We’re used to receiving all kinds of questions from our patients, and we love teaching others about the ends and outs of dentistry as well as the different services that we use to create bright, healthy smiles. We’ll always take the time to listen to what you have to say during your visits, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have for us over the phone as well! Here are just a few of the questions that we’ve heard particularly often over the years.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Appointment?
Most people need at least two dental checkups and cleanings a year on average. That means one visit every six months to have plaque and tartar removed from your teeth while we check for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. More frequent appointments may be needed depending on the state of your oral health.
How Can I Improve the Appearance of My Smile?
That depends largely on what kind of improvements you’re thinking about! Porcelain veneers are generally a good option if there are so many cosmetic flaws in your smile that you’re not sure where to start. Dental bonding, on the other hand, should be considered by anyone looking to make smaller changes in less amount of time. We can help you explore other options for brightening your smile during a cosmetic consultation.
Is It Always Necessary to Replace a Tooth?
It doesn’t matter which tooth was lost; without it, the balance of your bite will be completely thrown off, and your other teeth will start to drift out of place. They’ll also start to wear down faster thanks to the pressure of your bite being distributed incorrectly. If you find yourself without a complete set of teeth for whatever reason, get in touch with us to discuss your options for replacement, such as dental implants and bridges.
When Should My Child First Start Seeing the Dentist?
Children need to start visiting the dentist very early in life. Their first appointment should be around their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth erupting. After that, you should bring them in to our dental office regularly so that we can keep track of their oral development and let you know about potential oral health problems so that you can have them taken care of as soon as possible.
Can You Still Help Me Even If I Haven’t Visited a Dentist in a While?
We’ve seen plenty of patients who haven’t seen the dentist in a long time for one reason or another. We’re not here to judge, only to help! No matter what kind of state your teeth are in, we’ll help you find the solutions you’re looking for so that you can be proud of your smile.
Is My Tooth Pain Serious?
Tooth pain can occur for a variety of reasons. It might be as simple as a piece of food that got stuck between your teeth that can be removed with dental floss. However, toothaches are also a common symptom of severe dental pulp infections that could cause you to lose your teeth altogether. Call us if your tooth pain grows worse over time or persists longer than 48 hours.
Will You Accept My Dental Insurance?
We take many common dental plans. We are in-network with several providers but can still file claims for other policies as well. If you call our dental office before your appointment, we can answer your insurance questions and give you an estimate for your out-of-pocket costs.