Concord Dental FAQ
Question: Can I replace my old black fillings?
Answer: Yes. Silver fillings (amalgams) have served the profession well in the past, but are being replaced by bonded white fillings.
Question: Will insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
Answer: Occasionally insurance will assist if the reason for the dentistry is deemed necessary. If the sole reason for the dentistry is cosmetics, don’t expect much success.
Question: Are silver (amalgam) fillings safe?
Answer: This is a controversial area with strong supporters on both sides. Dr. Compton has had at least 20 silver fillings in his mouth since his teenage years and has never missed a day of work in 36 years. We utilize very few silver fillings now though because they are ugly looking. Why use black when we have quality white fillings now?
Question: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
Answer: We dont use a cookie cutter approach. Some patients need their teeth cleaned every three months while we see some only every two years. After coming to us for a few years, we can decide what will work for you.
Question: Is it going to hurt?
Answer: As a child, Dr. Compton went to a rough dentist and became as frightened of a dentist as anyone. In his senior year in high school, Dr. Compton went to a dentist that was gentle and did not hurt. This dentist actually talked Dr. Compton into becoming a dentist. It is Dr. Comptons goal to be as gentle as possible and not hurt. He can relate to your fear and can help you overcome it.
Question: If a tooth has a root canal, why does it need a crown?
Answer: A root canal removes the nerve in the tooth but also removes the blood supply. This dries the tooth out over time. Like a tree that loses it sap, the tooth becomes more brittle and prone to fracture. A crown acts like a helmet by taking the majority of the stress and protecting the weakened tooth.
Question: What should I do if I knock out a tooth?
Answer: Pick up the tooth by the top part making sure not to touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, it may be gently cleaned by holding it under running water (do not scrub). Store the tooth in milk or contact lens solution so it does not dry out. Go to the dentist as soon as possible, hopefully within an hour.
Question: Do you see emergencies?
Answer: Absolutely. Dr. Compton has himself had several toothaches during his lifetime and is very empathetic to patients in pain.
Question: Is it safe to whiten your teeth?
Answer: There have been hundreds of studies aimed at answering this very question. All the results show that tooth whitening is very safe.
Question: What is a digital x-ray and how does it differ from a traditional x-ray?
Answer: Digital x-rays are able to be viewed immediately on a computer monitor while traditional x-rays are developed which takes several minutes. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by at least 80%. The images are much larger and therefore easier to read. They can be sent to another office with an email. When the insurance company claims they have not received an x-ray, a digital can be sent immediately, thus expediting claims.
Question: Do you use nitrous oxide?
Answer: Yes, we do. Nitrous oxide can remove that edge of nervousness that most of us feel when we have to undergo a procedure. We use disposable, pleasantly scented masks for maximum infection control.
Question: I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What should I do if it comes off or breaks?
Answer: The temporary crown protects the underlying tooth from the harsh environment of the mouth and maintains the position of the tooth. If the temporary is left off for an extended period of time, the tooth may shift position. Then the crown may not fit properly. Mix a paste of baby powder and Vaseline and place it in the temporary and reposition it on the tooth. Avoid chewing on it and it should give you enough time to come back to the office… Please don’t leave the temporary off for days.