Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Lewisville, TX

Your Dental Questions Answered

It’s hard to make decisions about your dental care when you feel like there are a lot of things you don’t know about your treatment options. Below, we’ve collected some of the most common questions we’ve heard from our patients and provided clear helpful answers. Call us if there’s something you want to know that wasn’t covered here.

How Often Will I Need a Checkup?

Dr. Sehnert recommends scheduling a checkup and cleaning every six months. A lot can change in your mouth in a relatively short amount of time, so if you want to stop small problems from turning into large ones, it’s important to take the time for at least two dental appointments every year.

What is the Process for Dental Implants?

The first step is to schedule a consultation so that we can decide whether implants really are the best option for replacing your missing teeth. We’ll then refer you to a top specialist who can place your implants exactly where they need to go to ensure their success. After time has passed and your implants have joined with your jaw, you’ll return to our office so that we can begin the process of designing and placing a crown or another restoration.

Do I Need to Worry About Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums are a common side effect of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is reversible, but when left alone it can turn into much more serious periodontitis. So if you notice blood on your toothbrush or dental floss, it’s a sign that you should schedule an appointment with us in the near future.

When Will I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are recommended if you have a weakened, broken, or severely worn-down tooth. They can also be part of a tooth-replacement solution, such as a dental bridge or dental implant. Whenever you need a crown, we’ll always take the time to explain our reasoning first.

What Can I Do to Improve My Smile?

We offer porcelain veneers and direct bonding for correcting all kinds of flaws, including discoloration and chips in the enamel. Direct bonding is ideal when you only have a few small corrections you want to make. For those who are looking to make larger changes, porcelain veneers are often the best choice.

Is My Tooth Pain an Emergency?

Tooth pain that lasts more than two days or becomes agonizing should be treated as an emergency. There’s more than one possible explanation for tooth pain, but the most common is decay, and failure to act can result in tooth loss. We’ll take whatever steps are needed to stop your pain and stop further dental damage.

What Are My Payment Options?

While we are a fee-for-service office, we will still file dental insurance claims for you, and we offer third-person financing through CareCredit to make our treatments more accessible. We also have an in-house savings plan that grants discounts on important services. Call our team for more information about how we help our patients with their financial situation.