Frequently Asked Questions

What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should use?

  Most toothbrushes with soft bristles work well without being too abrasive. We also recommend electric toothbrushes such as Sonicare and Oral B. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or after the bristles splay over.

How do I treat sensitive teeth?

  May over the counter toothpaste like Sensodyne work well. We also have professional strength toothpastes that help a lot. It is good to remember that.

What is a crown?

  A dental crown is a cap or covering for an existing tooth. It can improve the way a decayed or broken tooth looks and make it stronger. Crowns can be made from porcelain, zirconia, gold alloy or a combination of porcelain and metal.

Your dentist or dental specialist (prosthodontist) might suggest a crown procedure if you:

  • have a broken or cracked tooth
  • have a badly decayed tooth
  • have had root canal treatment
  • want to protect a weak tooth
  • need to hold a bridge or denture in place

What materials do you use for crowns?

  Most commonly, crowns consist of a porcelain-based ceramic, quartz, glass, or resin, through zirconium and lithium disilicate are becoming increasingly popular. Metal crowns: Crowns made of gold, platinum, copper, or nickel, or chromium are very durable.

What should I do after an extraction?

  After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
  After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
  After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after three days.
  Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
  It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at (805)565-9837 (Uptown Location) or (805)565-1015 (Montecito location)

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Coast Village Office

Call: 805-565-1015
Fax: (805) 335-1938

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Call: 805-565-9837
Fax: (805) 565-9831