dentistry

How often should I see a dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. And so do we.

What should I expect during my appointment?

A member of our staff will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. Then, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, take X-rays of your teeth as needed, and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam.

After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If you need treatment, such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics), or oral surgery, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. Together, we will discuss your options for treatment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs and your budget.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, clean your teeth, and make plans for treatment as needed. We will continue to discuss any pain or problems you may experience and answer any questions that might arise.

What does “painless dentistry” mean?

Painless dentistry ensures your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We offer treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and, whenever possible, alleviate pain by whatever method you find most comfortable.

What if I have an emergency?

Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We are happy to work you into our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend, and during holidays, please call our office and leave a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible. You can also email us at info@jonreagan.com. You can also leave a private message on our facebook page.

Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you after receiving your co-payment. We offer a low-interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.

Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

Several methods for bleaching the teeth exist, including overnight or daily whitening. For overnight bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouthpiece that fits your teeth. Each day, you fill the tray with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day. This bleaching process takes approximately two weeks.

We also have an in office procedure that takes about 30 minutes. Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth, or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

Porcelain veneers look like your natural teeth and attach individually and permanently to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding uses a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. We match the color of porcelain veneers and bonding to the rest of your teeth for a natural look.