FAQs

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, then please call us at (520) 876-9955.

 

Q: How can I improve my smile?

Q: How can I improve my smile?

A: There are numerous ways to improve a smile. One is simply through color. Our teeth pick up a lot of stains through our diet and habits, i.e. smoking, coffee, tea, and even such things as blueberries. In addition, as we age, the protective coating on our teeth known as enamel begins to wear away and eventually becomes thinner showing the inner yellow color. Bleaching our teeth through proper methods can dramatically aid in the enhancement of ones smile. However, there is more to a smile than simply color, teeth shape, contacts, teeth position etc…. All of these aid in how we smile and when we smile. Here at Agave Dentistry we look forward to partnering with each of our patients to improve their smile from color to crowns. Come visit us to see how we can improve your smile.

Q: Why should I consider a dental implant?

Q: Why should I consider a dental implant?

Dental implants are a great resource to use when restoring missing teeth or to help secure a denture in place. In addition, an implant will look like a tooth, act like a tooth and function like a tooth without the risk of a cavity. It is a great resource for many people. We are qualified to take you through the whole process from initial diagnosis to implant placement and complete restoration. We welcome your questions to see if an implant is the right restoration for you.

Q: How can I protect my teeth if I grind or clench?

Q: How can I protect my teeth if I grind or clench?

A: Many people grind or clench their teeth for a variety of reasons, stress being one of them. Typically, grinding and clenching occurs while one is sleeping and not realizing it. For a trained professional, however, it is usually easy to recognize and diagnosis. Through habitual grinding and clenching, teeth can flatten and trauma can occur to existing fillings or other restorations. A possible treatment option is the fabrication of a night guard. A night guard is a device that covers your teeth and is worn at night, when the grinding or clenching happens. The use of a night guard causes the wear to occur on the device and ultimately protects your teeth and any restorations.

Q: How often should I get a dental exam or cleaning?

Q: How often should I get a dental exam or cleaning?

A: Typically, many dental exams and cleanings happen every six months. For others, it may be more beneficial to have cleanings every two to four months, depending on the severity of gingivitis or periodontal disease. There are different factors to consider to determine how often an exam or cleaning should be done. We provide a thorough comprehensive exam to determine the health of your teeth. If you have not had a dental exam or cleaning for a while, call Agave Dentistry today and schedule your comprehensive exam. We look forward to serving you.

Q: Why do I need a crown?

Q: Why do I need a crown?

A: A crown is needed when a tooth has a large decay or cavity that compromises the function of the tooth or if the tooth has a large restoration that has a cavity underneath it. Another reason for the need of a crown is if the tooth has been fractured or broken but is still restorable. Whatever the need, a crown is used to restore the tooth both functionally and aesthetically. A dental crown can restore the tooth back to its original size, shape, and color. Further, a crown surrounds the tooth and makes it strong again. Badly broken or decayed teeth can be strengthened with dental crowns. In addition to restoring the tooth, dental crowns can be used to change the shape, size, and color of an existing tooth or close a space or spaces between teeth and correct minor rotation and positions of existing teeth for a better functional or aesthetic appearance. Dental crowns can improve the general appearance, adding to the patient’s self-confidence and desire to freely smile.

Q: How old should my child be before I bring him/her to the dentist?

Q: How old should my child be before I bring him/her to the dentist?

A: It is recommended to bring a child into the dental office as soon as their baby teeth begin to show. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is get your child accustomed to the dental setting. If a child feels comfortable, then they are more likely to be consistently seen and therefore a healthier mouth. In addition, as a child grows and the primary teeth are replaced by the permanent teeth (adult teeth) there are a lot of things to look for, i.e. spacing, missing adult teeth, third molars (wisdom teeth) etc… All of these possible complications can be easily corrected with appropriate treatment as long as the child is seen regularly. At Agave Dentistry we welcome children and adults of all ages.

Q: What causes tooth sensitivity?

Q: What causes tooth sensitivity?

A: There are many things that cause tooth sensitivity from cavities to recessive gums. Cavities are literal depressions or holes in a tooth caused by bacteria. As the bacteria grow and multiply, the size of the cavity grows as well. The continued growth into the tooth gets closer and closer to the inner portion also known as the pulp. The closer in proximity to the inner portion of the tooth creates sensitivity. If the sensitivity is ignored then the sensitivity typically will become painful. The sensitive tooth caused by a cavity is a warning sign to get the tooth fixed.

Another causative agent for tooth sensitivity are recessive gums. This is when the gums have become reduced in height from the point where they were at initially. This does not happen immediately, but over time. This can happen through friction applied by a toothbrush when brushing, heavy biting or grinding and age. Teeth become sensitive as enamel (the outer portion of the tooth) is worn away exposing the inner layer, or dentin. Sensitivity increases the closer we move to the innermost part. Even slight removal of the enamel increases sensitivity.

Q: How do I prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, or other problems?

Q: How do I prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, or other problems?

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Q: How can I better practice good oral hygiene at home?

Q: How can I better practice good oral hygiene at home?

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Q: Which is better, an electric or manual toothbrush?

Q: Which is better, an electric or manual toothbrush?

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Q: Which toothpaste is best?

Q: Which toothpaste is best?

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Q: What will my insurance cover?

Q: What will my insurance cover?

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