How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year. If you are in braces or have a history of periodontal disease more frequent visits are recommended.
What should I expect during my appointment?
One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will do a head, neck and TMJ (jaw) exam followed by an oral cancer screening and take X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment is needed, most procedures are completed in our office. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
There are several methods available for bleaching teeth. For professional options and products, we will be happy to discuss your individual needs.
Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek professional advice from a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.
What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
Porcelain/ceramic veneers or crowns are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.