Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Bonita Springs, FL
Ask Your Bonita Springs Dentist
Have a question about your dental care? Want to know if it’s time for your next checkup and cleaning? You’ll find the answer to this and more of the most common questions our team receives below. Of course, if you’d like to ask about something that we haven’t covered here, you’re always invited to give us a call!
How often should I get a checkup and cleaning?
The average person should receive a professional checkup and cleaning at least twice a year, or once every six months. This is often enough that our team is able to find and treat most dental problems during their initial stages and help a patient avoid more serious issues down the road.
Why do I need cleanings if I brush and floss every day?
While practicing consistent oral hygiene at home (which includes both brushing and flossing) is essential for maintaining your dental health, the truth is that you are NOT able to clean every single part of your mouth yourself. Small, hard-to-reach areas can still accumulate plaque that can eventually lead to cavities. Professional cleanings allow our hygiene team to target these trouble spots using advanced tools and techniques, ensuring your smile stays perfectly healthy between appointments.
One of my teeth really hurts. What should I do?
Is there something caught between your teeth? If rinsing and flossing the area doesn’t help, then you might have a small cavity or crack in the enamel. In this case, you should contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can take an OTC medicine to get some temporary relief.
What is the best way to replace my missing teeth?
This answer will be different for each patient, but generally, our team highly recommends dental implants to anyone hoping to close gaps in their smile. Compared to all other replacement options, dental implants are the closest thing to real teeth when it comes to aesthetics, strength, and longevity. In fact, they have been shown to last for about 30+ years on average!
What is the best way to improve the appearance of my smile?
Our practice offers a wide selection of cosmetic treatments that can enhance virtually every aspect of your teeth, including their color, size, spacing, and alignment. The right treatment (or treatments) for you will depend on your goals and the current condition of your teeth. We can put together a customized smile makeover plan for you at an in-person consultation, ensuring the final result is exactly what you want.
Will you take my dental insurance?
Our practice is happy to work with our patients’ insurance plans to make sure they are reimbursed as quickly as possible, but it should be noted that we are out-of-network for the vast majority of providers. Give us a call today if you have any questions about using your plan with us.
I don’t have insurance. How else can I save on my dental care?
Our practice offers multiple ways to make getting the care you need easily affordable. You can sign up for CareCredit or Compassionate Financing right through our website, and we also have our own in-house plan. With it, you can gain access to discounts comparable to traditional insurance, but for a lower price and with less red tape. To learn more about it, click here.