Get Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are you taking new patients?

A: Yes, we are always happy to welcome new smiles to our practice. We thank our loyal clients for their referrals of friends and family. If you are new to the community you should have received our information from the Welcome Wagon.


Q: Does Dr. Hall do root canals, crowns, and bridges?

A: Yes! Dr. Hall does the full range of treatments including root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures.


Q: How often should I change my toothbrush?

A: We recommend that adults and children change their toothbrush every 3 months because toothbrushes wear out and lose their effectiveness. For some electric rechargeable toothbrushes, their brush heads are strong and need only changing every 6 months. Since bacteria can settle on your toothbrush’s bristles, you should change your toothbrush every 4 to 6 weeks if you have gum disease or any other illness. We highly recommend changing your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. Additionally, remember to always rinse out your toothbrush with hot water after each use.


Q: What do I need to bring to my appointment?

A: For your first visit, you will need to fill out a medical history form listing all medications that you are taking. In order for us to submit a claim to your insurance, we will need your insurance company, group policy number, and certificate/ID number. You may bring your insurance booklet with you, and we can help you understand your benefits regarding coverage and frequency limitations.


Q: How far ahead do I need to book an appointment?

A: That depends on what the appointment is for. If you are looking for an appointment with Dr. Hall, he is usually booked 2-3 weeks ahead for regular appointments. Emergency appointments for existing patients are seen as soon as possible. Hygiene appointments are usually available within 2 weeks. Keep in mind that early morning and late day appointments are the most popular and tend to book up quickly. The majority of our hygiene patients pre-book their next appointment to get their preferred time slot.


Q: What to do if I have a toothache?

A: Clean the area thoroughly, rinse with warm salt water or floss between the teeth to dislodge any food trapped. If face is swollen, apply a cool compress and take Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) for the pain. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.


Q: What are the symptoms that indicate the need for root canal therapy?

A:

  • Symptom 1: Moderate to severe lingering toothache when having hot or cold foods.
  • Symptom 2: Toothache pain so intense it wakes you up at night.
  • Symptom 3: Pain when chewing or biting.
  • Symptom 4: Swelling on your gum which when pressed may release blood or pus
  • Symptom 5: Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other regions of the jaw or head (e.g. an infected lower molar (back tooth) may cause you to feel pain in the ear)


Q: How common is gum disease?

A: Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems, progressing quite painlessly until it’s a serious issue. If left unchecked, gum disease can cause bone loss and the loss of teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly aren’t enough. Schedule routine visits to the dentist to keep issues like gum disease in check. At our office, we can detect gum disease in the early stages before it becomes a problem.


Q: What if I am in the early stages of gum disease?

A: Removing plaque and tartar is one step to giving your gums a fighting chance against gum disease. It’s important in the early stages of gum disease to:

  • Schedule routine cleanings in our dental office
  • Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day
  • Floss regularly at least once a day


Recent studies suggest gum disease may contribute to or be warning signs of potentially life threatening conditions such as:

  • Heart Disease and Stroke- As some studies suggest, gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke due to the high level of bacteria from the infected area of the mouth. As the gum or periodontal disease increases in severity, the risk for cardiovascular disease may increase too. According to other studies, inflammation in the gums may create chronic inflammation responses in other parts of the body. These inflammations may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes- According to the CDC, people with diabetes often have some form of gum disease caused by high blood glucose. Those with diabetes are cautioned to take extra care to brush and floss to prevent the advancement of the gum disease. We highly recommend regular check-ups and cleanings with our dental office to keep the condition controlled.
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