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Thomas J. Skleba, DDS

Sarah S. Brewer, DMD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a root canal?

Endodontic therapy, also knows as a root canal, is a treatment sequence for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in elimination of infection and protection of the tooth from future infection. Each tooth root has a pulp chamber which houses the nerve and blood vessels. During a root canal, the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and shaped. The canals are then filled with a filling material called gutta-percha.


How do I stop grinding my teeth?

The best way to protect teeth and prevent tooth wear and fracture is to wear an occlusal guard. These are custom made appliances that reduce jaw muscle pain and protect teeth and the temporomandibular joint.


What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once implants have been placed they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.


What is a crown?

A crown, sometimes known as a cap, is a dental restoration that completely caps or covers a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often necessary when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Crowns are typically cemented to teeth using dental cement.


Is it necessary to have wisdom teeth removed?

It is not necessary to have wisdom teeth removed if they are positioned correctly in your mouth and if they do not cause pain or dental problems. Dental x-rays are often used to determine if wisdom teeth will cause problems. Typical problems with wisdom teeth include damage to other teeth, jaw damage, sinus issues, inflamed gums, cavities, and crowding of other teeth.


What do sealants do?

Sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth that prevent decay. The sealant liquid bonds into the depressions and grooves of teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel.


Should I get my teeth cleaned when I am pregnant?

Yes, taking care of your oral hygiene is important for both you and your baby. Teeth cleaning and local anesthesia are safe throughout pregnancy. Pregnant women are susceptible to gingivitis so it is especially important to have a dental checkup, cleaning and any necessary treatment during pregnancy. Delaying treatment for oral health problems could result in significant risk to you and your baby.


Can my FSA/HSA be used at the dentist?

FSAs & HSAs can be used to pay certain dental expenses including deductibles and co-payments. However, not all dental procedures are eligible and you should refer to the guidelines of your specific FSA/HAS.


Do I need dental insurance?

Good question. Most dental plans come with a maximum annual coverage limit of $1,000 - $2,000 and cut off coverage after you reach this limit. At that point you pay any additional cost out of pocket in addition to the monthly insurance premium you're being charged.