Frequently Asked Questions
Dentistry can be complicated, especially if you have a major restorative treatment you want to complete. As a result, our office is regularly asked many different questions, including questions on preventive, restorative, cosmetic and emergency dental care. To help our patients stay as informed as possible, we’ve included a list of the most common questions we get as well as detailed answers to these questions. We hope you find them informative prior to your visit!
Can you replace teeth?
Yes! Our office is specialized in replacing teeth via dental bridges. Of course, those who want to replace teeth via dental implants are more than welcome to come back to the practice after their surgery to have their implant restored with one of our natural-looking, implant-retained restorations. We also can create a removable prosthetic for those with extensive tooth loss.
How can I improve my smile’s appearance?
There are many solutions available to make your smile look more attractive. At our practice, we offer teeth whitening procedures (both in-office and take-home varieties), metal-free restorations, porcelain veneers, Lumineers and direct bonding. We’ll go over all of our treatments in great detail so you can better determine which option is right for you.
My tooth hurts. What does this mean?
A toothache could mean decay is present and needs to be cleaned and restored. However, it could also mean that an oral infection is developing inside your tooth, which may require a root canal or outright extraction depending on the damage. Regardless of your needs, we’ll go over your dental emergency in great detail before creating a treatment plan.
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend that you visit the dentist once every six months for a cleaning and checkup. If you have gum disease, we will likely recommend visits every three to four months. All patients should visit the dentist by their first birthday or as soon as their first baby tooth erupts. These routine visits are ideal not just for protecting your oral health, but confirming that oral cancer is not present.
Can you treat my gum disease?
Absolutely. To reduce the symptoms associated with gum disease, we perform a detailed and comprehensive treatment known as scaling and root planing. This treatment is not effective at reducing the sensitivity and pain felt as a result of gum disease, but helps the tooth roots reattach to teeth. All patients require multiple treatments over the course of several months in order to confirm that treatment is working as planned.
Do you see children?
We see patients of all ages. In fact, the average young patient we see is about three years old, so we’re more than prepared to make your child’s visit a positive one. We encourage you to make a visit to our office if you’re a family as well. We ‘ll do everything possible to get all of your family members seen for your convenience.
Do you take my insurance?
If you have dental insurance, it’s more than likely that we are in-network with your provider. We accept most major dental insurance plans and will help you understand your benefits in more detail when you arrive. A majority of our patients have dental insurance, but we also accept state-funded insurance plans like Dentaquest, Michigan Healthy Plan, and Delta EPO.