Between Google, Instagram, Facebook, walk-ins, phone calls, and emails…we get a lot of questions about dental work and pending dental needs. We try our hardest at Cherry Hill Dentistry to pull the curtain back and give our patients all the answers to their burning questions. Here’s a list of 6 of our most frequently asked questions, and the answers to those questions.
1. How safe are dental x-rays?
Getting x-rayed at a dental office is very safe. Dental x-rays (four x-rays) produces .4 millirems. To compare that to some other popular medical x-rays: A single chest x-ray produces 2 millirems. An x-ray of your abdomen produces 70 millirems, and a mammogram with 4 images produces 13 millirems. The amount of radiation in a dental x-ray is equivalent to the exposure you’d receive from a cross-country flight…plus, we don’t get too touchy.
2. How often do I need to visit the dentist?
We’ve heard some weird answers coming from this question, so let’s set the record straight:
Most people need to only visit a dentist twice a year (every 6 months) for their regular hygiene visits. Like any other medical advice, this comes with some stipulations. If you have gum disease, or if you have a history of gum disease, your dentist will likely recommend more frequent visits.
3. What the heck are cavities, anyways?
Simply put, a cavity is a small hole in your tooth that develops as a result of tooth decay. If you don’t get a cavity repaired, the hole will continue growing; causing more pain and potentially adding new risk factors to your overall health.
4. How long will my dental restoration last?
First; dental restorations are the various ways a dentist can replace or restore your teeth. Examples include fillings, crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.
Now back to the question: Unfortunately, dental restorations rarely last forever. Just like with our teeth, restorations can break down or become loose, allowing decay to enter and cause problems. Though they may not last forever for most people, you can certainly improve your chances by maintaining great oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly to keep the restorations in the best possible condition.
5. What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
Thanks to the popularity of coffee shops like Starbucks (and the inevitable fact that coffee stains teeth), this is one of the most popular questions. Fortunately for our patients, we make this as easy as possible to combat. We recommend using the Opalescence in-home teeth whitening kit, which you can simply walk-in and pick up without speaking to a dentist in our Lincoln location.
6. I have ______ for dental insurance, do you accept them?
We currently accept dental insurance from:
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Delta Dental
- United Concordia
- Sun Light
If you don’t see your insurance provider listed, we may still be able to accept it. Please contact our office to see if we accept your insurance. We also accept CareCredit, which you can apply for at the front desk.