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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Fairfax, VA

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If there’s anything that you’re uncertain about when it comes to your care, let us know right away; Dr. Murray and the rest of our team can answer your questions and steer you towards the services that best address your needs. Here are just a few examples of common questions that we’ve heard.

How Many Times Should I Visit the Dentist Each Year?

All patients, no matter how old or young they are, should have at least two dental checkups and cleanings each year to prevent tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other avoidable oral health problems. You might need to make more frequent appointments depending on the state of your mouth and your risk for certain diseases.

What Should I Do If I’m Dissatisfied with How My Smile Looks?

That depends on what kind of changes you’re thinking about! A few cracks throughout your smile can be hidden with some well-laced veneers, and a whitening procedure can get rid of stains that store bought products would have no effect on. There are many cosmetic treatments to consider; schedule a consultation so that you can discover the one that’s right for you.

Will I Need Braces for Crooked Teeth?

Not at all! In fact, many adults can enjoy shorter, more enjoyable orthodontic treatments thanks to a see-through alternative to braces: Invisalign. These clear plastic aligners won’t stand out when you smile, and they can be removed whenever you eat. You might receive Invisalign to deal with mild to moderate alignment issues in your teeth and jaw.

Is It Okay to Leave Missing Teeth Alone?

It’s generally inadvisable to leave a gap in your smile empty. The other teeth will drift out of their proper alignment, and they’ll be more vulnerable to the improperly distributed pressures of biting and chewing. It’s better to get dentures, a dental bridge, or dental implants as soon as you can to avoid the long-term consequences of missing teeth.

What Does It Mean When I Have Sensitive Teeth?

It could actually mean one of several things. Your enamel could have simply gotten thinner with age, or the roots could have become exposed due to gum recession. In some cases, sensitivity is even linked to severe tooth infections. There are a few things you can do at home to make your sensitive teeth more comfortable, but you should have a proper examination done in the near future so that we can narrow down the cause and take appropriate steps.

Can You Help Patients Who Haven’t Seen the Dentist for a While?

Of course! We understand that many people might have been unable or reluctant to seek dental care for a long period of time, and we’re happy to offer the judgment-free care these patients deserve. Whether you just need your first cleaning in years or a smile makeover, we’re here to help.

Is My Dental Insurance Accepted Here?

We accept Cigna, MetLife, Delta Dental, and many other plans, which you can find listed here. Call us if you don’t see your own plan; there’s a good chance that we can still take it. We can also help you apply for third party financing through CareCredit if you don’t have insurance of your own.

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