FAQ

Is Southcommon Dental accepting new patients?

New patients and emergencies are always welcome to our practice. We take pride in that we try and make each dental experience pleasant, thorough, and strive to care for all your dental needs. We look forward to an opportunity to provide you with excellent dental care.

When should a child have his or her first visit to the dentist?

The dentists at Southcommon Dental usually recommend children be seen at the age of three. Parents should brush their children’s teeth as soon as they erupt and limit their sugar intake, especially before bed. Do not give them a bottle with juice or milk prior to bedtime as this can cause baby bottle caries syndrome. If you have any concerns prior to your child turning three, do not hesitate to call us.

What should I expect at a new patient comprehensive examination?

As part of your new patient comprehensive examination, you should expect the following to occur:

• a review of your medical and dental history
• x-rays (if necessary)
• an oral cancer screening
• a TMJ (jaw joint) assessment to check for any chewing problems, pain in joints and jaw area and mouth opening abilities
• a periodontal and gingival assessment
• an individual examination of each tooth
• intra oral and extra oral photographs (if necessary)
• a discussion of any important findings with you.

Together, we will work out a treatment plan which will address your immediate, intermediate and long-term dental needs.

Why is it important to have frequent dental cleanings?

With current knowledge and treatment of dental disease, people should keep their teeth for a lifetime if they follow their dentist’s maintenance schedule. By getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis, you can reduce the risk of gum disease and dental decay. In addition to keeping your teeth, you will reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, low birth weight babies, and many other general health issues.

What is your payment policy?

Payment for each procedure is due at the time of treatment. A claim for your treatment will be sent to your insurance company. Following each visit, any reimbursement will be sent directly to you. We accept cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard. Feel free to discuss payment options with us prior to your treatment.

Will dental treatment hurt?

At Southcommon Dental, we strive to make all procedures comfortable by using many different techniques to achieve profound local anesthesia. If required, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and can arrange to have you seen by a doctor that can offer other sedation techniques. Please feel free to discuss this with your doctor.

Can headaches have a dental cause?

There are many reasons people get headaches. A common cause of headaches is grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. This can also cause jaw soreness and sensitive teeth. A well-made and adjusted night guard can help with the pain. You should consult with your dentist to see if a night guard will help.

Do I need to remove my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth can cause pain if the gum around them becomes infected. In this situation, they should be removed. Other times, wisdom teeth are not causing pain but they can contribute to an increased risk of damage to other teeth through improper hygiene or teeth grinding. You should therefore always consult with a dentist to see if they are an issue.

Do dental implants really work and are they painful?

Implant dentistry is a reliable way to replace missing teeth, improve the stability of many dentures and in some cases, eliminate the pain associated with sore and loose dentures. Often, they are more predictable than trying to save compromised teeth. Many times patients comment that they were surprised as to how little pain there was post-surgery. Talk to your dentist at Southcommon Dental to find out if implants can solve your dental concerns.