Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Chicago, IL

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Quality dental care is more than just ensuring patients leave with healthier, more beautiful smiles. It’s also about offering educational value that is designed to help individuals take better care of their oral health in between appointments. Do you have questions about certain treatments or dentistry in general? If so, check out these common questions listed below. Here, we’ve provided the answers to help you become more familiar with the dental field and how to ensure optimal dental health in the future.

How often should I see a dentist?

It is recommended that you visit the dentist’s office every six months (twice each year) for regular dental checkups and cleanings. These visits make it possible for our team to check for damages, decay, and other potential problems that can wreak havoc on your oral and overall health. Forgoing these visits will put your smile at risk for worsening symptoms that can lead to inflammation, infection, and chronic conditions throughout the mouth and body.

How should I handle a dental emergency?

You’ll first want to call and alert your emergency dental team to your situation. After evaluating the severity over the phone, we will recommend an appropriate time for you to come in to see us. We’ll also offer first aid tips to use at home to better manage your pain. Once you arrive for your appointment, we’ll work quickly to eliminate the discomfort before formulating a plan to address the underlying issue.

What makes dental implants the superior tooth replacement solution?

Unlike dental bridges and dentures, dental implants are capable of fully restoring the complete root-to-crown structure. This means that it functions and looks just like a natural tooth, making it virtually impossible for anyone to tell the difference between your real and artificial teeth. Consisting of titanium posts and natural-looking restorations, they can replace one, multiple, or an entire arch of teeth and last 30 years or more.

Will I need a referral for dental implant surgery?

Yes, but you can rest assured that Dr. Kushner and Dr. Becker will refer you to one of the best local specialists in the area. This individual will provide a safe and comfortable approach to dental implant surgery, ensuring that your new teeth are firmly in place for years to come.

Why are oral cancer screenings necessary?

Oral cancer takes the lives of thousands of people each year. It is a deadly disease that knows no age, which is why we believe it is important to conduct oral cancer screenings during regular dental checkups and cleanings. This allows us to identify any abnormalities that may be cause for concern. Should we find anything that requires further attention, we will refer you to a specialist who can perform additional testing.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Yes! We will be happy to accept your dental insurance plan and will make sure all paperwork and claims are filed on your behalf. This eliminates the unnecessary stress that the financial side of dentistry can induce. If you don’t see your dental insurance company listed on our website, call us and find out how we can go about helping you save the most money on your upcoming dental visit.