Maybe you go to the dentist in Cedar Rapids, IA, routinely but still have questions about many common dental procedures. So Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie and Dr. Shannon Hingst and their dedicated staff have answered a list of questions they frequently hear from patients at The Dental Center. Their explanations can help you enjoy a more relaxed and better informed visit to their office. Your oral health and comfort are their highest priority.
How often should I see the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends semi-annual visits to your dentist in Cedar Rapids. Complete oral exams, X-rays (as needed) and professional cleanings support your daily brushing and flossing as well as your healthy diet. Your dentist carefully inspects for decay, gum disease and oral cancer, and he or she ensures your current restorations, such as fillings and crowns, are intact and functional. Routine visits also allow for questions and for planning more complex treatments such as dental implants or cosmetic smile makeovers.
Why should I floss?
Daily flossing removes bacteria-filled residues in between teeth and at the gum line. Flossing helps prevent gum disease, the biggest cause of tooth loss in the US, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Combined with hygienic cleanings at The Dental Center, flossing is one of your best preventive dentistry tools.
Will my dental work hurt?
The team at The Dental Center works hard to ensure your dental appointments--from simple check-ups and cleanings to tooth extractions and fillings--are comfortable and fear-free. As such, the dentists in Cedar Rapids offer sedation dentistry options:
- Local anesthesia, numbing medicine delivered by injection to the area around the tooth
- Oral conscious sedation, sedatives in pill form that relax the patient
- Fully-monitored IV conscious sedation, given through the bloodstream so the patient feels no discomfort during long or complex treatments
You and your dentist will decide which medication is right for your particular case.
How can I brighten my yellowed smile?
Many things stain tooth enamel simply because it is a hard, but porous, surface. Organic matter catches in the mineralized fibers, and over time, teeth darken, yellow and become dull-looking. Your Cedar Rapids dentists offer professional teeth whitening. This one- to two-hour service uses a highly concentrated bleaching gel carefully applied to avoid dental and gingival (gum)sensitivity. After the gel is removed, teeth are several shades brighter, and the results last when patients limit darkly-colored dietary choices and smoking.
Are tooth-colored fillings preferable to amalgam?
Both patients and oral health care providers love the durability and seamless appearance of composite resin fillings. Additionally, white fillings are more easily placed, requiring less removal of healthy tooth structure than metal fillings. However, amalgam restorations remain appropriate for areas of the mouth where crushing forces are greatest.
Do you have more questions?
The staff at the Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, welcome them. If it's time for your routine appointment, please call (319) 365-0534 to speak with a team member.