Frequently Asked Questions
- Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
- What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
- I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?
- What do you do to maintain a safe and sterilized environment?
- I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
- My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
- I have been told that I grind my teeth while I sleep, and/or I clench my teeth a lot. Is this harmful?
- What are my options to replace missing teeth?
- What are mini implant dentures?
- Does your office use lasers?
- How can improve my smile?
- My teeth are stained. Can you help?
- Is teeth whitening safe?
- Do you accept referrals?
- Where are you located?
- Will you care for my entire family?
- Do you accept dental insurance?
- What if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to find cavities in the earliest stages, and often that's before you see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30-thousand Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80-percent cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit 80-percent less radiation. Detailed images are immediately projected on a chairside monitor, providing visual aids for the dentist to explain your condition and treatment options. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they're earth friendly!
I avoid dental visits because of anxiety... is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. With oral conscious sedation, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve.
What do you do to maintain a safe and sterilized environment?
Your safety is important to us, so we sterilize our reusable instruments in an autoclave and use disposable products as often as possible. Each of our treatment rooms is cleaned thoroughly between patient visits. We adhere to guidelines set by the CDC and OSHA and perform weekly tests on our sterilization equipment.
I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
In your checkup, we can look for the cause of your bad breath, also known as halitosis. Some patients suffer from bad breath caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or a smelly substance put off by bacteria. With modern procedures and products to promote fresh breath, our team can help you regain your confidence!
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
I have been told that I grind my teeth while I sleep, and/or I clench my teeth a lot. Is this harmful?
Absolutely. Grinding and clenching teeth actually has a name; the condition is called bruxism. It can cause tooth wear and damage, like cracked and chipped teeth. These problems lead to pain and can also negatively affect how your upper and lower teeth fit together, which is known as occlusion. When occlusion is off, the jaw joints, or TMJ joints, can become stressed, which may lead to additional pain problems. Instead of dealing with all of these potential problems, let us create a custom oral appliance to stop your bruxism. Simply wear the appliance while you sleep or when you tend to grind your teeth. If you experience pain or occlusion problems, we can restore your teeth and bite, as well. Call today for a consultation!
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our services page, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
What are mini implant dentures?
MDIs are dental implants that hold dentures in place, and they can be surgically implanted in one day. Implant-supported dentures create a reliable hold and freedom from messy adhesives! Learn more about MDI on the Imtec website.
Does your office use lasers?
We use many kinds of lasers for precise, comfortable dentistry…
DIAGNOdent is our cavity-detection laser. It will scan your teeth to find decay and areas prone to decay, and we will not have to inspect each of your teeth with a traditional dental hook.
Our hard and soft-tissue laser, Waterlase, allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, harvest and place gum grafts, reduce gum tissue for esthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after soft-tissue laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.
As a hard-tissue laser, Waterlase removes decay, replacing the traditional dental drill. We can also do bone grafts with this laser.
How can improve my smile?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Cosmetic dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. Orthodontics may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Absolutely. We bet you didn't know that teeth whitening, in some form, has been around since the 1700s. Modern whitening uses safe and effective bleaching gel to melt away stains and discoloration. Choose from Zoom! Whitening in our office or convenient take-home teeth-whitening kits.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and coworkers that we give you every time you visit. Visit our Referral Program page for more information.
Where are you located?
Visit our map on the contact us page, or call for directions.
Will you care for my entire family?
Absolutely. We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child – or you, for that matter – would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer to a trusted colleague. Some children deal with dental appointments better at a pedodontist's office, that's what a children's dentist is called. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced periodontitis or problematic root canals, to specialist for optimal care. As a general dentist office, our preventive, restorative, prosthetic, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes, and our insurance coordinators can also help you understand your insurance benefits and limitations. Insurance claims will be filed by the office as a courtesy to patients. Do not hesitate to ask about the anticipated cost of your treatment– you have the right to know about and understand our charges. We want you to be involved in planning your treatment and to feel that you have been treated fairly. A written estimate can be provided for all complex treatment, and we will gladly give you a written estimate for any routine procedures as well, upon request. If you have insurance coverage, a predetermination of treatment can be obtained and financial arrangements for the balance not covered by insurance can be made when this information is received. We also accept CareCredit to make dentistry more affordable. If you have questions, give our Mount Vernon dental office a call.
What if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
Call Dr. Martin at 740.971.5250. These are our office cell phones and we will be glad to help in any way possible. In extreme emergencies, the emergency room would be the best and fastest option.