Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use? Philips Sonicare
A: We always recommend patients use a Sonicare; as they remove far more plaque than any brand of manual brushes. Click here for more information on Sonicare; you can purchase Sonicare Professional products from our office, usually at a lower price than retailers.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally speaking; no, although it is advisable to use a fluoride toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing of the teeth twice per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy. We carry a Sonicare Airflosser Pro, which makes homecare a breeze!

Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A: Nothing! These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the crown of your tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay. Our office uses mostly all zirconia and porcelain crowns, which are both strong and esthetically pleasing. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns" but patients often refer to these crowns as "caps".

Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
A: Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation; if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.

Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

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Ste #7
Bentonville, AR 72712
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