There are many reasons why permanent teeth come in with a different appearance than baby teeth. It can be something normal related to remnants of Nasmyth's Membrane adhering to the enamel as the tooth erupts through the gum tissue - this discoloration usually goes away on its own. Other causes of stained teeth include high fever during infancy, too much fluoride intake and certain medications.
With so many toothbrush brands and styles on the market, there can be many appropriate options. We believe is important quality in all tooth brushes is soft bristles. It may feel like you are getting a better clean when you scrub with hard bristled tooth brushes, but you are likely also damaging your gums. This can lead to gum recession and sensitivity and decay or tooth abrasion.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you change your tooth brush every 3 or 4 months, however any time the bristles become worn and frayed they become less effective.
We give patients get a new brush at every cleaning!
There are numerous products and techniques available for teeth whitening. Some work great while others do not work at all. For the best results you should use products sold through dental offices which utilize a custom tray for the home application of the whitening gel.
Our office uses NiteWhite and DayWhite by Discus Dental. Besides producing great results these products have overcome the sensitivity problem of previous whitening systems.
Root canal treatment does not cause pain, it relieves it.
The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago, but with the latest technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as "painless" than patients who have not had root canal treatment.
Dental care can be expensive. Insurance is a contract between you and your insurance carrier which is designed to help you cover the cost of dental care. At Dousman Family Dentistry accept many insurance plans and will file your claims for you to help you maximize your benefits. To learn if and how your specific plan is covered by our office, call us to talk with one of our knowledgeable front desk staff.
“Usual and customary” is the term used by insurance companies to describe the amount they are willing to pay for a particular dental procedure. There is no standard rate or accepted method for determining “usual and customary” and it has no relationship to the fee we charge. The administrator of each dental benefit plan determines the rate that the plan will pay, often based on many factors including region of the country, number of procedures performed and cost of living.
Yes, we absolutely accept new patients! Although you may see our parking lot full of cars, we always have always have room for someone new. Every day we set aside time for new patients who need us right away. We look forward to helping you every step of the way.