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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Arvada, CO

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Patient education is a big part of what we provide here at West Arvada Family Dental, because the more you know, the healthier your teeth will probably be! That’s why Dr. Paylor and our team are always happy to answer any questions you might have about your family’s dental care. You’re always welcome to give us a call, but first, we recommend looking over our responses to some of our most popular questions below.

How often should I get a checkup and cleaning?

At least twice a year, or once every six months. This is often enough for our team to find most dental issues during their early stages and treat them before they cause any pain or lasting damage. Some patients may require more frequent visits, but on average, two is enough.

Should I be worried about my bleeding gums?

Frequently bleeding gums is a common symptom, and it’s usually a sign of one of two things—either you’re cleaning your teeth with too much force, or you have minor gum disease. If lightening up on your brushing and flossing doesn’t make the bleeding stop, be sure to give us a call. You likely have an infection, but we can take care of it right away before any other issues develop.

I’m scared of the dentist. Can you help?

Certainly! We understand that dental care causes a lot of people to feel nervous, which is why we go above and beyond to help our patients feel comfortable. On top of our friendly service, we also offer sedation that can make any persistent nerves quickly disappear. We have options suited for both children and adults, and we can help you determine which one would be best for you. Just give us a call.

How long will it take to fix my tooth?

For a minor cavity, we can probably repair it in a single visit with a tooth-colored filling. But, for more extensive decay or trauma, we may need to cover the tooth with a crown, which usually takes two appointments to design, mill, and place.

How long will it take to replace my tooth/teeth?

This answer can vary quite a bit based on how many teeth you are missing and how you choose to replace them. We can fit a patient for a bridge or denture over the course of a few appointments, while the dental implant process usually requires a matter of months. When you come to see us for a consultation, Dr. Paylor will give you a much more definitive timeline for each treatment option.

Is whitening my teeth safe?

When it is done by a professional, yes. The products we use are designed specifically to remove stains from the teeth without harming the enamel. Store-bought products, on the other hand, might be weaker, but they are frequently misused and damage the teeth or gums. That’s why it’s always wise to rely on a professional when it comes to your teeth.

Do you take my dental insurance?

Most likely yes. We accept most PPO plans and are in-network with several popular providers. To get a better idea of how you’ll be covered at your next visit, call us, and we’ll give you a rough estimate of any out-of-pocket costs.