How often should I visit the dentist?
It is recommended that children and adults visit the dentist every six months to ensure that they have healthy mouths.
What should I expect when I go to the dentist?
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while (or are visiting a new dentist), we will go over your medical history with you. At this time, we will determine whether or not we need to take X-rays. After that, we will clean your teeth with special tools, scaling all of the tartar and plaque that has built up on your teeth.
After your teeth are clean, we will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. If you are having any problems, we will use this time to discuss them with you. We will also talk to you about what you are doing at home to keep your mouth healthy.
Will it be painful?
The examination and cleaning should not be painful, but if it has been a while since you have been to the dentist and you have significant buildup, you may experience some discomfort. You may also have a little discomfort for a few hours after the cleaning.
I have a fear of the dentist. Can you help?
Many people are anxious about going to the dentist. Our entire staff understands and will answer any questions that you may have. They will also address your concerns before you come in.
If we are unable to help calm your fears, we offer sedation and full anesthesia for patients who need it.
I have dental insurance, what will it cover?
Since each company and each plan is different, it is important to talk to your company about what your plan covers. We are here to help also. When you come in for an examination and we find a need for a procedure, we will contact your insurance to determine what it will pay. We will do our best to estimate what the company will cover so we can discuss payments with you.
What are the common symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth?
Most people complain of pain and swelling of the gums right above the impaction. This can be due to infection or just tension from the teeth hitting each other. Another less obvious symptom of an impacted wisdom tooth is bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth from infection and debris buildup. Some people don’t realize that they have a problem until they have pus coming out of their gums. You may also have some soreness, tenderness, or pain when eating and talking. Some people even complain of an earache.