Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Greenville, TX

Answering All of Your Dental Questions

Do you have questions about how to maintain good oral health at-home, what you should do during a dental emergency, or how your dental insurance plan works? We’re happy to provide you with all of the answers you need to make the smartest choices for your smile, which is why we’ve compiled a list of FAQs that we receive from our patients below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to call our Greenville dental office.

Do you see children at your dental practice?

Yes! Dr. Garrad has years of experience in children’s dentistry. In fact, her first job out of dental school was primarily treating children. Fun fact: she even took a day-long course on how to make balloon animals for her patients!

What should I do if I’m scared of visiting the dentist?

If you’re scared, overstimulated, or anxious whenever you visit a dental office, our team may be able to help. We offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help you have a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Plus, our team is very friendly and understanding, so they may be able to help you feel a little more at-ease.

How often should I switch out my toothbrush?

It’s recommended that you change out the head of your toothbrush once every three months, whenever you notice the bristles beginning to fray, or after you’ve gotten over illness.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

The first step you should always take if you have a dental emergency on your hands is to call our dental office. We’ll walk you through first-aid guidance and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Will dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

Unfortunately, it’s rarely the case that dental insurance covers the cost of dental implants; however, they may cover certain parts of the procedure, such as any preparatory treatments or the restoration. The best way to find out is to contact your insurance provider directly.

How is professional teeth whitening different from store-bought whitening products?

Professional teeth whitening treatments contain ingredients that have been clinically tested and proven to be effective and safe on your teeth. Store-bought whitening products often contain abrasive materials that can cause enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity.

Should I replace my metal filling?

If you have a metal filling, it’s really up to you if you want it replaced. Today, we use a biocompatible, more aesthetically-pleasing composite resin material to fill cavities. These don’t result in dental sensitivity, require less alteration of your natural tooth structure, and don’t lead to tooth and gum discoloration.