Fain Dental Arts
Sylvan Fain DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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We don't believe your life should revolve around your dentistry, but you owe it to yourself to be an active and informed patient. You have a right to ask questions because understanding what's involved allows you to make confident decisions about your treatment.

At Fain Dental Arts, we always welcome and encourage your questions. If you have a concern, we want to know about it because if it is important to you, it's important to us. And knowing what's on your mind helps us create a personalized treatment plan that fits all your needs. 

Some of the questions we hear most often are listed below, but if you don't see yours here, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can call at (305) 891-2621 or use our convenient online contact form and we will get back to you as quickly as possible!

General Dentistry

We like to start seeing children at age six, but we are always happy to see your younger child if you have a concern.

At this age, your child has most of their baby teeth, making it a perfect time to start monitoring their development. Baby teeth may seem unimportant since they will come out anyway. But these have several important jobs – they act as a guide for permanent teeth that will follow, they allow your child to start eating solid foods, and they aid in proper speech development.

In addition to monitoring your child's oral health, these early visits help your child get used to being in a new environment filled with strange-looking machines and unfamiliar faces. Our first goal is to create such a positive and enjoyable experience for them that they see dental visits as an exciting adventure.

We will never attempt to treat a child who is not ready because this will only result in further anxiety for them. If we find your child is having difficulty sitting still, we may refer you to a pediatric dentist whose office is specially equipped to address children’s unique needs.

If your child is ready for their first visit or you have concerns about their oral health or development, please call Fain Dental Arts to arrange a time to stop by and say hello!

At Fain Dental Arts, our goal is to preserve the structure of your smile by ensuring that all your teeth stay healthy.  Tooth extraction, in general, is never our first choice, but wisdom teeth come with their own set of problems, frequently making removal the best solution.

If you wonder what wisdom teeth do, the answer is that they no longer serve any real purpose. Also known as third molars, they are a leftover from ancient times when our ancestors had to consume coarse foods like leaves, twigs, and seeds. Wisdom teeth provided the extra chewing surface needed to grind up these foods.

But today, with access to processed foods, we don’t need all that chewing power. And since wisdom teeth are far back in your mouth, it can be difficult to clean them thoroughly, which can result in decay or gum disease. Finally, our jaws have gotten smaller, so wisdom teeth often don’t have room to erupt correctly. They can cause crowding of neighboring teeth, or worse yet, wisdom teeth can become stuck (impacted) in your jaw.

For these reasons, we generally recommend removal of wisdom teeth before they create problems. Our highly skilled and experienced dental team can perform the great majority of wisdom tooth extractions here at Fain Dental Arts, but we will refer you if we think a specialist would be appropriate for your needs.

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, please call North Miami dentist Dr. Sylvan Fain to arrange a convenient appointment.

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These are the joints on either side of your head that connect your jaw bone to your skull. It’s a complex joint that allows for the up and down and side to side movements of your lower jaw. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your mouth, you can feel the TMJs at work.

When this joint is painful or not functioning correctly, it’s called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. Jaw pain can be the result of an improper dental bite, teeth grinding and clenching, stress, or recently completed dental work.

Before we determine which treatment is appropriate, our doctors will need to perform a thorough examination to pinpoint the source of your jaw pain. Based on their findings, they may recommend additional treatments like a night guard that takes the pressure off the TMJ while you sleep.

If you have TMJ pain, please call our North Miami dental office. We recommend you make an appointment as soon as possible so we can pinpoint the problem and determine which treatment can alleviate your symptoms. Before you get to our office, you may find relief by taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, applying warm compresses, and massaging sore jaw muscles. 

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