Frequently asked questions

Here you can find answers to some of the most frequent inquiries our patients have. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us!

Which is best? Manual or electric brush?

Both have very good properties and used properly remove the plaque and prevent cavities.

The manual brushes are the most basic and traditional. They are cheaper and they come in many forms and types. They require more effort for proper brushing than electric ones.

Electric brushes have a head that oscillates and rotates, allowing the plaque to be removed without damaging the gums. Some studies say they remove more plaque than the traditional ones, they are also more expensive.

There are many types of brushes both manual and electric and both fulfill their function well, our doctors can advise you which one is best for you.

How many times a day do I need to floss? What is the proper way to do it?

In addition to brushing, the use of dental floss is an important part of dental hygiene.

The thread allows removing plaque and food debris in areas that the brush does not have access, such as between gum and tooth.

Use floss daily, there are multiple floss options, ask your doctor to recommend the most appropriate for you.

Why do my gums bleed? It is normal?

When you don't brush your teeth properly or attend regularly to your dental cleaning, you accumulate plaque that remains in the teeth. The bacteria it contains then produces redness, irritation and swelling of the gums.

Many patients don't realize it because they have severe symptoms, but if it's not treated it can evolve to periodontitis.

Can whitening damage my teeth?

Teeth whitening does not damage enamel. In some patients it can cause transient sensitivity. An evaluation is necessary before making the treatment

This video shows you one of the many types of whitening that we use at Grupo Dental Bosques:

Can decay reappear around a restored tooth?

Even in teeth with restorations, cavities can be created around the dental structure again.

Bacteria go through the surrounding areas destroying the tooth. Fissures, pain or even fractures may appear.

If detected on time, treatment  can be done as a filling or an inlay. If left unattended, it can reach the nerve and a root canal may be needed. Even the tooth might be lost.

What happens if my tooth is hit and it falls out?

When a tooth is completely displaced from the mouth it is called avulsion, usually due to a hit or facial trauma.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR TEETH.

The socket of the tooth bleeds and coagulates. It is important to see your dentist as soon as possible, usually you will have control x-rays and verify that there is no damage to the surrounding tissues.

Your doctor will assess the best treatment option to keep your tooth.

I broke a tooth, can it be fixed?

Normally a tooth is broken by an impact to the face or mouth. The treatment depends on the severity of the fracture.

When a tooth has fractured deep enough to expose the inner pulp and nerve tissue, there is risk of infection, pain or loss of the tooth if it is not attended immediately. Your doctor will take a series of x-rays to rule out more damaged areas.

The most important thing is to see your doctor as soon as possible so he can offer you the best treatment to preserve your tooth, returning function and aesthetics.

Do my teeth move?

When the teeth begin to move, the gums are swollen, bleeding, we have lost bone, we have bad breath and in some cases presence of infection. In some cases they can even cause serious health diseases.

If it is not treated, it can continue to progress until severe loss of bone and gum. The most appropriate treatment for you will be valued by your doctor.

What are dental sealants? Do adults also have sealed molars?

It is a liquid that does not need tooth preparation, it just needs to be dry and the material will be polymerized with light. It will only take a few minutes.

Dental sealants are used to prevent accumulation of plaque and bacteria on the surface of the molars and premolars, avoiding cavities.

Normally they are placed on permanent teeth of children and adolescents, but also in adults with pronounced occlusal grooves. They last several years and the doctor will check them periodically.

Which is better: a resin or an inlay?

When we have tooth decay and the tooth requires restoration, there are two possible treatments: resin or inlay solutions.

When the decay or area to be restored small, the resin is the best choice and a lot of tooth tissue is maintained. It is done in a single appointment, directly on the tooth, restoring its anatomy. It is cheaper but in the long term it is not as stable.

When we find cavities or areas to restore are larger, it is best to make use of an inlay. The main difference is that it is made and designed outside the mouth so it fits exactly to the area of ​​the mouth to be restored. It is less prone than resins to failure because of its perfect sealing.

It requires 2 appointments and it will be more expensive but in the long term it has  better prognosis. Both options are very good and will depend on your doctor's recommendation.

What are dental aligners? Can I align my teeth without braces?

Dental aligners are transparent guards that are virtually designed to gradually correct the position of your teeth.

They will have to be checked by your doctor to direct the movement.

Normally it is recommended for uncomplicated orthodontic movements.

What is a dental crown?

When the structure of a tooth is compromised, a dental crown restores it in its form and function.

The tooth is prepared to make room for the crown and an impression is taken to be manufactured in the laboratory. It can be made of different materials such as metal, ceramic or zirconia. Finally the crown is cemented.

This video shows you how a crown restores a damaged tooth, using impressions to create a custom restoration.

What is a dental implant?

The implant is a titanium screw that replaces the root of the tooth. It is manufactured with a component and crown that replaces the functionality and aesthetics of the tooth.

What happens if I clench my teeth at night?

To clench or grind your teeth during sleep is a very common condition. This can cause discomfort in the jaw or in the muscles also creating tooth wear.

This video will show you the causes, symptoms and consequences of clenching or grinding your teeth.

When I smile I show more gum than I would like to, can it be corrected?

The "gummy smily" can be caused by different factors. In this video we show you how a gingival smile can have a variety of causes and how it is important to work with your dentist to determine the best solution in your custom treatment:

What is a bolt reconstruction? Is it necessary to make a filling after a root canal?

When there is a large cavity such that a root canal is needed, subsequent reconstruction will depend on the amount of tooth left to assess whether it needs a bolt or not.

If it is large, a bolt will be placed on one of the roots to give it stability and reinforce the filling to then prepare for taking impressions for the crown.

Can my implants be infected?

Peri-implantitis is the inflammation of the gum and bone around the implants as a result of bone loss. The most common cause is plaque around the implant. Plaque bacteria produces toxins that irritate the gum and bone.

If left untreated, it can advance to the point of losing the implant, if it is treated on time there are many types of treatments available to stop the process and treat the damage.

What is a closed sinus lift with implant placement?

Occasionally, we do not have enough bone to integrate an implant into the upper arch or the sinus pocket may be damaged, a technique called atraumatic sinus lift with implant is used.

For this, a space is made in the area where the implant is going to go, with special instruments, the area is carefully accessed and filling material is introduced.

Why do I have dry mouth?

Dry mouth is when not enough saliva is produced. There are different causes such as certain types of medications, medical treatments, smoking, oral breathing and other factors.

Saliva is needed not only to keep the mouth moist but it contains antibodies that prevent infections and help with the bolus.

The most common complications are dry mouth, pain during swallowing, tongue irritations, thrush, gum inflammation and accumulation of plaque on the teeth.

There are different treatments that will depend on the causes and the situation of each patient.

I have a bump in my mouth? My face has swollen.

Usually these bumps are of benign origin, you have to visit your doctor who will perform an x-ray, explore the area clinically and explain the problem situation.

Benign tumors tend to be slower growing while adding pressure on adjacent structures. Malignant tumors grow very quickly can spread to other areas of the body.

It is important to treat them as soon as possible to minimize damage and discomfort.

I have gastric reflux, does that affect my teeth?

Acid components in the mouth, whether intrinsic (reflux, bulimia) or by drinking  carbonated drinks can dissolve the first protective layer of the tooth, the enamel, and can create sensitivity, color change, transparency of the anterior teeth, tooth cavities posterior and caries.

Once the enamel has dissolved, the dentin is exposed. This results in a much faster wear of the tooth.

There are multiple preventive or reconstructive treatment options depending on the degree of erosion you have and what caused it.

We recommend you come to visit us and we will explain the best option for your case, especially preventing your teeth from being damaged.