FAQ

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Prosthodontics is a specialty area within dentistry that focuses on restoring a smile and the function of your mouth through replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists undergo more specialized schooling and training than regular dentists, making them excellent resources for complete oral health care.

The entire team at Garine Prosthodontics is dedicated to the whole health of our patients. While we are specially trained to address issues with teeth, the gums, and mouth, we believe that good oral health supports the health of the entire body. We take multiple factors into consideration when recommending courses of treatment, and we always take the time to discuss options with our patients and answer any questions they might have.

Yes. Please call us if you are experiencing a dental emergency, including a lost or broken tooth due to trauma, strong and sudden pain in teeth, jaw, or gums, or any other reasons that might give you cause for concern. We are here for you.

Everyone’s dental coverage is different. One plan may completely cover a necessary treatment while another may only pay a portion of it. The last thing we want for our patients is for a nasty surprise in the form of sticker shock at the cost of treatment. That is why we take care to communicate during every stage of treatment with both the patient and their insurance carrier. We will make sure patients understand the costs required with treatment options — as well as what their dental plans cover.

If you are anxious about attending your appointment, you are not alone. We offer oral sedation to help you relax before your appointment. Simply call us and discuss your issues prior to your appointment. We will work with you to provide a medication that helps decrease your fear, ensuring that you remain comfortable throughout your appointment.

There is increasing evidence that oral health affects overall health. Though further study is merited and required, some initial studies have suggested that poor oral health can impact the health of other systems in the body, including lung and heart health, brain health, and even diabetes. When oral issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and other conditions are allowed to persist in the mouth, there can be consequences throughout the rest of the body. That is why it is important to schedule and attend regular dental appointments twice a year, which can help identify any oral health issues and set a treatment plan to address them.

Yes. In fact, the most effective and longest-lasting whitening treatments are only available at dental offices. Although there are many whitening products on the market — such as toothpaste, rinses, strips, and gels — none are as effective as a professional treatment from a dental professional. The team at Garine Prosthodontics can help you safely and easily boost and brighten your smile with professional-grade dental whitening. Call us today to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Tobacco use is one of the most harmful habits that affect your teeth. Whether you smoke, vape, or chew tobacco, there is no safe way to use this product without putting yourself at risk for oral cancer and a host of other issues. We recommend quitting tobacco use for the health of your mouth.

We also recommend a healthy and balanced diet, and consuming sugary items and beverages in moderation.

Most experts recommend that you should see a dentist for regular appointments every six months. Though patients contribute greatly to their oral health by brushing at least twice a day and flossing on a regular basis, a professional dental cleaning is required to remove all plaque and tartar, which can cause decay when left unchecked. Regular dental appointments are important to maintain the health of your teeth as well as to identify and diagnose possible problems as soon as possible. Early identification of issues can help start treatment more effectively and efficiently.

If you experience sudden and unexpected tooth sensitivity, pain, bleeding, discoloration, looseness, odor, or other symptoms that are out of the ordinary, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment to address these issues. There is no reason to delay your treatment when relief and attention is available. Likewise, it is important to attend regular appointments every six months to identify any issues at an early stage while maintaining your oral health.

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