Dental Care FAQ

Will My Tooth Hurt If I Have A Cavity?

Not necessarily! In fact, the idea that all cavities hurt is a common misconception. Much of the time, a tooth will not hurt when a small or medium-size cavity is present. Usually, the cavity will grow all the way to the nerve before the tooth starts hurting. And by that point, the tooth usually needs a root canal and may even need to be removed. For this reason, we recommend frequent check-ups—to first prevent cavities, and if that doesn’t happen, to treat them when they are smaller and therefore easier, less painful, and cheaper to treat!

If I Need A Crown, Do I Also Need A Root Canal?

There are many reasons teeth need crowns or caps, but just because your tooth may need a crown does not mean you need a root canal as well. However, most root canals will benefit from a crown because without one, they are at higher risk of breaking. Many teeth need a crown but not a root canal.

I Have Dental Anxiety. What Can You Do To Help Me Feel More Comfortable?

First, know that you are not alone. You may find comfort to know that many people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Dental anxiety is quite common. When you come to our office, you will immediately meet our warm and caring for our staff. In addition to the calming atmosphere that they create, we have weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, TVs, and Nitrous and oral sedation options.

Will Whitening Hurt My Teeth?

Contrary to the untrue rumors you may have heard regarding teeth whitening, this treatment is very safe and does not make your teeth softer or more likely to get cavities as long as you stick to the guidelines mapped out by Drs. Hayden or Rose. You may experience some transient sensitivity that usually resolves itself within a few days. The stronger the solution, the more sensitivity you may experience. We have desensitizing agents that can be used before and after whitening to help with this.

Do You Place Metal Fillings?

Metal fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, silver fillings, or mercury fillings are made up of approximately 50% mercury, a known neurotoxin. For this reason, we recommend alternatives to restorative materials. There are many good alternatives to metal fillings, including BPA FREE composite (white) fillings and tooth color porcelain.

Environmental Protection Agency

Signed Minamata Convention

“Phase-out or take measures to reduce mercury use in certain products such as batteries, switches, lights, cosmetics, pesticides and measuring devices, and create initiatives to reduce the use of mercury in dental amalgam.”

“Exposure to mercury threatens our health, with many often-irreversible toxic effects. Developing fetuses and young children are most at risk. Mercury pollution also harms wildlife and ecosystems.”

“Mercury pollution is a global problem that requires global action. It moves with air and water, transcends political borders, and can be transported thousands of miles in the atmosphere.”

Food & Drug Administration

“Dental amalgam contains elemental mercury. It releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys.”

World Health Organization

“Exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life.”

“Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.”

“Mercury is considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.”

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