Dental FAQ’s

How often should I see a dentist?

For many years, people and dental professionals have recommended that patients see their dentist at least twice a year. However, there is no real, “set in stone” answer to this question. Patients should see their dentist as often as their hygienist or dentist suggests. If you have poor oral health, you may need to visit your dentist more often than every 6 months. If you have excellent oral health, you may not need to see your dentist twice a year. Visiting the dentist office regularly, however, gives you a better chance of preventing serious issues or treating them early.

 

What should I do if I have a toothache?

If you are experiencing pain in or around a tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. While a toothache could mean a variety of things, only a dentist can diagnose and treat the issue. However, if you cannot see your dentist immediately, you can take aspirin as prescribed on the bottle to manage the pain. You can also use ice to reduce any swelling and minimize the pain.

 

How often should I floss?

We encourage our patients to floss at least once a day. This helps to release any food debris and bacteria that gets caught between teeth. Not flossing can lead to gingivitis and cavities.

 

What is a crown?

A crown is simply a “helmet” for a damaged tooth. This structure is made to cover the entire tooth to restore both the strength and the appearance of the tooth. A cavity, a root canal treatment, a broken tooth or a cracked tooth are just some of the reasons that a patient may need a crown.

 

How do I know what procedures are covered by my insurance?

Most basic services such as cleanings, exams and x-Rays are usually covered by insurance and many restorative treatments such as crowns or bridges are often partially covered. However, it ultimately depends on your insurance company. Contact your provider for more information.