Frequently Asked Dental Questions – McKinney, TX
Helping Our Patients Learn About Dentistry
There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to dental care. The more you know about our services and oral health in general, the better prepared you are to make smart decisions about your smile when the time comes. Below, we respond to some of the questions that we’ve gotten from multiple patients. If you have questions of your own, reach out today.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
You should schedule at least two dental checkups and cleanings every year, which comes out to one every six months. A lot can happen in your mouth in just a short time, which is why it’s important to have a dental professional check for cavities and gum disease regularly.
Are Dental Implants the Best Choice for Replacing Teeth?
If you’re a viable candidate for dental implants, then they generally are your best option for new teeth. Traditional dentures and bridges only fill in the gaps in your smile; dental implants restore the entire structure of the tooth including the root.
Do You See Children?
Yes, we’re always happy for the opportunity to take care of young smiles and help children learn the importance of optimal oral health. In addition to regular checkups and cleanings, we offer dental sealants and other services that will keep your little one’s grin safe while they’re getting the hang of brushing and flossing.
Is a Toothache an Emergency?
If you just have something caught between your teeth that’s causing you pain, that’s not an emergency. You can usually take care of the problem on your own by flossing. However, most other forms of tooth pain should be treated as potential emergencies, as they’re typically linked to infection, decay, and other oral health problems.
I’m Unhappy with the Color of My Teeth; What Should I Do?
Professional whitening can be used to brighten discolored teeth by several shades with just one short appointment. If your teeth don’t respond to whitening, you also have the option of using veneers that have been shaded to the appropriate color. We’ll explain each cosmetic option in detail and give you an honest recommendation for the best one.
Should I Be Screened for Oral Cancer?
Even if you aren’t in a high-risk category for oral cancer or haven’t noticed any symptoms on your own, you should still be screened for it regularly. Oral cancer can develop without you realizing it, but detecting it early can improve your long-term prognosis.
Do You Take My Insurance?
Delta Dental, Aetna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield are just a few of the insurance companies that we’re in-network with. Before you make an appointment, reach out to confirm that we take your insurance.