Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association and our dedicated team recommend patients visit the dentist at least two times a year. Even if patients don’t experience any dental pain or damage between visits, these appointments give us the opportunity prevent many oral health concerns and diagnose others in their earliest stages.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain that affix to the front facing surfaces of teeth to conceal any number of smile flaws. After just two short visits and one minimally invasive treatment, patients can completely transform their smiles.
Do root canals hurt?
The discomfort associated with root canals is mainly related to the infection or damage leading up to it. The procedure itself is actually very comfortable. We use local anesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment, and most patients experience minimal pain following their root canal.
Is teeth whitening from your office better than store bought options?
Professional teeth whitening has two main benefits over store bought varieties. Over the counter whiteners are highly regulated by the FDA as non-professionals need to be able to use them safely without assistance. Thus, the concentration of the active whitening agent (carbamide or hydrogen peroxide) is very low. Professional whitening gel has a higher peroxide concentration allowing the whitening gel to remain active longer. Additionally, whether the whitener is applied in our office or at home, we are able to accurately place the gel to affect only the teeth and keep neutralizing saliva at bay.
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
Early periodontal disease, gingivitis, is extremely subtle, and most patients are completely unaware they are affected prior to diagnosis. Left untreated, advanced gum disease, periodontitis, is much more aggressive leading to a number of oral and overall health concerns. Some of the main symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Irritated, inflamed, red, or discolored gum tissue
- Bad breath that is not improved with cleaning
- Teeth that feel loose or a bite that does not fit together
Do you take my insurance?
We are happy to work with patients to maximize insurance coverage. We process and file claims for any insurance provider. Contact our team with questions. We’re happy to help.