Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Mesquite, TX
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Our patients have brought us plenty of interesting questions over the years. Since staying well-informed is an important part of maintaining excellent dental health, we decided to collect some of the questions we receive most often and post them here for your convenience. Of course, you may still have a few additional concerns even after reading this page, so don’t be afraid to call us; our helpful team is here to explain everything you need to know about dental care!
How often should I make an appointment?
The typical answer is twice a year, or once every six months. This gives us plenty of opportunities to catch dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease as early as possible, and we can clean your mouth to remove any harmful plaque or tartar that has accumulated. Some patients might need to see us more frequently if they suffer from particularly severe ongoing oral health issues.
Is it possible to replace missing teeth?
Those gaps in your smile do not have to stay empty. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you do not leave the empty space unfilled; otherwise, you could suffer from dental drift and other oral health problems. We can offer a variety of treatments for missing teeth, although dental implants are by far the longest-lasting solution as well as the only way to replace the missing root as well as the crown.
What can I do if I’m unhappy about the appearance of my teeth?
Oral health is the primary focus of every dentist, of course, but we also pay close attention to the aesthetics of your teeth. Our wide range of cosmetic services can improve any number of flaws in your smile; these services include in-office and at-home whitening, porcelain veneers (as well as no-prep Lumineers), metal-free crowns, and dental bonding. Schedule a consultation with us to learn which of these treatments could help you create the smile of your dreams.
Will I need metal braces to straighten my teeth?
It’s understandable that many patients don’t want to wear braces even if they’re suffering from crooked smiles. Thankfully, Invisalign clear aligners make it possible to maintain your appearance and correct orthodontic issues at the same time; most people won’t even realize they’re there!
Can you fix a gap in my teeth?
Closing a gap in your smile isn’t as complicated as you might think it is! In many cases, it can be done in just a couple of appointments with carefully placed porcelain veneers. Sometimes we can complete the process even faster with dental bonding.
What should I do if I’m nervous about visiting the dentist?
Let us know right away! We always want you to feel relaxed when you walk into our dental office, which is why we have a number of sedation dentistry options available for children and adults alike. Nitrous oxide is usually suitable for milder cases, but for those with stronger anxieties, we may recommend oral conscious sedation or IV sedation instead.
Do I need to make an appointment for a toothache?
A toothache can happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes switching to a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth can help. Generally speaking, persistent dental pain indicates a problem such as a cavity, worn enamel, or a crack that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Call us if your toothache is severe or doesn’t go away after a couple of days.
Will you accept my dental insurance?
We’re happy to accept insurance plans from many different popular providers. It’s best to get in touch with us ahead of time to ask if your insurance is accepted at our dental office. We can also give you a rough estimate of your out-of-pocket costs and answer any other questions you might have about the care you’ll receive during your visit.