Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Dr. Jessica Rhodes, DMD
Welcome to the FAQ page for Dr. Jessica Rhodes, DMD. Here, we aim to answer some of the most common questions related to various dental procedures and oral health. If you have any specific concerns or need personalized advice, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.
What are Crowns and Bridges, and when are they necessary?
Crowns are dental caps used to cover and protect damaged teeth, while bridges replace missing teeth. They are recommended for restoring function and aesthetics, especially when a tooth is extensively decayed or lost.
Can you explain the benefits of Dental Implants over other tooth replacement options?
Dental implants are superior to alternatives like dentures and bridges as they offer better stability, durability, and aesthetics. They also preserve bone health and promote long-term oral well-being.
How can I alleviate tooth sensitivity?
Treating sensitivity involves identifying the underlying cause, which could be due to gum recession, enamel erosion, or dental issues. Dr. Rhodes can recommend solutions, such as desensitizing toothpaste or in-office treatments, based on your specific case.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry, and how can it enhance my smile?
Cosmetic dentistry includes various procedures like teeth whitening, veneers, and orthodontics to improve the appearance of your teeth. These treatments can enhance your smile and boost your self-confidence.
What is Periodontal Disease, and how is it treated?
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Treatment options range from non-surgical methods like deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to surgical procedures for advanced cases. Regular dental check-ups can help prevent and detect gum disease early.
Why do I need X-rays during dental visits?
X-rays are essential for diagnosing hidden dental issues like cavities, bone loss, and impacted teeth. They allow Dr. Rhodes to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and monitor your oral health over time. Rest assured, we use minimal radiation for your safety.
How long do dental crowns and bridges typically last?
The lifespan of crowns and bridges can vary based on factors like oral hygiene, habits, and materials used. With proper care, they can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or longer.
Is teeth whitening safe, and can I do it at home?
Teeth whitening is safe when done under professional guidance. While over-the-counter products are available, in-office whitening by Dr. Rhodes is more effective, safer, and ensures uniform results.
What can I do to maintain good oral health between dental appointments?
Maintaining good oral health involves regular brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol. Additionally, attend routine dental check-ups and cleanings to catch and address issues early.
Please keep in mind that these answers provide general information. Dr. Jessica Rhodes, DMD, would be happy to provide personalized advice and recommendations during your dental appointments.