Q. How much do dental veneers cost?
A. The price of dental veneers can vary but the cost usually ranges from $900-1200 per tooth.
Q. Which dental insurances do you accept?
A. San Diego Smile Center works with all private insurances carriers they can and they have an excellent team to ensure they maximize your dental insurance benefits. If you have questions about your specific policy feel free to go by for a free insurance benefits check.
Q. What can I expect during a dental checkup?
A. During a dental checkup, your dental hygienist will take a series of radiographs that show the dentist if there are any cavities or bone and gum disease. Their goal is to address these issues before they are painful or become expensive.
Q. What is a dental cleaning?
A. Dental cleanings are an integral part of your oral health. By visiting a dental office for your bi-annual dental cleaning, they are able to prevent gum disease and cavities which lead to early tooth loss.
Q. Do you provide emergency dental services?
A. Yes, San Diego Smile Center does provide emergency dentistry, but you will need to contact the office and make an appointment to be seen.
Q. How often should I visit a dentist?
A. You will need to consult with your dentist to get a better idea of what he recommends for you given your oral health. With that said, most dentists suggest visiting a dental office every six months in order to get a cleaning. Regular check ups and exams can help the dentist stay on top of potential problems that may develop and keep them from becoming more severe.
Q. What Are the Best Ways to Practice Good Oral Hygiene at Home?
A. Brush your teeth before bed every night. Brush properly. Brush your tongue. Use fluoride toothpaste. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Limit sugar consumption.
Q. What is causing my sensitive teeth?
A. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of reasons including cold/heat, gum recession, enamel erosion, tooth decay, cracked tooth, grinding teeth, infections, or teeth whitening/bleaching.
Q. How should I clean my dentures?
A. Rinse your dentures after eating and brush them once per day. You can use hydrogen peroxide to clean them with and then rinse with water.
Q. What are full dentures?
A. Full dentures are a dental prosthetic that acts as a replacement for missing all of your teeth.
Q. How Painful Is Getting a Dental Implant?
A. It’s difficult to say with certainty because everyone is different. Most people compare the discomfort to that of a dental extraction. We care about our patients and will be attentive to your needs. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during the process.
Q. What are dental implants?
A. Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone/jaw where a tooth is missing. They can look and function in the same way as your natural teeth and are often the optimal method for replacing missed teeth and preventing bone loss after you lose a permanent tooth or teeth.
Q. Do fillings hurt?
A. There can be pain or discomfort while filling cavities, but your dentist will use local anesthetic which makes the pain much less than you would otherwise experience. After the filling has been placed and the anesthetic wears off, most patients experience no pain.
Q. Can dental fillings fall out?
A. Yes, a dental filling can fall out. It is not usually what we consider to be a dental emergency, but you wouldn’t want to leave a tooth in that state for very long because it is vulnerable to damage and can sometimes even be painful. If your dental filling falls out, make an appointment with your dentist right away.
Q. What can I do to help the healing process after tooth extraction?
A. You may be prescribed painkillers, or you may want to take other over-the-counter pain medications. Gauze may be used to reduce bleeding and help with clotting. Ice may also be used to prevent/reduce swelling. Avoid spitting, rinsing, or using a straw for a few days as well. You want a clot to form in and remain in the socket where your tooth was once at for optimal healing.
Q. Why would I need dental extractions?
A. There could be many reasons to get a tooth extraction. Along with wisdom teeth, which often create problems if not removed, there are other reasons to extract a too at times as well. Those reasons can be due to excessive crowding, excessive tooth decay, and infected teeth that cannot be saved.