Dental FAQs

Please use this page as a handy reference to frequently asked questions on our dental services.

Q: How often should I see a dentist?

A: The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. If you have not seen a dentist for awhile, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Q: What should I expect during my appointment?

A: When you first arrive at The Happy Tooth, you will be welcomed by a friendly staff member who will work with you in gathering your medical and dental history. We will examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. If treatment (such as a root canal, braces or oral surgery) is necessary, your dentist will thoroughly explain why it is recommended and the benefits of receiving that treatment. The dentist will also answer any questions you have. If you decide to move forward, our treatment coordinator will discuss fee payment options and set up a treatment appointment so that you can be on your way to happier and healthier teeth.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, thoroughly clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you have.

Q: What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A: We understand that going to the dentist can make some people feel anxious. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. 

Q: Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A: At The Happy Tooth, we make dental treatment affordable and offer several payment options with our patients in mind. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim  upon receipt of your co-payment. The Happy Tooth also offers financing through Care Credit, low interest rate in-office payment plans, Protis dental care program and more.

Q: Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

A: We offer several options for bleaching teeth: in-office, overnight or daily. One session of in-office bleaching generally lasts one to two hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment. For overnight bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouth guard that fits your bite. You fill the mouth guard each day with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day. The overnight bleaching process takes approximately two weeks.

Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, too, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you want, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including exam and diagnosis of tooth discoloration before you begin any bleaching program.

Q: What if I have an emergency?

A: Things happen – and not always on a weekday during normal business hours.  To better serve our patients, we invite you to call our office as soon as a dental emergency happens. If it takes place on a weekday, we will be glad to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. For emergencies after hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

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