FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ARE YOU A FAMILY DENTIST?

Yes, we offer care to all ages. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) actually recommends a child visit the dentist once they have a tooth. The first visit for a child is more about them feeling relaxed with the dentist than doing anything invasive. The earlier children learn the importance of dental health, the higher the likelihood they’ll keep going on a regular basis.

DO I NEED TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

 It’s important you arrive about 10 minutes early for your first appointment to fill out patient forms. Please bring your dental insurance card (if applicable) and your identification. 

HOW LONG WILL MY FIRST APPOINTMENT LAST?

Most dental appointments vary on length of time. Plan for about an hour for your first visit. A first visit usually includes x-rays, teeth cleaning and a general examination of the mouth. 

WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE DENTIST REGULARLY?

It’s very important to go to the dentist on a regular basis. If you only go when you have a problem, your mouth often enters a time of crisis. Preventative treatment is important to diagnose problems before they become serious and to keep your mouth healthy. Many times dental issues don’t have many symptoms until they reach the crisis stage. Cleaning tooth decay, checking gums, regular x-rays, and checking for cavities on a regular basis can find and fix many issues before they get worse. 

WHY DO YOU NEED TO TAKE X-RAYS?

While we can find many issues simply by looking in your mouth, many diseases of the tissues and teeth cannot be seen by the naked eye. An X-ray helps us see any areas of tooth decay between the teeth, infections in the bones, gum disease, an abscess, and/or any developmental abnormalities. 

WHAT IS A CAVITY?

A cavity is a small hole in your tooth that is made by tooth decay. This bacteria feeds on sugars left over on your teeth from your food and drinks. It then releases acids on the enamel surface of the tooth. Decaying begins when the acid dissolves this enamel leading to a cavity. 

WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease is caused by the bacteria called plaque. It forms along the lines of the gums. Teeth must be cleaned regularly or the toxins released by this bacteria makes the gums red and swollen. Ask your Frisco dentist the best ways to combat this painful problem.

CAN YOU SAVE A KNOCKED OUT TOOTH?

 If you knock out a tooth, we will work hard to save it. You can help us by doing these things: Rinse the tooth to remove debris. Do not attempt to place the tooth back in the socket. Get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Store the tooth in your mouth if possible without swallowing. Ask the friendly staff at the Frisco dentist for guidance if you cannot get to the dentist as soon as possible. 

IS IT SAFE TO GO TO THE DENTIST WHEN PREGNANT?

 Yes! It’s important for pregnant women to go to the dentist as about half of them have pregnancy gingivitis. This painful condition often causes the gums to swell and bleed. If it reaches the advanced stages called periodontal disease, the health of the baby might be affected. Your family dentist will be able to monitor your overall mouth health to keep gums and teeth healthy while you are pregnant. We will not do x-rays during this time. 

IF I HAVE DENTURES, DO I STILL NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

It’s important to remember dentists don’t just check teeth. You might not have to worry about tooth decay, but you still have gums. Dentists will also screen for oral cancer. They will also ensure your dentures are the perfect fit, meaning they don’t give you mouth sores.