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faqs

Answers to your questions

Q: I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?

A: Many people are uncomfortable with visiting the dentist. Your comfort is one of our highest priorities, and our office is designed so that you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit. For entertainment and distraction, you are invited to bring your iPod or other music device, so you can listen to your favorite music during treatment. Also, nitrous oxide is offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed during your procedure.

Q: I brush every day, but my breath is still not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

A: Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing; daily flossing and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings; and, careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions.

First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue while significantly alleviating odor. Or, we can recommend a specially-prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break down the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, if we suspect a systemic or internal problem, such as an infection or underlying condition, we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.

Q: I know I need X-rays, but I'd prefer not to be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-rays?

A: Yes, we do offer digital X-rays (radiographs). Digital radiographs use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-rays. You will find that in our dental practice, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.

Q: I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?

A: You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles may need porcelain veneers, crowns, or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy; or, a combination of all these techniques. Your dentist at Taylor Dental will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, your areas of concern, and on the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a complimentary smile evaluation today to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.

Q: I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

A: Taylor Dental has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation. Attention to detail, respect for the individual, and a true concern for each patient are the hallmarks of our personal care and our quality product. We are committed to helping you fulfill your ultimate self-image.

Q: How can losing a back tooth affect my smile?

A: Losing a back tooth will darken your overall smile, making it look smaller and more narrow. Your smile will appear to stop short, and the look will be exaggerated if your missing tooth has teeth on both sides of it. Function during chewing will also be reduced, and function of many teeth can be affected by losing just one tooth. When you are missing a tooth, you compensate by chewing differently and by putting pressure on different parts of your mouth. This can cause your other teeth to shift, creating gaps and spaces, and may even cause fractures that result in additional tooth loss or in the need for restorations.

Q: What can I expect from my first appointment?

A: During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical/dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and X-rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth, and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We'll also assess your gums and recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you.

Q: I want and need a lot of dental work, but I'm afraid I can't afford it. Do you offer monthly payment plans?

A: Yes, we do offer monthly payment plans with our financial partner, CareCredit® We provide a variety of ways for you to pay for your treatment so that it fits comfortably into your personal or family financial goals. Our office personnel will work with you to create the solution that best accommodates you so you can have the beautiful, healthy smile you have always desired.

Q: What different payment options do you provide?

A: Helping to make your dental care financially comfortable and affordable is important, and we proudly offer a variety of options:

  • Cash or personal checks
  • 5% cash courtesy for advance payment of entire treatment plan
  • VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express
  • 12-, or 18-month no-interest, monthly payment plans, as well as low interest and extended payment plans through CareCredit®.

We are happy to estimate fees and insurance reimbursement before starting recommended treatments and will gladly file insurance forms for you. Optimal, comprehensive dentistry is what we practice, and we do not base our treatment on what insurance will or will not pay. We base our treatment on what is best for you, and any treatment not paid by insurance is your financial responsibility.

Q: My gums bleed. Why is this?

A: Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often bleeding during brushing or flossing. Timely treatment can reverse these conditions. However, if these conditions are ignored, your periodontal disease can worsen, becoming a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.

Periodontitis affects your gums, bone, and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even from a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss ― teeth either fall out on their own or must be extracted. If you don't diagnose and treat periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth, and you may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.

Q: How do sealants protect teeth?

A: A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids and guarding against disease-causing bacteria.

Thorough brushing and flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to efficiently extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.

Q: How can I safely whiten my teeth?

A: There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile, including take-home whitening products or in-office supervised treatments. The Taylor Dental team evaluates the potential for whitening your teeth based on their current color and on the causes of any discoloration. Once we decide on the most appropriate method, you will need a professional cleaning before beginning treatment.