FREQUENTLY ASKED DENTAL QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED DENTAL QUESTIONS
You Ask, We Answer
We loves the fact that every day brings our an opportunity to teach our patients more about their oral health so that they can make the right choices for protecting their smiles. The more you know, the healthier your teeth are likely to be. On this page, you will find the answers to questions that tend to be on a lot of patients’ minds. If you can not find what you are looking for or think of a follow-up question you would like answered, give us a call.
Q. How many times should I visit a dentist during the year?
Most of the time, you will only need a dental checkup once every six months – in other words, twice a year. During these visits, we will clean the areas of your teeth where plaque and tartar have been built up, and we will look for signs of dental issues that we can address right away before they become severe and harder to treat. Specific preventive care plans will be determined at your first dental visit at Lancaster Dental Implant Center of Salem.
Q. What if I’m afraid of dental care?
You are not the first person to be nervous about walking into a dentist’s office – far from it! We are used to helping patients of all ages overcome their anxiety so that they can sit back and relax while we take care of their smiles. We offer oral conscious sedation.
Q. Do I need to have a toothache checked right away?
Not all toothaches are necessarily emergencies; for example, if a piece of food is caught between your teeth, the pain will stop once it has been removed via dental floss. That said, tooth pain that does not go away or grows severe should never be taken lightly; call us immediately if the pain does not go away after 24hours.
Q. Will you take dental insurance?
We know how important dental insurance is to many families, and we are happy to accept a variety of plans. To ask about your own plan and what kind of benefits you can look forward to, you can call our helpful staff today.
Q. What are dental implants?
By itself, a dental implant is not a tooth. A prosthesis used to replace missing teeth is called a dental implant. A single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture can be affixed to it, which is essentially a small titanium post or fixture that is put into the jawbone. The fake tooth or teeth are joined to the implant once it has integrated with your bone via a device known as an abutment. Consequently, a dental implant, an abutment, and an artificial tooth are the three components that make up a "implant tooth."
Q. Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a good option for almost anyone who is missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth. For your particular needs, consult your doctor.
Q. Do dental implants last?
Dental implants are not vulnerable to decay like natural teeth are, yet gum health is essential to sustaining long-term implant success. Dental implants must be maintained with diligent patient home care and regular professional cleanings and examinations. Since every patient is unique, success depends on a range of variables, including diagnosis, planning, medical history, and others.
Q. What is All-on-4®?
A treatment method known as "All-on-4®" includes replacing every missing tooth in a single jaw with just 4 implants. Patients who have experienced significant bone loss in the back parts of the mouth benefit most from this operation.
Q. How do dental implants help if I have full dentures or partial dentures?
Patients who wear full or partial dentures are the ones who use implants the most frequently. A removable implant overdenture that essentially snaps on the implants can be supported and retained by dental implants. As a result, the partial or full denture is immobile, which lessens the need for denture adhesives and glue. Alternative uses for dental implants include fixed dentures, in which a patient's dentures are fastened to the implants using titanium components. This can only be taken out of the mouth by a dentist.