Welcome To Dripping Springs Family Dentistry FAQ

Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?

A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a compact head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more effectively and is less likely to injure your gums. Don’t “scrub” your teeth … and be sure to brush gently at least twice a day and visit us at least twice a year (or as recommended) for cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?

A: Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend that you use what tastes good to you … as long as it contains fluoride and is ADA approved.

Q: How often should I floss?

A: Once a day. Flossing removes bacteria and food from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach, thereby helping to prevent cavities. Flossing also helps to prevent gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss.

Q: What about silver-colored fillings versus white-colored fillings?

A: Although the US Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver-colored fillings), more patients today are requesting white- or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay, are usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look beautiful. White-colored fillings cannot be used in every situation, so when you need a filling, we’ll discuss your options and help you determine the best solution for your smile.

Q: What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?

A: While dentists always use the word crown, cap is a term that was popular years ago – both mean the same thing. Crowns are restorations that support a severely compromised tooth by covering all or most of if after old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay is removed. Modern porcelain allows us to create beautiful undetectable restorations, however some people choose gold or even stainless steel. We will discuss all the options with you.

Q: When I get a crown, do I always need to have a root canal?

A: No. While most teeth that need root canal treatment do require crowns to strengthen them (to regain normal form and function), not every crowned tooth needs one.

Q: What’s the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?

A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to a tooth (or teeth) adjacent to the space left by the missing tooth, or in some cases, it’s attached to dental implants. A partial denture is attached to teeth by clasps and is easily removed by the patient. We find that most of our patients opt for bridges than removeable partial dentures.
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Welcome To Dripping Springs Family Dentistry FAQ

Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?

A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a compact head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more effectively and is less likely to injure your gums. Don’t “scrub” your teeth … and be sure to brush gently at least twice a day and visit us at least twice a year (or as recommended) for cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?

A: Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend that you use what tastes good to you … as long as it contains fluoride and is ADA approved.

Q: How often should I floss?

A: Once a day. Flossing removes bacteria and food from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach, thereby helping to prevent cavities. Flossing also helps to prevent gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss.

Q: What about silver-colored fillings versus white-colored fillings?

A: Although the US Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver-colored fillings), more patients today are requesting white- or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay, are usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look beautiful. White-colored fillings cannot be used in every situation, so when you need a filling, we’ll discuss your options and help you determine the best solution for your smile.

Q: What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?

A: While dentists always use the word crown, cap is a term that was popular years ago – both mean the same thing. Crowns are restorations that support a severely compromised tooth by covering all or most of if after old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay is removed. Modern porcelain allows us to create beautiful undetectable restorations, however some people choose gold or even stainless steel. We will discuss all the options with you.

Q: When I get a crown, do I always need to have a root canal?

A: No. While most teeth that need root canal treatment do require crowns to strengthen them (to regain normal form and function), not every crowned tooth needs one.

Q: What’s the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?

A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to a tooth (or teeth) adjacent to the space left by the missing tooth, or in some cases, it’s attached to dental implants. A partial denture is attached to teeth by clasps and is easily removed by the patient. We find that most of our patients opt for bridges than removeable partial dentures.
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