Dental FAQs

Dentist in Dallas, TX

Why do I need to have my teeth cleaned regularly?

Regular cleanings remove the bacterial buildup that can lead to decay and gum disease. During your cleaning, we can inspect your mouth for signs of problems, such deteriorating fillings or cancer. Early detection means that we can usually provide more conservative treatment options.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are several reasons that teeth may be sensitive. Decay and fractures in the teeth or under old fillings and crowns are the most common causes. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can also cause tooth sensitivity, and it can be a factor in gum recession and tooth loss. Please ask us about the source of your tooth sensitivity and possible relief suggestions at your next dental appointment.

Are silver (amalgam) fillings safe?

Current scientific evidence shows that silver fillings are as safe as other types of fillings. However, there is some evidence of a higher incidence of fractures with silver fillings. Fractures are less likely with the newer tooth-colored bonded fillings.

How do I know if I grind my teeth?

Usually you will have symptoms like sore muscles, headaches, generalized tooth sensitivity, and possibly joint (TMJ) popping. You or your dentist will recognize tooth wear, and eventually, fractures and further damage from stress.

Do crowns last forever?

Assuming a crown is made, fitted, and maintained properly, they will last for many years. Unfortunately, circumstances such as trauma, bruxism, neglect, systemic disease, and inherited factors can shorten the expected life of a crown. It is not uncommon for a gold crown to last 20 to 25 years or more. They are permanent, but permanent and forever are not synonymous.

What is gum disease (periodontal disease)?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums usually caused by plaque and bacteria. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is reversible. During this stage, gums may be tender, swollen, or red and they may bleed while brushing or flossing. If left untreated the infection may progress and eventually cause bone loss and loss of support around your teeth. This is called periodontal disease. Oftentimes, gum disease is painless and can go undetected if you do not visit your dentist regularly. For more information visit:

What are some of the common signs of gum disease?

  • bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • red, tender, or swollen gums
  • gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • persistent bad breath, loose teeth
  • changes in the way your teeth fit together

Why do I need a deep cleaning a.k.a. scaling and root planing?

A deep cleaning has been recommended to help treat your gum disease. Plaque and tartar has built-up below your gumline and it is necessary for us to clean at the base of the tooth in the hopes of making your gums more healthy and to prevent further damage to the supporting structures of your teeth and eventual tooth loss. Consistent maintenance appointments and good home care are imperative maintain the stability of your oral health.

Does insurance cover this procedure?

Insurance is often a wonderful benefit, however all insurance plans are different, and coverage is based solely on a contractual financial reimbursement agreement between your employer (or yourself) and the insurance company. Specific coverage can be determined from your benefit booklet or by calling the insurance company directly. Quality and amounts of coverage are usually directly related to the cost of the premiums. The lowest cost treatments to alleviate a dental problem will usually be the insurance company’s choice. However, as your advocate in dental health, the cheapest way out sometimes results in more expensive treatment later…pennywise and dollar foolish!

For more information on Dental PPOs, Out-Of-Network, Deductibles & Copays, HSA, & FSA please see our Insurance FAQs under the Patient Resources tab.