Frequently Asked Questions:
First Appointment FAQs
1. Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes. Please arrive 30 minutes early to fill out patient forms.
2. What should I do if I require premedication?
Please be sure to request a prescription prior to your appointment, or if you are unsure, contact us and we can help.
3. What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
Identification such as Driver’s License, Military ID or State ID
You can print out your new patient forms from our website and fill them out ahead of time
4. How long will my first appointment last?
Your first appointment time can vary but please allow at least 1 hour for the first visit.
General Dentistry FAQs
Have a question that is not answered below? Feel free to give us a call and ask!
1. Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They only go when they have a problem, most often these patients may feel they are saving money, however it usually ends up costing much more in dollars and time. This is because many dental problems do not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. Tooth decay often does not hurt until it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a huge cavity who has never felt a thing. The dentist can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it develops any symptoms. This early detection can help you prevent root canal treatment.
2. How can I prevent cavities?
-Always spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth. It takes that long to get rid of the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. Do not brush too hard. It takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Floss at least once a day. Flossing is the only way to get bacteria from between your teeth.
-Watch the the amount sugar you eat. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers and chips. These are the foods that the bacteria in your mouth like best and can provide a constant supply for the bacteria eating into your teeth. Try to minimize the times during the day when sweet items are eaten and brush your teeth afterwards.
-If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water – which can help to remove food from your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help. And do not forget your regular dental visits. Good dental habits will go a long way toward a no-cavity visit.
3. Why does the dentist take X-rays?
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth.
An X-ray examination may reveal:
-small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
-infections in the bone
-periodontal (gum) disease
-abscesses or cysts
4. I knocked out a tooth, can it be saved?
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If you have knocked out a tooth, these tips may be able to save it:
-Rinse, do not scrub, the tooth to remove dirt or debris
-Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket as this could cause further damage
-Get to the dentist ASAP. Successful re-implantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly
-Wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk.
5. How long will the results of teeth whitening last?
Like other investments, if you whiten your teeth, the length of time you can expect it to last will vary. If you smoke, drink red wine or coffee, or consume other acid-containing foods, your bright smile may begin to yellow more quickly than you expect. In general, a teeth whitening procedure can last up to a few years. And even though the results can fade, occasional touch-ups can be done to regain luster.