Dental Health FAQs

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Your dental health is important, and we encourage patients to ask and to learn about the best ways to maintain a healthy smile. Dr. Kanumilli has put together some of the most frequently asked questions from her patients regarding dental care and health.

Q: How often do I need to see the dentist?

A: The general recommendation for good dental health is twice a year for cleanings and exams. This can vary if you are having any special treatments. If you are having any tooth pain or gum swelling, then you should also seek dental care as soon as possible.

Q: Why do I need my teeth cleaned if I brush and floss?

A: By having your teeth cleaned professionally with Dr. Kanumilli, she is able to do much more than brushing and flossing at home can do. A professional cleaning will get rid of any plaque and tartar buildup. It will also help keep track if there are any changes or decay. Good dental health is important for overall good health.

Q: What will happen if I have a cavity?

A: Dr. Kanumilli will make arrangements for you to have the cavity filled.
After the cavity is filled it is important to maintain proper dental care to avoid future cavities. If additional dental work is needed, then our staff will make the necessary appointments to complete the work.

Q: Will getting a cavity filled hurt?

A: Typically when getting fillings or any dental work you will have the area around the tooth numbed with novacaine. This will ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the visit. You will feel a little stick and then the area will get completely numb. The effects of the novacaine will last several hours.

Q: What is the difference between ‘silver’ and ‘white’ fillings?

A: Silver amalgam fillings are made of metal and have a silver-gray color. White or tooth-colored fillings are made of porcelain or a composite material, and are made to match the color of your teeth. Today most dentists recommend the use of composite materials. These modern fillings form a stronger bond with the tooth and offer improved cosmetic results.