Frequently Asked Dental Questions and Answers
Is Patient Financing Available? What is CareCredit®?
Yes, it is!
CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that makes care possible today – for purchases of all amounts. It is a credit card designed for your health, beauty, and wellness needs. With many of our special financing options, you can avoid paying interest by making your minimum monthly payments and paying the full amount due by the end of the promotional period. Not all enrolled healthcare practices offer all special financing options, so please ask your practice to explain which ones are available for your purchase.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Exam and Cleaning?
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are your first step to maintaining a healthy mouth, reduced cavities, and low-cost dental visits. You should have dental checkups including exams and cleanings twice per year, to avoid costly treatments, mouth pain, and additional expenses.
During wellness visits such as these, your teeth care examined for cavities and deterioration, along with the current state of any existing fillings, crowns, or implanted devices. Your gums are inspected for signs of periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other possible oral health deterrents.
We will remove any tartar and plaque buildup, provide you with brushing, flossing, and other beneficial treatment tips including dietary changes to assist in keeping your teeth healthy.
We will also provide fluoride treatments and assess the need for any other treatments you may require or might be able to prevent.
How Can I Tell if I Have Gingivitis or Periodontitis (Gum Disease)?
You may want to schedule an appointment with our office to evaluate you for gum disease if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms:
· Persistent bad breath
· Bleeding when brushing or flossing (Gums should never bleed!)
· Red or puffy gums (Gums should never be swollen!)
· Receding Gums
· New spacing between teeth or Loose teeth
· Signs of infection including pus around the teeth or gums
· And any tenderness or discomfort you experience, this can save you from being in major pain and costly visits.
Roughly 4 out of 5 people have periodontal disease and aren’t aware that they have it! In the early stages of gum disease, there is no discomfort.
There are many factors that can lead to periodontal disease including hormonal changes due to puberty and pregnancy, medication side effects, genetics and family health issues, overcrowding or improper spacing of teeth, smoking or chewing tobacco, or dental implants or devices that are an improper fit. These factors allow for plaque (a form of bacteria), food particles, and saliva to remain on the surface of your teeth and gums. These remnants cause the break down the protective enamels on teeth causing cavities and the acid corrosion of gums which leads to gum disease.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Improve the Appearance of My Smile?
Cosmetic dentistry is inclusive of many procedures that can range from simple procedures such as teeth whitening, to very extensive procedures like dental veneers and lumineers. Many of these procedures are done upon request, rather than being born from necessity. However, there are cases where these procedures are completed daily due to them being a patient’s only option for treatment, and having any hope of smiling again.
Crowns, bridges and dentures are considered cosmetic, however they serve a purpose that’s greater than vanity, while restoring one’s confidence and ability to simply eat. They are often utilized for tooth loss due to accidents, altercations, genetic problems, or poor oral hygiene. Dental crowns are generally used to replace a single tooth, or to be utilized as a “strong” anchor for when Bridges are needed. Bridges are utilized when the need to replace more than one tooth is evident. This could be to replace two teeth side by side, or where teeth are missing on both sides of a remaining tooth. Dentures however are used to treat the most irreversible damage to teeth and provide support to your facial bones to prevent sagging or collapse. Providing either individual top or bottom denture, called Partials, or a full set based on the patient’s individual needs.