Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventative Care

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At Laser Dentistry, it’s our goal to help you feel comfortable and at ease at your dental appointments. We understand that you may have questions about certain treatments or procedures, and we’re always happy to take the time to explain procedures and answer any questions you may have. Here are some questions we frequently hear from our patients. Feel free to contact us if your question isn’t answered here.FAQ Copy

Preventative Care

How Often to See the Dentist | Laser Dentistry The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit every 6 months. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know.

Checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential issues. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong, and give you tips and techniques to improve your home care routine.

Do I Need a Root Canal FAQ | Laser DentistryA toothache can indicate a number of different issues. You may have a broken or fractured tooth, or you may be suffering from a dental infection. It's important to note that dental infections or fractures will not go away on their own. You'll need to see your dentist, and the sooner the better. Dental infections can get progressively worse, and eventually lead to tooth loss. Contacting your trusted team at Laser Dentistry is the best thing to do when you have a toothache because the quicker we can diagnose your condition, the quicker we can get you back on the path to wellness.

A root canal may be able to preserve your tooth if you have an infection. Dr. Clarke will clean out the infected tissue from inside your tooth through a small hole drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is removed, it is then sealed with a temporary filling and then given time to heal. After the appropriate healing time has passed, Dr. Clarke will restore it with either a permanent filling or dental crown in order to give your tooth strength and longevity again. Unfortunately, it's not as strong as it was prior to the infection and root canal therapy.

Gums Bleeding | Laser DentistryBleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush to use and the right pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of periodontal disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults and has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can cause significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now.

Cold Sensitive Teeth | Laser Dentistry The answer to this question is a definite - yes! This is an excellent time to contact you dentist for a checkup. Even if your sensitivity goes away quickly and on its own, a sensitive tooth should not be ignored because it's trying to tell you something.

When your tooth begins to feel that twinge when you have hot or cold foods or beverages, it's an indicator that decay may be affecting it. The decay can typically be removed and then your tooth repaired with a dental filling at this point.

Decay that is left untreated will progress, and could end up affecting the nerve, or root, of your tooth. This is when you will start to feel severe pain because your tooth has become infected. It's also important to understand that a dental infection won't go away on its own. You will need to contact your dentist right away in order to relieve your pain and remove the infection from your tooth. This is typically done with root canal therapy.

By contacting your dentist when you first feel sensitivity, you may be able to avoid more invasive and costly treatment procedures like a root canal.

We perform visual exams followed up with a Velscope evaluation. A Velscope uses a light which indicates abnormal tissue that can be detected before you see or feel any abnormalities. Make an appointment for an oral cancer screening. 

We perform visual exams followed up with an OralID evaluation at your regular dental visits. OralID uses a light, which fluoresces to indicate abnormal tissue so we can detect it before you see or feel any abnormalities. If you notice any changes in your mouth, make an appointment for an oral cancer screening as early detection is the key to effective treatment of this disease.

Teeth Sensitivity FAQ | Laser Dentistry Most often the reason is a combination of things such as whitening toothpaste, acidic foods and drinks, or clenching and grinding. We usually recommend that you have your teeth checked to first make sure no cavities are present, and then take a look at the products you’re using daily.

 

Bacteria in the mouth is most likely the culprit, regular cleanings and addressing any gum disease and cavities will promote a healthy mouth. 

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