Dental Hygiene

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I SHOULD DO TO HAVE HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMs?

The most important things you can do to keep your mouth healthy are to use dental floss and a toothbrush daily. These two things alone are sufficient for most people.

SHOULD I USE A MOUTHWASH?

Mouthwash is not necessary for most people. If we determine that a mouthwash would be helpful for you, we will prescribe a mouthwash regimen.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY TEETH CLEANED?

Hygiene appointment frequency will be determined by the condition of your oral health. Although most patients are seen every six months, your recommended schedule may be more or less frequent depending on your personal health.

WHY SHOULD I FLOSS DAILY?

Flossing, when done correctly, removes bacteria from between the teeth above and below the gumline. This is the most effective way for you to prevent decay and gum disease. Research shows that bacteria must be removed from all surfaces of the teeth on a daily basis to maintain the health of the mouth. Using dental floss will clean areas of the tooth that you cannot reach with a toothbrush.

DOES GUM INFECTION HURT?

Gum infection usually does not hurt. A complete periodontal evaluation is the only way to accurately determine the health of your gums. This is part of your initial examination and each hygiene appointment.

MY GUMS ALWAYS BLEED. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Bleeding gums indicate the presence of gum disease. Poor fitting crowns or restorations will also contribute to this condition.

IS AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH BETTER THAN A STANDARD TOOTHBRUSH?

Yes, studies show certain electric toothbrushes to be superior to manual brushing. However, if your manual brushing is adequate, we will not advise you to change.

WHY DO I HAVE BAD BREATH?

In most cases, bad breath is caused by bacteria trapped around the teeth. This may be the result of decay, bad dental restorations or other conditions. We will evaluate and treat the causes of halitosis (bad breath).

Pain & Discomfort

WILL I HAVE ANY DISCOMFORT FOLLOWING MY RESTORATIVE TREATMENT?

After restorative treatment your tooth may be sensitive from the work and some sensitivity of the gums adjacent to the tooth may be present as well. In most cases, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen will relieve any discomfort. If the discomfort persists, please contact us to schedule an appointment for evaluation.

WHY DO I FEEL A THROBBING SENSATION IN MY TOOTH?

Persistent pain and throbbing could indicate an infection and the need for root canal treatment. If you have an infection, the tooth will normally be painful to pressure and a toothache will wake you at night. If this happens, please contact us for an appointment.

WHY do I sometimes have a headache and sore jaw upon waking?

Bruxism (teeth grinding) could be the reason. Many people are not aware they clench or grind their teeth at night. Please contact us for an evaluation for signs of bruxism and your treatment options.

Cosmetic & Restorative Treatment

HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT I WILL GET THE END RESULT THAT I WANT WHEN DOING COSMETIC DENTAL WORK?

When using restorations such as veneers or crowns to make cosmetic changes, two sets of restorations will be fabricated. The first provisional restorations are created to match the changes we have determined to be best for you. These can be modified in shape, position and color over time. We will work with these and with you to verify the optimal result in these restorations prior to creation of the final porcelain restorations.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO PRIOR TO MY RESTORATIVE APPOINTMENT?

When the gum tissue is healthy, the procedure will be accomplished most easily and efficiently. A prescription mouth rinse may be prescribed to be used for several days in advance to eliminate any inflammation or irritation of the gums. Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen prior to the appointment will reduce any tendency for postoperative discomfort.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM ANXIOUS ABOUT MY APPOINTMENT?

Nitrous-oxide inhalation is a safe form of sedation that may be used at your request during an appointment. In many cases, an oral sedative can be prescribed to be taken prior to your appointment. This will require you to arrange for transportation to the office and home following the appointment. Dr. Seal will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Crowns & Bridges

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY PROVISIONAL (TEMPORARY) CROWN COMES OFF?

Since a temporary crown is cemented with weak cement, it is possible for the crown to come off. If this happens after office hours, you can normally use a very small amount of denture adhesive (Polygrip, etc.) to place the temporary back in position. Once our office is open, please call so that we can appropriately cement the temporary crown.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY PERMANENT CROWN COMES OFF?

If your crown comes off after office hours, you may use a small amount of denture adhesive (Polygrip, etc.) to place the crown back in position. Often, loss of your permanent crown indicates a potential need for further treatment. Please call our office to schedule an appointment time to evaluate and cement your crown.

Dr. Seal & Staff

EVEN THOUGH ANOTHER DOCTOR REFERRED ME TO DR. GREG SEAL, CAN I REFER MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

Dr. Seal is accepting new patients and while many of our patients are referred by other doctors, we always appreciate referrals from our patients.

WHAT IS A PROSTHODONTIST?

A prosthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the restoration or replacement of natural teeth. After completing four years of dental school, a dentist is required to attend an additional multi-year residency to become a prosthodontist.

DO YOU ACCEPT MY INSURANCE?

We will provide you with the necessary documentation you need to submit a claim to your insurance company for your reimbursement.