Fort Des Moines Dental Services » Frequently Asked Questions

Does a root canal hurt?

Not usually, modern root canal treatment is generally painless and non-eventful. You may have some discomfort for a few days after treatment but can be managed with Advil or Tylenol or prescribed pain medications.

Will bleaching my teeth affect my enamel?

No, the process can make your teeth temperature sensitive while you are doing it but will go back to your normal level after bleaching. There is no damaging of the tooth structure or making the teeth weaker.

How important are sealants?

Sealants can provide protection from dental decay or “cavities” on the chewing surface of teeth. Children should receive sealants on permanent molars after they erupt. Sealants require no drilling and are cost effective compared to filling a tooth.

How often should I get a cleaning?

Most people should have their teeth and mouth checked at least two times yearly. Some people may need to have 3 or 4 cleanings yearly.

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal may need to be performed if the tooth hurts or has an infection. A root canal can save a tooth versus having the tooth extracted.

Why do I need an x-ray?

Dental x-rays provide your dentist with an important tool that shows the condition of your teeth, it’s root, jaw bone levels, and some types of tumors. X-rays can help your dentist detect problems in your mouth that otherwise would not be seen.

Should I get my wisdom teeth out?

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars most people get in their late teens or twenties. Wisdom teeth can be misaligned, hurt, cause problems for the teeth ahead of them. Your dentist may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted even before problems develop.

Why should I replace a missing tooth?

When missing teeth are not replaced, the following conditions can develop:

  • Tooth shifting- What was once a straight smile can quickly turn into crooked teeth.
  • TMJ Syndrome- Bite problems can develop and when the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly, it strains and damages the jaw joint. (TMJ)
  • Gum Disease/tooth decay- Once teeth shift out of alignment, it is harder to reach some spots with your tooth brush or floss.

What are signs of gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease include (1) bad breathe the won’t go away (2) red, swollen, bleeding gums (3) painful gum tissue and teeth (4) loose and sensitive teeth and receding gums or longer appearing teeth.

Should I get my silver fillings replaced?

If your metal dental fillings are defective or show decay, it’s important to replace them. Generally, replacing metal dental fillings for cosmetic reasons should be done after careful consideration and if your dentist feels it won’t compromise the long term health of your teeth. Likewise, there’s no need to replace silver fillings because of concerns about mercury in your fillings.

Insurance Accepted

We file to all insurance companies but, we participate with the following: Delta Dental (Premier), Blue Dental, Cigna, Humana, United Concordia, Ameritas, Guardian, Principal, and Dentamax

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