Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that patients across the country have about dentistry and oral health issues.  

Submit your question at the bottom of this page and Dr. Kirkwood will personally answer and it may even be posted below to help others! 

All Names will remain anonymous on our webpage. 

 The following questions have been asked by patients all across the United States. Even if you are not a patient of Dr. Kirkwood, or live too far to be, he is still willing to help!

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Q: What are my options if I have missing teeth?

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Q: Why straighten teeth?

Q: What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?

Q: How often should I brush and floss?

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Q: When are sealants recommended?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Q: What is the ache in my jaw? lower both sides.{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}

Q: What can be done about old, unattractive, or discolored fillings?

Q: Is there a correlation between heart disease and periodontal disease?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: Why does my tooth #3 itch? feels like it itches? {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} 1. had mo filling on tooth #3 in April. 2. do filling put on same tooth, over week ago.. October. 3. i have the urge to lick my tooth, and bite down. 4. get throbbing sore feeling after hot and cold, not really to biting pressure. 5. is it like having a sore body part? I'm seeing my dentist on Oct 28, for a cleaning

Q: Dental question can a dentist say that they won't guarantee a porcelain fused to metal bridge because I won't pay extra for a Zirconia bridge?

Q: Is it true that chocolate stains my teeth? If so, what's the best natural way to remove tooth stains?

Q: two questions: 1. Crown Tooth #4, and 5 or put composite if cost were no option?{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} xrays attached .my dentist made the recommendation below. 2. cerec or lab ? You will need to make a decision. The crowns will be made of lithium disilicate (all porcelain); no metal (aka porcelain fused to metal). Due to fact that these are large fillings, we have already lost a good deal of tooth from 20 years ago. Replacing with a filling is a good option. It is conservative, but it will break down in future. The future is unknown when it comes to timing, will it last a long time or just a few years? A crown is another good option. There will be no immediate need"

Q: Can an orthodontist or dentist tell if my child is a candidate for Invisalign via pictures?{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} Wondering if I were to send pictures of her teeth/smile/mouth from several different angles - would this suffice? If so, what angles would be best?

Q: What dental instruments do you use when filling a cavity? Does it hurt?{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}

Q: What do you think about teeth capping? I am looking to have a perfect smile and heard about capping my teeth to make them the right shape. How difficult is this? Is it recommended?

Q: Tooth ache I have a partial and the anchor tooth hurts. {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}Weird thing is the pain goes away for days at a time, then comes back. The dentist that did my partial tried removing that tooth but realized he shouldn't, so he left it there. I have no dental insurance.

Q: Can a chipped or broken tooth affect your immune system?{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} What are the potential issues?

Q: What can I do to change the shape of my teeth? My front bottom teeth, especially, but the tops too, are not very nice -- they just don't look pretty or uniform or whatever... Do I need a serious procedure, or is there something easier if I just want them to look nicer?

Q: White filling:{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} I got three white fillings because I got cavities. I already have 15 days with the fillings, but they still hurt every time i eat something cold, is this normal?

Q: Gums and roof of mouth Chipped back tooth and have canker sore looking sore above chipped tooth.{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}

Q: My 14 months baby girl has no teeth and I'm worried she's going to be 15 months next week.. :( {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}

Q: Should Tooth #3 Temp filling, another composite, or just go with crown? {Patient is from Oregon dental question group. X-ray showed extensive damage.}

Q: Should a crown and/or filling hurt after it is done?{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}

Q: Just had a prep for a crown on tooth #19 i have been wearing the temp since Tuesday..{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} all feels good thus far. do you think i would need a root canal in the future? i get he permanent placed on nov 12th. how long should i wear the temp for? based upon the dentists on here experience, if im feeling fine with no pain, should i be preventative and get root canal or does this mean im in the clear once the permanent is placed? My concern is i do not want to drill in future my crown to do root canal, unless dentist going to take it off

Q: Canker sores and sore/bleeding gums Last week I had a sore gym area in a very defined area. {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}The next morning my throat was swollen and I had several canker sores. A few days I felt very run down and may have been running a fever. The sore gums and canker sores have persisted. I went to the dentist and he prescribed a mouth wash w/ disinfectant and a topical cream for the ulcers. Is there anything else I should do?

Q: Should I get my child a milk tooth filling {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}or wait for the tooth to fall out? Cavity, slight tooth pain

Q: Hello I got my braces removed and the permanent retainers fixed on the upper and lower sides of the teeth.{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} When I got my braces removed there was swelling in my gums. Its been more than a month and there are spaces in my teeth now. What should I do?

Q: Sinusitis I have pain under my left cheekbone and my left upper teeth throb.{Patient is from Oregon dental question group.} When I last had this my dentist said my teeth were fine and thought I had sinusitis. I took 10mg of phenylephrine over an hour ago and it still hurts.

Q: Gum blackness. How can my gum get pink again? {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}

Q: What is the best toothpaste? I have seen lots of commercials for toothpaste and I have been given Crest by past dentists.

Q: I got all my wisdom teeth out about two years ago, {Patient is from Oregon dental question group.}as of two days ago I started to get this numbing yet sharp pain on the bottom left of my mouth where the wisdom tooth was. This makes it hard to eat on that side of my mouth. Should I be worried about this?

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We encourage you submit any dental related questions you may have using the form below. First and Last Name required in form, but will not be made public. Dr. Kirkwood will personally answer your questions as soon as possible. Your question may even post to our page for others to view! If you have a billing question or would like to set up an appointment, please call us at 317-462-3456


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