Yes… Our dental care team understands many people have qualms about having their teeth worked on. So a relaxing atmosphere is created for you. For entertainment and distraction, we have special headphones and TVs available in all rooms so you can keep your mind on more pleasant things. And for the more complex procedures, we also offer Sedation Dentistry to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions.
First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or we can recommend a specially prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, we may suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, in which case our dental offices may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.
What is a crown and why do I need one?
If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is either likely to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like how rust eats away at metal. If not removed by a dentist, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.
I know I need x-rays, but I’d prefer to not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital x-rays?
Yes, we do offer digital x-rays. Digital x-rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film x-rays. You will find that in our dental practice, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety and comfort.
How does fluoride help my teeth?
Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation, something our dental offices seek to correct. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your family dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam, that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use any of the professional strength, fluoride varnishes, gels or foam products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?
You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Our doctors Matlaga and Simmons will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a complimentary smile evaluation to determine what course of action through our dental services will produce the best solution for you.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
Parkside Dental has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.
Attention to detail, respect for the individual and a true concern for each patient are the hallmarks of our personal dental services and our quality product. We are committed to helping you fulfill your ultimate self-image.
How can losing a back tooth affect my smile?
Losing a back tooth will darken your overall smile making it look smaller and narrower. Your smile will appear to stop short, and the look will be exaggerated if the missing tooth has teeth on both sides of it. Function during chewing will be reduced and function of many teeth can be affected by losing just one tooth. When you are missing a tooth, you compensate by chewing differently, putting pressure on different parts of your mouth. This can cause your other teeth to shift, creating gaps and spaces and may even cause fractures that result in additional tooth loss or the need for restorations, something that our dental care specialists seek to prevent.
What are my options to replace a missing tooth?
By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist at Parkside Dental places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone by a dentist, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical / dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and x-rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth and malfunctioning restorations. The goal of our dental services is to preserve as much of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We’ll also assess your gums and recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you.
Do you accept new patient referrals?
Over the years, patients have given us the compliment of referring family and friends to our practice. Our reputation for excellent dental care depends on two things: our good work and your beautiful smile. Your confidence in our care motivates us to continue to strive for excellence.
Thank you for your referrals. Your trust and support are greatly appreciated.
My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this? What can I do about it?
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred are likely to have damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard. A custom fitted night guard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Our doctors Matlaga and Simmons take great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our dental offices about having a night-guard custom created for you.
I want and need a lot of dental work, but I’m afraid I can’t afford it. Do you offer monthly payment plans?
Yes, we do offer monthly payment plans with our financial partner, Care Credit™. We provide a variety of ways for you to pay for your treatment so that it fits comfortably into your personal or family financial goals. Our team works with you to create the solution that accommodates you so you can have the beautiful, healthy smile you have always desired.
I want cosmetic dentistry. Does my insurance pay for it?
Dental insurance is designed to assist you in paying for your dentistry. Most procedures are not fully covered by your insurance. Cosmetic dentistry, in particular, is not covered by most dental insurance plans. To help you afford your smile, we do offer a variety of affordable dental care payment options in addition to a monthly payment plan provided by our financial partner, Care Credit™. We also pay special attention to maximizing the benefits that your insurance does provide. Ask our team how you can comfortably afford your dentistry and maximize your dental insurance benefits.
What different payment options do you provide?
Nothing is more important than your health. At Parkside Dental Practice we are committed to providing you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget.
Parkside Dental accepts payments by cash, checks, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover®. We also offer low- and no- interest financing options through CareCredit. A fee reduction is also given when a cash payment is made in full, prior to the treatment.
Senior Citizen Discount
We are happy to offer senior citizen discounts! Ask our team for more information.
Most dental insurance will not cover all of your treatment; however, Parkside Dental coordinators always work to maximize your dental benefits for all our dental services. Our office policy for dental insurance requires that the patient, once his/her coverage has been verified by our business office team, pay for at least that estimated portion of the treatment not covered by insurance carriers on the day that the treatment is rendered. We ask that each patient bring the proper insurance form(s) at each visit, and that the patient information portion of the insurance form be filled out completely in advance of the visit. Please present the completed forms to the front desk team member, after signing in, upon your arrival at the dentist office.
We are happy to help you if you need assistance in understanding your dental insurance coverage. Please do not hesitate to consult our business office team. They will make certain that you are able to receive the maximum allowable benefit from your insurance in the resolution of your dental needs.
My gums bleed. Why is this?
Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often bleeding during brushing or flossing. Timely treatment can reverse these conditions. However, if these conditions are ignored, your periodontal disease can worsen, becoming a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat through basic dental care.
Periodontitis affects your gums, bone and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out on their own or must be extracted. If you don’t diagnose and treat periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
It is certainly not desirable to have bleeding gums following brushing. However, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough ‘scrubbing’ instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods or occurs every time you brush, contact our dental offices to set up an evaluation appointment.
What is periodontal disease?
Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often times bleeding during brushing or flossing. If treated in a timely manner, these conditions can be reversed, preventing periodontal disease from developing. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.
Periodontitis affects your gums, bone and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out or must be extracted. If you don’t catch periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive emergency dental surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.
According to Caesy Dental Education, “Ailments associated with periodontal disease include respiratory disease, pneumonia, strokes, ulcers, difficult-to-control diabetes, low birth weight babies, and infective endocarditis, a dangerous infection of the heart valves. Researchers recently discovered that this chronic infection in your mouth creates an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the blood stream. These bacteria – Streptococcussangguis – may cause blood clots that can block your arteries and even trigger a heart attack.”
How do sealants protect teeth?
A sealant is a plastic material that your dentist uses to apply something to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids and guarding against disease-causing bacteria.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to efficiently extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Sometimes when I chew I get a sharp pain. What can I do to correct this?
Most dental pain brought on by chewing is caused by a fracture, or crack, in the tooth. The pain can be corrected by placing an inlay/onlay, a porcelain crown, or with more advanced treatment. You want to correct the pain as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. Contact us today to schedule a visit.
How can porcelain veneers help my smile?
Porcelain veneers improve your smile by correcting a multitude of cosmetic concerns including: gaps in teeth; chips and broken teeth; dull or yellowing teeth that cannot be whitened with traditional means; “gummy smile” (showing too much gum when one smiles); and crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers broaden, straighten, whiten and beautify most any smile. This procedure can be done in as little as two clinical visits with your family dentist. Many of our patients feel like this was the best improvement that could have been done for their overall confidence. Ask us about how porcelain veneers can improve your smile at your next visit or send us an email.
I want my teeth to be whiter. Do you recommend at-home or in-office whitening?
We recommend at-home whitening under the care and guidance of our highly trained team. The Opalescence® Take Home Whitening Gels are a powerful, at-home procedure that allows you to whiten your teeth at your convenience – in a safe, effective, and customized way. You can find out more about Opalescence® Take Home Whitening Gels here. During your dental exam, we will talk to you about the best whitening plan that will work for you.
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile, from over-the-counter, at-home whitening products to in-office supervised treatments. Your dentist evaluates the potential for whitening your teeth based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. Once you decide on the most appropriate method, you will spend anywhere from two to four weeks undergoing a series of simple whitening treatments.