New and established patients alike often have questions about treatment or about dentistry in general. Here, our team at Napa Family Dental answers some of the most frequently asked questions at our Albuquerque, NM practice.

What’s the best way to prevent cavities?

Though it’s impossible to prevent dental issues altogether, there are things you can do to significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay. Routine dental exams and cleanings are the best place to start, but you should also practice diligent hygiene at home, too. Patients should brush at least twice a day and floss between the teeth daily. We also offer preventative treatments, such as dental sealants and fluoride to protect the teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

Should I consider dental implants?

Dental implants are considered the most successful and longest-lasting teeth replacement solution. Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or an entire dental arch, implants can be used to restore health, appearance, and function. To quality for implants, you should be free from gum disease and any medical condition that could impede healing. We can discuss your candidacy during your next visit.

What should I do in a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies happen, and always when you least expect them. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can lower your stress and keep you focused if you’re ever faced with one. The first thing you should do is call our office for further instructions. Next, if your tooth has broken or been knocked out, locate the tooth or any broken fragments and bring them with you to your appointment. Soak them in a cup of saline or milk during transport.

Can I be sedated for my treatment?

Yes! Many patients ask about sedation options at our Albuquerque office. Dental anxiety affects over half of the population. In fact, many people avoid the dentist altogether because of their fears and phobias. Sedation dentistry helps keep you comfortable during treatment by inducing a state of relaxation. At Napa Family Dental, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation. During a consultation at our practice, we can help determine which type of treatment is best for you.

I have a broken tooth. Now what?

Broken teeth can occur for many reasons. The treatment recommended depends on the severity of the fracture and how close it is to the nerve. Minor chips and small fractures can often be treated with dental bonding, a quick procedure that can be completed in a single office visit. A larger fracture will likely require a dental crown. If your tooth is severely broken, it may need to be removed. If this happens, we can talk with you about restorative treatment options, including dental bridges and implants.

Does teeth whitening work on veneers?

Veneers, crowns, and other restorations do not respond to teeth whitening. In fact, you should never even use whitening toothpastes on your veneers, as they contain harsh abrasives that can scratch your restorations. The best way to keep your veneers looking bright is to keep them clean and avoid dark-colored foods and beverages.

Contact Napa Family Dental

Do you have questioned that weren’t answered here? Give us a call at (505) 323-7700. Our friendly, knowledgeable team is always happy to help! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, you can contact us online anytime.