Frequently Asked Questions - General
Do we have to pay for exams/consultations?
We offer a free, complementary exam/consultation for cash patients. For insurance patients, we will bill the insurance, so there will no out of pocket cost.
Do we accept walk in patients?
We accept walk in patients but it depends on the schedule and if it is an emergency; schedule patients have priority. If it is too busy, we will have to ask you to schedule an appointment on a later date.
When do I need to see a dentist?
You typically see the dentist for a regular cleaning or when you have any concerns about your oral health. It is generally recommended to see a dentist for a cleaning every 6 months.
When do I have to see a specialist?
You will usually be referred to a specialist by your dentist when a certain procedure requires someone in that field.
Are extractions painful?
Extractions should virtually be pain free once the anesthetic set in. You will feel pressure but there should be no pain felt during the operation.
How often do I need to brush my teeth and floss?
It is recommended you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. This to ensure that the oral cavity is clean to prevent any infection or bacterial growth. Flossing is important because brushing does not reach in between the teeth or gum where food particles can be trapped.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth can grow in wrong and that can cause problems. They can grow in at an angle, and in some cases, horizontally. This causes an impact with the other molars, resulting in pain and other complications.
How much do I have to pay for a certain service?
An accurate estimate cannot be given until after an oral evaluation is given. The dentist will have to see if there are any concerns and the severity of any complications.
What am I supposed to do after oral surgery and how long does it take to heal?
After oral surgery, you should bite onto the gauze until the area stops bleeding; this can take a few hours and the gauze replaced about every hour. After the bleeding stops, avoid drinking through straws, rinsing your mouth (first 24 hours), spitting, rigorous activities, and chewing in that area. You want to avoid the surgical area until it heals adequately. Eat soft food and gradually move back to a normal diet. Depending on the surgery, the surgical area will heal in a week or two. Make sure to keep the mouth clean and eat a proper diet to recover as fast as possible.
How do I prevent staining on my teeth?
One of the most common things that causes staining on teeth is food and drinks; coffee is a prime example. The best way to avoid staining your teeth is to reduce the amount of things in your diet that can cause staining. Having proper oral hygiene also helps prevent stains.
What is the bone grafting material made from?
The bone grafting material can be made from your own bone or a variety of material that is compatible with the body.
Why do I need a root canal?
A root canal therapy is needed when there is an infected pulp, the center of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels are; the infected pulp is removed to avoid anymore complications that can occur.
What do I do if part of my tooth breaks off?
If you teeth happens to break off, try to hold onto the fragment(s) and bring it with you to the dentist. Depending on how severe the the it is, you may feel pain since the tooth is exposed. Try to avoid getting the area infected and take pain reliever if necessary. The dentist can offer you different solutions depending on the problem. If it's a minor chip, the tooth can be smoothed out. If it is more major, a composite or crown might be required to reconstruct the tooth.
Why do I need a deep cleaning?
Also known as scaling and root planning, you need a deep cleaning when there is a build up of dental plaque and calculus on the teeth. They can cause inflammation and other problems. Removing the tartar is essential for good gum and overall oral health.
Is it normal to bleed when brushing/flossing my teeth?
If you are experience constant bleeding when brushing your teeth, it is advised to see a dentist to ensure you don't not have a periodontal disease or gingivitis. If you are flossing and there is mild bleeding, it is usually because you just started flossing. The bleeding will stop after routine brushing and flossing, improving the gum health.
Should I rinse with mouthwash every day?
Rinsing with mouthwash is an optional thing. Only brushing and flossing is actually necessary, but if you want an extra bit of cleaning or freshening, make sure to use the product correctly for optimal results.