Here you will find some general dental questions.
- How often should I see a dentist?
- What should I expect during my appointment?
- What does "painless dentistry" mean?
- What if I have an emergency?
- Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
- Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
- What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth, or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
» The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.
» One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed, and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth, and make plans for treatment as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing, and answer any questions you may have.
» Painless Dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.
» Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.
» When needed, we offer a variety of payment options tailored to fit your needs. After your treatment plan is prepared, our financial coordinator will assist in developing a plan to meet your needs.
» There are several methods available for bleaching the teeth: in office, overnight, or daily. Zoom bleaching is done in our office. One session generally lasts one and a half to two hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment. For at home bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouthguard that fits your bite. Each day you fill the mouthguard with a small amount of bleaching gel for a few hours during the day. The at home bleaching process takes approximately 2-6 weeks depending on type of solution used.
Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.
What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth, or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
» Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.