Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Southlake, TX
Answers to Common
Oral Health Inquiries
We get all kinds of questions from our patients every day. Some ask about our services while others want to know more about dental health in general. The examples below are some of the questions that we’ve heard most often. Please call us if your own question isn’t addressed on this page.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
The ADA recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year, or once every six months. We can look for small cavities, check for signs of gum disease, and remove plaque and tartar before they have a chance to cause severe damage. More frequent visits may be needed if you are already suffering from a persistent oral health problem.
Can You Place Dental Implants In-House?
Yes! Our oral surgeon, Dr. Draper, is trained to place dental implants, and he can also perform other procedures (such as bone grafts) that might be required to ensure that the jaw can support implant posts. Having every step of the implant process completed in one location makes things much easier for our patients.
How Can I Improve My Smile?
If you’re unhappy with the color of your smile or want to get rid of some stains, you can ask about professional teeth whitening. Direct bonding is a good option if there are a few cracks or chips that you want to hide. And if there are multiple flaws that need to be corrected, veneers can hide them all at once.
How Will I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
The most reliable way to find out is to visit our office for a checkup. We can check for the telltale signs of a gum infection and begin treatment right away if there’s a problem. Possible symptoms you might notice on your own include swollen gums, gingival bleeding, and loose teeth.
What Should I Do If I’m Afraid of the Dentist?
Sedation is available for anyone with dental fears that could potentially keep them from getting the care they need. Nitrous oxide is recommended for those with mild anxieties; for those with more extreme fears, IV sedation is often a good option.
When Do I Need Emergency Dental Care?
If you experience persistent oral pain, or if you notice visible damage to your teeth and gums, you should make an appointment right away so that we can put a stop to your discomfort and protect your oral health. Call an emergency room if your jaw is broken, if you experience bleeding that doesn’t stop, or if there’s some other issue that’s putting your life in danger.
Do You Take My Insurance?
We are proud to think of ourselves as an insurance-friendly practice, and we take many different plans. We’re in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, MetLife, and many other popular providers; call to see if we take your current plan.