If you have questions, most likely others have had them too! Browse our list of frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us directly if you don’t find the answers you need. We’re here to help!
What forms of payment are accepted?
What if I have a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can include facial trauma that damages the structure of the teeth or jaw, loss of a permanent tooth, severe tooth pain, or signs of infection. Dental emergencies are never convenient or timely. At Winfree & Craig Cosmetic and General Dentistry, we are committed to our patients’ dental health. For current patients experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office for emergency contact instructions.
Which type of toothbrush should I use?
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 small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely, and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Is one toothpaste better than others?
Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
How often should I floss?
Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
When do I need a crown instead of a filling?
A filling is supported by the tooth, whereas a crown is the restoration that actually supports the tooth. Based on the tooth structure, Dr. Winfree and Dr. Denton will know which will give you the best long-term results.
What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures. To learn more, visit our Cosmetic Services page.
What about “silver” fillings versus “white” fillings?
Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting “white” or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they “bond” to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature. However, “white” fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary to provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.
Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
No. While most teeth that have root canal treatment do need a crowns to strengthen the teeth and return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown needs to have a root canal. It’s like the saying, every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square.