Dental FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do you have a question about a service we provide? Please feel free to browse our dental FAQs below and don’t hesitate to call our office if you don’t see your question on our list. Liberty Dental Group Phone Number (610) 933-7001

Dental Health FAQs:

What causes tooth decay and cavities?

Poor dental hygiene at home (skipping brushing or flossing), sugary and acidic foods and missing dental hygiene appointments are the most common causes of tooth decay.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as “periodontal disease,” is chronic inflammation of the gums. Without professional treatment and adequate home care, gum disease will progress to the deterioration of soft tissues and bone surrounding teeth. Eventually, teeth will be lost as well. At Liberty Dental Group, we carefully screen each patient for gum disease during every visit.

What is a dental crown?

The “crown” of the tooth is the white part that sticks up above the gum line (the part of the tooth that you can see). We can create prosthetic crowns in our lab to mimic the look and function of real teeth when. Dental crowns are often required when teeth are cracked, broken, heavily decayed, or after root canal treatment has been performed.

Is fluoride safe?

Yes, fluoride is completely safe. Over 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that fluoride can prevent tooth decay without any adverse health effects. More can be learned about fluoride by visiting the ADA’s website.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Yes. Because dental x-rays have one of the lowest radiation exposure rates of all medical imaging types, they are considered to be safe. However, any exposure to radiation over time can create risk, so we only take x-rays when it is absolutely necessary in order to minimize your exposure. We also use protective measures during the procedure to further minimize exposure.

What is a dental implant?

When an adult tooth is lost, a dental implant can be inserted into the jaw and a prosthetic crown attached to it replace the tooth. Dental implants are the closest thing we have to natural teeth because they look, feel and function just like real teeth.

Do I really need to floss?

Yes. Flossing is the only way to remove bacteria and plaque from in between teeth, which is where decay often starts. Floss once a day to keep your teeth for life.

How often do I need a dental checkup?

Regular dental cleanings and checkups should occur at least every six months. For patients with periodontal (gum) disease, we may need to see you every three months to keep your disease under control.

Are teeth alive?

Yes! Teeth contain nerves inside of them that are alive.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Teeth sensitivity is caused by many things, including tooth decay, gum disease, and exposed roots. An exam in our office can uncover the cause of your tooth sensitivity.

When do children need to have their first dental visit?

Children should be seen in our office at around 2.5 years old for regular dental care.

I have a cracked tooth – what should I do?

It is important to deal with cracked teeth as soon as possible, before bacteria make their way to the root. The sooner we can get to you, the better chance we have of saving your tooth and even avoiding root canal treatment.

I have a broken filling – what should I do?

Broken fillings often can be replaced in our office, but it’s important to see us ASAP to avoid further decay.

How do sealants help teeth?

Sealants are a protective material that is applied to the enamel of your teeth, typically the molars. It is a very effective method for preventing tooth decay and is generally considered to be a great investment.

I have dental anxiety and am afraid to go to the dentist – what should I do?

Dental anxiety is very common and we have successfully treated many patients with dental anxiety at Liberty Dental Group over the years. The first step is to talk about the fears you have – often we can put your mind at ease because dental treatments are much more comfortable (and quicker) than in the past. There are also many tools that you can use to help you get the work you need done worry free: Check out our Dental Anxiety page for more information.

How to save a tooth that has been knocked out:

If you (or a child) loses a permanent tooth, this is known as “avulsion”. It is important to call us immediately for instructions and an appointment – the sooner we see you, the more likely we can re-implant the permanent tooth. In the meantime: Gently rinse the tooth (don’t rub or touch the roots) with water or milk. Keep the tooth moist in a glass or milk, water, spit or keep it in the patient’s mouth (if safely possible) until you can be seen.