Northpointe Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Choosing a dentistry for your family is a big decision! We understand that you probably have some questions about what to expect when you come to our dental office. Here are some common questions we receive. If you do not see yours listed here, just give us a call. We are always happy to help.

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An exam can be done without x-rays but the doctor will not be able to see areas between the teeth and within the jaws to check for decay and pathology (irregularities). We will keep your exposure to x-rays as limited as possible by using digital x-rays which is approximately 10% of the radiation exposure compared to traditional film x-rays and an xray apron with a thyroid collar to protect areas around the mouth from unnecessary exposure. Overall, the benefits from dental x-rays outweigh the cons of limited radiation exposure. However, if you continue to have concerns or questions please feel free to bring them up with the doctor at your next visit. We will not take x-rays if you prefer not to have them taken. Your concerns are our top priority!

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"Laughing gas" is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen gases that flows through a mask over your nose. Nitrogen and oxygen combined make up more than 98% of the particles we breathe in the air. It is considered the safest form of sedation because the effects of the laughing gas can be quickly reversed in just a couple minutes by breathing in pure oxygen. While under the effects of the laughing gas most people will feel relaxed, happy, warm and dreamy. While you are given the laughing gas, you will be closely monitored and the amount of gas you receive will be carefully regulated so you can relax and enjoy your dental experience.

Child's Visit

Having the adult tooth erupt behind the baby tooth is fairly common, especially on the bottom front teeth. This is because your child's face and mouth are still growing and changing and there may not be enough space right now for the adult tooth to grow into the right spot. If the baby tooth is not loose or has been loose for a long time but hasn't fallen out, Dr. Garza can help to painlessly remove the baby tooth. Leaving a loose baby tooth can cause difficulty when eating or can cause pain when brushing your teeth in that area.

We recommend scheduling your child's first dental visit when their baby teeth start to erupt or by the age of 1. It is important to establish a dental home for your child where they start to feel comfortable visiting and having their teeth checked and clean. If you notice dark or chipped areas on your child's teeth, it is important to have them checked to make sure the tooth does not have a cavity. Cavities in baby teeth can lead to tooth infection and pain if left untreated. Schedule your child's visit today and let us know that it is his or her's first visit so we can make it a special day!

Preventive Dentistry and Periodontal Treatment

An exam can be done without x-rays but the doctor will not be able to see areas between the teeth and within the jaws to check for decay and pathology (irregularities). We will keep your exposure to x-rays as limited as possible by using digital x-rays which is approximately 10% of the radiation exposure compared to traditional film x-rays and an xray apron with a thyroid collar to protect areas around the mouth from unnecessary exposure. Overall, the benefits from dental x-rays outweigh the cons of limited radiation exposure. However, if you continue to have concerns or questions please feel free to bring them up with the doctor at your next visit. We will not take x-rays if you prefer not to have them taken. Your concerns are our top priority!

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An exam and cleaning should be done every 4 to 6 months. The doctor may recommended a more frequent schedule due to periodontal disease or high caries risk.

Root Canal Therapy

The reason that a crown may be recommended for your tooth after a root canal is because the tooth may have had a large cavity before the root canal was done. The cavities were removed and the root canal was done so that you won't feel pain on that tooth anymore but now the tooth is more fragile since a lot of structure was removed. Without a crown to protect the whole surface of the tooth it is more likely to break off when you chew. If a large piece of the tooth breaks off then the tooth may need to be extracted even though you don't feel pain on the tooth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening using at-home bleaching trays as recommended by our office will not damage your teeth as long as you follow the provided instructions. Although you may feel some sensitivity (especially to cold things) while you are whitening your teeth, this sensitivity usually goes away in several days or weeks after you stop bleaching. Some options to minimize sensitivity include brushing with a sensitivity toothpaste that contains Potassium Nitrate up to two weeks before and during the time that you are bleaching. It is also important to follow the instructions and to remove the bleaching trays at the recommended time. Bleaching for longer will possibly lead to sensitivity. Sensitivity from whitening usually disappears on its own when you finish the whitening regimen.

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