Q and A

Frequently Asked Questions by our Prior Lake, MN Patients

At what age should my child first visit the dentist?

A child's first dental visit should take place at about one year old. Regular fluoride treatments are helpful in strengthening enamel and warding off tooth decay early. Here's an important tip for your young one: Never let your baby or young child go to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water. Going to sleep drinking milk, formula or juice can cause a baby's front teeth to rapidly decay, resulting in a lifetime of dental issues.

I'm scared to see the dentist for terrible pain when I chew. What is sedation dentistry? Do you offer it?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of safe sedative medications in patients who have a strong anxiety about their dental visit and dental work to be done. Dr. Tom Morgan specializes in sedation dentistry which involves taking an oral medication prior to your visit. You can be relaxed and comfortable for the procedure. This is a great option for fearful patients who need to have essential work done.

Do you use white fillings?

Yes we do, and this is one of our most common general dentistry procedures. We use them to fill new cavities, and to replace old silver (metal) fillings that have cracked or fallen out. Some people even prefer to replace their metal fillings for cosmetic reasons.

Tell me about dental sealants.

Sealants are used very effectively in children. A child's first set of molars appears around the age of six. If a dental sealant is applied soon after these molars appear, the teeth are better protected from developing cavities. A second application of sealant can be applied around the age of 12 when the second set of molars appears.

How can gum disease be treated?

There are varying degrees of gum disease, or gingivitis. At the earliest stage, gums will become inflamed and red and may bleed. In this case a good cleaning and clearing of plaque and tartar will help. In its later stages, gingivitis can lead to bone loss and loosening, or even loss of, teeth. At this stage more advanced techniques are needed, including bone and gum grafts. The key is to not let gingivitis go this far. Make an appointment with Babcock and Morgan Family Dentistry for a cleaning and checkup.