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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Have a question for our team? Then you’ve come to the right place! We receive loads of questions every day, so below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common ones. If you happen to have a question that we haven’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask!

I have multiple cosmetic flaws in my teeth…how can I fix them all?

It sounds like porcelain veneers would be a great option for you. With this one procedure, we can fix a variety of aesthetic imperfections at the same time, including stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and even crooked teeth. They involve placing very thin porcelain coverings on the front side of the teeth that are shaped and colored to resemble real enamel, and we can help you design a smile that brings out the very best qualities of your natural appearance. You can learn a little more about them in the video below!

What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

Tarpon Shores Dental has many methods for rejuvenating your smile! It all depends on which you prefer. If you like the idea of having a removable, easy-to-clean dental prosthetic, full dentures or partial dentures could be the answer for you. If you want a bit more stability in your bite, ask our restorative dentistry team if you can have a dental implant placed. A dental bridge can also provide a durable way to renovate your grin. Please call our dental office today to learn more about the ways the appearance and function of your teeth could improve with restorative dentistry treatments.

How often should I come in for checkups and cleanings?

According to our team, as well as the American Dental Association, the average person should have at least two checkups and cleanings each year in order to prevent tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more. Some patients may require more frequent visits, but for most, two is enough to keep their smile protected.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed every time I brush?

No, it is not. Either you are brushing or flossing too hard, or more likely, you have a slight case of gum disease. Try cleaning your teeth with a lighter touch for a few days, and if the bleeding persists, be sure to contact us today to get the treatment you need. Left untreated, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss and drastically increase your risk of suffering a variety of systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and Alzheimer’s.

Do you accept dental emergencies?

Yes we do! We’re able to provide same-day emergency care for patients who need immediate attention. Whether you’re dealing with a knocked out tooth, severe toothache, or damaged dental work, just give us a call, and we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth?

While there are plenty of whitening treatments you can pick up at the store, the truth of the matter is that most of them are simply too weak to deliver the dramatic results our patients want. In order to safely whiten your teeth up to several shades, we advise using one of our professional treatments. Our whitening methods use much stronger products, and under our supervision, we’ll be able to brighten your smile without making your teeth more sensitive.

Can I really get a dental crown in just one appointment?

Yes! CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology that enables our team to design, fabricate, and place a completely custom-made dental crown all in one visit. You’ll be able to watch the entire process from the comfort of the dental chair, and the quality of the final crown will rival any that required weeks to be made in a lab.

My dentures fit/look terrible…can you help me?

Yes, we are specialists at creating strong and comfortable custom-made dentures to fit every patient’s unique bite. We can provide partials for those with a few missing teeth, full dentures for patients who are missing an entire row, and even implant-retained dentures to help patients have the most secure fit and hold available today.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Yes, Tarpon Shores Dental is a very insurance friendly dental office. We’ll not only accept your plan, but we’ll also file the claim on your behalf to make sure you’re getting the most out of your coverage at every appointment. To learn how we can use your particular plan to help you save, contact us today.

Is there a way I can finance my care?

Yes, our patients can get a low-to-no interest payment plan through our partners at CareCredit. To explore their different plans and find one that works for you, you can click on the link on our new patients page.