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QUESTION: Which type of toothbrush should I use? Read The Answer
QUESTION: Is one toothpaste better than others? Read The Answer
QUESTION: How often should I floss?  Read The Answer
QUESTION: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"? Read The Answer
QUESTION: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?  Read The Answer
QUESTION: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?  Read The Answer
QUESTION: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown? Read The Answer
5774 W. US 52 |  New Palestine, Indiana 46163-0351 PHONE: (317) 861-4484 EMAIL: colleenpooldds@gmail.com
 
PATIENT INFO
To make your visit as efficient and brief as possible, have provided the following downloadable patient forms. By printing and filling out these forms prior to your office visit, you can save that most valuable of commodities: time.

In addition, we have included these helpful links to important information about dental health and practices.


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PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS


FIRST VISIT


From the moment you enter our office, the staff at Colleen Pool Dentistry will cater to your dental needs. On your initial visit, you will fill provide a comprehensive medical and dental history. These forms are vital because they help us to determine the course of your treatment. We must be informed about any allergies, sensitivity to anesthetics, long-term medications, etc.

Also on your first visit, we will conduct a comprehensive examination and a periodontal evaluation. Full mouth x-rays are necessary in order for a comprehensive examination, as they provide a picture of the tooth structure above and below the gum line, as well as enable us to evaluate the bone structure surrounding your teeth.

After gathering all of the necessary information, we will review your treatment plan with you. This allows you and the doctors to develop a personalized course for your oral care. We will work to insure that your oral care plan is convenient for your lifestyle and busy schedule. We look forward to helping you maintain a happy, healthy smile.

EMERGENCIES


We sincerely hope that you never have a dental emergency, but if you do, we offer 24-hour emergency service for our established patients. If the emergency occurs during our normal office hours, please call the office at (317)-861-4484 and explain your situation. We will make every effort to accommodate you as soon as possible. If a problem occurs after regular business hours, please call the office to hear important information on how to proceed in a dental emergency. In the meantime, hereís what to do until you get to our office:

BROKEN FILLINGS: Save the filling if possible so the doctor may examine it. Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water to remove debris Ė warm salt-water rinses or dissolved baking soda can be soothing. If the tooth is sensitive, protect it with dental wax or, in a pinch, sugarless gum.

LOST CROWN: Displaced crowns can sometimes be reused; hang onto it. Try to affix the crown with denture adhesive or, if it will not stick, use dental wax to keep the tooth away from air.

KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH: Donít panic. If we can treat you within about an hour, chances are we can reseat the tooth for good. Donít touch the tooth root Ė this could damage delicate nerves. Gently replace the tooth where it belongs if you can, or keep it moist in milk.

DAMAGED BRIDGES, DENTURES, and PARTIALS: Do not risk home repairs. Glue can destroy composition materials and cause tissue erosion. Keep all the pieces, even the smallest, and call us to schedule an appointment. We can usually return an emergency repair to you within 24 hours.

TOOTHACHE: Toothaches are common and painful. The pain is an alarmlettin you know something is wron and needs attention. Rinse your mouth with warm water and try to floss away any food particles. Do not lodge aspirin near the tooth Ė it will irritate, even ulcerate, gum tissue. Ice packs or a numbing agent may make you more comfortable while you are scheduling an appointment. Toothaches may go away, but the source of the pain will not.

LACERATIONS OR JAW DAMAGE: Lacerations or jaw damage require immediate treatment at a hospital facility or an oral surgeonís office. Take such injuries seriously. Delay may result in further damage.

BROKEN FILLINGS


Save the filling if possible so we can have a look at it. Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water to remove debris Ė warm salt-water rinses or dissolved baking soda can be soothing. If the tooth is sensitive, protect it with dental wax or, in a pinch, sugarless gum.

LOST CROWN


Displaced crowns can sometimes be reused; hang onto it. Try to affix the crown with denture adhesive or, if it wonít stick, use dental wax to keep the tooth away from air.

KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH


Donít panic. If we can treat you within about an hour, chances are we can reseat the tooth for good. Donít touch the tooth root Ė this could damage delicate nerves. Gently replace the tooth where it belongs if you can, or keep it moist in milk.

DAMAGED BRIDGES, DENTURES, AND PARTIALS


Do not risk home repairs. Glue can destroy composition materials and cause tissue irritation. Keep all the pieces, even the smallest, and call us to schedule an appointment. We can usually return an emergency repair to you within 24 hours.

TOOTHACHE


Toothaches are common and nasty. They tell you something is wrong that needs attention. Rinse your mouth with warm water and try to floss away any food particles. Donít lodge aspirin near the tooth Ė it will irritate, even ulcerate, gum tissue. Ice packs or a numbing agent may make you more comfortable while youíre scheduling an appointment. Toothaches may go away, but the source of the pain wonít.

LACERATIONS OR JAW DAMAGE


Lacerations or jaw damage require immediate treatment at a hospital facility or an oral surgeonís office. Take such injuries seriously. Delay may result in further damage.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing 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 once 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.

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's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A:  These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".

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, and 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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