Ask Your Highland Park Prosthodontist

Rather than aimlessly searching for answers on the internet, Dr. Tyagi and our Luminescence Dentistry team would be happy to address any dental questions you might have. We like to explain everything to our patients and empower them with knowledge, which helps them feel more comfortable with their dental care and make more confident treatment decisions. We’ve gone ahead and answered some popular questions below, but you can always reach out to us and ask anything you’d like.

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist, sort of like an orthodontist or pediatric dentist. Instead of focusing on straightening the teeth or looking after children, prosthodontists specialize in replacing and restoring the teeth using strong, natural-looking restorations, such as dental implants. For patients in need of extensive care, prosthodontists often serve as the “quarterback” and lead teams of dentists and other specialists to ensure the patient achieves their desired result as effectively as possible. To become a prosthodontist, a person must graduate from dental school and then spend an additional three years undergoing advanced training in order to receive their specialty certification.

How often should I visit the dentist for a checkup?

It is generally recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. However, the frequency may vary depending on your oral health needs. Your dentist can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific circumstances.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, dental X-rays are considered safe. With modern digital X-ray technology, radiation exposure is significantly reduced compared to traditional film X-rays. Dentists take necessary precautions to minimize radiation exposure, such as using lead aprons and collars to protect patients.

How can I prevent cavities?

To prevent cavities, maintain a proper oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional teeth cleanings.

How can I manage my dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is common, but there are strategies to manage it. Communicate your concerns with your dentist, who can explain procedures, use techniques to reduce discomfort, or offer sedation dentistry options if needed. Breathing exercises, listening to calming music, or bringing a support person can also help.

What should I do in a dental emergency?

In a dental emergency, contact a dentist as soon as possible. For severe pain, swelling, or trauma, seek immediate care. If a tooth is knocked out, gently rinse it with water and try to place it back in the socket. If that is not possible, store it in milk or saliva and get to the dentist promptly. We try to see emergency patients as soon as possible and are often able to schedule same-day appointments to deliver immediate relief.