Frequently Asked Questions
What is an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who has completed additional training beyond earning their doctoral degree in order to provide care for disease, infection, and damage that affects the interior layers of the tooth. The most common endodontic procedure is a root canal.
Do I need a root canal?
The only way to know for sure is to have a complete examination by your general dentist or our skilled endodontist. If you experience severe pain, sensitivity to changes in temperatures, dental discoloration, or other warning signs, let your dentist know right away. The sooner we complete your root canal, the better the chances for success.
What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who studies the potential diseases and disorders and treatments of tissues that surround and support teeth. This includes gum tissue, supportive alveolar bone structure, jawbones, and tooth roots. In order to offer the best possible care, periodontists complete one or more additional years of training in this specialty beyond their initial doctoral studies.
Can you cure gum disease?
In the earliest stages, we’re often able to completely reverse the effects of gum disease. However, when gum disease reaches the advanced stage, periodontitis, we may not be able to fully renew oral health. Improved at-home hygiene and more frequent visits to your dental hygienist for professional cleanings will keep the adverse effects of gum disease to a minimum.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has continued their education beyond the initial general dentistry doctorate. They have to gain advanced knowledge in bite alignment, the inner workings of the oral and facial structures, and how to safely and effectively reposition teeth. This extensive education gives them the skill to provide the highest quality braces, retainers, and surgical therapies to straighten teeth and align smiles.
Can I use Invisalign instead of regular braces?
Not every patient is a good candidate for Invisalign, but advances in the technology have made it possible for more patients than ever to use alignment tray orthodontic systems. Our skilled orthodontist can examine your smile, answer your questions, and help you make the best decisions to get the straighter, healthier smile you deserve.
How often I should wear my elastics?
You should wear the elastics at all times unless you are eating, cleaning your teeth, or exchanging your elastics for a new set. Otherwise, you should keep your elastics in place to ensure your orthodontic treatment proceeds as indicated in your treatment plan.
I forgot how to wear my elastics
If this occurs, we’ll be happy to show you again. Stop in and one of our skilled team members will demonstrate your treatment plan. If you’re unable to reach our office for any reason, we’ll be happy to explain your elastic treatment plan to you over the phone. If you want a quick reminder, there are some examples of common elastic wear patterns below. If you are not sure which pattern you’re using, are having difficulty attaching your elastics, or are experiencing significant discomfort that does not abate after the first day, please return to our office. Incorrectly worn or not worn elastics may be significantly detrimental to your orthodontic treatment plan.
I ran out of elastics
You’re always welcome to visit or contact our office if you run out of elastics. We’ll be happy to provide them to you in person or mail them to your home. You can also purchase elastics in most pharmacies. However, these may not be as durable or effective as those provided by our office.
What happens if I do not wear the elastics?
At the point in your orthodontic alignment when it’s time to use elastics to place necessary pressure on your brackets and wires, the success or failure of the treatment plan is almost entirely in your hands. If you choose not to use the bands, your teeth simply will not move. This can significantly delay your treatment, and may even allow teeth to regress further out of alignment.
Do you take my insurance?
We are happy to work with you to process and file insurance claims that will maximize your dental insurance benefits, and we know that specialty care may create an added layer of complexity to your coverage. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have. We’re here to help.