Patient Education

 

01

I have silver fillings. Is that OK?

 

Dental amalgam is the material used for silver-colored fillings and is made of a mixture of elements including silver, copper, tin, and mercury (a key player in making the filling hard and stable). This dental amalgam has been used for years and continues to be a consistent, strong filling material.

 

A recent trend has questioned the safety of the mercury content in amalgam fillings and their effect on a person’s systemic health. However quality, reliable research has yet to prove any adverse effects that amalgam fillings might have. The American Dental Association continues to support the use of dental amalgam as a reliable and affordable option for fillings.

 

Dr. Jahnke provides filling material options for both tooth-colored composite fillings as well as silver-colored amalgam fillings.

02

I have a missing tooth. What are some treatment options?

 

There are multiple treatments available for replacing missing teeth. Everyone’s mouth is unique. Depending on your current oral condition, some options may be better suited to your needs. Here are some treatments to explore:

 

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is made of titanium. The implant is placed at the site of the missing tooth and supports a crown that will fill the space. Implants may also be used to help improve the fit of prostheses such as dentures or partials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth by placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the space and suspending a false tooth between them. This non-removable restoration is cemented into place to restore your chewing ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more questions regarding the above treatment options, or other options for replacing missing teeth, please feel free to call the office.

03

My gums bleed when I brush. Is something wrong?

 

Noticeable bleeding when you brush your teeth may be attributed to either gingivitis or periodontitis.

 

Gingivitis is a scientific word for describing inflammation of your gums. This is caused by the constant irritation of your gums by plaque (an accumulation of bacteria). The great thing about gingivitis is that it is completely reversible! Exceptional oral hygiene (brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and getting regular dental cleanings) can help prevent gingivitis and eliminate bleeding, sensitive gums.

 

If gingivitis is left untreated, a patient may transition from gingivitis to periodontal disease without realizing it. Periodontitis is a chronic disease caused by the constant irritation of the gums and supportive structure of the tooth by bacteria. If this irritation persists, the tooth loses bone support and can even fall out! Periodontitis is often painless, and many patients are not aware that they have the disease. Dental examinations are intended to screen for gingivitis and periodontitis, both of which can be prevented with regular dental visits, cleanings, and diligent at-home oral care.

04

How soon should I be taking my child to the dentist?

 

Children are welcome at the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in! It is important for children to make early visits to the dentist in order to check their teeth for cavities (yes, little ones get cavities) as well as to accustom them to the experience of a painless dental visit. Establishing a dental home early on in your child’s life can help them minimize their fear and make their dental experience a pleasant one.

 

Primary teeth, or “baby” teeth, are very important to ongoing oral health. Despite the fact that these teeth will eventually be lost, they act as a placeholder to maintain enough room for adult teeth to come in. Losing primary teeth too soon can cause crowding in permanent teeth or even prevent permanent teeth from coming in.

 

Dr. Jahnke has experience with patients of all ages, but if she feels that your child will be better served by a pediatric specialist, she will put you in touch with a trusted local pedodontist.