Answering questions about oral healthcare is all part of the job when it comes to dentistry, and our team at South Arlington Smiles greatly enjoys educating patients so that they can feel knowledgeable when making decisions about the wellbeing of their smiles. To make things convenient for you and your loved ones, we have listed the answers to some of the most common questions we’ve heard below.
How Often Do I Need to Visit the Dentist?
When your smile is healthy, two appointments per year is generally often enough. You may need more frequent visits if you’ve developed gum disease or another persistent oral health issue. Frequent visits are needed due to the constant presence of bacteria in your mouth; a lot can happen in the months between your appointments.
How Will I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
One of the most striking symptoms of early gum disease is bleeding, which might occur on a regular basis when you brush or floss. Other symptoms might include red and tender gum tissue or bad breath that never goes away. However, sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms at all in the earliest stages; a dental examination is the most reliable way to identify gum disease before it turns into a serious problem.
Should I Always Treat a Toothache Like an Emergency?
If your toothache lasts for more than a couple of days and doesn’t seem to be caused by anything stuck in your teeth, it might mean that you have a dental infection. Until the source of your tooth pain is made clear, it should be treated as a potential emergency, meaning you should call our dental office to schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
How Can I Replace a Lost Tooth?
Implants are considered to be in a class of their own for tooth replacement; they perform all the functions of a tooth root to support a dazzling, comfortable smile while also keeping the jaw healthy. Traditional dentures and bridges are also available based on your needs; schedule a consultation as soon as possible so that you don’t live without teeth any longer than you need to.
What Kind of Treatments Do You Offer for Children?
We offer a number of specialized services suitable for younger smiles, from gentle checkups for infants to braces for teens. Be sure to let us know of any unique needs your child might have so that we can plan accordingly for their first appointment.
What Can I Do if I’m Unhappy with My Smile?
Veneers, metal-free crowns, professional teeth whitening, and cosmetic bonding are among the cosmetic treatments we offer at South Arlington Smiles. If you tell Dr. Smith about your smile goals, he can create a treatment plan using an appropriate combination of these treatments.
Will You Take My Insurance?
We are in-network with a number of insurance companies and are open to accepting out-of-network plans. Our team can confirm whether or not we take your insurance if you call our front desk.