At what age should I bring my children in for their first appointment?

As soon as they have teeth to be concerned about, they should be checked by a dentist.  After all, any tooth can get a cavity. Plus, bringing them to the dentist early and often can help create a positive association with oral care and even make it easier to get those kiddos to brush their teeth.

Is the radiation from dental X-rays dangerous?

According with the American Dental Association  Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and may be used when it will not interfere with acquisition of the dental radiograph. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children.

Why do you do X-rays so often?

Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults. Your dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need X-rays.

Why doesn’t my insurance pay for this?

Almost all dental plans are a contract between your employer and an insurance company. Your employer and the insurer agree on the amount your plan pays and what procedures are covered.

Often you may have a dental care need that is not covered by your plan. Employers generally choose to cover some, but not all, of employees dental costs. If you are not satisfied with the coverage provided by your insurance, let your employer or know.

What’s the difference between cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics?

Cosmetic dentistry is all about making your smile look its best, where prosthodontics is primarily concerned with rebuilding the structures inside the mouth for optimal function.  Often, these two world collide, which is why you’ll see a prosthodontist doing some cosmetic techniques and cosmetic dentists often crossing into prosthodontics territory.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

Why do I need a crown?

You may need a crown if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling, if you have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or Otherwise weakened. If you have a root canal treatment, the crown will protect the restored tooth or if you want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile.