Answers to Common Dental Questions
Will you care for my entire family?
Absolutely. We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child – or you, for that matter – would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer to a trusted colleague. Some children deal with dental appointments better at a pedodontist's office, that's what a children's dentist is called. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced periodontitis or problematic root canals, to a specialist for optimal care. As a general dentist’s office, our preventive, restorative, prosthetic, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call Oak Ridge Dental for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
What is an implant and how long do they last?
Dental implant restorations are a safe alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once the implants are secured, Dr. Deol will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. The life of the implant depends on your age, oral status, and personal hygiene. With proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and implant restorations to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our restorative services page, then call Oak Ridge Dental for a consultation. With X-Rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
What is a digital X-Ray, and how is it different from traditional X-Rays?
When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-Rays emit 80-percent less radiation. Detailed images are immediately available for view on a chair-side monitor in the operatory. We can transfer digital X-Rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-Rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they're earth friendly!
What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?
Well, we'd like to start by evaluating your oral health, existing smile, and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, replacement teeth, and replacing metal dental work with esthetic restorations. Call Oak Ridge Dental to schedule a cosmetic consultation, and together, we'll determine the best road to your ideal smile.
Are there differences between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and professional teeth whiteners?
Over-the-counter whiteners are not as efficient as professional-grade treatments. The whitening kits you buy at the drugstore are not customized to fit the shape of your teeth, making them messy and ineffective. In addition, they typically only whiten two to three shades. With professional whitening, you have more options. We have home teeth whitening kits that are custom designed for maximum comfort and efficiency. Each night for a week or two you’ll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to the trays, and then wear them at night. Within just a few days, you’ll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you’ll smile with confidence.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes! We work with many insurance companies and are in network with Delta Dental. Simply bring your card or claim into our office, or call to speak with our friendly insurance assistant. We'll be happy to tell you what your insurance will cover and file your claim for you.
What payment methods do you accept?
Our dental office accepts cash, check, and all major credit cards. Interest-free financing for those who qualify is available through CareCredit.