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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked dental questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to give Champlin Family Dental a call at 763-323-0678 so we can assist you.

What should I do to prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay?

Great teeth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums and helps minimize the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay as you age. Regular dental exams and fluoride treatments are also key to successfully preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. This serious infection happens when bacterial plaque, or “biofilm”, causes inflammation. The bacterial infection and inflammation slowly destroy the gum, bone, and tissue. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and affects 3 out of 4 people during their lifetime. Some risk factors include: family history, smoking, stress, hormonal changes, diabetes, and poor oral health.

Can Periodontal Disease be cured?

No, there is no cure for periodontal disease. But, the disease is controllable with a lifetime of regular maintenance, scheduled every 3 to 4 months with your dentist to sustain the health of the gums and bone. With regular visits and proper care at home, you can comfortably control periodontal disease.

What is the best type of toothbrush I can use?

We recommend using a soft toothbrush with a small head since medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and can contribute to recession of the gums. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. Your dentist and hygienist can demonstrate the ideal way to brush your teeth twice a day.

How often do I need to floss?

Flossing is extremely important when it comes to the health of your teeth. You should be flossing your teeth at least once a day to help prevent cavities from forming between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Cavities are going to migrate to the areas that are not continuously cleaned, so regular flossing will be very beneficial. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy!

What is the purpose of fluoride?

Plaque bacteria and sugars submit your teeth to acid attacks which breakdown the minerals in your teeth. If enough minerals are not replaced through food and water consumption your teeth will decay. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and deters the bacteria from causing damage.

What is the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture”?

Bridges and partial dentures are both options for replacing missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases implants, while a partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and can easily be removed by the patient. Patients are generally more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures, as bridges are less likely to shift.

What is the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?

Both are restoration options used to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after old fillings, decay, and fractured tooth structures have been removed. Materials used in these restorations range from gold, porcelain, composites, and even stainless steel. Most dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns." However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored option as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns."

What is a Porcelain Veneer?

A porcelain veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is first fabricated in a dental laboratory to custom-fit your tooth, and then bonded to your natural tooth. Veneers improve the esthetics of a tooth (cosmetic veneer) or protect a damaged tooth surface (restorative veneer). With cosmetic veneers, your dentist can create your perfect smile, whether you want to change the shape, shade, or color of one tooth; a few teeth or multiple teeth for a “Hollywood” type smile. Visit our Smile Gallery (link to smile gallery page) to view many of the beautiful, youthful smiles our dentists have transformed using veneers.