Frequently Asked Questions at Elevate Dental Wellness

Teeth Whitening

Over time a variety of things can stain your teeth and turn them yellow, age also influences the yellowing. Luckily, it is completely possible to turn yellow teeth pearly white again. The most immediate and effective method is to see your dentist for an in-office whitening treatment. There are also a large number of in-home whitening kits that you can use to whiten your smile, these typically contain a lower concentration of whitening agents than the in-office whitening treatments, and cause less sensitivity and allow you to control how white your teeth get.
It is not bad to get your teeth whitened, but there is a risk of irritation, pain, or damage if not done correctly. To lower your risk of damaging or irritating your teeth and gums, it is recommended that you visit your dentist before starting any teeth whitening treatment.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cover or “cap” that is placed on a tooth to restore the tooth’s normal shape, size, and function. A cap can be used to fill a cavity that is too large for a traditional filling, to cover a dental implant, to fix a tooth that is cracked or worn down, and more.
Crowns typically last between 10 and 15 years, but they can sometimes last up to 25 or 30 years. Most crowns should last 5 years at minimum. But, the best way to know how long your crown is supposed to last is by asking your dentist.
Dental crowns are not always necessary after a root canal, but there are many reasons for using crowns after a root canal. The most common reason for a crown after a root canal is to cover and protect the permanent fillings applied after the root canal. The crown helps prevent the tooth from fracturing over time where the fillings were applied.
Typically, the dentists will anesthetize your tooth and the gum tissue surrounding it during the process of building a foundation and preparing your tooth for the crown mold. At the actual placement of the permanent crown, local anesthesia is usually unnecessary.

Chipped & Broken Teeth

Teeth are incredibly durable, but they can still crack, chip, or break. Teeth can break by biting down on something that is very hard, being hit in the mouth, falls and crashes, weakening from cavities, having fillings that are too large, and more.
No, you cannot regrow a chipped tooth. Enamel and dentin, the two outermost layers of the tooth, are not living tissue so they can’t be regenerated.
If your tooth is broken, chipped, or cracked, see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage, infection, or loss of the tooth. Your dentist can use a variety of methods depending on how severe the damage is. A chipped tooth can be fixed with dental filling or bonding, a crown, veneers, or root canal therapy.
There are many ways to strengthen your teeth, but minimizing erosion of the tooth enamel is the key to having strong healthy teeth. You can minimize the erosion by maintaining a healthy, mineralized diet, brushing and flossing correctly, avoiding acidic foods, and more.
For a very minor chip, you can attempt to file it down with an emery board, but don’t file the tooth down too much. However, it’s still recommended that you visit your dentist, as you can further damage your tooth by attempting to fix the chip at home.
A chipped tooth is usually not a dental emergency and you can wait a few days to visit your dentist. However, if your tooth is knocked out of alignment, cracked, or broken, this constitutes a dental emergency. If you don’t immediately visit your dentist after one of the situations just mentioned, you risk losing the tooth altogether.

General Dental Questions

You can’t repair or restore lost enamel because your body isn’t able to make new enamel. But, you can strengthen your enamel through a process called “remineralization”. Through eating foods and using products that contain minerals like phosphorous and calcium, you can strengthen existing enamel.

Food & Drink – Dental Health

Yes drinking milk can strengthen your teeth! Calcium and phosphorous, when taken along with Vitamins D3 and K2 allow for the proper development of both bones and teeth, and can also aid in the remineralization of your enamel.

Decay & Cavities

Yes! When tooth decay is present in just the enamel layer of the tooth it can be reversed. A balanced diet, proper brushing and flossing, and supplementation with calcium, Vitamins D3 and K2, Magnesium and collagen can in some instances reverse tooth decay!
The main cause of cavities is an accumulation of bacteria (plaque) on, and around your teeth that feeds on the sugars from your diet and then as a by-product creates acid. The acids in the plaque wear away the enamel and create opening to the dentin. Once the plaque and bacteria reach the dentin, they continue to eat away at your tooth until they reach the pulp of your tooth.
Cavities cannot go away on their own once they’ve reached the dentin layer of the tooth. Cavities are holes on the surface and deep within the tooth and they will never go away because cavities deep within the tooth cannot regenerate, leaving the holes unfilled.
The only way to get rid of deeper cavities is to have them filled by a dentist. Since they are holes within the tooth, there is no other way to get rid of them besides filling them up and closing off the hole.
First, you should see a dentist immediately. Then, upon evaluating the severity of the decay, the dentist will select one of several treatment options. For minor decay, a crown or a filling could be in order. But for very severe tooth rot, your dentist may need to perform a root canal, and in some severe cases remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or bridge.
Yes it is possible for cavities to form under fillings if the filling is damaged or cracked. A crack in the filling creates space where bacteria and food can become stuck under the filling causing further decay to the tooth.
Yes, if you have decay on one of your teeth, that bacteria and acid from the decay can spread to your other teeth. This is why it’s important to visit your dentist whenever you see signs of decay because they can treat it before other teeth are affected.

Pediatric Dentistry

Children (and adults) that have teeth with naturally deep grooves in the chewing surfaces of their back teeth benefit from dental sealants. Ensure the sealants are being placed by a qualified dental professional and that material being used is BPA and bis-GMA free!