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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Want to know how we can make your smile look better or when your child should come to see us for the first time? If so, you’ve come to the right place! On this page, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we get every day. If you still have a question after reading them all, please feel free to contact us and ask! We’re always happy to take the time to make sure you completely understand your dental care.

How often should I visit my dentist?

According to our own Dr. James R. Nelson and the American Dental Association, patients of all ages should visit their dentist at least twice a year in order to prevent dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and more.

 When should my child have their first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should see a dentist within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. You can remember it like this, “ The first visit by the first birthday.”

What can you do about my cavity?

We can fix it, that’s what! If your cavity is relatively small, we can probably fix it in one visit using a tooth-colored filling. However, if the damage is a little more severe, we may choose to use a dental crown. In either case, we’ll make sure your newly repaired tooth is strong, durable, and completely natural-looking.

Do I really need to replace my missing teeth?

Yes! Missing teeth are much more than an aesthetic issue. They can make you much more vulnerable to developing gum disease and bone loss, both of which can cause even more teeth to fall out! Fortunately, we can rebuild your smile with a variety of treatments such as dental bridges or dentures. 

However, for the most permanent solution, we may suggest that you get dental implants. They are simply the best tooth replacement option available today, offering the most when it comes to security, longevity, AND aesthetics with just one treatment.

Do I have to get braces to straighten my teeth?

No, you don’t! Our practice actually offers Invisalign, which is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that is perfect for working adults and self-conscious adolescents who don’t want to alter their appearance with bulky metal braces. It uses clear plastic aligner trays to gently straighten the teeth, and their appearance is so subtle that absolutely no one will notice that you’re wearing them!

Will my root canal be painful?

Absolutely not! Root canals are used to treat teeth that have suffered damage deep inside them where the sensitive nerve resides. This can create the mother of all toothaches, and root canals are actually the best way to relieve this kind of pain. Most people think the procedure is painful because of movies and TV, but thanks to anesthesia and sedation, getting a root canal is now no more painful than getting a filling.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

We accept a long list of dental insurance plans, and we’re also in-network providers for many of them. To see a complete list of plans we can work with, just click here.

RealSelf Q&A with James Nelson, DDS