Greeley Dental Care FAQs
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We want you to feel confident when you choose Greeley Dental Care for your family’s dentistry. Having questions is understandable when choosing a new dental office and we are here to answer yours.
We pride ourselves in creating personalized care that caters specifically to what you need.
If you don’t see your question listed here, the quickest way to get the answers you need is to give us a call. Our friendly staff is always here to help.
1. How do you get a toddler to brush their teeth?
The best thing to do is make it a fun game. Most toddlers ALWAYS want to do EVERYTHING themselves! So what you would want to do is brush the child’s teeth first and then allow them to “brush” their teeth afterward.
2. When is a good time to bring your kid to the dentist and why?
It is best to bring your baby to see the dentist when their first tooth erupts. Establishing a relationship with them at a younger age helps the child become familiar with the environment and team. So when they come in every six months they are not scared or anxious and know what to expect. Our team will also work with your child on educating them on oral health. Accidents do happen, so it is a good idea to join a family dentist. If your child falls and hits their teeth, mouth or face it is best to call your dentist.
3. How long should a child brush their teeth?
2 minutes, if possible. Intellitec makes a timer that has 2 buttons the child can push. The timer has 1 button for brushing teeth and 1 for washing hands. You can also download free apps on smartphones or purchase a toothbrush with a built-in timer.
4. When is it a good time to get braces for kids?
ADA recommends that kids should be seen by an orthodontist by the age of seven. They can evaluate if they will need braces and if they do, the orthodontists can determine if two phases of orthodontic care are needed.
5. What is the best toothpaste for children?
If a child is not able to spit then it’s not recommended to use fluoride. If the child is old enough to spit the access toothpaste out then they should use toothpaste with fluoride.
6. What are the benefits of a dental implant compared to a bridge?
A dental implant is essentially a replacement root. With a dental implant, only the missing tooth is being restored without the need for modification of the surrounding teeth. An implant retains the bone that can be lost when a tooth is extracted, and there are no longer any chewing forces to keep the bone strong in that area. With a bridge, it is necessary to prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for crowns even if they are perfectly healthy to “bridge” the area of the missing tooth with a false tooth. An implant can be used to replace a far back molar that does not have a tooth behind it to bridge to. Bridges are an excellent restorative choice in many situations and used to be one of the only fixed ways to restore a missing tooth before there were implants. But, there can be a challenge when cleaning around the bridge. It is important for implants to thoroughly clean under the bridge where the tooth used to be to avoid recurrent decay at the edges of the bridge. Implants are also excellent to restore missing teeth and can be used in places that a bridge can’t. Implants do require an adequate amount of bone to anchor them and may require additional procedures to increase the bone in the area if there isn’t enough to support an implant. Everyone is different. Dr. Dhoon will help you to know what option is best for you.
7. Why should I consider using implants to retain my dentures?
Dentures are a necessity for many people. The truth is that when you lose teeth, the bone in the area where the missing teeth once were will start to dissolve. When there are no active forces on teeth anchored in the jaw bone, the bone resorbs and goes from healthy and strong to weak and stick thin. Dental implants act as false roots in the jaw and with the chewing forces sustained by the implants during chewing, the bone will stay stronger and healthier. Many people do well with upper dentures due to the arch and palate being like a suction cup although that suction will decrease over time due to bone loss. Where most people experience trouble is with the lower denture that has to contend with the tongue and no suction. It has to sit on the ridge of the lower jaw. If there are no implants, that lower ridge recedes more and more as time progresses and can eventually become flat. It can be difficult to chew when there isn’t enough of the ridge left to properly retain a denture. Implants can help to avoid these problems.
8. Do I qualify for dental implants?
Dental Implants are a great choice for replacing a missing tooth! Finding out whether you qualify for dental implants requires an exam with Dr. Dhoon. He needs to evaluate your oral health and your bone density to determine if you are dental implant ready. Listed below are a few things to consider: Periodontal health – Your gums must not have any active infection before dental implant surgery. If you have gum disease, it can travel quickly to the implant and cause an infection, which may cause dental implant failure. If you suffer from gum disease, we will create a treatment plan to improve your oral health so that you can enjoy dental implant success. Bone density – If you experience tooth loss due to periodontal disease, you may also have bone loss, making dental implant surgery difficult. Dr. Taher Dhoon offers bone grafting to restore your bone, making dental implant treatment possible. This process uses donor bone to replace your bone. The two fuse together and create a stable foundation that supports the dental implant post. Your commitment – Fortunately, dental implants are easy to take care of. You treat them very much like a natural tooth. That means that your commitment to home care, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings are essential to the long-term success of your dentistry. We also recommend a Waterpik for all of our implant patients.
9. How do I know if I am having a dental emergency?
When most people contact us for a Dental Emergencies | Greeley Dental Care, it is because they have experienced some kind of trauma, such as a broken tooth, or they are having tooth pain. Both of these reasons mean it is time to give us a call. We hold a couple of emergency appointments each day so that we can take care of our patients who experience unexpected dental emergencies.
Calling us right away, at the first sign that something is wrong, gives us the chance to bring you in and address your problem quickly.
A dental emergency appointment will begin by going over any changes to your oral health, including your most recent symptoms. An x-ray will give Dr. Dhoon an image for diagnosis. And an intraoral picture will allow the two of you to see the problem and discuss the options together. Once Dr. Dhoon identifies the problem, he will outline the treatment options available to restore your health and comfort.
Even if you need root canal therapy or a dental extraction, Dr. Dhoon can provide those services right here. In most cases, you will not need a referral to a specialist. Dr. Dhoon provides comfortable treatment when you need it most.
If you have tooth pain, don’t wait! Our Greeley Dental Care team will take excellent care of you.
10. Why should I replace a missing tooth?
After there is an unfortunate loss of a tooth the bone in the area that the tooth once occupied begins to shrink. The teeth surrounding the space left by the missing tooth can lean and drift into the space at angles that can cause bite problems and damage to the remaining teeth. If the missing tooth is on the lower jaw, the upper tooth that opposed the now missing tooth will continue to drift down or super erupt causing bite problems and exposing root structure that is more susceptible to decay, and it can even drift so much as to bite into the lower gums. Essentially you lose the function of two teeth, not just one. When you don’t replace a missing tooth, it can have a domino effect in your mouth.
11. Do you remove wisdom teeth?
Removing wisdom teeth, also called third molars, is often recommended as a teenager to prevent major dental expense and pain in the future. It is common that wisdom teeth become symptomatic as they erupt or don’t have enough room to erupt properly (impaction). This often occurs during the teenage years, although adults may decide to have them removed if they are causing jaw pain or infection or are pushing against your other teeth.
Wisdom teeth sometimes become impacted. Impaction means that your teeth cannot emerge fully from your gums because there is not enough room or because they are growing in at an angle.
We will take an x-ray of your wisdom teeth to determine if you or your teenager’s oral health would benefit from removing them. In most cases, Dr. Taher Dhoon can remove your wisdom teeth in our office comfortably with oral sedation.
If you are fortunate enough to keep your wisdom teeth without complications, remember to give them special attention. Their location at the back of your mouth makes them particularly prone to decay, and your gums around them can become infected unless you are diligent with your home care.
If you or your teenager are regular patients, we will identify any problem with your wisdom teeth during your exam and x-ray appointment, but letting us know about symptoms that you experience can help us get you the care you need right away.
12. How do you treat patients who are afraid of the dentist?
Having a fear of the dentist is a very real obstacle for many people. Our friendly team, gentle and skilled dentist, and compassionate approach to dental care often put even the most fearful patients at ease, however.
Our team communicates well and makes sure that every person who comes through our door knows how important they are to us. Our patients are the heart of our practice and giving you personalized and comfortable dentistry that helps you stay healthy is our mission.
Sometimes, however, that is just not enough, and anxious patients need something to help them relax so that fear does not stand between them and their dental treatment.
We offer oral sedation dentistry to make getting the dentistry you need a stress-free experience. Oral sedation dentistry is mild enough that it is safe for most patients but strong enough that you will have a completely relaxed experienced with very little memory of your treatment.
We use a pulse oximeter and automatic blood pressure cuff to monitor your oxygen, pulse, and blood pressure throughout your treatment, ensuring a safe appointment with great results.
Dentistry does not have to be stressful. We are here to provide solutions that give you a positive dental experience.
13. Can you help with my dental anxiety?
Many patients want to take care of their teeth and gums, and they see the damage that occurs when they neglect their dental health. However, dental anxiety can make it difficult for them to get the dentistry they need for a healthy and comfortable smile.
At Greeley Dental Care, we offer sedation dentistry to make seeking dental care more comfortable for our fearful patients.
Sedation dentistry is a great option if it has been a while since you visited the dentist. We will need to arrange a consultation and review your medical history first to make sure that sedation is safe for you.
Combined with our friendly and professional team’s gentle and compassionate approach to dentistry, sedation dentistry makes it possible for many patients to complete treatment without the worry of stress at the dentist.
Dr. Taher Dhoon will prescribe medication prior to your appointment. We will monitor you throughout treatment, ensuring your safety. Most patients report little or no memory of their appointment and are happy they can completely relax while we take care of their teeth and gums.
For more information about sedation dentistry in Greeley, CO, give us a call and see if it is right for you.
14. Is it normal for my jaw to pop?
A popping or locked jaw can be painful! A popping jaw indicates that something is not functioning properly. People often refer to this as TMJ or TMJD, which stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Your jaw, muscles, teeth, and occlusion (bite) all contribute to the health of your jaw function. Inflammation or degeneration can cause a host of symptoms that include: Popping, locking, or clicking of your jaw joints Headaches, facial pain, or migraines Ringing in your ears or feeling like your ears are clogged Shoulder, neck, or back pain Inability to open your mouth completely Teeth that do not come together properly If Dr. Dhoon has the opportunity to diagnose your jaw condition early, he can provide treatment and potentially help you avoid surgery. A TMJ splint or an oral appliance called an NTI can guide your jaw into its proper location, allowing your muscles to relax. For many patients, this means dramatically reduced symptoms including fewer headaches. Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, is now classified as a disease and can contribute to TMJ dysfunction. An oral appliance addresses this problem as well, reducing wear and damage to your teeth caused by your teeth coming together in your sleep. An NTI device separates your teeth, prohibiting your teeth from damaging each other.
15. Why is grinding or clenching so bad for your teeth?
16. Sleep apnea screening in a dental office?
There are many signs that can be seen inside your mouth that can be related to sleep apnea. Planning an appointment to see your dentist can be a great resource to learn if you have conditions that could point to sleep apnea. You can fill out a sleep screener, have an exam with your dentist, and start the process of having a sleep test. Ninety percent of people who have sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Sleep apnea can take 15 years off your life and is a major contributor to many disease conditions. Some of the things that your dentist will look for include: your airway openness, your bite classification and palate condition, if you have abfractions at your gum line and receding gums, if you clench and grind your teeth, if you have scalloped tongue and/or bite marks on your cheeks, as well as considering your existing medical conditions that can be associated with sleep apnea.
17. How often should I get my teeth cleaned professionally?
It is strongly encouraged to visit your dentist two times a year for an exam and cleaning, although some individuals may need their teeth professional cleaned more often depending on their overall oral health and hygiene. A dental hygienist is adept at reaching and cleaning those areas of your tooth that are hard to get to, which a brush cannot always do as thoroughly. It is important to stay on track with your dental appointments to remove plaque and build up, which may lead to cavities, gum disease, or other afflictions. Treating your smile to regular checkups will help avoid more serious conditions.
18. Can I brush my teeth after my Fluoride varnish?
We strongly encourage you to wait 4-6 hours before brushing or flossing your teeth after your fluoride treatment. It is also important to avoid sticky/crunchy foods and hot liquids.
19. How often should I floss?
It is imperative to floss at least 1xday. Some patients prefer to floss in the morning or afternoon, while other prefer to floss at night.
20. I can’t afford to go to the dentist because I don’t have dental insurance. What do I do?
We understand how you feel. Other patients have had this same concern and what we have found is that your insurance is making sure that you do not neglect your regular dental cleanings and exams. Routine dental examinations, cleanings, and x-rays, as well as proper home care, is your best insurance.
In partnering with us for your oral health by coming in routinely you will be able to get affordable dental care with our dental savings plan.
You will be able to focus on prevention instead of restoration and, in the case of decay. Dental problems can be caught early while they are still easily and affordably treated instead of waiting until something breaks or hurts. When you wait until there is a dental emergency, the treatment that is needed is usually more extensive and expensive.
21. How long will I be numb for after I get a filling?
Everyone is different but people are typically numb 2-4 hours after a filling.
22. Why should I consider using implants to retain my dentures?
Dentures are a necessity for many people. The truth is that when you lose teeth, the bone in the area where the missing teeth once were will start to dissolve. When there are no active forces on teeth anchored in the jaw bone, the bone resorbs and goes from healthy and strong to weak and stick thin. Dental implants act as false roots in the jaw and with the chewing forces sustained by the implants during chewing, the bone will stay stronger and healthier. Many people do well with upper dentures due to the arch and palate being like a suction cup although that suction will decrease over time due to bone loss. Where most people experience trouble is with the lower denture that has to contend with the tongue and no suction. It basically has to sit on the ridge of the lower jaw. If there are no implants, that lower ridge recedes more and more as time progresses and can eventually become flat. It can be difficult to chew when there isn’t enough of the ridge left to properly retain a denture. Implants can help to avoid these problems.