Frequently Asked Questions
Reviewing and Addressing Your Most Common Concerns
Are you unsure of whether a specific treatment is right for you? Don’t know how often you should visit or when you need to call to get a dental emergency treated? People have many questions when it comes to dentistry and our team is ready to help you answer all of them. Whether you’re a brand-new patient or you’re visiting for your 20th visit, we want to make sure our patients are always informed when it comes to their care.
How often should routine checkups be completed?
We recommend visiting for a routine exam and cleaning at least once every six months. This is the best way to ensure your at-home care is working as intended to prevent cavities and gum disease as well as catch underlying problems that you may not have known about. Professional cleanings are also necessary to clean hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and remove calcified plaque, also known as tartar.
What’s the best way to replace teeth?
There are many treatments available to replace teeth, including dental bridges, removable prosthetics like dentures, and surgically placed dental implants. While dental bridges and dentures are generally more affordable, they do not maintain the same longevity or functional benefits of dental implants. For this reason, we generally recommend dental implants when viable.
My gums hurt. How can I treat them?
Infected gums will not get better on their own, especially if your infection is severe. To treat inflamed, tender, and swollen gums, we perform scaling and root planing therapy. On top of this deep cleaning procedure we often include an antibiotic therapy. This works to promote healing of the gum tissue in between deep cleaning appointments.
I have tooth pain. What’s the best way to treat it?
Treatment for tooth pain largely varies on the type and severity of the dental problem. For example, while you may only need a dental cleaning and dental filling placed, you could also need root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction if the tooth is significantly damaged. Regardless, our top priority is and always will be getting you out of pain.
Can I visit for an emergency appointment?
Absolutely. The sooner you get to our dental office to have a dental emergency handled, the better off your oral health will be in the long-term. Not only will we do whatever we can to get you seen the same day the emergency occurs, but we are happy to provide same-day crowns in the event your tooth is damaged or your previous restoration needs replacement.
Are dentists able to offer sleep apnea therapy?
Dr. Denison is happy to offer sleep apnea therapy to those suffering from chronic sleep conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Using digital impression technology, we’re able to customize oral appliances designed to reposition the jaw and allow increase air flow to the lungs. We also work with you to schedule an at-home sleep test, a necessary part of building a comprehensive diagnosis.
How can you make my smile more attractive?
There are many ways you can make cosmetic improvements to your smile at Kinsey Drive Family Dental. Whether it’s through porcelain veneers, metal-free restorations, in-office and take-home teeth whitening solutions, direct bonding, or gum recontouring, your ideal smile is just a phone call away. On top of that, we can even show you a preview of your smile using our digital imaging/virtual smile design technology.