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FAQs

Patients just like you have asked us questions and our team of doctors have responded. Check out our FAQs below. If you have a question for one of our doctors that has not been included in this list, please contact us.


Q: What are my options for a missing tooth?
A: Depending on the location of the missing tooth, there are generally three options for replacing a tooth. One option is an implant. This is a great way to replace a space without disrupting the adjacent teeth. Another options is a bridge. This is similar to a crown, in which the teeth adjacent to the space are prepared and then a bridge is fabricated that involves three teeth, the space and the two adjacent. It is cemented in and restores function while closing the space. The third option is called a partial denture. It is basically a removable retainer with a fake tooth on it that is placed in the space.
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Q: What toothpaste do you recommend?
A: Our dentists at Family Dental Center recommend any ADA endorsed toothpaste that contains fluoride. There are a variety of flavors and “specialty” toothpastes that help certain problem areas. At your dental visit, your dentist can recommend a specific product based on your dental exam.
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Q: Is tooth whitening covered by insurance?
A: Tooth whitening is usually not covered by insurance, but it is always recommended patients ask our business assistants to further look in to their specific coverage.
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Q: Does whitening my teeth damage my teeth?
A: No, as long as you use the recommended products as directed, and under the guidance of your dentist. The active ingredients in the tooth whitening gels prescribed by dentists are either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, and have been shown to be completely safe for your teeth and gums.
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Q: What are veneers?
A: Veneers are minimally invasive restorations often used to cover discolored teeth or to straighten minor imperfections. The dentist removes a small amount of enamel on the front of the tooth, and a veneer is fabricated and cemented where the enamel was removed.
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