All About Family Dental Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do in a dental emergency?
A: In case of a dental emergency, please contact our office directly in order to set up an appointment for us to assist you in a timely fashion. At All About Family Dental, we offer emergency care. Keep our number handy in case of:

  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Severe pain
  • Tooth loss
  • Pain while biting down (abscess)
  • Trauma to the mouth or face
  • Swelling within the mouth or face
  • Knots, bulges or swelling seen in the gums

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, sipping on ice water may help to alleviate pain. In case of cold sensitivity while breathing, breathe through your nose. Above all, contact us quickly!

Q: How does tooth whitening work?

A: Both in-office and at-home tooth whitening methods use tooth-bleaching gels that oxidize out the stain. Be prepared; many people find that their teeth become slightly sensitive during the whitening process.

At-home whitening is an option that involves us taking an impression of your teeth and making a custom-fitted tray that you fill with whitening gel at home. You wear the tray for about 2 hours a day, or perhaps at night for 2 weeks. At-home whitening is very popular today and quite effective.

In-office whitening occurs right here at All About Family Dental. You spend about an hour per visit here in the office, where we use an oxidizing agent on your teeth, along with a laser to help activate the whitening agent. This method is a bit more expensive and less frequent.

Q: How do I know I have a cavity?

A: You may have a tooth abscess (cavity) if you have a severe, continuous toothache. The discomfort may feel like sharp, shooting pains or may be a constant, throbbing pain. Other symptoms may be:

  • Fever
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Foul smell to the breath
  • Swollen neck glands
  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw
  • An open, draining sore on the side of the gum

Even if the toothache ceases on its own, you absolutely must call All About Family Dental. This cessation of pain may simply mean that the root of your tooth has died due to infection. The spread of this infection must be stopped before it destroys other tissue.

Q: What are bonds?

A: Bonds are composite resins or porcelain/composite veneers that are shaped to cover the surface of stained or broken teeth. Consider the 2 basic bonding techniques:

Composite bonding – All About Family Dental etches tiny grooves into your tooth surface with a mild acid and applies a composite resin that is colour-matched to the surrounding teeth. We contour the resin into shape, harden it with a curing light, and smooth and polish it for a natural look.

Veneer bonding – With this option, the tooth cover (veneer) is made before it is applied to your tooth. Materials are porcelain, which is typically stronger and longer-lasting; and composite, which is the less expensive option. We match the colour and shape of your veneer to an impression taken earlier and apply it by first roughening the surface of your natural tooth. We use a dental bonding cement to attach the veneer to your tooth, thereby covering stained or broken teeth and unsightly gaps.

Q: Will my newly-whitened teeth stain?

A: Yes – even veneers and bonds can stain. To prevent staining, avoid smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and heavily coloured foods. Use a whitening toothpaste at home when you brush.

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