FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When it comes to dentistry, it is completely normal to have questions. We are here to answer any questions you may have at any time. On this page, you will find the answers to some of the most common dental questions we hear everyday. If you want any additional information or have different questions please contact us today. Our goal is to help you understand your dental health so you can have a healthy smile for life!

TOP 10 QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS
How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend most people see the dentist at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning to keep your smile looking great. This allows us to often catch problems while they are small which saves you money and from larger treatment. Instances that we  recommend more frequent visits may include if you are in braces or if you have gum disease.

How can I replace my missing teeth?

There are many options for tooth replacement. If a single tooth is missing, a bridge may be indicated, depending on the amount of bone available and the condition of the teeth next to the space. The most ideal option for longevity and esthetics in single tooth replacement is a dental implant, which we can do at our clinic. If multiple teeth are missing then a partial or full denture may be indicated depending on condition of remaining teeth.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

Call us immediately if you or your family member suffers a dental emergency or toothache. We will get you in as soon as possible, often that same day.

What age should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?

It is recommended that children be seen by a dentist within the first 6 months of their first tooth or by their 1st birthday.  Usually the first visit is just a quick visual exam to check development, as well as to educate the proper way to care for your child's teeth.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Dental x-rays are very safe and we will only take the necessary x-rays to diagnose your dental needs. We use high-tech digital x-rays that limit radiation and allow us to view the images immediately.

 

What can you do to improve my smile?

There are a number of ways to improve your smiling from basic tooth whitening to braces. In between those treatment options, there are tooth-colored fillings, veneers, and crowns. The best way to find out which option is best for your individual situation is scheduling an exam today. We look forward to getting you the smile your deserve.

 

How long will my dental work last?

There are many contributing factors that affect longevity of dental fillings and restorative options. Important considerations to remember are limiting sugar beverages and maintaining good oral hygiene with 2x/day brushing and 1x/day flossing. Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and exams will keep your dental work in great shape for as long as possible.

Do you accept my dental insurance?

We happily accept many dental insurance plans. Call us today to make sure we can make the most of your benefits.

Why do I need more frequent cleanings?

If you come in for an exam and cleaning, and your hygienist discusses the need for more frequent cleanings, it may be for a few different reasons.  If you build a lot of calculus(tarter), it may be beneficial to remove that calculus more often to keep the gums healthy.  If you have been told you have periodontal disease(gum disease) the more frequent cleanings help to break down the bacteria that cause the breakdown of the bone and tissues holding your teeth in your mouth.  If left untreated, or not treated often enough, the eventual outcome of gum disease is tooth loss.

Should I use mouth rinse?

There are many different mouth rinses available that all claim to do many different things.  While mouth rinses are fine to use, they should be considered a supplement to twice daily brushing and daily flossing, and never used in replacement of either of these.  We recommend using a mouth rinse with fluoride.

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Brookings Family Dentistry

427 8th Street South

Brookings, SD 57006

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