What types of insurances do you accept?
We proudly accept most insurances. Call our friendly staff if you have any questions about financial policies.
What do I do if I chip a front tooth?
If the chip is affecting your smile we will try our best to accommodate you soon enough.
If the tooth is very sharp it can be sanded down with a nail file until you can be seen. Depending on the size of the chip the dentist will either smooth it, build it up, or you may need a crown. If it is a small chip on a front tooth this is common and probably will not need repairing. People chip teeth all the time and it may not be as big a deal as you may think.
What do I do if I lose a crown or bridge?
First; try to keep the tooth clean; If it is not a tooth that shows and is not too sensitive do not worry. Call the next business day and we can replace it for you. If it is essential that you replace the crown immediately, drug stores carry temporary cement and filling material. Simply clean as much from the tooth and crown as possible and make sure they are also dry then follow directions and press your crown back in place. Please call at your earliest convenience to arrange for a more permanent solution.
What If I Don’t Have Dental Coverage? Can You Still Help?
Absolutely. We believe that treatment should be available to everyone in need, regardless of their insurance status. Call and ask for Debbie, she can discuss options with you on how best to meet your needs.
What should I do if my tooth is very painful, especially to touching and chewing?
If the tooth is sensitive to the pressure, you probably have an inflammation. Call us and we will try to see you as soon as we can accommodate you. Do not place aspirin against a tooth or your gums as it may burn and make things worse. Note: If you have never been to our office before we cannot legally prescribe you a medication without first seeing you in person.
If the tooth is just sensitive to temperature extremes, it can be treated with sensitive formula toothpastes. If it is especially sensitive, you may rub the paste on the area before going to bed without rinsing. Try this for a few days and see how it works.
How Do I Get my Kids to Brush Consistently?
Building a good brushing habit is essential to your child’s future dental health. The best thing to do is make brushing fun and on a daily schedule. Be enthusiastic about brushing, set your cell phone to ring after dinner and tell kids; it’s time to brush and lead by example.
What is plaque and how is it bad?
Plaque constantly forms on teeth. It is a clear film of bacteria that builds in hard to reach areas such as between your teeth and in the lines of your gums.
When allowed to accumulate, the plaque can irritate the gums and lead to certain gum diseases, such as gingivitis. Research has provided evidence that gum disease has been linked to many health problems including stroke, heart disease, pneumonia, and even pregnancy complications.
Plaque can be removed with regular brushing and flossing along with professional cleanings from dental professional to help with tough tartar removal. Early stages of gum disease are often unnoticed. By the time you begin to feel pain or irritation, it may already be too late to focus on prevention. Regular checkups can assist in preventing plaque and tartar from building up, as well as prevent many other dental complications.
What is the cause of bad breath?
When breath has an unpleasant odor, it is known as “halitosis”. Depending on the cause, the odor can occur occasionally, but it has been known to become more of a long lasting problem with some people.
The mouth contains millions of bacteria. The back of the tongue can condense bacteria and cause of bad breath.
Although bad breath and the accumulation of odor forming bacteria can be considered a common problem, there are many causes of why frequent halitosis can be occurring. Such problems could be: Poor dental hygiene – If brushing and flossing is not conducted on a regular basis, bacteria and plaque can begin to form in hard to reach places. If this is the situation, poor dental hygiene can eventually lead to much more serious problems.
External sources – Smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking coffee, tea, or wine are just some of the causes of regularly occurring bad breath. These activities can also lead to the discoloration of teeth.
How do I take care of my sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth might be an early sign for stress related broxism and teeth grinding.
If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night ask about the night guard.
There are types of toothpastes that cater to those with sensitive teeth. These types of toothpastes have been known to decrease the symptoms of sensitive teeth over the period of several weeks if used regularly. Tooth sensitivity symptoms can become worse with the regular consumption of high acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemon. If regular gentle brushing does not decrease symptoms, we can provide a consultation to determine a treatment that’s right for you. Products containing fluoride may also be recommended to assist in reducing tooth sensitivity.