum disease.

It is recommended for you to visit a general dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups and cleanings. However, the frequency may vary based on individual oral health needs. Your Aspen Dental dentist will work with you on a personalized schedule based on the condition of your smile.

Yes, general dentists are equipped to address common dental emergencies. In case of an emergency, contact your Aspen Dental dentist promptly for guidance and to schedule an emergency appointment.

In most cases, general dentistry services are covered by dental insurance plans. However, the extent of coverage may vary, so it’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand the details of your coverage. 

Root canal FAQs

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected dental pulp from a tooth. This is done to alleviate pain and save the tooth from extraction. 

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures or trauma to the tooth. 

Advancements in dental technology, along with local anesthesia, have helped to create a more comfortable root canal procedure. If you have any special requests to make your experience more comfortable, let your dentist know ahead of time.

To avoid a root canal, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, attending routine dental check-ups, and maintaining a healthful diet that’s low in sugary foods. Also, address dental issues promptly and protect your teeth from injuries by using a mouth guard during contact sports.

You may need a root canal if you experience persistent tooth pain, heightened tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, or if you notice swelling in your gums. Consult your local Aspen Dental dentist for a proper diagnosis and assessment of whether a root canal is necessary.

Oral hygiene FAQs

Oral hygiene refers to the practice of maintaining optimal oral health through regular teeth cleaning, proper brushing, flossing and other preventive measures.

Oral hygiene is essential for preventing cavities, gum disease, bad breath and more. It also contributes to overall health by reducing the risk of systemic conditions linked to oral health.

To maintain good oral hygiene at home, we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using fluoride toothpaste. Daily flossing, using mouthwash and following a healthful diet will also benefit healthy teeth and gums. 

Stress may contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism) and other oral health issues. Managing stress through relaxation techniques can positively impact oral hygiene. 

Wisdom teeth removal FAQs

After wisdom teeth removal, it’s best to eat things that are soft and easy to chew. We recommend nutritious smoothies, mashed potatoes and yogurt to ensure a comfortable and smooth recovery. Avoid anything too hard, crunchy or spicy foods during the initial days, focusing on a gentle diet that supports healing. 

The duration of wisdom teeth removal varies depending on factors such as the complexity of the extraction, the number of wisdom teeth being removed, and individual considerations. On average, the procedure typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour, but your oral surgeon will provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific case during the initial consultation. 

Although some dental experts may suggest that wisdom teeth don’t need to be removed if they’re healthy and well-positioned, recommendations can differ depending on factors like impacted wisdom teeth, crowding or cleaning challenges. It’s best to speak with your Aspen Dental dentist for a personalized recommendation.

No, breaking the jaw is not a common or standard procedure for removing wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction typically involves making an incision in the gum tissue, removing any bone covering the tooth, and then extracting the tooth. The specific approach depends on factors like the tooth's position, your unique mouth’s anatomy and the complexity of the extraction. Your oral surgeon will discuss the procedure with you and address any concerns you may have.