Frequently Asked Questions.

Here are some of the questions we are most frequently asked at our North Miami Beach dentistry office. We hope you find an answer to your question. If not, don’t hesitate to use our Contact Form to ask your question directly.

Dental Treatment

Q: What is Root Canal Therapy?
Q: What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?
Q: What are Dental Implants?
Q: Why should I Replace a Missing Tooth?
Q: Why do I need a Crown (Cap)?
Q: I don’t like my Smile is there anything I can do?
Q: Why does the Floss shred and get caught in my teeth?
Q: How can I avoid getting Cavities?
Q: At what age should I start taking my Child to the dentist?
Q: What should I do if my Child’s Tooth is Knocked Out?
Q: I’ve got these lacy-white streaks, white patches, and ulcerations in my mouth, what can they be?
Q: When do those Baby and Permanent teeth erupt?

Areas of Dentistry

Q: What is an Endodontist?
Q: What is an Oral Surgeon?
Q: What is an Orthodontist?
Q: What is a Pedodontist?
Q: What is a Periodontist?
Q: What is a Prosthodontist?
Q: Are there other specialties in the field of dentistry?

  • Q: What is Root Canal Therapy?

    A: RCT is a method of saving a tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber.Back

  • Q: What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

    A: Periodontal disease is the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth.Back

  • Q: What are Dental Implants?

    A: Dental implants are titanium screws or cages that are surgically placed in the bone of the mouth to which a tooth, bridge, or denture can attach to make a stable restoration.Back

  • Q: Why should I Replace a Missing Tooth?

    A: The empty space in your mouth starts to cause many problems including decay and periodontal disease, an unbalanced bite, and stress on the remaining teeth.Back

  • Q: Why do I need a Crown (Cap)?

    A: A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration.Back

  • Q: I don’t like my Smile is there anything I can do?

    A: Besides braces, there are three common procedures available: bonding, tooth bleaching, and porcelain eneers.Back

  • Q: Why does the Floss shred and get caught in my teeth?

    A: Floss can shred if the contact between the teeth is tight or there is a rough or broken surface between the teeth. Back

  • Q: How can I avoid getting Cavities?

    A: The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having Sealants placed. Back

  • Q: At what age should I start taking my Child to the dentist?

    A: Some say at 1 year of age, but definitely by the child’s 3rd birthday.Back

  • Q: What should I do if my Child’s Tooth is Knocked Out?

    A: Place the tooth in cool milk or if the child is old enough, under the child’s tongue. Be real careful not to swallow the tooth and get to the dentist within 30 minutes so it can be reimplanted.Back

  • Q: I’ve got these lacy-white streaks, white patches, and ulcerations in my mouth, what can they be?

    A: It is possible that you have a condition called Lichen Planus. It has an unkown cause but can be an allergic reaction. Have you changed your toothpaste brand, medications, etc? Also, it may be aggrevated by stress! Check out this wonderful area on LP, with info and live chats.Back

  • Q: When do those Baby and Permanent teeth erupt?

    A: Teeth erupt at different times in all individuals . Your child’s tooth should erupt eventually unless your dentist tells you that there is no replacement permanent tooth.Back

  • Q: What is an Endodontist?

    A: Endodontist is a dentist that strictly deals with the nerve of the tooth. They may perform simple to difficult root canal treatments as well as surgical root procedures. They may perform an apicoectomy (surgically removing the tip of the root) or a root amputation (removing a root on a multi-rooted tooth), also. They have usually 2 or more years of continuing education after graduating dental school, and most limit their practice to only endodontics.Back

  • Q: What is an Oral Surgeon?

    A: Oral Surgeon is a dentist that performs many aspects of surgery in and about the head area. They can perform simple to extremely difficult (Completely-Bony Impacted Third Molars (Wisdom teeth)) extraction. They also perform biopsies and removal of tumors in the head and neck region. Most place dental implants in the jaw for future restorations and do complex jaw realignment surgeries. They have usually 4 or more years of continuing education after graduating dental school, and most limit their practice to only oral surgery. Back

  • Q: What is an Orthodontist?

    A: Orthodontist is a dentist that straightens teeth. They analyze a mouth and surrounding bone structures and determine where the teeth should be. If there is enough room they will manipulate the teeth and bone through the use of bands, wires, elastics, headgears and other appliances to achieve a harmonius balance between facial muscles and teeth. If there is not enough room teeth may have to be extracted to achieve the desired results. They treat children as well as adults, so don’t be afraid you are too old to have braces. They have usually 2 or more years of continuing education after graduating dental school, and most limit their practice to only orthodontics.Back

  • Q: What is a Pedodontist?

    A: Pedodontist is a pediatric dentist. They focus their dentistry to treating the younger patients. They will usually treat children from as little as 1 or 2 to early adulthood. They can perform all aspects of dentistry on this crowd. They can detect early on if there are problems with decayed, missing, crowded or malpositioned teeth and correct them as well as spot signs of child abuse. They have usually 2 or more years of continuing education after graduating dental school, and most limit their practice to only pedodontics. Back

  • Q: What is a Periodontist?

    A: Periodontist is a dentist that deals with the supporting structures of the teeth. They diagnosis and treat gingivitis (Inflammation of the gum tissue) as well as periodontitis (Gum Disease). They may perform simple cleanings to complicated bone surgeries. They perform bone grafting where indicated and do soft tissue grafts to treat gum recession. Most also place implants in the jaw for future restoration. They have usually 3 or more years of continuing education after graduating dental school, and most limit their practice to only periodontics. Back

  • Q: What is a Prosthodontist?

    A: Prosthodontist is a dentist that deals with simple to complicated full mouth restorations. They may be dental crowns, fixed bridges, dentures, implant cases, or mixed implant and fixed bridge cases. They sometimes encompass the majority of the patients remaining teeth. They also perform needed restorative procedures, such as obturators, after removal of cancerous portions of the mouth.They have usually 3 or more years of continuing education after graduating dental school, and most limit their practice to only prosthodontics. Back

  • Q: Are there other specialties in the field of dentistry?

    A: There are several other fields of dentistry such as cosmetic dentistry, aesthetic dentistry, geriatric dentistry or implantology, however these fields are not recognized specialties, yet! Back