Your Houston dentist, Dr. Bishara, is happy to answer any dental questions our patients may have. Just ask a dentist.
We put together a list of the most frequently asked questions. Please let us know if there are any questions you may have as we are more than happy to help.
Are the x-rays taken in the office harmful to me in the future?
Because of their sensitivity we have reduced the setting on the x-ray machine to its minimal setting therefore the patient receives minimal exposure in the industry. The use of a lead apron shield while taking intra-oral radiographs further reduces that exposure to barely detectable. Contact our office should you have any further questions regarding our intra-oral radiograph protocol.
How often do I really have to floss?
How often should I whiten my teeth?
Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. We recommend In-office bleaching should be limited to no more than twice every year. Everybody is not equal and most of the population’s bleaching needs fall under this frequency. Continuous maintenance with home whitening products combined with good brushing and flossing could greatly preserve the whiteness of teeth once an in-office session has been performed.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth extracted?
Wisdom teeth can also remain unexposed due to lack of space for their eruption. In such cases they will often grow into the direction of the tooth just adjacent to them causing undue pressure on that tooth and potentially damage its roots. When we detect wisdom teeth growing out of alignment on radiographs, often we recommend their removal in order to protect the adjacent teeth that can be irreparably damaged.
At times the wisdom teeth appear to be erupting properly only to remain stuck below the gums. Such a location for wisdom teeth can be dangerous for patients. Even small food particles can get lodged underneath the gums directly on the wisdom tooth which would be nearly impossible to clean. With little time, those food particles will undergo bacterial breakdown and cause an infection in the back of the mouth called Pericoronitis. This type of infection can spread quickly and become life threatening. If you have any pain in the back of your moth call us immediately for a consultation.
How fast does a cavity grow?
A cavity’s rate of growth is different from person to person. While some may have strong teeth requiring more work from the bacteria, others may not be so fortunate and have weak teeth that bacteria can breakdown faster. Better brushing will slow down the progression of most cavities as the bacteria is susceptible to toothpaste chemicals. Another solution is to change the type of toothpaste used. The effectiveness of certain types of toothpaste can change from person to person.
I brush and floss twice a day yet I still have bad breath, what can I do?
In some cases these methods alone are not sufficient, and the addition of an oral rinse may greatly help. There are many over the counter mouth rinses that are effective at removing bad breath. Another solution is to change the type of tooth paste used, from person to person different toothpaste will have different effectiveness.
Are silver fillings harmful to my health?
Such fillings have been shown to leak Mercury into the mouth at a very slow rate exponentially with time. Meaning, that most of the Mercury leakage will happen during the first year it was placed in the mouth, with each following year showing significantly less leaking than the year prior. However, the amount of leaked Mercury from an amalgam filling over the span of its lifetime (including its first year) remains less than the harmful threshold of this chemical.
With technological advances, amalgam fillings have become a thing of the past with the majority of dentists these days utilizing white composite fillings for the treatment of cavities.
How do dental implants work?
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a whole arch of teeth. Some individuals with dentures, also known as plates, have a difficult time eating and functioning with these dentures because of bone loss most often associated with increasing age. Dental implants can be placed in the arch and plates can later be affixed to these implants, allowing a stable denture that is much stronger and more comfortable than before.