Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Garland, TX

If You Have Dental Questions, We Can Help!

Are you wondering what you can do to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine? Would you like to learn more about any of the services that we provide? Below, we’ve compiled a list of common questions that we receive so you can make informed, knowledgeable decisions about your smile. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, reach out to our team!

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

You should change out the head of your electric toothbrush or replace your manual toothbrush every three months, whenever you notice the bristles are beginning to fray, or after you’ve gotten over being sick. This will prevent the spread of bacteria from your toothbrush head into your mouth as well as keep the bristles from damaging your gums.

What happens if you don’t replace missing teeth?

If you don’t replace missing teeth in your smile, you could notice a few changes over time as a result:

  • Your surrounding teeth beginning to shift into the gaps in your arch, causing misalignment and bite problems. This can also increase your risk of developing oral health issues by making it harder to clean your teeth.
  • Your jawbone can deteriorate over time because it’s not being stimulated by the roots of your teeth anymore, altering the appearance of your face by making your cheeks look sunken-in.
  • Difficulty eating and speaking can cause your self-confidence to decline and keep you from enjoying a balanced diet.

Will my dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

It’s not common that dental insurance policies cover the cost of dental implants. However, that doesn’t mean that your benefits won’t apply to certain parts of the treatment, like paying for your restorations. Our team can help you navigate your benefits as well as speak with you about additional financing through CareCredit so you can restore your smile.

What should I do if my tooth fell out?

If one of your permanent teeth has fallen or been knocked-out, call our dental office immediately. Dr. Mason offers same-day emergency appointments, so our team can quickly address the issue and relieve any lingering pain. In this case, time is of the essence, so immediately contact us and try to get to our dental office within an hour of the incident.

When should I schedule my child’s first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you schedule your child’s first dental appointment by the time they turn one, or whenever their first tooth grows in. These early appointments will primarily be to help your child get comfortable with our team and dental office, as well as make sure that their smile is developing properly.

I have dental phobia. Can you help?

Dental anxiety and fear keeps many patients from visiting their dentist for important treatments and routine checkups and cleanings. We don’t want that to negatively impact your oral health, which is why we’re happy to help you feel more at-ease in the treatment chair by administering nitrous oxide sedation during your visit if you choose.