Frequently Asked QuestionsBefore contacting us, please browse our FAQ section.
I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
I brush everyday, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem:
- Twice daily brushing
- Daily flossing and tongue cleaning
- Regular professional cleanings
- Careful cleaning of dentures / removable dental appliances
However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we offer the following solutions.
- A plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor
- A specially prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to break odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath
If we suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.
I know I need X-rays, but I'd prefer to not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-rays?
I'm told I snore and may have Sleep Apnea. Can you help?
It is important to be properly diagnosed prior to attempting any treatment. You should seek the help of a sleep center for evaluation [call us at 808-526-2800 for a referral]. Once your Sleep Apnea is confirmed, the gold standard of treatment is the CPAP machine. However, many people cannot or will not use it. We can provide you with a custom-fitted oral device to help control your Apnea and help you get the sleep you need. For more information, visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine website.
I've heard that a laser technique can cure my Sleep Apnea, is that so?
No, laser treatments (called laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty) do not cure Sleep Apnea. While there have been some studies that show that using laser may provide some short-term relief, it may actually worsen your snoring and sleep problems.
What are some options to help me get the best smile?
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Do you accept new patient referrals?
My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this? What can I do about it?
I want cosmetic dentistry. Does my insurance pay for it?
What different payment options do you provide?
Helping to make your dental care financially comfortable and affordable is important. We offer several options:
- Cash or personal checks
- VISA / MasterCard
- Monthly payment options
We estimate fees and insurance reimbursements before starting recommended treatments and can gladly file insurance forms for you. Optimal, comprehensive dentistry is what we practice. We do not base our treatment on what insurance will or will not pay; it is based on what is best for you. Any treatment not paid by insurance is your financial responsibility.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
It is certainly not desirable to have bleeding gums after brushing. The condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following:
- Improper, rough ‘scrubbing’
- Using a hard-bristled tooth brush
- Plaque and / or tartar build-up below the gum line
- Gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal 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.
Sometimes when I chew I get a sharp pain. What can I do to correct this?
How can porcelain veneers help my smile?
Porcelain veneers improve your smile by correcting the cosmetic concerns:
- Gaps in teeth
- Chips and broken teeth
- Dull or yellowing teeth that cannot be whitened with traditional means
- “Gummy smile” (showing too much gum when one smiles)
- Crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers broaden, straighten, whiten and beautify most any smile. This procedure can be done in as little as two clinical visits. Feel free to come in today or send us an email to ask us how porcelain veneers can improve your smile.