Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take my insurance?
Yes we do, with very few exceptions*! Dream Dentistry is able to bill the vast majority of insurance companies to help minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Not sure if you can come see us? Call us and we are happy to contact your insurance carrier and help you understand your insurance coverage prior to your scheduling an appointment or any dental treatment. We pride ourselves on having no surprises! *We are not participating providers for Apple Health. Find out more here!
Will I need X-rays?
It depends on your last dental visit and current dental health. During your appointment, we determine if X-rays are necessary. They let us see between teeth and anything in surrounding bone structures which might be cause for concern. X-rays also let us examine bone support for people have bone loss related to periodontal disease or dentures
When should I take my child in for their first dental visit?
First Dental Visit:
As soon as your child's first tooth appears, it's time to schedule a dental visit. The ADA recommends that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a child's first birthday. Don't wait for them to start school or until there's an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with good mouth healthy habits. Although the first visit is mainly for the dentist to examine your child's mouth and to check growth and development, it's also about your child being comfortable. To make the visit positive:
- Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
- Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive.
- Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
- Never bribe your child.
- Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.
- Inspect for oral injuries, cavities or other problems.
- Let you know if your child is at risk of developing tooth decay.
- Clean your child's teeth and provide tips for daily care.
- Discuss teething, pacifier use, or finger/thumb sucking habits.
- Discuss treatment, if needed, and schedule the next check-up.
Do you see children or adults with special needs?
Dream Dentistry is a family dentistry. We welcome patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors and are able to accommodate patients with special needs, such as wheelchair accessibility as well as fearful patients who prefer sedation.
Should I give my child fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including oceans, rivers and lakes. Fluoride is also added to some community tap water, toothpastes and mouth rinses. Infants and toddlers who do not receive an adequate amount of fluoride may be at an increased risk for tooth decay since fluoride helps make tooth enamel more resistant to decay. It also helps repair weakened enamel. Bottled water may not contain fluoride; therefore, children who regularly drink bottled water or nonfluoridated tap water may be missing the benefits of fluoride. If you are not sure if your tap water has fluoride, contact your local or state health department or water supplier.
(Note: Discuss your child's fluoride needs with your dentist or pediatrician. They may recommend a fluoride supplement if you live in an area where the community water is not fluoridated.)
What is a single visit crown or bridge?
I know! It sounds too good to be true! With the latest in CAD/CAM and ceramic milling technology, Dream Dentistry can fabricate a customized metal-free permanent crown or bridge with micro precision in just one appointment. That means no messy impression materials, no uncomfortable temporary, and no second appointment! You're just in and out with the smile you've always wanted. Find out more here!
Does a single visit crown or bridge cost more?
No! We offer our single visit crowns for the same price as our traditional lab-made crowns. Saving you both time and money is our top priority at Dream Dentistry.
What is the difference between I.V. sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the lightest sedation offered. Oral sedation is a pill that is taken before the appointment and is used for patients with moderate levels of dental anxiety. I.V. Sedation is used for moderate to severe dental anxiety or patients with special needs. Find out more here!
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the result of sticky plaque and bacteria being allowed to sit on your teeth. As the bacteria consume the sugars in your diet, they produce acids that dissolve your teeth. We make this process even easier for the bacteria when provide them with plenty of acid as well in drinks such as: soda, coffee, energy drinks, and even juices. Causes for tooth decay include: poor oral hygiene, high sugar diets, high acid diets, medications that dry the mouth, smoking, poor immune system and soft enamel.
What causes bad breath?
There are many causes for bad breath such as food debri, tobacco, chronic infections within the mouth and sinuses and bacteria producing waste. The most easily treated cause of bad breath is the food debri and bacteria, known as plaque, living on your teeth and tongue. With proper brushing, flossing and scraping of your tongue, you can eliminate many of the bad breath odors that occur. If bad breath remains after your best effort, come see us at Dream Dentistry. There are many things we can do to help you get rid of your bad breath and the embarrassment that comes from having it.
What causes dry mouth?
The most common causes of dry mouth are prescription medications, chemotherapeutics, systemic illnesses, some alcohol containing mouthwashes, and dehydration. It is important to manage a dry mouth because some of the complications besides burning and irritation are fast spreading caries or cavities. Maintaining good oral hygiene cannot be stressed enough when you suffer from dry mouth to prevent cavities from destroying your teeth in a few short months. There are several over-the-counter aids for dry mouth and there are some prescriptions that may be a better choice if you are facing long term side effects from medications or chemotherapeutics. Dream Dentistry recommends xylitol containing products and other fluoride regiments to prevent decay and improve the discomfort associated with dry mouth.
What are the symptoms and treatment for a cracked tooth?
The symptoms of a cracked tooth are a quick sharp pain upon biting that goes away quickly. Symptoms may worsen to throbbing pain the deeper or longer the tooth has been cracked. Outside of taking an anti-inflammatory to reduce the pain, there is nothing you can do to treat a cracked tooth yourself except, do not continue to bite or eat on it. If the crack is superficial enough, the tooth may be fixed by placing a crown on it to strengthen the tooth and hold it together. If the crack has extended into the nerve, the tooth may need a crown and a root canal to repair it and stop it from hurting. With new technology, Dream Dentistry professionals are able to complete a root canal and crown in a single office visit instead of the standard 3-4 appointments. Sometimes, cracked teeth are so damaged that the only treatment is tooth extraction. At Dream Dentistry, one of the reasons we do not place the silver fillings is because metal expands and contracts with temperature changes and actually promotes the cracking of teeth. One of the ways you can help to ensure the health of your teeth is by seeing a dentist regularly and replacing broken down or large silver fillings before they cause a cracked tooth.
What do you do if you bite your tongue or cheek?
A traumatic ulcer is usually the result of biting your tongue or cheek. They are painful and generally will heal within 7-10 days. We have found using regular Chlorox bleach diluted 25:1 with water and placed on the ulcer with a Q-tip will reduce pain, swelling, and speed healing. However, we will warn you it tastes terrible.
What should I do if I knock my tooth out?
If the tooth can be found it is important to secure it in an isotonic solution (like milk or saline solution). DO NOT place the tooth in plain tap water! If you do not have an isotonic medium, cleaning the tooth quickly with water and placing the tooth in the patient's mouth is the next best option. If dealing with a young child, the risk of the child aspirating or swallowing the tooth is too great of a risk and simply placing the tooth in a sandwich bag may be your only option. In the case of a permanent tooth being knocked-out, it is important to try to locate and preserve the tooth in the hope that it can be reinserted into position and splinted by your dentist. Although the chances of being able to save this tooth long term are poor, this is the best course of action in the immediate future. Splinting the tooth back in place will maintain the natural bone and contours of the gum tissue until a permanent solution is considered and ready.
Does Periodontal disease effect blood sugar control in a diabetic?
Studies show that diabetic patients that have untreated moderate to severe periodontitis appear to have a difficult time controlling glycemic levels. Evidence also suggests that diabetic's with chronic periodontitis have higher incidences of nephropathy.
Click here for further information and then select the download in the middle of the first paragraph that says The Scottsdale Project.
Does periodontal disease affect your heart?
The collective body of research suggests that patient's that have untreated chronic periodontitis are at greater risk for developing atherosclerosis and therefore cardiovascular disease because of the concomitant systemic effects of bacteria, virus, toxins, and mediators of inflammation.
For further information: There are several research articles to be found in the September 2007 edition of Ground Rounds Oral Systemic Medicine at: dentistryiq.com
Is there a relationship between active periodontal disease and prosthetic joint surgery failure due to infection?
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the systemic spread of periodontal bacteria may be to blame for some of the infections found in joint replacement surgery. If you have a recurring prosthetic joint infection, consider a trip to the dentist for a periodontal evaluation and treatment to rule-out this cause.
For more information: Temoin S, Chakaki A, Askari A, El-Halaby A, Fitzgerald S, Marcus RE, Han YW, Bissada NF Identification of oral bacterial DNA in synovial fluid of patients with arthritis with native and failed prosthetic joints. J Clin Rheumatol. 2012;18:117-21. aaoshconnect.org
What is the best toothbrush to use?
A soft toothbrush is the best whether it's an electric or manual toothbrush. Although you may feel like your teeth are cleaner with a harder bristled toothbrush, harder bristles cause gum recession and brush away your enamel and root surface over time.
What is the best way to clean between my teeth?
The most important thing is to clean between your teeth regularly enough to not have bleeding gums when you do it, as bleeding is a sign of infection. The most common way to clean between your teeth is with dental floss. However, if you have braces or hard to reach places in your mouth a water irrigator is the most effective way to clean between your teeth. Some people really like using interdental picks and brushes or toothpicks, which are also effective but, they can also create black triangles between your teeth as your gum tissue becomes blunted from repeatedly pushing it down and away from the crown of your tooth.
When should I start brushing my child's teeth?
Your child's baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear-which is typically around age 6 months. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. In some cases, infants and toddlers experience decay so severe that their teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed.
The good news is that tooth decay is preventable! Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3-years-old. As your child grows, their jaws also grow, making room for their permanent teeth.
How should I brush my child's teeth?
- Begin cleaning your baby's mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur.
- When your child's teeth begin to come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and water. A baby's front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don't have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
- For children older than 2, brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Be sure they spit out the toothpaste.
(Ask your child's dentist or physician if you are considering using fluoride toothpaste before age 2.)
- Until you're comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
How often should I get a check-up and professional cleaning?
The vast majority of people are able to maintain their oral health by visiting the dentist every 6 months. However, for some people being seen twice a year doesn't work to keep them healthy. In this instance, it might be recommended for you to be seen 3-4 times a year. A few of the reasons people may need a more frequent visit to their dentist are: sufferers of diabetes or other diseases, periodontal disease, a high sugar diet or dry mouth from medications or cancer treatment.
What should I considered before going to Mexico to have my dental work done due to cost?
To insure your safety, all procedures at our office exceed even the most stringent guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA). In addition, our sterilization equipment is strictly monitored for your safety. Dream Dentistry is a very affordable dentist. Please call us to discuss your current dental needs.