FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the questions we get asked most often. If you have any further questions or we can assist you in any way, please feel free to call our office!

What is the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry involves an artistic and aesthetic approach in changing the way your smile looks. General dentistry is focused on preserving and repairing your smile. Dr. C implements cosmetic techniques in all of his restorative services, as well as provides cosmetic treatments that can give you the perfect smile makeover that you’ve always wanted.

Should I see a cosmetic dentist?

If you’re concerned about how your smile will look after repairing or replacing your damaged teeth, a cosmetic dentist is the best type of dental professional to trust.

How long does a smile makeover take?

Different types of cosmetic treatments take varying lengths of time. Some types of cosmetic procedures may only require one appointment.

Does my dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?

Depending on the type of procedure being performed, such as a tooth colored filling or porcelain crown, your insurance may pay for a portion of your treatment. Our office will provide you with a treatment plan as well as estimated insurance benefits, and financing options to help your smile makeover be as affordable as possible.

Can I have my teeth whitened?

If your smile is in good health and free of tooth decay or gum disease, then most likely you are an excellent candidate for [teeth whitening]. Dr. C will first need to examine your teeth as well as existing restorations before recommending any type of whitening service.

My teeth don’t hurt. Should I still see a dentist?

Even if your teeth feel fine, there may be underlying conditions that you may never notice. These complications can cause bone loss, tooth loss, tooth decay and loss of self-confidence. Dr. C can help you retain your natural teeth for as long as possible, intervening when preventable conditions like gum disease or tooth decay risk arise.

How can I be sure that I’m choosing the best dentist?

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a family dentist, but some things to keep in mind include finding a provider that will:

  • Treat you like family
  • Listen to what concerns you have
  • Always answer your questions
  • Continually expand their training and knowledge
  • Implement modern techniques for minimally invasive care
  • Offer flexible appointment times

How do I take care of my teeth between dental check-ups?

Dr. C recommends brushing your teeth twice each day for a minimum of two minutes, each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is aimed slightly toward the gumlines, making short strokes. Then, floss around each tooth at least once daily, removing bacterial plaque buildup under the gumlines between the teeth.

When should my child first see a dentist?

Medical and dental professionals both recommend that children should first see a dentist for a check-up by the time their first tooth erupts, or no later than his or her first birthday. At this visit, Dr. C will discuss your child’s oral health, preventive care, and screen for conditions that may require preventive intervention.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Most healthy patients need a dental checkup and cleaning at least every 6 months. Our patients with gum disease may need to be seen more frequently.

What are cavities?

Tooth decay is when a hole develops through your tooth enamel. It is caused by bacteria that thrive on the acids and sugars of the foods we eat each day. When a cavity is not treated quickly with a filling, that area of tooth decay could spread to the nerve, causing an abscessed tooth, or even in very rare circumstances – hospitalization.

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are restorations that re-build or patch the area of a tooth that has been decayed. Dr. C uses tooth colored fillings that are aesthetically pleasing, minimally invasive, and ideal for just about any tooth in the mouth.

How frequently do I need to change out my toothbrush?

Most toothbrushes last about three months. Continual use may cause the brush to start splaying out and not cleaning the teeth effectively. All toothbrushes should be thrown out when you have been sick, to prevent recurrent illnesses.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is also called periodontal disease, or periodontitis. It’s the most common reason for tooth loss in adults, and symptoms often include gums that bleed, are swollen, gum recession, and bad breath. Our periodontal treatments can help eliminate gum disease, giving you the opportunity to retain your natural teeth.

I wear braces. Do I still need to see the dentist for checkups?

If you’re an orthodontic patient, your dental checkups are extremely important! Keeping your smile clean around braces is more difficult than regular brushing and flossing. Having Dr. C examine your smile regularly can help you avoid increased cavities and gingivitis.