Oral Health FAQs
Questions Our Patients Often Ask…
- My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
- What are my options to replace missing teeth?
- What are dental implants and how long do they last?
- Is teeth whitening safe?
- I have old, dark fillings. Is there any hope for my smile?
- Do you treat TMJ disorder?
- Does my insurance cover that?
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of periodontal (gum) disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to alleviate your symptoms and restore periodontal health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, respiratory problems, and dementia. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to significantly damage your health, so call for an assessment now. We’ll help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and implant restorations. Learn more about these options, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your smile, Our Team can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.
What are dental implants and how long do they last?
Implant restorations are a safe alternative to dental bridges, partials & full dentures. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once the implants are secured, Our Team will attach handcrafted, permanent crowns or your prosthetic. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. The life of the implant depends on your age, oral status, and personal hygiene. With proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Absolutely. We bet you didn’t know that teeth whitening, in some form, has been around since the 1700s. Modern whitening uses safe and effective bleaching gel to melt away stains and discoloration. Choose from Sapphire Whitening in our office or convenient take-home teeth-whitening kits.
I have old, dark fillings. Is there any hope for my smile?
Dark fillings and metal crowns can be replaced with strong, aesthetic solutions. Our Team has placed tooth-colored fillings for years, and we also offer porcelain crowns.
Do you treat TMJ disorder?
Yes and, for most patients, treatment is fairly straightforward. Our Team will diagnose your case and determine the extent of the damage. Relief may be as simple as wearing an oral appliance, similar to an athletic mouthguard but thinner, at night for three months. Other treatments include bite rebuilding and muscle relaxing exercises. If you think you might have TMJ disorder, call to schedule an assessment.
Does my insurance cover that?
Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50% or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. Typically, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. We accept CareCredit and American General to make cosmetic dentistry affordable for all of our patients. If you have questions, give us a call. We’ll be happy to tell you what your insurance will cover. Medicaid is not accepted.