Adult FAQs

I am retired, so is it still necessary at my age to seek dental treatment? Why can’t I just monitor any problem areas? What happens if I do not get the recommended treatment?

Regardless of age, it is crucial to seek dental treatment even after retirement as oral health plays a significant role in overall well-being. Monitoring problem areas alone may not be sufficient as dental issues can progress rapidly, leading to pain, infection, and potential complications. Neglecting recommended treatment can result in worsening oral health, tooth loss, increased discomfort, difficulty in eating and speaking, and potential systemic health issues linked to poor oral hygiene. It is always advisable to consult with a dentist to address any concerns and receive appropriate care.


Can I just get cleanings and no doctor exams?

While dental cleanings are important for removing plaque and tartar buildup, dental exams are equally crucial as they allow dentists to detect and address potential issues early on, such as cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, or other oral health concerns that may not be apparent during a cleaning alone.


Why do we need to floss? Can a Waterpik substitute floss?

Flossing is necessary because it helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and along the gumline, areas that a toothbrush cannot effectively reach. While a Waterpik can be a helpful addition to oral hygiene routines, it cannot fully substitute traditional flossing as it does not physically scrape and remove plaque from the teeth surfaces as dental floss does.


Why should I get fluoride as an adult?

As an adult, getting fluoride is essential because it helps protect your teeth against decay, strengthens enamel, and reduces sensitivity, promoting better oral health and preventing the need for costly dental treatments in the future.

Does an adult need dental sealants? When and why? How long do they last?

Adults may benefit from dental sealants in specific cases, such as having deep grooves or pits on their teeth that are prone to decay. Sealants are typically recommended for molars and premolars to provide an extra layer of protection against cavities, especially in hard-to-reach areas. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, dental sealants can last for several years, but they may need to be assessed and potentially replaced if they show signs of wear or damage.


I have dental anxiety due to a bad experience in either childhood, adolescence, or as an adult… I need some special accommodations because of this but feel nervous about expressing them. How will I know that I’ll be given the care, time, and patience that I need?

It is essential to communicate your dental anxiety and special accommodations needed to your dentist or dental team. Our caring and understanding dental professionals will listen to your concerns, provide a safe and supportive environment, and take the necessary steps to ensure your comfort, such as allowing extra time for appointments, explaining procedures in detail, and offering relaxation techniques or sedation options if necessary.


If I fear the sounds of a dental office, what can I do?

If you fear the various sounds of a dental office, wearing noise-canceling headphones or listening to calming music during your visit can help reduce anxiety and create a more comfortable environment for you.


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If dentistry is terrifying to me, what are some options to help alleviate this anxiety/phobia?

If dentistry is terrifying to you, we offer techniques like sedation dentistry to help alleviate anxiety during dental procedures.


Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?

A crown may be necessary instead of a filling when a tooth has extensive decay, a large fracture, or a weakened structure, as it provides greater strength, support, and protection to restore the tooth’s functionality and prevent further damage.


How will I know if I will be happy with the final product for a cosmetic dentistry case involving the front teeth?

To ensure satisfaction with the final result of a cosmetic dentistry case involving the front teeth, it is important to have a thorough consultation and discussion with your dentist to establish clear expectations and goals. Additionally, we may use digital imaging, mock- ups, or 3D models to give you a preview of the anticipated outcome, helping you make an informed decision and feel confident about the final product.



Should I get a root canal or a dental implant?

The choice between a root canal and a dental implant depends on the specific condition of your tooth. A root canal may be recommended if the tooth can be saved, while a dental implant is typically considered when the tooth cannot be salvaged and requires extraction.

What is better, an implant, bridge, or a partial? What is the prognosis of each? What is the best choice for me?

The choice between an implant, bridge, or partial depends on various factors, including the specific situation of your missing teeth, oral health, and personal preferences.

Implants offer a long-lasting and durable solution as they replace the missing tooth root and provide stability for a single tooth replacement. Bridges are suitable when there are adjacent teeth that can support the restoration, while partial dentures are removable and can replace multiple missing teeth.

The prognosis of each option varies, but generally, implants have a high success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care. Bridges and partial dentures may require replacement or adjustment over time due to natural wear or changes in the mouth.

To determine the best choice for you, it is recommended to consult your dentist, who can evaluate your specific case, discuss the pros and cons of each option, and take into account your oral health, budget, and personal preferences to provide a tailored recommendation.


What is the difference between a lab-fabricated and same-day crown?

The main difference between a lab-fabricated crown and a same-day crown is that a lab- fabricated crown is created off-site in a dental laboratory and typically requires multiple visits, while a same-day crown is produced in-office using advanced technology, allowing for a single visit to complete the crown restoration.