How do I know when it is time for a checkup?
The American Dental Association recommends that all people with good oral health visit the dentist for a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months. In some cases, more frequent checkups and cleanings are necessary. Schedule your next visit before you leave your appointment, so you’ll know exactly when to come see us again. Since six months is a long time, you will receive a reminder about a week prior to the appointment.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. You will be educated on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of disease, supportive hygiene therapy may be necessary to stop the disease process and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays require up to 80 percent less radiation. Detailed images are immediately projected on a chairside monitor, providing visual aids for the dentist to explain your condition and treatment options. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals so they're earth friendly!
I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. With understanding dentists and mild oral sedation, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need and deserve.
After my root canal, will I experience sensitivity to hot and cold?
After a successful root canal, patients may experience some sensitivity. The sensation should subside over time. If after a week or two you still have problems, call us so that we can evaluate the situation and help you find relief!
How can I make my smile brighter?
We offer custom-made take-home trays with professional whitening gel for safe and effective teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home. Home teeth whitening yields excellent results – up to several shades! Two to four weeks of use produces optimal results, but if your teeth reach the desired shade before then, simply discontinue treatment.
I have old, dark fillings. Is there any hope for my smile?
Dark fillings and metal crowns can be replaced with strong, aesthetic solutions. Our dentist has placed composite resin fillings for years, and we also offer porcelain crowns.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and coworkers that we give you every time you visit.
Does my insurance cover that?
Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. For the most part, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. We accept CareCredit to make cosmetic dentistry affordable for all of our patients. If you have questions, give us a call.
What is a dry socket?
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot is lost prematurely following an extraction. This allows air to come in contact with the bone and the socket. After an extraction, we recommend that you not smoke for 24-48 hours and avoid carbonated beverages, spitting, and using a straw. These increase the likelihood of dry socket. The doctor can quickly alleviate this problem in the rare instance that it occurs by placing a soothing material in the socket.
Reserve Your Appointment Today
Located in Oklahoma City, Dental Expressions provides comprehensive family dental care for patients from OKC, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and surrounding communities. Call us today at 405-735-6600 to schedule your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. Dr. Colin Holman and our team look forward to getting to know you and your smile.