Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Services

Some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues are listed below. We would love to hear from you if you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment. Give us a call at (614) 888-2563.
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Q: Why doesn't insurance cover all the costs of my dental treatment?
Dental insurance is actually a money benefit provided by an employer to help their employees pay for routine dental treatment. Most benefit plans are only designed to cover a portion of the total cost.

Q: Are silver (amalgam) fillings safe?
According to the American Dental Association, up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury. The ADA also states that silver (amalgam) fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder. Composite (tooth colored), porcelain and gold are other options to silver (amalgam) fillings. However, in our office we primarily use the beautiful tooth colored composite restoration. Patients no longer want to use the dark amalgam fillings that were used in the past.

Q: How can I get a brighter smile?
Professional tooth whitening (bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Over the counter products are also available, but they are much less effective than professional treatments and may not be approved by the ADA.

Q: What are veneers and can they improve my smile?
A veneer is a very thin covering of tooth shaped porcelain that covers the front surface of a tooth. A veneer is used to restore discolored, damaged, misshapen or even slightly crooked teeth. Veneers are custom made from impressions or molds that are sent to a dental lab for completion. The veneers are fitted and bonded to each tooth. They can improve your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.

Q: Is pop harmful to my teeth?
Regular soft drinks contain acid and sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Diet or sugar free drinks may not have sugar, but most always contain acid. Even many flavored waters have loads of extra sugar. Always check the label!

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?
There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people the major reason is due to bacteria on the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by 70%. Some causes of bad breath:

  • Certain foods
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tobacco products
  • Certain medical conditions and illnesses
  • Dry mouth (Xerosomia)
  • Dental cavities
  • Sinus problems

Q: What if I have a dental emergency?
No problem! Emergencies happen. We realize that when you have an emergency, a long wait is not an option. We will get you in to see Dr. Tikson as quickly as possible. Call the office at 614-888-2563.

Q: I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time because I am anxious about the discomfort. Will I be comfortable?
If it has been a while since you have been to the dentist, you will be pleasantly surprised by the advances in dental care. Our friendly and highly skilled staff will provide you with exceptional and gentle care. We will explain all the procedures to help you be at ease.

Q: At what age should my child first see a dentist?
Ideally, the first dental visit should be between 2 -3 years of age. The earlier you begin to take your child to the dentist, the better chance your dentist has to prevent problems. In our office, many parents bring their children with them to their own re-care appointments. This enables your child to become very comfortable in our office. A visit to the dentist should be a pleasant adventure for your child.

Q: Why do I need Dental X-rays?
X-rays help dentists detect diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam. This includes the areas between the teeth. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save money and unnecessary discomfort.

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