Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Laguna Niguel, CA
We Answer Our Patient’s Questions!
It’s always a satisfying experience to help our patients learn more about dental health and their options for care. Excellent patient education often leads to healthier smiles, so we encourage all of our patients to ask as many questions as possible. You can always bring your questions directly to Dr. Anderson during your next appointment, or you can call our dental office. In the meantime, though, you can check the FAQs below to see if the information you’re looking for is listed here.
Q1. How Often Should I Get a Checkup and Cleaning?
You should have your teeth examined and cleaned at least twice a year. A lot can happen in your mouth in just six months, and preventive maintenance will help stop plaque accumulation and minor dental problems from turning into emergencies.
Q2. What Types of Sedation are Available?
Our dental office offers IV sedation to help patients with severe dental phobias or powerful gag reflexes as well as those undergoing lengthy procedures. Oral conscious sedation is also available, and for those who are looking for a mild form of sedation, we of course offer nitrous oxide.
Q3. How Do I Know If I Have a Dental Emergency?
Common signs of a dental emergency include severe or persistent oral pain, a cracked or otherwise damaged tooth, swelling, unusual growth, sudden tooth loss, and bleeding. Life-threatening problems should be handled by an emergency room, but otherwise in the event of a dental emergency, you should call our dental office immediately for an appointment.
Q4. Do You Place Dental Implants?
Yes! Our dental office is able to place implants in-house, meaning from start to finish you’ll have a team that you’re already familiar with helping to restore your smile. We highly recommend dental implants to any patient that needs to replace one or more teeth; the implant posts act as new tooth roots for a stronger smile that stays in place.
Q5. How Can I Get Whiter Teeth?
Naturally, professional whitening can be used to make your teeth several shades brighter. Unlike store-bought whitening products, our professional whitening techniques get below the enamel to get rid of especially hard-to-remove stains.
Q6. How Will I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
If you take a look at your gums, they might look redder or more swollen than they usually do. Also, you might find some blood on your toothbrush or dental floss once you’re done using them. These are both signs of gum disease, but the condition can also develop silently. As such, the only surefire way to know as early as possible is to attend your regular dental checkups.
Q7. Will You Take My Insurance?
We’re in-network with Delta Dental and accept other insurance plans as well. Before you make an appointment, call to ask our front desk team if we take your plan.