Q&A From Your Local, Sachse Dentist

The dentist at Polaris Dentistry is here to help you take the very best care of your teeth.

Dentist Sachse Rowlett Garland Wylie

Our dentist gets lots of questions from our patients at Polaris Dentistry, and we will be addressing those questions in our blog in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a list of the most commonly asked questions and answers.

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush?

One of the most common causes for bleeding gums is plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line, which could lead to more severe conditions such as gingivitis. Proper oral hygiene can prevent this from occurring. We recommend proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash in addition to preventive care visits with your dentist at least twice annually. 

Other causes may be a vitamin deficiency, diabetes, medication such as blood thinners, smoking, or excessive alcohol use.

My Tooth is Chipped. What Are My Options?

A chipped or broken tooth can be frightening, but the situation is less stressful if you know how to handle it properly. First, the dentist at Polaris Dentistry recommends you assess the damage to determine the severity. If the break isn’t severe and there is no pain, emergency dentistry may not be necessary. Either way, contact your dentist as soon as possible and schedule an urgent or regular visit. Then protect your tooth as much as possible by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Avoid aggravating the broken tooth with hard foods.

What Can I Do About a Missing Tooth?

There are several options for replacing a missing tooth. Talk to your dentist about:

  1. implants, 
  2. implant or tooth-supported bridges
  3. removable partial dentures
  4. a flipper, which is intended to be a temporary solution

When Should I See the Dentist About Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

Adults are often concerned about their wisdom teeth and whether to have them extracted or not. A good rule of thumb is to consult your dentist if your wisdom teeth are causing pain or infection. However, we recommend you discuss your concerns during a routine visit to the dentist. Ask if you need to develop a proactive care plan to address potential problems.

Why Does My Dentist Require X-Rays?

Your dentist and hygienist can only see the surface of the tooth without x-rays. X-rays allow them to view tooth and bone structure, detect decay and infection hiding inside and between teeth, and even spot cancer and other health-related problems. 

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to Cold?

When teeth are sensitive to cold, it is typically caused by weakening enamel or receding gums. These conditions, if left untreated, can allow nerves to be exposed, resulting in a painful reaction to cold food and beverages. It is important to know that tooth enamel cannot be restored, so consult your dentist and ask about preventive measures.

Why do I need a crown?

Dentists use crowns when:

  1. a tooth is cracked, chipped, or broken, 
  2. it requires a filling that’s too large for the tooth to support,
  3. it has too much decay or is too worn,
  4. it is extremely discolored or misshapen. 

Dentists also use crowns to cover a dental implant or hold a bridge in place.