Frequently Asked Questions
Some answers to commonly asked questions...
If you have additional questions or concerns, give us a call or contact us online!
How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.
What should I expect during my appointment?
One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, take X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs. During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.
What if I knocked out a permanent tooth?
Recover the tooth if possible. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is of essence, see a dentist immediately.
It is the weekend and I have a toothache. What should I do?
Start by cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. If there is facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. If pain persists for more than a day please contact our office.
My teeth are sensitive. What can I do about it?
Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Brushing with a toothpaste such as Sensodyne can be very helpful. If the problem persists you should contact your dentist.
I broke my tooth. What do I do?
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress on the facial area and contact our office.
What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. If after hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact information.