FAQs

Dental Care Services

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Read Through Some of the Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I see a dentist?
A: The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year. This helps insure the proper monitoring of any placed or advised restorative treatments.
 
Some oral conditions require us to recommend visiting our office more frequently than twice per year. We will determine the proper frequency for you on an individualized basis.

Q: What should I expect during my appointment?
A: Your first visit will involve meeting with Dr. Guillot for a complete examination of your mouth. This examination includes a thorough inspection of all hard and soft tissues of your mouth, including your teeth, bone, gums, throat, cheeks and tongue, and an oral cancer screening. Any other necessary diagnostic records such as x-rays or study models may be taken at this time. 

This comprehensive examination is performed because we believe that in order to prevent dental disease any active disease must be evaluated and eliminated. We use the information gathered to develop an individualized treatment plan. We generally begin your treatment with a cleaning, however in some cases we will need to further review the information we gather and determine the appropriate course of action.

Q: What types of payment options are available for my dental treatment?
A: We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and CareCredit. Our Financial and Treatment Plan Coordinator will be happy to discuss any of these options, as well as assist you in efficient use of your insurance benefits.

Q: Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
A: Yes! We offer ZOOM!® Whitening products. Our in-office whitening sessions take about an hour, resulting in the fastest and most dramatic whitening changes. For overnight bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouthguard that fits your bite. Each day you fill the mouthguard with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day. Our office also offers Sheer White® professional whitening strips.  
 
Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but 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.

Q: What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth, or teeth that don't respond to normal bleaching methods?
A: We offer many different procedures that can help these problems.
 
Dr. Guillot offers several options to correct these oral situations. Many cosmetic dental procedures are available for enhancing your smile. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Veneers can be positioned to close gaps. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Crowns can also be made to adjust the size and position of your teeth. Porcelain veneers, composite bonding, and crowns are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.
 
Q: Why is a crown, rather than a large filling, sometimes the best option for my tooth restoration?
A: Sometimes a large filling can be placed, but this option may be dependent upon the amount of remaining tooth structure. Therefore, this option will only prolong the inevitable, more stable, and permanent crown restoration. These options should be discussed with Dr. Guillot to determine the best individual long-term option for you.
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