Commonly Asked Questions
Asking questions and getting answers is a part of good oral health care. To help you find those answers, we’ve prepared responses to the most commonly asked questions in our office. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!
1. What if a tooth gets knocked out in an accident?
Time is your enemy when an accident or any trauma dislodges a tooth. First locate the tooth, or teeth, and determine if the tooth broke or if the entire tooth and root came out in one piece. Learn More
2. How old should my child be before I bring them to the dentist?
It is never too early to get a child acquainted with our dental team. Decay can start within months of eruption and accidents can occur at any time. Learn More
3. When should my child first use toothpaste and how much should I really use?
Removing food and plaque from the teeth and gums should be done routinely as the first tooth erupts; however a cloth or soft-bristled toothbrush dampened with water is only necessary in the early stages. Learn More
4. Why do I need to have x rays taken?
There are many important reasons why we may recommend you have an X-ray, or an updated X-ray, taken as part of your examination. An exam is not complete without seeing what is under your gums. Learn More
5. What causes cavities in teeth?
Tooth decay is caused by plaque bacteria in the mouth. Decay occurs when the bacteria in the mouth feed on carbohydrates (sugars and starches) in certain foods to create an acid. This acid eats away at the tooth enamel (the outer surface of the tooth) causing pitted areas and holes. Learn More
6. I’m very nervous going to the dentist – what are my options to have my dental work done?
If you get worried or anxious about visiting the dentist, we want you to know that these feelings are perfectly normal, and we can help you feel better. Learn More
7. I have missing teeth – what are my options?
It can be challenging to decide what to do, after losing a tooth. Your teeth support your health and well-being. Missing teeth may affect the comfort and function of your mouth, your ability to eat a variety of nutritious foods as well as your speech. Learn More
8. What is a root canal?
If a tooth develops deep decay, has a deep or leaking filling, or suffers a crack or trauma, the tissue living inside the tooth (the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected, and may sometimes abscess. Learn More
9. Why do I need a crown?
A crown is recommended when most of the tooth’s original enamel is broken or gone. Taking out an old filling and replacing it with a larger one takes away more of the original enamel, which makes the tooth weaker. Learn More
10. What is a Denturist and why might I need one?
Denturists work together with your Dentist making partial dentures or immediate dentures when alternations to natural teeth are required. A Denturist’s practice is dedicated to the fabrication, repair and adjustment of dentures, partial dentures and removable implant retained dentures. Learn More
11. What is the difference between drugstore whitening and whitening from the dental office?
One question we get quite often is, “Do the tooth whitening kits from the drug store work as well as the more expensive professional ones you get at a dental office?” The answer to the question is that the drug-store kits, such as Crest White Strips, do work… Learn More
12. What can I do if I have dry mouth?
Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva, or spit to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. It is a side effect of taking medications or can be a symptom of certain diseases or medical conditions. Learn More
13. Will this treatment be covered by my benefit plan?
Understanding your dental benefits is not easy. There are as many different plans as there are contracts. Your employer has selected your plan and is ultimately responsible for how your contract is designed. Learn More
14. Do you offer financing or any payment plans?
We can help you make financing arrangements with Dentalcard, which is an outside company that we work with. Dentalcard assists clients in attaining their desired smile in a financially comfortable manner. The client is able to take up to 6 years to complete their payment plan. Learn More
15. What methods of payment do you accept?
For your convenience, we accept cash, debit cards, E-Transfer, VISA, Amex and MasterCard.