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FAQ’s From Our Patients

Hi, everyone. It’s Dr. Hansen Liang here from Fresh Smile Dental Group, and today we’re going to talk about some of the frequently asked questions that we get from our patients.

Are We Accepting New Patients?

Yes. We always would love to have new patients in our practice, and we would love to see you and your family for all of your dental needs. Three things you want to consider when looking for a new practice. One, comfortable. Do you feel comfortable with the dentist and the team? Number two, location. Is this location going to be convenient for you and your family, with ample parking and everything is convenient for you. Number three, types of services. Does the practice do the type of dentistry that you need? An example would be, is there a focus on families, or do they offer services like Invisalign, implants, cosmetic dentistry. One thing to think about, every practice is different. It’s important to think about those things when you are looking for a new practice.

How Long Have You Been Practicing?

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001, and have spent my whole career in this practice.

Do You Offer Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great option for some patients with malocclusion, which means people that have misaligned teeth. Here at Fresh Smile, we are proud to offer this service to our patients. Please feel free to come in and ask us if Invisalign is right for you.

What Can I Expect From My First Visit?

For our new patient visits, we like to take our time so we can get to know each other and answer any questions that you may have. Appointments are usually an hour and a half to two hours, where you will receive a professional cleaning from one of our amazing hygienists, and also spend some time with the dentist, myself, and the assistant for some photos and any necessary X-rays, and a discussion of your dental needs.

Do I Need to Fix My Tooth if it Doesn’t Hurt?

I get this question a lot. Ultimately, it’s going to be your decision. It’s my job as the dentist to let you know what’s happening in your mouth, what’s happening with your tooth. It’s always going to be better to fix something when it’s a small cavity and it doesn’t hurt, to prevent any further decay and keep the restoration small. If you want to wait until you feel pain, sometimes it will need more extensive treatment such as a root canal or a crown.

How Long Will it Take For Freezing to Come Out?

Freezing generally lasts between two to four hours. Some factors that will influence this are the amount and strength of the anesthetic used, and if you have a fast or slow metabolism. Also, you can massage the area and place a warm compress to help stimulate the blood flow, which will improve recovery time.

Why Do Dentists Use Rubber Dams?

There are several reasons why a rubber dam is used. The area of treatment is isolated, preventing contamination from saliva and moisture. This makes the treatment time shorter. It also increases safety, by keeping you from swallowing any excess fluid or materials from the procedure.

Rubber dams can be easily moved out of the way for the suction of saliva, and we do everything to make sure that you’re comfortable.

What is A Crown?

A crown is a dental restoration that fully covers the outer surface of the tooth. A crown may be used when a tooth has extensive decay or is too broken down to support a filling. It can be used to protect a tooth that has a fracture or a crack, and it can also help hold a tooth together, preventing it from further damage. Sometimes a tooth may be crowned if it is discolored or misshapen.

It is a long term solution that can restore the normal shape, size, strength and appearance of a tooth, and give you many years of comfortable service and function.

Why Do I Need Dental X-rays?

First off, radiographs, or dental X-rays, are an important part of your dental exam. They provide valuable information that help us evaluate your teeth and your oral health. They’re used to identify issues with your teeth and surrounding tissues that cannot be seen through visual examination.

X-rays Can Help Identify:

  • Cavities between your teeth or under existing restorations, like fillings or crowns
  • Infections, abscesses, or cysts
  • Periodontal, or gum, disease
  • Bone loss surrounding the teeth
  • Fractures in the teeth or bone
  • Some tumors or developmental abnormalities

Early detection and treatment of dental problems can help save time, money, and unnecessary pain or discomfort. At Fresh Smile Dental Group, we use the most advanced technology that produces digital X-rays that use 1/10 of the radiation of traditional X-rays. We also only take the necessary dental X-rays for each patient.

If you’ve always been self-conscious or unhappy about your smile, please feel free to come in, set up a free consultation, and see what we can do to help you improve your smile.