Frequently Asked Questions
Our most Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule an appointment?
What should I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit is all about getting to know you and making you as comfortable as possible. Your dentist will talk to you about your dental and medical history, your hopes for your smile and health, and get to know you as a person. Then, we will perform a thorough examination (including your teeth, bone, gums, throat, cheeks, and tongue) to check for any signs of damage, decay, or oral cancer. You will then receive a thorough cleaning and any necessary diagnostic measures may be taken, such as x-rays or study models, and your dentist will recommend any necessary follow-up treatments.
Our aim is to make your first visit with us comfortable, fun, and informative. We are not here to force you into unwanted or unnecessary treatments, but to partner with you in the interest of helping you create a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.
How long will my visit be?
What should I bring to my first appointment?
What age group do you treat?
How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
How often should I see the dentist?
How often should I brush my teeth?
What is gum disease?
- Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
What payment options are available?
Do you take emergency appointments?
Yes, we do take emergency appointments for things like broken teeth, lost fillings and bridges, severe toothache, and more. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call our office immediately.
If you are unable to reach your dentist during an emergency or are experiencing severe pain or bleeding, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
- Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
- Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
- Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
- Strengthen your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
- Professional teeth whitening
- Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
- Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers
What should I look for when choosing the right dentist?
- Is the appointment schedule convenient?
- Is the office easy to get to and close by?
- Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
- Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
- Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
- Is cost information presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
- Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?