Dental FAQs Answered

At Cool Dental, our dental professionals are committed to giving you the resources and care you need to achieve a happy and healthy smile at an affordable rate. We’ve compiled a list of FAQs with answers to help you as you build your dental care plan for you and your family. Read on for commonly asked dental questions answered by our dentists at here Cool Dental, and give our office a call at (281) 444-5665 to schedule an appointment today!

What type of Dental Insurance Providers do you work with?
In addition to Medicaid and Texas CHIP, we accept most dental insurance companies. Here are few examples: United Healthcare, Assurant Dental, Aetna, Cigna, and Delta Dental.

Do you offer Payment Plans?
Although most dental procedures can be covered under insurance, we do offer an extensive list of payment plans, cosmetic procedure loans and other types of credit. Our goal is to make your treatment as affordable as possible.

What can I do if I have a dry mouth?
The basic problem in dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a lack of saliva. This can be caused by diseases of the salivary gland, medications that decrease salivary flow as a side effect or as a natural result of aging. This decrease in saliva can lead to several severe dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth infections.

The best way to combat dry mouth is to use sugar-free candy or gum and to drink plenty of water. Do not use  sugary candy or soda, as they can lead to rapid dental decay in patients with dry mouth. Several over the counter products are also available that can help with some dry mouth symptoms. If you’re concerned that you may have xerostomia, contact your dentist or physician to determine the cause and see what solution might work best for you.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?
If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as an electric toothbrush. Unfortunately, many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes.

While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in many instances they can be beneficial. Children are good candidates for electric toothbrushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about which toothbrush is best for you.

What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
When a tooth is lost, several things can happen; For example chewing on the affected side becomes more difficult and over time the remaining teeth can tilt and erupt into the open space.

Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we would most likely recommend a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.

These options have their benefits and drawbacks. If you would like more information your dentist can usually schedule a consultation to go over the specifics of your case.

It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the dentist. What do I need to do?
You’re not alone! Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, it’s never too late to get back into the routine.

At our office, we can arrange for you to have a thorough and comprehensive oral examination. Our doctors have been taking care of people just like you for over 50 years – take advantage of our experience! We’re here to help!

Why should I have my teeth cleaned twice a year?
In a perfect world, everyone would brush and floss twice a day. Since this is not the case, plaque builds up over time. Plaque is this sticky bacterial film that can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. This cement-like substance is removed by our  dentists during your cleaning visits. The six-month interval not only serves to keep your mouth healthy and clean, but aslo allows potential problems to be found and diagnosed early on.

In some instances, a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, the rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay, a 3 or 4month interval may be needed. Your dentist can work with you to determine what will be best for you.

Are dental X-rays safe?
Yes. After years of research and testing, the X-rays conducted within the field of dentistry have been made as safe as possible. Although they may give off trace levels of radiation, the specialty, lead-lined full body aprons worn by patients are specifically designed to protect the body from any stray radiation.

Can you help relieve my toothache?
Usually, yes! There is an array of measures any oral health care professional can take to help relieve your toothache. Whether you need a root canal, an extraction, antibiotics, or any other service or procedure, all our dentists are trained to uncover the source of the pain and offer a viable and immediate solution for tooth pain of all kinds.

What is a root canal?
Simply put, a root canal is a procedure that involves removing the nerve from the inside of the tooth. This is in order to remove the dead nerve as a form of preventative maintenance and pain control, as well as a means of treating the infection

At what age should you start visiting the dentist?
Ideally, most children should begin seeing the dentist around the age of 6 months or when they begin teething. In the meantime, you as a parent can help by teaching them proper dental hygiene., It is essential that your child begins to visit the dentist early in life.

What exactly is a “missing tooth clause”?
A little-known fact, many insurance companies have a clause that states that patients will not be charged to replace a tooth that was missing prior to the date in which the insurance went into effect.

What is “dry socket” and how is it treated?
Dry socket is a medical condition that occurs when you get a tooth pulled and the blood clot either fails to form properly or becomes dislodged. This can happen via the action of smoking or sucking on a straw. Dry socket is a very painful condition and dentists will typically pack the socket with dry socket paste, bone graft material, or surgical foam in order to relieve pain and promote the healing process.

I’ve heard of dental implants. What are they?
In terms of those who may have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are essentially replacement teeth that are implanted with a small screw into the jawbone. This is done to repair the smile and prevent further damage that may be caused by missing teeth.

Is flossing as important as brushing?
Yes and no. On the one hand, you definitely need to brush your teeth at least twice daily in order to keep decay at bay. On the other hand, flossing is also imperative as it gets into spots that your toothbrush just can’t. Ideally, you should floss every time you brush. However, don’t skip brushing just because you ran out of floss. Simply put it on the list and resume flossing when you have purchased more.

Does teeth whitening really work or is it a waste of time?
Do-it-yourself teeth whiteners and pastes are not the best. However, the methods used by your dental professional work well and can last many months or even years with regular maintenance

Why do my gums bleed? Is this treatable?
Gums bleed for an array of reasons; usually brushing too hard is the least of your concerns. Bleeding gums are most often a sign of periodontal disease, gingivitis, and/or other gum diseases. While many decide to brush less aggressively as a remedy, that course of action won’t treat the problem. Your dentist can come up with a much more effective treatment plan for bleeding gums — and less frequent or aggressive brushing is typically not a part of the package.

High-Quality Dental Care at Cool Dental

Here at Cool Dental, we are committed to bringing your family and you high-quality care for whatever dental treatment you may need. From general dentistry, to custom cosmetic procedures and orthodontic treatments, we have the dental care procedures you need, at prices you can afford. If we haven’t answered your question on this page, we’d be happy to do so in person. Give us a call at (281) 444-5665 to schedule an appointment today!