Q: If One Of My Teeth Gets Knocked Out, Can It Be Saved?
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It depends on why it fell out, but often we can help. If the tooth was knocked out from an injury or accident, as long as the root did not break off in the jaw socket, we can usually place it back. However, if the tooth was already loose because of periodontal disease or decay, there might not be enough healthy bone in the jaw to hold on to the tooth. Regardless, gently rinse off the tooth and put it in a little bit of water or milk, then call us immediately at [phone]. We can usually see emergency cases like this the same day you call.

But if the tooth cannot be saved, don’t worry. We can use a dental bridge to fill in the space with an artificial tooth. Even better, we can craft a dental implant to replace both the missing tooth and its root, helping your jawbone stay healthy.

Q: Are My Gums Supposed To Bleed After Brushing And Flossing?
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While a tiny amount of blood can sometimes be seen after brushing, your gums are not supposed to bleed. If you usually see blood when you spit out your toothpaste, that might be a sign of periodontal disease. This is when bacteria either sit atop or get underneath your gums, causing them to get red, swollen, or tender. They also can bleed, especially after being irritated by brushing and flossing. Periodontal disease only gets worse if you ignore the warning signs, so call us today for an appointment to see if you have it.

Q: Do Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Work?
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There are usually two problems with over-the-counter teeth whitening toothpastes. The biggest problem is their strength. Because they are available over the counter, they do not have prescription-strength whitening agents like we can provide at our Port Charlotte, FL dental office. That means you will need to use them for a long time before seeing even substandard results. The other problem is just that — you usually have to use them over and over again, which means buying them over and over again. Often, you will get faster, better, and more affordable results with our in-office or take-home teeth whitening treatments.

Q: What Are Crowns, And Why Are They Put On Teeth?
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Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that fit snugly on your teeth. If a tooth is only slightly damaged, say by a small cavity, then a filling may be used to repair the damage. But if the problem is bigger, a crown can be custom-made to seal up the damaged area, protecting the tooth. And because the cap goes all around the tooth, it strengthens it as well. Dental crowns are made to look like one of your natural teeth, making it extremely hard or impossible to notice.

Q: Why Do I Have To Visit The Dentist Every Six Months?
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Brushing, flossing, and anti-cavity rinses are not just good ideas. They’re a vital part of your dental care. But no matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, plaque can still build up. Only dentists have the specialized training and tools needed to give your teeth a professional, thorough cleaning to help protect against tooth decay and periodontal disease. And that’s just keeping things clean. We will give your mouth a thorough exam, including digital X-rays, to spot any problems while they are small and more easily treated.

If you have any questions that are not answered above, if you’d like to talk about scheduling a new appointment, you can either call us at [phone] or use our convenient online form.