Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions of Dr. Valle’s Office

We understand that taking in all of your treatment information during your consultation can be difficult. For this reason we have developed this FAQ section of our website. Containing the answers to the most commonly asked questions we hear from patients, our Q & A’s are updated on a regular basis and cover all areas of dental treatment.

How do I know if I found the right Family Dentist?

Your dentist needs to be competent and capable to provide you with the procedures needed to restore your teeth. Your dentist should be able to clearly explain the procedures he can do to help you in terms you will understand. You should feel like you can talk to your dentist about any of your concerns regarding your dental appointment. Always research a dentist’s credentials and do research online before making an appointment with a new dentist. He needs a staff and office that are a reflection of himself. It is important to know your dentist is constantly looking to improve both themselves and their offices. Dental practices that incorporate the latest techniques and top of the line equipment tend to be more aware of the current scientific advancements available for patients.

Dr. Valle and his staff strive to make sure our patients are well educated in their dental needs and unique situations. Our practice works to meet the unique needs of each member of your family. Finding a dentist you connect with is not purely about teeth; rather it involves a comfort level and trust that develops over time. At our practice we believe in the importance of working together as a team to provide optimal oral health for you and your loved ones. Our patients’ needs and concerns come first to ensure that a bond of trust can be created.

What are wisdom teeth?

They’re the last teeth to erupt in the back of your mouth. Usually, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Occasionally, though, they find their way out much later than that; some never erupt at all. In some cases, the last teeth to erupt, which are the wisdom teeth, have nowhere to go if there’s not enough room remaining crowding the teeth and causing overlapping. This is why extraction is often the course of action.

What’s the best way to prevent gum disease?

Thorough removal of plaque by flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings will minimize your risk of gum disease. However, there are other factors that can affect the health of your gums, such as stress, diabetes, genetics and pregnancy.

What happens if I skip my cleaning appointments?

As the plaque and calculus accumulate, you become at risk for periodontal disease. If this becomes a prolonged situation, supporting tissues around the teeth (gums, periodontal ligaments, bone) are lost. Periodontal pockets form which trap additional plaque. Bad breath often accompanies this condition. Once the bone that supports the teeth is lost, it will not re-grow without surgical intervention.

What can gum disease mean for a diabetic?

Gingivitis is an infection within the gums caused by bacteria found in plaque. A diabetic’s body doesn’t respond as quickly to fighting infection as a non-diabetic. If the infection persists, it can spread to the underlying bone that supports and anchors the teeth.
It has been shown that diabetics who maintain good oral hygiene have a far better chance of combating infections than those who are poorly controlled.

Why do I need X-Rays?

Radiographic or X-ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones.
X-Rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. X-rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).

When should my child first see a dentist?

The ideal time for your child to meet the dentist is six months after their first (primary) teeth erupt.
This gives your dentist a perfect opportunity to carefully examine the development of their mouth and catch problems that will negatively effect oral health such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and prolonged thumb-sucking.

How can dentistry be pain free?

Dr. Valle and his team know how important your dental treatment is and we want to ensure your visit is as relaxed as possible. When you make your next appointment please ask about our Sedation Dentistry options.
Many of our patients prefer to have something to help them feel at ease.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Everyone desires a beautiful, healthy smile and Dr. Valle and his team can help you achieve this dream. Through our leading Cosmetic Dental treatments, we can significantly enhance the appearance of your teeth and increase your general well-being.
Cosmetic Dentistry techniques are designed to completely transform the appearance of your smile and provide your teeth new life; rejuvenating your smile both aesthetically and functionally. Each Cosmetic Dental treatment is specifically designed to improve the beautiful essence of your smile while increasing your dental health.
We aspire to create beautiful, natural smiles for all of our patients. You are welcome to contact us for a consultation to answer any questions and find out how we can help you.

What type of diet ensures good dental health?

The type of food you eat is important in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Certain foods with sugars and starches can lead to tooth decay. Eating vegetables may be a healthy choice since they help in removing some deposits from the teeth.
Soft and sticky foods should be avoided because they attach and get between the teeth providing a great place for bacteria to grow. Low fat choices like raw vegetables, fresh fruits, or whole grain breads are also good choices.
Eating the right foods can help prevent tooth decay. Regular brushing and flossing and your preventive care appointment are of course necessary too.

Should I fix my chipped and stained teeth?

We see people every day who are embarrassed by their teeth. Half of all people surveyed say they’d love to have a better, more attractive smile.
They’d like to have:

·         Brighter, whiter teeth with no stains or discoloration
·         Straighter teeth with no gaps and no crowding
·         Teeth that aren’t too big or too small
·         Healthy looking teeth with no chips or cracks

In other words they’d like the brilliant healthy smile they’ve dreamed of. This can be achieved in an amazingly short time.

How do I take care of my teeth between dental visits?

In between your preventive care office appointments, you must clean your teeth properly.
Brush your teeth and floss them morning and night after meals. If you have bad breath an antiseptic mouthwash is useful to reduce bacteria. Carry some floss with you to keep a check on your teeth during the day. There is nothing worse than talking to someone who has food stuck in their teeth.
Brushing at lunchtime is not always convenient but if you get the opportunity it will make your mouth feel so much fresher. Everyone loves to see bright shiny teeth and you will feel so much more confident during the day. The benefits of good home cleaning means less plaque build up and healthier gums.

How do I know if I am developing gingivitis?

Classic signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another sign of gum disease is gums that have receded or pulled away from the teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance. Gum disease can cause pockets to form between teeth and gums, where plaque and food debris collect. Good oral hygiene is essential. Professional cleanings are also extremely important because once plaque has hardened or become tarter, only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it.