FAQs

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Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?

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Well, you might be surprised to learn the extent of what really goes on during your regular check-up. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected.

We recommend that our patients visit our office at least twice each year to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly problems. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more regular attention.

Maintaining a regular dental appointment schedule isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.

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How should I deal with my fear of dentists?

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Firstly, you can take solace in the fact that you are not alone. A significant percentage of adults suffer from some level of fear of dental treatment. However, given the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums to your overall health, it is imperative that you find a way to deal with these fears.

In our clinic we offer a range of techniques to help our patients reduce their anxiety. Here are a few ideas that you might consider;

  • Visualize yourself in a comfortable place while in the dental chair – a warm sandy beach for example.
  • Avoid drinking beverages that contain caffeine before your appointment.
  • Ask us lot’s of questions about your treatment – quite often fears of the unknown are the worst fears of all.

Our ultimate goal is to enable our patients to receive dental treatment in a comfortable state of mind. Please feel free to call our office if you would like to learn more about our unique approach to this serious problem.

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I have seen tooth whitening advertised on both TV and by my dentist. Is there a difference?

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The answer is Yes and No. The whitening agents contained in almost all tooth whitening material products is either carbamide peroxide or a stabilized hydrogen peroxide.

The difference is that the materials prescribed by a dentist are generally stronger concentrations that provide faster, more dramatic and longer lasting results. More importantly, your dentist can provide the personalized advice that you need to determine if whitening is right for you. Your dentist is also trained to recognize and treat any potential problems that may arise from your use of tooth whitening products.

We invite you to call our dental office for more information on teeth whitening alternatives.

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Do My Unused Dental Insurance Benefits Carry Over Into The New Year?

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If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance, you should be aware that most plans renew on an annual basis every January 1. This means that any benefits not used in a calendar year cannot be carried forward into the next year. They are lost forever!

This is an important fact to consider, especially if you are contemplating a treatment program from your dentist that has an expense greater than your annual plan limit. If this is your situation, getting treatment started before the end of the year will help to split the expense over two insurance coverage terms, allowing you to make the most of your dental benefits.

If you are not sure how your plan works, simply bring your insurance provider’s coverage booklet to our office. We would be happy to explain how your insurance works and how you can get the greatest value from your coverage.

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What is a Gum Lift and is it for me?

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The world of Cosmetic Dentistry includes a wide range of dental treatments and procedures intended to give you the best smile possible.  A “Gum Lift” is a simple dental procedure for those who feel their teeth are too small, or for people who have always felt self-conscious about a smile that is “too gummy.”

Aesthetically, your gumline can affect your smile just as much as your teeth.  With a Gum Lift, you can achieve the look you’ve always wanted – larger-looking, healthier teeth in a dazzling smile; unobstructed by over-emphasized gums.

If you would like to explore the possibilities with your smile, or learn more about the simple Gum Lift procedure, we invite you to call our office for more information.

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So what is “Cosmetic Dentistry”, and what types of treatments does it involve?

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Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you had a more attractive looking smile?  Providing people with a means of achieving their best smile is what Cosmetic Dentistry is all about.

More and more people today are booking appointments with our dental office, not because they are having dental problems, but because they want to smile more confidently.  In many cases, these smiles begin with teeth that are crooked, stained, chipped or missing all together.  From simple teeth whitening to full smile reconstruction, the end result in most cases is a healthy, attractive looking smile that provides a greater sense of self-confidence and enjoyment of life.

If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, ask us about what specific treatments in cosmetic dentistry would benefit you.

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What are Dental Implants and what does the procedure involve?

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Dental Implants are part of a tooth replacement treatment.  They are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.  These implants are metal posts or frames, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed under your gums.  They then fuse to the bone of your jaw and act as roots.  Replacement teeth, called crowns and made of porcelain, are then attached to the implant  They will fit securely to your gums because they are held in place by bone, allowing them to look and function just like natural teeth.

Once the implants are in place, your dentist will typically wait a few months to proceed with crowns – temporary appliances are available for you to wear while you wait.

Give us a call today to set up an appointment to find out if dental implants are right for you.