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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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At Clarkson Dental Group, we believe that the better informed our patients are, the better they can make good decisions about their oral health.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

General Dentistry

No. Think of the bacteria producing plaque and calculus on your teeth like a splinter in your finger that has become infected. If you took an antibiotic to treat the splinter in your finger then you may feel a little better, but the splinter is still present. Only until you completely remove the irritant, the splinter, can you begin to heal. The same is true for the deep cleaning treatment to remove the bacterial plaque and calculus causing gum disease. Once removed, it too will allow the body to heal and return to a non-diseased state.

We work with most insurance plans to help our patients achieve optimal oral health.

Dr. Mahlin is not a member of any “network.” Here is why:

Dental insurance plans offer a package of covered benefits. Your needs may or may not be covered. Dr. Mahlin's responsibility is to work for you and in your best interest. Dr. Mahlin does not work for the insurance company.

As an educated consumer, you must be very careful; there are dental offices that do not explain all of your treatment options because the insurance does not pay for some of those options. This, in Dr. Mahlin's opinion, is wrong. We believe that all options, and the advantages and disadvantages of each, must be fully explained to our patients. Then you can decide which course of action is right for you.

Typically, there are two types of dental insurance:

  1. You must see a participating "in-network" dentist in order for your insurance to pay.
  2. You can go to any dentist you choose, whether "in" or "out" of network and your insurance will pay.

Whether they have insurance or not, our patients tell us they come to our office because they wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

If you have further questions, please email us or give us a call. Or you can schedule an appointment with our Chesterfield office.

It is best to replace your toothbrush once every 3-4 months. If you are unsure how long it’s been, simply look for frayed toothbrush bristles. In addition, it is also advised to replace your brush sooner if you have been sick.

When overall dental health is present, it is recommended you visit the dentist every 6 months to ensure you maintain optimal oral health. If there is a history or current indication of infection, more frequent dental care will be advised.

Approximately 75% of adults experience some form of anxiety in relation to obtaining dental care. You are not alone and should not be embarrassed. Open communication with our office regarding your anxiety will allow us to create a custom care plan that allows you to obtain the treatment you deserve with your comfort and safety in mind.

Also know has pyorrhea of the gums, periodontal or gum disease is caused by bacteria. Improper or infrequent oral hygiene allows bacteria to form plaque and calculus around the teeth and gums. The bacterial plaque and calculus formation cause the gums (periodontium) to become inflamed and results in bone loss.

General dentistry’s primary focus is to provide routine basic and preventative care. Patients who are concerned with the how their teeth look, may consult with a cosmetic dentist.  A cosmetic dentist has further enhanced their skills in the aesthetic treatment(s) they can provide.

Toothaches can be very inconvenient and present in many ways.  The cause of your toothache is usually not limited to a single cause and your pain is an indication of a more serious problem.   It is important to see your dentist at soon as possible. 

man holding jaw from toothacheHome-Care Tips to Alleviate Tooth Pain

Until you can visit with your dentist, these home-care tips can potentially alleviate some of your pain:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain (OTC) medication as directed to relieve moderate pain.  The most effective OTC medication is ibuprofen (Advil) or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) like aspirin.  NSAIDs are the best pain relievers for a toothache.
  • Avoid chewing or using the tooth 
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the outside of your cheek
  • Elevating your head and not laying completely flat can help alleviate pain.
  • Utilize warm salt water rinses
  • If the pain is severe, and/or you have trouble breathing or swallowing, then report immediately to your nearest Emergency Room for urgent care.

Contact Our Chesterfield, MO Dental Practice

The sooner you can have your toothache evaluated and treated by your dentist, the more comfortable and effective your care. Permitting a toothache to linger for a longer period of time can cause irreparable damage to your tooth and supporting structures. If we can help or you need any further information, please contact our Chesterfield office.  

 

Some five million teeth are knocked out every year, according to some studies, and if your tooth is one of them, try not to panic. The first thing to do is locate the tooth, picking it up only by the crown; avoid touching the roots of the tooth. If you can, put the tooth back in its socket. If that isn’t possible, you can try putting it between your cheek and gum to keep it moist.

It’s crucial that you get to the dentist quickly—within a half-hour, if possible—if there is any chance of saving the tooth. The longer you wait to get to the dentist, the less likely it is that reimplantation will be successful.

Because it’s not uncommon to have a knocked-out tooth, it might be worthwhile to purchase a save-a-tooth container to keep in your first aid kit. The kit is available in many pharmacies.

It’s best to avoid getting a tooth knocked out in the first place, and although some traumas cannot be avoided, some can.

  • Be sure you and your children wear mouthguards when playing sports to protect your teeth.
  • Wear your seatbelt in vehicles to help avoid trauma.
  • Walk away rather than engage in a fight.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools or chew hard items such as ice and jawbreakers.

If you experience a knocked-out tooth or some other dental emergency, be sure to give us a call.

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