Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’re scheduling a routine cleaning or exploring your options for veneers or implants, we address all of your dental health questions and dental procedure questions below. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here, give us a call to speak with one of our friendly staff members. At San Diego Dental Specialty Center, our goal is to make sure you feel informed and at ease about your upcoming appointment.
If you require premedication when you go to the dentist, please request a prescription from your doctor prior to your dental cleaning. On the day of your appointment, be sure to bring your dental insurance card (if applicable) and a government issued ID. Plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to fill out a health history form, HIPAA consent form, and patient authorization form.
Scheduling dental visits depends on an individual’s oral hygiene, habits, and health conditions. However, a good rule of thumb is to visit the dentist twice per year to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Yes! Taking a few extra minutes to floss every day reduces the bacteria in your mouth. Brushing your teeth only gets rid of some of the bacteria – it doesn’t reach the bacteria hiding in the small spaces between your teeth. Flossing removes plaque, prevents tooth decay, and reduces your risk for gum disease.
We recommend our patients brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day. Using fluoride toothpaste is important, as fluoride makes your tooth enamel more resilient to plaque bacteria in your mouth. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day, too! Limit the amount of sugar you eat and always rinse your mouth with water after each meal if you’re unable to brush right away.
No one wants to receive the news they have gum disease. If you do have it, though, there is a treatment available that can reduce or even reverse the condition. Full-mouth scaling involves using precise dental instruments and sonic vibrations to blast away plaque lining your teeth and gums. When caught early, it’s possible to preserve the integrity of the bone surrounding your teeth.
If you have multiple missing teeth and are looking for a permanent solution to a healthy smile, you might be a great candidate for San Diego Dental Specialty Center’s 4i is Enough procedure. Inspired by the popular All-on-4® procedure, 4i is Enough is a dental implant procedure that gives you a full mouth of teeth with just four implants. Rather than surgically replace each tooth individually, Dr. Moore inserts four titanium screws into your jawbone that attach to a full set of teeth. 4i is Enough acts as permanent dentures you never have to worry about falling out.
Your dentist may say you need a root canal if the pulp becomes infected in one of your teeth. This infection can occur if a large cavity or a fracture extends deep into the tooth or if an injury causes irreversible damage to the nerve. If left untreated, this trauma can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but advancements in modern dentistry make the procedure easy and comfortable. And your endodontist will also make sure your mouth is completely numb before the procedure begins.
Both braces and Invisalign can shift your teeth into the proper position and give you a healthy, brilliant smile. Braces are often used for advanced orthodontic cases and use fun, colorful elastics. Invisalign is almost unnoticeable and offers comfort and convenience. Each treatment has its benefits and challenges; Dr. Moore can explain your options and help you find the right solution for your lifestyle and goals.