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Frequently Asked Questions

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease. It is characterized by red, swollen gums. Gingivitis is treated by the hygienist, dentist and improved home care.

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious, chronic bacterial infection that attacks the gums and bone that supports your teeth. If periodontal disease is caught early, it can be treated with scaling and root planning (removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and smoothing the roots). If the disease progresses, the patient may need surgical treatment (cutting of the gums, removing plaque and tartar and reshaping the bone).

If it doesn’t hurt, why should I have a cavity or gum disease treated?
As the cavity and gum disease progress, the area will become more sensitive and painful. The earlier that a cavity or gum disease can be treated, the less damage will be done to the tooth and gums. Early detection of disease can minimize damage and prevent pain.

Do I need to see a dentist if I have dentures?
It is wise to visit your dentist yearly for a comprehensive exam. Your dentist can look for signs of oral cancer and for any other oral health or medical problems in the mouth, and to check that your dentures are fitting properly.

When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?
A child should have their first dental appointment no later than their third birthday. When your child is 2 to 2-1/2 years old, have him or her watch your exam and cleaning appointment.

What are sealants?
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are placed on the biting surfaces of the back teeth to help prevent tooth decay.

What is a Velscope exam?
The Velscope exam uses a special light to help detect damaged tissue in the mouth better than the naked eye. The earlier cancer and other diseases of the mouth are detected and treated, the better rate of success returning the tissue to health.

Will insurance cover the treatment?
Insurance pays different amounts for various treatments. We work with you and your insurance company to maximize your coverage and have an estimate of insurance coverage before treatment is started.

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