Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Fort Worth, TX
Answering All of Your Dental Questions
Do you have questions about any of the treatments that we offer? Would you like to learn how you can take better care of your smile at home? Below, we’ve compiled our answers to some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please feel free to call us and ask!
How often should children visit their dentist?
Children’s smiles are still growing, and they’re in the process of learning how to properly take care of their teeth and gums. This puts them at an increased risk of common oral problems like cavities. It’s recommended that you begin taking your little one to visit their family dentist whenever their first tooth grows in, or by their first birthday. After that, bi-annual checkups and cleanings are crucial to ensure that their permanent teeth grow in healthy and aligned.
When should I change out my toothbrush?
It’s recommended that you get a new toothbrush once every three months, whenever you notice the bristles beginning to fray, or after you’ve gotten sick.
Is a water flosser better than regular dental floss?
While water flossers have been proven to be more effective than regular dental floss at removing food debris and plaque, if you have a good flossing technique, the old-school floss should do the trick! Flossing daily is important to prevent the formation of interproximal cavities, or decay that forms between the teeth.
Why does my dentist take X-rays every time I visit them?
Routine dental X-rays allow our team to diagnose certain oral health issues that can wreak havoc on your smile if you’re not careful, including:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Decay between teeth
How do I know if I have a dental emergency?
Some patients are hesitant to visit an emergency dentist because they don’t want to make a big deal out of something that may not be serious at all. Here are a few signs that let you know it’s time to schedule a visit for urgent dental care:
- Pain that’s keeping you up at night or making it difficult to focus.
- A tooth is damaged or broken.
- A filling or restoration has fallen off of a tooth.
- Oral trauma has occurred and your mouth hurts.
- You have a severe toothache or sudden dental sensitivity.
Our team will work quickly to schedule a same-day appointment for you and help get you out of pain.
Will my dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
Most dental insurance companies don’t cover the cost of dental implants because they consider them a cosmetic procedure. However, sometimes they will extend benefits to certain parts of the process, like crafting and placement of the restoration or certain preparatory procedures. Our team can help you file insurance claims to maximize your coverage and get the most out of your investment.