Frequently Asked Questions in Waxhaw
Have questions? We have answers!
What makes your office different from others I could visit?
Ever felt like you were a chart and not a person? That will not happen at Ruocco Dental. Our job may be taking care of teeth, but what we love is taking care of people. Each patient receives our undivided attention, and individual approach, and a treatment plan designed for his or her unique needs. Your smile is different from all others, and we believe your dentist should be, too!
Should I be worried about the amalgam fillings I already have?
Amalgam fillings contain mercury, a substance that is known to be detrimental to your health. However, the ADA has stated that the mercury level contained in amalgam fillings is safe. If you have dark amalgam fillings that are old and leaking, Drs. Ruocco and Ruocco can replace them with tooth-colored, composite resin fillings.
Why do we choose to use composite resin fillings to treat tooth decay? At Ruocco Dental, we practice conservative dentistry, which means we provide treatments that preserve as much of your tooth as possible. Composite resin fillings don't require removal of as much natural tooth structure as amalgam fillings. We simply feel it's better for our patient's oral health, and overall health, too. Plus composite resins don't mark teeth with dark spots, they last as long as metal fillings, and keep your smile all-white.
My child knocked out a baby tooth. Do we really need to visit the dentist?
Absolutely! Baby teeth are more than just cute, they serve very important functions such as placeholders for adult teeth. When a baby tooth comes out before it's naturally ready, whether due to accident or injury, surrounding teeth may shift and rotate blocking the path through which adult teeth should erupt. There is a simple solution for avulsed baby teeth called a space maintainer. This helps to keep the path clear for adult teeth, protecting your child's future smile.
The bottom line is contact us immediately if your child has knocked out a tooth!
Why is dental care so important to my health?
The short answer: Because your oral health impacts your overall health. How can this be? Study after study has indicated that the bacteria associated with gum disease can have devastating effects on your body and increase your risk for serious conditions, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetic complications, and low birth weight babies. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and disease free is one of the most important things you can do to protect your wellbeing and live a long and healthy life.
If you haven't seen a dentist in the last six months, it's important that you call our office and make preventive dentistry appointment. Drs. Ruocco and Ruocco provide you with a comprehensive exam, including a tooth-by-tooth inspection, periodontal assessment, oral cancer screening, and professional dental cleaning. It's just one of the ways we are creating and maintaining beautiful smiles!
I'm an adult now, shouldn't I have outgrown cavities?
It's a common misconception that cavities are for kids. The sugary and acidic foods we consume as adults, including wine and fruit, can lead to decay. In addition, as amalgam fillings weaken and fracture, they allow bacteria to accumulate causing cavities. This is one more reason regular dental visits are so important to your oral health. When detected early, we can treat cavities with conservative tooth-colored fillings, saving you from more invasive and expensive restorative procedures down the road.
Do I really need X-rays? Aren't they harmful to your health?
X-rays are a necessary part of your dental treatment and help us to detect and treat small issues before they become big problems. But at Ruocco Dental, we also understand our patients are concerned about how the radiation from X-rays affects their health. That's why we use digital X-rays. A lead vest with a thyroid collar is always used for further protection when an xray is taken. Not only does digital radiography give us those all important views of internal tooth structures; they emit as much as 90% less radiation. That's what we like to call a win-win!
I'm missing a tooth. Do I really need to replace it?
Yes, missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible! When a permanent tooth is lost, it can cause a whole host of problems that stop you from achieving optimal oral health, including decay, gum disease, and jawbone loss. It's been estimated that adults who loose just one tooth and do not replace it run the risk of losing 20% of adjacent teeth within 4-8 years. There are many options for replacing teeth including bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Modern dentistry now provides you with options for replacing missing teeth above and beyond bridges, partials, or dentures. Dental implants offer a tooth replacement option that looks and feels natural. And because dental implants replace your tooth from the root up, they stop jaw atrophy and help patients keep their remaining teeth. Best of all, dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, or several missing teeth:
- Single Dental Implants- a single implant post is implanted into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth and then topped with a handcrafted dental crown.
- Fixed Bridge Implant- for several missing teeth in a row, bridgework fixed to dental implants might be the right option. A few implant posts are implanted into the jawbone and the bridge permanently attaches to the posts for a secure restoration.
- Implant-Supported Dentures- an entire arch of teeth, whether upper or lower, can be replaced with implant-supported dentures. Several implants are placed and your denture "snaps" onto the posts eliminating the need for adhesives, and stopping problems such as slipping and clicking.
Drs. Ruocco and Ruocco will refer you to a trusted associate for the placement of the implant post, and then have you return to our office for a handcrafted restoration. When cared for properly, implants can last a lifetime. To learn more, simply contact our Waxhaw, NC dental office for a consultation.
How can I whiten my smile?
For many adults, brushing and flossing alone doesn't keep teeth white. Food, drinks, and aging can all contribute to dull, stained teeth. Drs. Ruocco and Ruocco offer teeth whitening to brighten discolored teeth and brighten your smile. Additionally, Ruocco Dental provides porcelain veneers, thin sheaths of dental porcelain that fit over your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers instantly cover yellow teeth and can also mask multiple flaws at once, such as chips, cracks, or misalignments. Have more questions about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers? Call Ruocco Dental.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is a sneaky smile stealer that often begins without symptoms. It can appear without warning and advance quickly causing additional dental problems. If left untreated, gum disease can affect teeth roots and the jaw resulting in tooth loss. The best way to find out if you have gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, or the more advanced form called periodontitis, is to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup. Serious cases may have indications such as swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, call us immediately. Early treatment is always best.
How do you ensure my safety?
Your safety is important to us, so we sterilize our reusable instruments in an autoclave and use disposable products as often as possible. Each of our treatment rooms is cleaned thoroughly between patient visits. Furthermore, each of our treatment rooms is equipped with a unique water and air unit that we regularly sanitize. Everything we use for dental care is of the highest quality and cleanliness — so much so that we use it on ourselves and our family members.
Enjoy peace of mind knowing that we adhere to guidelines set by the CDC and OSHA and perform weekly tests on our sterilization equipment. Our team members attend continuing education to ensure the latest standards are met or exceeded for your protection.
If you're question wasn't answered above, or you'd like more information about our comprehensive dental services, feel free to give us a call. We're happy to help!