Common Dental Questions Answered by a Trusted Dentist
Windermere Dental Group in Orlando, FL, provides a wide spectrum of dental services, and many of our patients have questions regarding the unique treatment processes. To address your concerns, Dr. Susana Moncada provides answers to several frequently asked dental questions relating to cavities, implants, orthodontics, and more to help provide clarity and peace of mind. If you do not find the answers you are looking for, we invite you to contact our office and speak with one of our friendly staff members.
How do cavities form, and what can I do to prevent them?
Cavities are generally the result of poor oral hygiene habits. When food and bacteria remain on the surface of teeth, they can develop into plaque. This thin film can begin to eat away at the enamel on your teeth, weakening their overall structure. You are more susceptible to developing cavities if you eat foods high in sugars and carbohydrates, such as candy, baked goods, chips, and crackers.
Minimizing these types of foods and following a good oral hygiene regimen can reduce your risk for cavities. This includes:
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming sweets
- Flossing daily to remove trapped food from between teeth
- Visiting the dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings
We can also review the best methods of brushing and flossing your teeth during your biannual exam.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
According to the International Dental Journal, about 57 percent of adults between 20 to 50 years of age experience dental sensitivity. If you find yourself wincing after consuming hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages, you may struggle from this common issue. Sensitivity is typically caused by weakened enamel or gum recession due to improper brushing techniques, age, decay, or gum disease. When this occurs, the roots and underlying layers of the tooth that house the nerves become more exposed, which can cause pain. Tooth sensitivity could be a precursor to more severe issues, such as cavities or gum disease and should not be ignored.
If you have additional dental questions, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moncada and the team at Windermere Dental Group today.
What are dental implants and what are the benefits of treatment?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They mimic natural tooth roots and can support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants provide superior support and stability for restorations. In combination with an implant-supported restoration, implant posts can improve your oral health by preventing bone atrophy at the site of a missing tooth.
What is the difference between traditional orthodontics (braces) and Invisalign or ClearCorrect?
Traditional orthodontics consists of metal brackets and wires, which are secured to the front surface of teeth. Every four weeks, we can tighten the wires, which will gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. While braces are a proven method for achieving a straighter smile, they are not as discreet as Invisalign® or ClearCorrect™. These newer orthodontic solutions use a series of customized, clear aligners to straighten teeth. Aligners are removable for easy eating and cleaning, but are only effective when worn as directed. For the best results, patients should wear aligners 20 to 22 hours each day. Every two weeks, patients should graduate to the next set of aligners in their series.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are useful for mild to moderate cases of dental misalignment and bite disorders. For more complex issues, we recommend traditional braces.
Why are composite (tooth-colored) fillings preferred over silver amalgam fillings?
Silver amalgam fillings are not only more noticeable, but they also contain mercury, which is toxic in high quantities. Composite resin, on the other hand, requires less tooth preparation and bonds seamlessly with the enamel of the tooth. As such, this material results in a more comfortable and stable restoration. In addition, composite resin can be tinted to match the shade of your tooth, providing natural-looking and aesthetically-pleasing results.
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If you have additional dental questions, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moncada and the team at Windermere Dental Group today - contact us online or call.