Gentle Dental Eagan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Gentle Dental Eagan, we believe that patient education is an essential aspect of care. It’s important to be well-informed about procedures and general information about oral health. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at our office. Do you have questions that we didn’t address here? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members. Contact us online anytime or call our dental office at (651) 452-5511.

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Digital x-rays emit much less radiation compared to conventional x-ray machines. At Gentle Dental Eagan, we take every possible precaution to protect our patients and keep them safe. We will never recommend x-rays unless they are necessary for treatment. Keep in mind that, for optimal oral health, dental x-rays should be taken at least once a year. If we are monitoring a specific problem, we may need to take them more often.

Teeth Cleanings & Exams

Electric toothbrushes are wonderful investments, especially for patients who lack dexterity. Though they are not required, they can supplement your oral healthcare routine and yield excellent results. As always, be sure to choose a product that has been ADA-accepted.

Waterpiks or water flossers are fantastic tools for removing large food particles and debris from underneath bridges, around braces, or other hard-to-reach areas. We encourage our patients to use Waterpik if they find them beneficial. However, you should never replace regular flossing with a Waterpik, as they do not remove biofilm from the teeth surfaces. Therefore, if you purchase a Waterpik, be sure to combine it with regular flossing.

When shopping for any oral health product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has been tested to the highest standards and considered safe for use. We recommend choosing non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. If you are prone to sensitivity, try a toothpaste formulated especially for sensitive teeth.

Good oral hygiene is the first defense against cavity-causing bacteria. However, there are also preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of decay. Topical fluoride treatments help strengthen tooth enamel and address demineralization. Dental sealants are clear coatings that are applied to the teeth to shield them from bacteria. These treatments significantly reduce the risk of cavities.

The answer to this question is different for every patient. Many individuals have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, if you are predisposed to certain oral health issues, such as decay or gum disease, we may recommend more frequent visits.

Even individuals with impeccable oral hygiene are still not immune to issues like decay and gum disease. Every day, oral bacteria accumulate. Brushing and flossing at home is enough to keep these bacteria at bay for some time. But after a few months, a professional cleaning is necessary to address the issue. Your dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas, keeping your bacterial levels healthy.

Gum Disease Treatment

Red, tender, or swollen gums are the symptoms of periodontal disease. When detected in the early stages, gum disease can be addressed with cleanings. However, the more advanced the disease, the more likely surgery will be needed to correct the issue. For this reason, routine dental visits are so important.

Implant-Supported Dentures

The quick answer is no. It takes longer than a day to complete a dental implant procedure. The good news is that although it's a multi-step process, your dental implants can last a lifetime. But we'll explain why a dental implant procedure takes more than a day. Interested? Keep reading!

To begin, you will have a consultation with Dr. Michael to decide whether dental implants are right for you. 

Then, treatment is completed in phases. Gentle Dental Eagan will walk you through each stage of the procedure to ensure you are comfortable and satisfied with each step of your treatment, including sedation dentistry services. The steps will look something like this:

  1. Your treatment begins with the placement of the titanium dental implants
  2. For the implants to fuse successfully into your bone tissue, your jaw and mouth must heal for several months
  3. During this important healing time, we adjust your existing dentures so you can feel confident in the meantime (while wearing them with the implants)
  4. Once your mouth and jaw have fully healed, we place small connectors (called abutments) on top of your dental implants
  5. By using abutments, your new dentures stay secure in your mouth and allow for easy snap-off removal

Implant Dentist in Eagan, MN

People have long sought a way to replace missing teeth for health, practical, and aesthetic purposes. The History of Dentistry shows that people used animal teeth to manufacture dentures as early as 2500 B.C. 

So, it's fair to say that dentures have been around for a long time and have come a long way since then. And although dentistry has certainly advanced, dental implants will still take longer than one day to completely heal and integrate.

Additionally, even with these advancements, traditional dentures can be uncomfortable and challenging to keep in place. Fortunately, implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable and secure option. If you're interested in learning more about different types of dentures or looking for an Eagan, MN implant dentist—we're just a call or click away!

If you feel as though your smile is incomplete and are considering dental implants—please keep reading!

Before diving into the pros and cons, let's cover what dental implants actually are. Dental implants are titanium posts (screws) surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implants fuse with the bone during the healing process, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth. A dentist will use dental implants to support a single tooth, a bridge, or dentures. 

The Pros of Dental Implants

The advantages of dental implants are many. But the main overall benefit is they are a permanent solution to tooth loss. 

Dental implants are strong and durable, and they look and feel like natural teeth. 

Unlike dentures or bridges, which rest on top of the gums, Dr. Michael surgically inserts the implant into the jawbone. This method provides a more secure fit and helps to prevent bone loss. The titanium implant can last a lifetime with proper care, while other options may need replacing every few years. 

Additionally, dentures or bridges rely on surrounding teeth for support. In contrast, implants are anchored directly into the jawbone—providing a much more secure fit and helping to preserve the health of adjacent teeth. 

The benefits don't end there. The titanium implant is compatible with the human body, so they are unlikely to cause any allergic reactions. And because they are so well- tolerated by the body, implants have a very high success rate. 

The Cons of Dental Implants

Although dental implants are a popular and excellent way to replace missing teeth, they're not without drawbacks. The cons to consider may be:

  • Dental implants are more expensive than traditional dentures
  • Placing the dental implant requires surgery and healing time
  • There is a chance the implant may not fuse properly with the jawbone
  • Implants are not always an option for people who have certain medical conditions or who have undergone specific medical treatments

However, many people feel that the advantages of dental implants outweigh the disadvantages and are willing to invest in their oral health.

Dental Implants in Eagan, MN

If you're tired of the slipping and sliding of traditional dentures or searching for more information about dental implants in Eagan, MN, give us a call and schedule a consultation. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have!

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