Marietta Family Dentist Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sure you have many questions about family, restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. We’ve collected some of the most popular questions our Shining Smiles Family Dentistry patients ask us. If you need further assistance, please contact our Marietta family dental office directly.

The Most Common Dental Questions

First, if you have any fears and concerns please inform Dr. Shaila Mohip-Chahwala, as her caring and gentle approach regularly calms down anxious patients. We also have safe dental sedation methods that can reduce or remove the stress from your dental treatment.

Dr. Mohip has various methods for providing pain-free dental treatment. Topical and general anesthetics can limit pain and discomfort. Nitrous oxide relaxes patients, taking their minds off of an examination or dental cleaning. Additionally, the use of laser dentistry (when possible) provides a gentler alternative to old-fashioned drills.

If the pain is severe, the first step is to make an emergency appointment with your dentist. If possible, taking an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol can reduce some of the aggravation before the visit. Also, avoiding very hot and cold food and drinks can limit the pain.

Swollen gums are usually a symptom of gum disease. A buildup of plaque can cause inflammation that could lead to periodontitis. If you also experience gum pain, you may be brushing too hard, or it might indicate infection. Speak to your dentist for closer analysis.

Dental issues may be the cause of soreness in the jaw. These issues could be caused by tooth decay, abscesses, teeth grinding, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or jaw misalignment. A dental examination or X-ray may be required for a diagnosis.

It is common for earache to actually be a dental issue, and not an ear infection. Teeth grinding, an abscess, TMJ disorder, cavities or a wisdom tooth can impact the jaw which leads to an earache.
Frequent headaches resulting from a dental problem can usually be traced to TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. These joints can experience issues, and the pain can even move to the ears or head. Common reasons for dental jaw pain include teeth grinding, clenching your jaw, or an issue with your bite.
The approach to fixing a broken tooth will depend on the extent of the damage. Popular methods used by Dr. Mohip include crowns, dental implants, veneers, fillings and sealants.

Missing teeth can cause changes to your face shape and may destabilize surrounding teeth. Missing teeth can also lead to problems with eating and speaking. Options for replacing a missing tooth include dental implants, bridges or dentures.

No. The superficial stains on the surface of the teeth are called extrinsic stains. Stains to the dentin beneath the enamel are called intrinsic stains. Home whitening products target superficial stains, whereas professional teeth whitening treatments address both types of staining.

A misaligned bite (malocclusion) has a number of symptoms that will vary in severity. Common signs include teeth that don’t align, rotated teeth, biting your tongue or cheek, along with difficulty chewing or biting.
Dental emergencies typically involve an issue with the teeth or gums that results in heavy bleeding and severe pain. In some cases this may occur when a tooth is knocked out, perhaps from an activity like a basketball game, a fall or collision.

The clearest signs of a cavity will be a visible hole in the tooth, a dark stain on the tooth, or sensitivity to hot or cold fluids. However, it is often difficult to spot a cavity. Maintaining regular dental appointments will ensure your dentist can discover tooth decay and other potential issues in the early stages.

Teeth can become sensitive for a variety of reasons. You may have gum disease, a cracked tooth, excessive amounts of plaque, decaying fillings, or grind your teeth regularly. Other reasons for sensitive teeth include regularly consuming acidic foods, using teeth whitening toothpaste, even brushing your teeth too vigorously.

The intraoral appliance used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea is safe and won’t have negative side effects for your jaw or teeth. Using an intraoral appliance is also proven to reduce or prevent sleep apnea, thus providing a health benefit for users.

You can relieve the irritation of a canker sore with mouthwash or over-the-counter gels. If your mouth sores don’t heal, you should make a dental appointment for a thorough examination to ensure there are no other underlying issues.

Have Another Dental Question?

If you have any further questions or would like to visit our clinic for a routine examination or dental treatment, contact us today. Call Dr. Mohip-Chahwala at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry at (770) 420-8550 or request an appointment now.

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