Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Covington, LA
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We always take the time to answer every question, because in our experience, the more someone knows, the better their oral health usually is! We’ve gone ahead and responded to some of the most common questions we receive below, but if there is anything else you’re curious about and want to ask, you’re always welcome to give us a call.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Everyone, regardless of age, should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. These services allow us to prevent the most common dental problems and stop others before they can cause any pain or damage.
What is a prosthodontist?
Dr. Finger, our prosthodontist, is a type of dental specialist. After completing dental school, he underwent years of additional training focused on rebuilding and replacing the teeth using custom-made restorations. This allows him to offer a higher standard of care while also giving our patients more options when recovering their smiles.
Which is better: a manual or electric toothbrush?
Both types of toothbrushes are extremely effective at removing plaque and food particles from the teeth, but most studies show that electric ones offer a deeper clean. That’s because the bristles move faster than what a person can replicate with a regular brush. They also are especially helpful for children and those with mobility issues since the brush does all the “work” for you.
Which tooth replacement is best: bridges, dentures, or dental implants?
The answer to this question really depends on the patient. Factors like how many teeth are missing, the health of the mouth, and someone’s budget can all influence which option might be best suited for them. We can discuss all of them in detail and help you make an informed decision at an in-person consultation.
How is a dentist qualified to treat sleep apnea?
Dentists have a deep understanding of not just the teeth and gums, but the upper airway as well, which is where most sleep apnea symptoms occur throughout the night. With this knowledge, an experienced and trained sleep dentist, like Dr. Moreau, can design a mouthguard that comfortably fits over the teeth and opens up the airway so a patient can breathe normally and sleep deeply.
Will you take my dental insurance?
MoreSMILES Dental is able to accept and maximize most dental insurance plans, and we’ll even handle the claims process for you! Give us a call today with your coverage information handy so we can give you an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs at your next visit.
I don’t have dental insurance. What else can I do to save on my care?
For people without dental insurance, our dental office has a number of options in our In-Office Savings Program they can sign up for. They all offer similar benefits to traditional insurance for a lower price, and they don’t have annoyances like deductibles, yearly maximums, or claim forms, plus they are more customizable to your dental needs. You can learn more about these options by clicking here.