Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
A: We offer several different options for relaxation and anxiety such as Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation.
Q: I know I need X-Rays, but I'd prefer to not be exposed to radiation.
A: Digital X-Rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-Rays. More importantly though, are the benefits of being able to diagnose early so that disease can be treated before pain occurs. You will find that at Summit Dental, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety and comfort.
Q: What are some options to improve my smile?
A: You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Dr. Johnson will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health.
Q: Why would I need to replace a back tooth?
A: If a back tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth will shift into the newly created space. This shifting causes difficulty in keeping your teeth clean and also causes upper and lower teeth to be mismatched when biting which then in turn causes a number of problems, such as “TMJ” and a higher potential of breaking existing teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone that was once supporting a tooth melts away, thereby causing the facial structure to sink in.
Q: What are my options to replace a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, Dr. Johnson places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.
Q: What can I expect from my first visit at Summit Dental?
A: During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical / dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and X-Rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as much of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We’ll also assess your gums and recommend the appropriate hygiene therapy for you.
Q: Why can't I get my teeth "cleaned" on my first visit?
A: Most adults have some level of gum disease. To what extent dictates the treatment needed and the time required for that treatment. As Summit Dental is here to provide you with the very best in oral care, we find it the most beneficial for you to assess your needs before beginning treatment.
Q: My teeth and gums don't hurt so why should I see the dentist?
A: Gum Disease and dental decay are silent diseases until it is too late. PREVENTION, PREVENTION, PREVENTION, PREVENTION IS the best way to keep teeth.
Q: Does your office offer Orthodontics?
A: Summit Dental is proud to have two board certified orthodontic specialists that see patients on a weekly basis. Contact our office for more details.
Q: How can I afford my smile?
A: Summit Dental offers monthly payment plans through our financial partner, Care Credit™. We provide a variety of ways for you to pay for your treatment so that it fits comfortably into your personal or family financial goals. We will work with you to create the solution that accommodates you so you can have the beautiful, healthy smile you have always desired.
Q: My false teeth move around all the time. What can be done?
A: Implants will change your life. The stability one gets with an implant supported denture is remarkable. Every implant patient states they wish their implants were done earlier. Don’t wait! Ask us how you can be living a life free from worry about your dentures moving around.
Q: My wisdom teeth don't bother me so why do I need them out?
A: Most wisdom teeth will create trouble at some point. Therefore, it is wise to remove them at a young age before damage is done.
Q: What can be done to help prevent cavities in my child's teeth?
A: The number one thing you can do for your child is to schedule regular dental visits to see Dr. Johnson. This will give your child a great start on his or her oral health! For your baby, do not let them go to bed at night or naptime with a bottle of milk, juice, etc…The sugar included in those drinks can cause decay rapidly. For the older child, professionally applied fluoride is an excellent way to strengthen enamel. Many times Sealants can be used as a protective coating that aid in prevention of cavities.
Q: Why are baby teeth important to keep?
A: Primary “baby” teeth are designed to function throughout the childhood years. Some of your child’s baby teeth are not lost until age 12. They help in the development of face and jaws and support facial structures and tissues They are also important for eating, and chewing food to aid in proper digestion through your child’s “growing” years.
Another vital function of primary teeth is holding space and guiding the permanent teeth in place. Baby teeth have relatively thin enamel (hard outer-layer of teeth) and large pulps compared with adult teeth, and can become decayed and infected (abscessed) easily. Healthy, decay-free primary teeth create a healthy environment for your child’s permanent teeth and reduce the chance for tooth decay. Give your child a healthy self-esteem with a healthy, beautiful smile.