Frequently Asked Questions
Because we want to provide you with the best information possible, following are the answers to some of the questions we receive from patients most often. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to be well informed and knowledgeable about your dental health.
How does Dr. Sales keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Sales subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. She also takes time on a regular basis to attend continuing education classes and ensures her staff does the same. As a team and as individuals, our office makes it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.
I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?
If your temporary crown comes off or breaks, carefully wrap up the piece(s), place it in a protective container, and call our office to schedule an appointment for Dr. Sales to re-apply it as soon as possible. Please do not attempt to re-glue the crown or crown pieces back into position.
My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?
If there is no imminent medical emergency such as uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness or other bodily injury. Please contact us immediately to see Dr. Sales as soon as possible. Simply describe the situation over the phone and our staff will help you determine the safest and most appropriate course of action.
What different payment options do you provide?
We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. We also accept most major insurance plans and offer private financing with up to 18 months same-as-cash with approved credit. Please talk with our office staff. They’ll be happy to assist you.
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile, from at-home whitening products to in-office treatments. Dr. Sales can help you evaluate the potential for whitening your teeth based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. Once you have decided on the most appropriate method, you’ll probably spend 2 to 4 weeks undergoing a series of simple whitening treatments.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
It is certainly not desirable for you gums to bleed after brushing. However, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by improper, rough “scrubbing” instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or gum disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods or occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.
I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
We understand that many people are nervous about having their teeth worked on, so we strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. We have special headphones and DVD movies available in each room so you can keep your mind on more pleasant things. For more complex procedures, we offer local and oral anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and partials.where can I learn more about these procedures?
Our Web site is designed to help you learn about the various techniques we offer. Simply click on the Patient Library link in the margin, then select your topic from the listing provided. If you desire even more information, click here to visit the American Dental Association Web site.
I brush everyday, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
Millions of people struggle with bad breath, or halitosis, despite daily brushing. Here is a checklist that might eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. If your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, however, we can offer several solutions.
First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or we can recommend a specially-prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, we may also suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection, so we may recommend a visit to your family doctor to identify the cause.
Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
A little regular flossing goes a long way and is truly critical for your overall oral health. It loosens food particles in tight spaces your toothbrush cannot reach, gets rid of plaque that brushing along cannot remove, and exercises your gum tissues. Just think of daily flossing as the finishing touch after brushing—insurance for your smile’s future.