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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

If you don’t visit the dentist as often as you should or you simply aren’t thinking about your oral health, dentistry can seem complicated at first. It’s hard to know exactly which treatments are most needed and what is purely meant to improve your smile’s appearance. Below, you’ll find a handful of the most common questions our dental office receives. We hope that you’ll find the answers to be helpful prior to your visit.

What does a dental checkup entail?

During your appointment, we’ll closely examine your many oral structures for plaque, tartar and other signs of dental disease. Keep in mind that this procedure also includes an oral cancer screening, which if caught early can dramatically improve treatment outcomes. Thousands of Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and basic checkups can go a long way in catching the early signs before it develops into a more lethal form.

Can you replace missing teeth?

Absolutely! Not only can we replace your missing teeth, but we can make your smile look and feel incredibly natural from top to bottom. Whether you want to replace your teeth via dental bridge, denture or dental implant is entirely up to you. We use materials that integrate with your existing structures and are made with natural-looking materials to ensure that your new restoration properly blends in with existing tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Are root canals safe?

Root canals are one hundred percent safe when performed by a dental professional. Not only do they treat your oral infection and get you out of pain, but they work to save your existing tooth as well. The last thing we want to do is extract a tooth if there are other methods available to us.

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

In most cases, the mouth is not large enough to accommodate extra teeth, especially all four of your erupting wisdom teeth. However, that doesn’t mean that all wisdom teeth must be extracted if and when they do erupt. Wisdom tooth extractions are performed on a case-by-case basis. If your wisdom tooth is at risk of causing severe pain, misalignment of your teeth, or other oral health problems, we will likely need to remove it.

Can you place dental implants?

Yes! Our dental office carries the expertise and technology necessary to perform dental implant placement all in one location! We’ve found that the overall process is much easier for our patients when they only have one doctor to work with, rather than multiple doctors in different dental office.

I’m having a dental emergency! What should I do?

Start by giving our dental office a call so you can schedule an emergency appointment. The last thing you should do is allow your condition to get worse. Without treatment, whether it’s a severe toothache, a broken or cracked tooth, or a complete knocked-out tooth, your condition will only worsen and require more treatment to resolve.

Can you treat my gum disease?

Absolutely. Our dental office is prepared to help you avoid future damage to your gums and reduce your symptoms associated with the condition. Periodontitis and its advanced forms are not something you can treat with improved brushing and flossing alone. At our dental office, we take your professional cleaning to the next level and perform scaling, root planing and antibiotic therapy to reduce teeth sensitivity and stop the recession of your gums.