Medina Eades,DDS

Do you accept my dental insurance?
We accept many dental insurances, however, it is always best if the patient finds out from their dental insurance carrier if Dr. Eades is a provider in their network prior to scheduling their appointment. We can utilize research tools to help determine this, however, due to constant changes in insurance it is not always 100% accurate.

 

Is the water in Valley Center fluoridated?
Yes, as well as many of the surrounding cities. The water in Valley Center has been fluoridated since December 2007.

 

What are the benefits of topical fluoride?
Fluoride reduces or eliminates dental sensitivity, reduces decay, extends the life span of crowns, bridges, and fillings as well as reducing risk of root decay. Fluoride will ultimately save you money because it is way less expensive than most dental plan copays for fillings etc.

 

At what age should I take my child to the dentist?
The short answer ids “First visit by first birthday.” That’s the view of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

 

What are dental sealants?
Dental Sealants are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They are typically thin, plastic coatings that protect from tooth decay. These are most commonly needed for children and teens. Dental Sealants are 100% effective in reducing tooth decay while intact.

 

Should adults get dental sealants?
While it is a lot less common for adults to need dental sealants, they are sometimes necessary. Adults at higher risk for cavities or loss of tooth structure would be good candidates for dental sealants.

 

How often do sealants need to be replaced?
Dental Sealants can last up to 10 years depending upon oral habits and diet. They should be checked regularly at dental visits to be sure they are still intact and in good condition.

 

How much radiation am I getting from the digital dental x-rays?
The minor amount of radiation digital x-rays put out is not significant enough for anyone to decline the major benefits of having up to date x-rays taken.

The average radiation in the US from natural sources in one  year is 3.0 mSv. A single digital dental x-ray is 0.00325 mSv. A full mouth digital x-ray series is 0.060 mSv. (An airline flight gives 0.01-0.03 mSv exposure per hour!)

 

How often should I get x-rays and why are they important?
Dental x-rays are important because they help to uncover hidden dental structures, masses, bone loss, cavities, etc. that cannot be uncovered with a standard oral exam. X-rays help your dentist to find and treat dental issues early on in their development which can potentially save you money, discomfort, and more. There is not a set frequency that dental x-rays should be performed. It depends on your particular medical and dental history and current conditions. Some may need x-rays as frequently as every 6 months while others can go several years between x-rays.

 

What is a crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. They are typically used to restore a tooth’s shape, structure, size, and improve appearance. They are used to protect and hold together weak or decayed teeth or for cosmetic modification purposes.

 

What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth. They are typically used to improve aesthetics or to protect a tooth’s surface from damage. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth. They can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.

 

Why would I need a filling or crown replaced?
A filling is simply a repair to a tooth that is otherwise healthy. They do not last forever and can potentially become discolored. Even if no problems develop, sometimes fillings will wear out over time and should be replaced. Typical reasons for a filling replacement are leaks, cracks, or if they filling falls out.

Dental crowns ideally last between 10- 15 years depending on general wear and tear they are exposed to. This includes biting forces, accidents, teeth grinding, etc. Reasons a crown may need to be replaced include damage, breakage, general wear and tear, cosmetic modifications, or issues with tooth decay.

 

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a gum disease that means there is inflammation around the tooth. They gums pull away from the teeth and forms pockets that become infected which can cause the gum tissue and bone to be destroyed.

 

Why do I need to get a deep cleaning?
A deep cleaning is necessary if calculus is found under the gum line or if there is sign of bone loss. Deep cleans remove the deposits on the surface of the tooth’s root. It helps with the overall health and stability of the tooth.

 

Why do I have to get my teeth cleaned more often if I have gum disease?
Bacteria has been shown to recolonize in the periodontal pockets within a 3 month period. It has been shown that more frequent cleanings decrease this bacteria count creating a healthier environment and preventing the recurrence of infection or disease. 

 

What are dental implants?
A dental implant is simply an implant that replaces a natural tooth.

 

What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue and bone. They also last much longer than conventional teeth restorations. Dental implants provide a strong foundation for fixed teeth. Some other major advantages include improved appearance, improved speech and comfort, durability, convenience, easier eating and more.

 

What are the disadvantages of dental implants?
It is more expensive than more conventional dentistry and is typically not covered by insurance. There is possibility of complications, they are a commitment, and dental implants require surgery.

 

What is the success of dental implants?
Up to 98%

 

What is a root canal?
A root canal is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly infected or decaying. Once the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp is damaged, a root canal is necessary.

 

Why do I need root canal treatment?
A root canal is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly infected or decaying. Once the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp is damaged, a root canal is necessary.

 

Is there an alternative option to endodontic treatment?
There are no other type of dental procedures that directly compare to a root canal. The only other option is tooth extraction.

 

How successful is root canal treatment?
The initial root canal treatment has a success rate between 85% – 97%. This of course depends on each individual’s circumstances. Root canal failures are typically due to missed canals, remaining tissue, fracture, or post-treatment leakage. If the root canal is properly performed by a dental professional, it should be successful.

 

If a tooth needs extracting, what next?
Tooth replacement can consist of a bridge, partial or dental implant. You can talk to Dr. Eades to determine which treatment option works best for you.

 

Why is it important to have an appliance made for grinding if I don’t have any symptoms?
People with grinding habits may wear their tooth enamel 10 times faster than those without abusive chewing habits. Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed. The night guard protects teeth and helps keep them from wearing down. It can, in addition, relieve head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains. Treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. 

 

Can grinding or clenching fracture teeth?
Yes, teeth grinding or clenching can cause broken and chipped teeth.

 

How do I care for my dentures? (Whitening, brushing, broken denture, sleeping, eating, etc.)
You should clean your dentures daily just as you would for regular teeth. Rinse the denture under water after meals, brush with water, soap, or denture paste, and use a denture brush or a regular soft toothbrush. Be sure to use a separate tooth brush for your dentures. Do not sleep in your dentures unless your dentist instructs you to do so. Do not try to repair or adjust your dentures yourself. If your denture breaks, cracks, chips, etc contact your dentist immediately. Most dentist offices can repair or make adjustments same day.

 

How do you know when it is time to reline dentures?
You need to reline your dentures once they become lose. The time frame will vary per person; it can be yearly, or as much as every 5 years.

 

Why does the bottom denture fit more loosely than the top denture?
Even after dentures, you may continue to experience bone loss which will cause your dentures to become loose. Once loose, you should have them relined. Bottom dentures are in a much more mobile environment. Lips, cheeks, and tongue constantly come in contact with your bottom dentures when eating or speaking. Also, the lower ridge is much smaller than the upper, these factors cause lower dentures to move or trap food more frequently as the ridge shrinks.

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