Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Staten Island, NY
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The more opportunities we have to teach our patients about their oral health, the better. We believe that taking the initiative to learn more about dental care results in a smile that is brighter and healthier overall. Below, you can find a handful of the most common questions our patients ask us as well as our detailed answers regarding dentistry. Do you have a question or concern on your mind? Get in touch with us and let us know as we’re always ready to help.
How often should dental checkups be done?
We recommend that regular checkups and cleanings occur every six months (or twice a year) to avoid minor oral health problems and prevent them from becoming dental emergencies. This is one of the most effective ways to avoid tooth decay and gum disease from developing.
How can I relax during dental visits?
We understand that many people feel nervous when they visit for dental care, which is why our team goes above and beyond to accommodate their needs. The easier it is for you to stay calm during appointments, the better. We always encourage patients to ask us about our multiple sedation methods, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, both of which have helped many manage their dental anxiety.
If my tooth hurts, should I schedule an emergency appointment?
You might think it’s worth it to wait and see if your tooth pain will go away without treatment, but the fact of the matter is you should never wait too long to receive necessary care. Start by rinsing your mouth and flossing to remove any food debris. However, if pain persists, don’t wait more than 48 hours to call. Remember, toothaches are often connected to dental infections that the body won’t be able to treat on its own and require professional care.
Do I need metal braces to straighten teeth?
Nope! There are many instances where both adults and older teenagers can choose Invisalign as an alternative. Rather than having multiple brackets and long arch wires that are easily noticeable, you can wear a virtually undetectable clear aligner made from medical-grade plastic. Not only will these clear aligners not get in the way of your smile, but you can remove them to enjoy your favorite foods, rather than relearn your oral care regimen or change your diet. Just make sure to ask Dr. Gizachew about Invisalign if you’d like to address crooked teeth or an uneven bite.
How should I replace missing teeth?
It depends on the number of teeth you are missing and what remaining healthy teeth you currently have. In most cases though, we recommend dental implants because of their functionality, esthetics, and longevity. After all, dental implants are the only treatment that’s proven to continue functioning even after 30 years of use.
Can you make my smile look more attractive?
At NU Dental Staten Island, we have several options to consider when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. This includes metal-free restorations, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and in-office/take-home teeth whitening. As long as you have healthy teeth, you can correct any number of imperfections. Just call us to set up a cosmetic consultation today!
Do you accept dental insurance?
Our dental office is currently in-network with multiple dental insurance plans. However, we are also happy to offer out-of-network savings. Please call our dental office directly with your policy information so we can detail the kind of coverage you can expect. If you have any other questions about your insurance, let us know.