• Why do you need to fix a baby tooth? It will fall out.
  • Q: How long will it take to get an implant?
  • Q: Why do I have to take X-rays?
  • Q: Should I use a manual or electric tooth brush?
  • Q: When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?
  • Q: When should I brush my kid's teeth?

The baby teeth have many purposes. They hold the space for the adult teeth. So if lost too early there is an increase chance of spacing issues and crowding. The baby teeth give the child the ability to chew different varieties of foods both hard and soft. Just as important the baby teeth help with speech development and social confidence. In short they are important to treat and save.

For each person this time will be a little different. It depends if you had the tooth missing for a long time or just had a recent tooth extracted. Once the implant is surgically placed it will take approximately 4 months to integrate (fuse to the bone). After that has healed you will require 2 visits 2 weeks apart to receive the final crown restoration. There are few cases that a temporary crown can be placed the same day as the implant but allowing time to heal before the final crown is done.

A:  A visual examination can only detect surface cavities. The x-ray helps to see under existing restorations and between teeth where to “naked” eye cannot. When we detect problems at an early stage the solution is simple. If we wait until we can see them it can be more complex to treat. Also an X-ray can show problems in the bone that otherwise would not be seen and can go undetected for years. We recommend x-rays on an individual need based on what we see or don’t see from a visual exam.

A: This is something you should ask your dental hygienist or dentist as everyone is different. For some a manual is good while for others the extra help of the electric will improve the overall plaque removal. For both manual and electric a proper technique is critical. So don’t be shy and ask us.

A:  By the age of 3 most children have all their teeth and are cooperative so scheduling their first visit will be good in order to establish good hygiene routine and start a lifetime relationship with the dentist.

A:  Start brushing your kid’s teeth once they have teeth. A small amount of tooth paste (about the size of a pea) should be used. Non fluoridated tooth paste can be used until they learn how to rinse and spit.