Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. In fact, one of the most noticeable signs of gum disease is bad breath, which could be caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Bad breath can also be caused by poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, it is likely that food debris will remain in your mouth, leading to the growth of bacteria in between your teeth, and on your gums and tongue. This can cause an unpleasant smell in the mouth, and lead to a range of serious oral health conditions, including decay and gum disease.
The most common cause of bleeding gums is a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease and causes inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis is often caused by plaque that is left to build up on the gum line, causing the gums to become red, swollen and tender. The gums may bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. The best way to avoid bleeding gums is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It’s also important that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans.
In the early stage of gum disease, you may notice that your gums are swollen and tender. They may also bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. If left untreated, you may develop a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. At this stage, your gums may feel very inflamed and you may notice them receding. You may also notice your teeth becoming loose, or shifting in the mouth. Other symptoms of the condition include bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth and a change in the alignment of your bite.
Yes, it is a good idea to remove your dentures when you go to bed every evening. Sleeping with your dentures in can put excess pressure on your gums and the underlying bone, leading to bone loss over time. Leaving your dentures in overnight can also cause bacteria to build up between your gums and the surface of your dentures, which can lead to issues like gum disease and bad breath. Rather, remove your dentures and soak them in a specially formulated denture cleanser overnight.
Each patient is different, so the tooth replacement option that you choose will depend on your particular needs, as well as your budget. We offer dental implants and dentures, both of which are very effective treatments for individuals with missing teeth. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they are actually fused with the jaw bone and they function just like natural teeth. This means that they won’t slip out of place and will help to restore functions like chewing and speaking very well. If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation.
It’s very important that you clean your dentures regularly in order to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up. Keeping your dentures clean will also help to prevent bad breath. Clean your dentures every day by soaking them in a specially formulated denture cleanser. You can also use a soft bristled toothbrush to remove any food particles and other debris that may have stuck to them. Remember to rinse them with clean water before placing them back in your mouth. When you are not wearing your dentures, such as when you are sleeping, you can soak them in water to ensure that they don’t dry out.
There is no one reason your teeth may be prone to sensitivity. Damaged gums, deep decay, exposed dentin and thin enamel can all result in sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food or drinks.
If you use a hard tooth brush and brush too hard, you may be exposing the dentin of the tooth. If you are experiencing sensitivity you should contact your dentist ASAP to discover the cause.
Unless the cavity is obviously discolored, sometimes it can be a challenge to detect if your tooth is suffering from decay.
Sensitivity and pain are the most tell-tale signs that your tooth is suffering decay. Sometimes cavities aren’t noticed until they have become quite advanced. For this reason, if you are experiencing any discomfort it is best you contact your dentist ASAP to arrange a check-up.
If your tooth has been knocked out, do not despair. By following these simple steps in a timely manner, you may be able to restore your tooth.
Carefully pick the tooth up by the crown (avoid the root of the tooth), rinse it off if required, and try put the tooth back in place in the socket it came out of. Hold the tooth in place is need be.
DON’T rinse the tooth in tap water. Rinse the tooth using either milk or your spit.
Call The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry on 719.481.8250 to arrange an emergency appointment
If you are unable to fit the tooth back into place, hold the tooth in your mouth or transport it in a small container holding a small amount of milk or saliva so it will arrive at the clinic safely.
If your child has suffered the loss of a baby tooth, the tooth may not necessarily be required to be replanted. You may however be requested to attend a check-up to ensure there hasn’t been any damage by suffering the early loss of a tooth.
Dr. Hall suggests having a regular check-up every 6 months. This will be combined with a thorough clean, and assess the need for preventive measures.
Obviously you are not limited to 6 month check-ups, if you are experiencing discomfort or suspect a problem we encourage our patients to call us on 719.481.8250 to arrange an appointment.
Ideally your child should have their first dental visit either by the time they are 12 months old, or when their first tooth starts to break through.
This appointment will help your child get used to a dental clinic, and we will be able to provide you with valuable information regarding how to maintain your child’s oral health. Their oral health now will affect their oral health, and tooth alignment when they start to gain their adult teeth, so it is extremely important we help them in their earlier years.
Yes! We offer cosmetic injectables for the treatment of frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and wrinkles and lines in areas of the face, such as the forehead. We use a special formula that is made from a purified protein. The formula works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles to form, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. The formula is injected into the facial muscles with very fine needles.
Yes! We offer an injectable facial filler that helps to reduce the look of deep wrinkles, and smooth and plump the facial skin. The treatment can be used to restore volume to the cheeks and lips, and can also effectively reduce the appearance of smile lines. The results are very natural-looking and typically last between four and six months.
Yes. Although some people don’t experience any symptoms, others experience facial pain and headaches as a result of teeth grinding. Grinding can also lead to pain and stiffness in the jaw, which can cause TMJ disorder. In severe cases, teeth grinding can wear down the teeth, leading to sensitivity and damage to the teeth and fillings.
A smile makeover refers to a series of cosmetic procedures that are performed to enhance the appearance of one’s smile. Each patient is different, so if you would like to change your smile in any way, your makeover will be customised to best suit your particular needs. Some of the most common smile makeover treatments include veneers, teeth whitening, straightening with Invisalign, and cosmetic injectables to relax wrinkles and achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin. We recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can advise you on which treatments are right for you.
Yes, absolutely! We use CEREC 3D technology to create restorations at our practices, while our GALILEOS 3D imaging system allows Dr Hall to create 3D images of your jaw and teeth. In fact, in just a matter of seconds, the GALILEOS imaging system is able to produce a three-dimensional picture of your teeth and jaw, allowing Dr Hall to see and diagnose conditions with accuracy. In many cases, such as in the planning and coordination of implant surgery, we use CEREC and GALILEOS together to increase efficiency and the quality of care that you receive.
Digital x-rays are a form of x-ray imaging that makes use of electronic sensors, rather than photographic film. The sensors are used by a computer to generate digital images instantly. These images can then be viewed by Dr Hall, allowing him to detect any issues with ease. One of the advantages of digital x-rays is that they require less radiation to produce an image when compared with conventional radiography. Digital x-rays can be used to detect and diagnose a range of oral health issues, including decay, tumours, and developmental abnormalities.
Yes, absolutely. Composite white fillings are set and hardened in just one appointment in a fairly short period of time, so you can eat immediately following the treatment. It is a good idea, however, to wait until your anesthetic has worn off before eating to ensure that you don’t accidentally bite the inside of your cheeks or your tongue. You might notice some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks for a few weeks following the placement of your white filling, although this should resolve with time. Chat to Dr Hall if you are concerned about overly sensitive teeth.
Yes, absolutely. The composite resin that white fillings are made from is very advanced, and offers a very high strength bond and seal. In fact, the material is safer and more attractive than the amalgam material used for restorations in the past. White fillings don’t cause any damage to the teeth — in fact, they are made with a biocompatible material that blends in well with your natural teeth. The treatment is both safe and effective, and a great, modern alternative to silver amalgam restorations that were once the norm.
No, we do not cover silver fillings with white fillings. Rather, we will remove your silver amalgam fillings before replacing them completely with white composite resin fillings. If you have a silver filling and are not satisfied with the appearance of your smile, we encourage you to come in and see Dr Hall. He will be able to replace your old fillings with restorations that blend in much more naturally with the color of your teeth, so that you won’t even be able to see that you have had a filling placed.