FAQ
Below are answers to a few commonly asked questions.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us for all your needs!
 
 
 
 
When should my child be seen for their 1st visit?

- The American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and Dr. Murphy all recommend that a child be seen by a dentistry before 1 year of age.  Starting preventative care and proper home care early is the best option to see any oral issue that may arise.


Why are x-ray (radiographs) important?

- X-rays allow the dentist to see cavities in-between teeth that cannot be seen with a visual exam.  X-rays also allow the dentist to see any changes in bone that supprts the teeth.  X-rays are crucial to exposing hidden decay, revealing abscesses, cysts, and tumors.  They aid in the identifying bone loss from periodontal disease, locating tarter, and evaluating the condition of crowns, fillings, and other restorations. Modern dental x-ray equipment (digital x-ray) use very low levels of radiation.  In fact, everyday on average we are exposed to more natural radiation than a series of dental x-rays.  Most medical x-rays range from 1000-10,000 times more exposure than digital dental x-rays.  See the chart  below for a radiation exposure comparison. 





Why are dental sealants needed?

- Dental sealants fill in the deep pits and fissures of back teeth that are more susceptible to decay. 


Are amalgam fillings bad for me?

- Although Dr. Murphy doesn't feel there are any problems with amalgam fillings he does prefer other updated filling materials such as composite. 


Can I eat or drink after restorations are completed?

- Yes, you may unless specified at your appointment.  Most fillings are light cured and hardened before you leave our office.  You will have to be careful due to the anesthetic still dissipating but you will not damage the restoration.