Frequently Asked Questions
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WHY DO I NEED RADIOGRAPHS (X-RAYS) EVERY YEAR?
At Johnson Dental, we offer digital radiographs. Digital radiographs use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-rays. In our dental office, you will find that we research the latest trends in technology to find the optimal solutions that promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.
HOW CAN JOHNSON DENTAL HELP MAKE MY DENTAL TREATMENT AFFORDABLE? WHAT OPTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR PAYMENT?
Helping to make your dental care financially comfortable and affordable is important, and we proudly offer a variety of options:
- Cash or check
- VISA / MasterCard / American Express / Discover
- CareCredit® interest-free and extended payment plans
Additionally, we are happy to estimate fees and insurance reimbursement before starting your desired care, and we will gladly file insurance forms for you.
Optimal, comprehensive dentistry is what we practice. We do not limit the possible treatment solutions to how your insurance assists with your balance. Our recommendations are based on what is best for you. Any treatment you choose to receive that is not covered by your insurance is your financial responsibility.
I REALLY DO NOT LIKE VISITING THE DENTIST. HOW DOES JOHNSON DENTAL HELP ME RELAX DURING MY VISIT?
HOW DOES FLUORIDE HELP MY TEETH?
I AM MISSING A TOOTH. HOW CAN IT BE REPLACED?
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SMILE?
WHAT IS A CROWN, AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
I HAVE A BROKEN TOOTH, BUT IT DOESN'T HURT. WHY SHOULD I FIX IT?
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often times bleeding during brushing or flossing. If treated in a timely manner, these conditions can be reversed, preventing periodontal disease from developing. Advanced periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, is much more difficult to treat.
Periodontitis affects your gums, bone, and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out naturally or must be extracted. If you don’t catch periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.
According to Caesy® Dental Education, “Ailments associated with periodontal disease include: respiratory disease, pneumonia, strokes, ulcers, difficult-to-control diabetes, low birth weight babies, and infective endocarditis (a dangerous infection of the heart valves.) Researchers recently discovered that this chronic infection in your mouth creates an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the blood stream. These bacteria – Streptococcus sangguis – may cause blood clots that can block your arteries and even trigger a heart attack.”
WHEN SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD IN FOR A FIRST VISIT?
We find that most children do best if their first dental visit occurs just before three years of age. However, anytime after the eruption of your child’s first tooth is an appropriate time for them to see Dr. Aaron or Dr. Kristi. This visit is a chance to introduce the child to the sights and sounds of a dentist’s office. We want your child to enjoy the dentist’s office and to learn good dental care habits. It’s important to prevent cavities and other developmental problems, as they can cause pain and can jeopardize future dental health. At your child’s first visit, a hygienist will provide preventive therapy, and the dentist will evaluate your child’s oral health and give you advice for at-home care.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Be honest about going to the dentist – tell your child what to expect, but try not to transfer any negative thoughts or fears.
- Today’s dentistry is much more comfortable than it may have been when you were little.
- Set a good example – model good brushing and flossing habits at home, and think about making a game of it. Also, consider bringing your child to one of your dental visits, so they can see exactly what a visit to the dentist is like.
- Find books and other educational materials about dental care – many books and children’s shows talk about the dentist. These can be very helpful in teaching your child and in alleviating any fears.
WHAT ARE SEALANTS AND WHY DOES MY CHILD NEED THEM? HOW DO THEY PROTECT TEETH?
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to efficiently extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.