Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding dental treatments in our office and dentistry in general. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions or to schedule an appointment.
About the office
1. Why should I choose your office over other dental offices?
We are more of an old school style of practice where you will see the same dentist every time you come in as opposed to most offices where you will often see a different dentist each time you go in. Our office also uses a low key, low-pressure approach whereby your dental needs are explained thoroughly with many different options for your treatment presented. Your dental health is our priority, not our bottom line and we give our patients as many ideas as possible for their treatment without putting pressure on you to accept expensive options. We also do our very best to make our patients feel comfortable when they come to our office since we understand that dental treatment can be unpleasant and anxiety-inducing. Check out our numerous great reviews from our great patients to see just how we differentiate ourselves from other dental offices.
2. I don’t have any insurance, can I still come to your office.
Yes, of course, we do have a good number of patients who come to our office without any insurance. Often times, we can find many different ways to make your dental care as affordable as possible. We always encourage people to come in for dental treatment even if they do not have any insurance. People are often surprised at how affordable basic dental care can be at our office.
3. I work a lot and can only come in the evening or on the weekend. Can you accommodate my schedule?
Yes, we have evening hours and we are in the office every other Saturday since we realize that many people can only come in during these times.
4. Do you have parking?
Yes, we sure do. We have parking in the lot two doors down from us. You can also park on the street in front of our office with no need to feed any pay boxes.
5. If I have a dental emergency, how soon can I be seen?
We can usually see people with emergencies either the same day or the very next day. We will typically prioritize emergency patients, particularly if they are a regular patient of ours.
Some dental questions
1. How often should I really get my teeth checked and cleaned?
For most people with some minor gingivitis but otherwise healthy teeth and gums, 6 months is usually a sufficient interval for your routine check-ups. For some people with issues with their gums, we will often recommend every 3 months for routine cleanings.
2. What is deep cleaning and how do I know if I need one?
Deep cleaning or scaling and root planing as we call it is needed when someone has moderate to severe gingivitis or when someone has a periodontal disease where not only are the gums very inflamed but the bone around your teeth are starting to erode away. As opposed to regular cleaning, deep cleaning involves getting the gums and teeth numb and then getting below the gum line to clean and disrupt the bacteria causing your gum disease. Typically one half or one-quarter of the mouth is done at a time.
3. Are dental X-rays harmful?
Dental X-rays are not harmful to dental patients since they are usually only exposed to them once a year to a year and a half. We are very careful with dental X-rays and take them as routine only yearly and when needed to address a specific problem.
4. What is the best way to straighten my teeth, veneers, or braces?
That really depends on how your teeth are positioned in your mouth. Sometimes we can correct a problem with just veneers, sometimes we will recommend braces or aligners like Invisalign, and often times the best solution is doing a combination of the two. Again, we can often recommend more than one treatment idea based on your desires and your budget.
5. Are implants the best way to replace missing teeth?
Implants are a very important method of treatment to replace missing teeth because it allows us to replace missing teeth without needing to touch any adjacent teeth or without the patient needing to take their teeth in and out of their mouth. However, every situation is unique and there are times where an implant may not be the ideal solution based on various factors such as the amount of bone present to support an implant, the number of implants needed for numerous missing teeth, of course cost and so on.
6. Does teeth whitening work? Will it damage my teeth?
Yes, teeth whitening has been around for about 40 years now and many studies have been undertaken. The studies have shown that there is no permanent structural damage to the enamel, dentin, or pulp of the teeth (these are the three layers of your teeth). We have many patients whiten their teeth for special occasions or just because and most people will get good results with whitening. Whitening does tend to work better on more yellow teeth caused by coffee and cigarette smoking and tends to work less on teeth with grayer stains.
7. There are so many toothpaste brands on the market. Which one should I use?
We usually tell patients that as long as the toothpaste has fluoride which helps to prevent cavities, just use one that you like the taste and texture of. Beyond these factors, it really doesn’t matter too much.