Questions

How often should I visit La Grange Dental Associates?

You should visit the dentist at least twice a year. A dental exam can reveal early signs of decay and disease that you may not see or feel. Catching these conditions early allows us to treat them in a more conservative, comfortable way. Additionally, preventive care with a Registered Dental Hygienist will help to ensure you maintain a healthy bright smile.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

You should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You should floss at least once a day as well. Our Registered Dental Hygienists can assist you in finding other ways to keep your mouth happy and healthy.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, clear film which forms every day and is 80% bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to Periodontal Disease and cavities.

Do you see children?

Yes, the doctors and their enthusiastic staff are pleased to see children of all ages. Typically a child’ first visit is around age three. It is a fun playful visit designed to make the child feel comfortable and become familiar with the preventive dental setting. If you ever notice a dark area or anything out of the ordinary in a younger child’s mouth please don’t hesitate to call for an appointment.

Do you use Digital Radiography?

Yes, Digital x-rays are captured by a sensor, not film. The images are sharper and can be manipulated for better diagnosis. More importantly, since they require about a sixth of the radiation, patient exposure is greatly reduced.

How long does whitening last?

The stain is permanently removed from the teeth. Teeth will gradually accumulate new stain as dark food, drink or smoking occurs. La Grange Dental Associates has simple long term solutions to assist you in maintaining your bright white smile.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth are very common and easy to treat. The sensitivity often comes from the fact that the gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line exposes the underlying dentin layer which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of prescription toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be performed at La Grange Dental Associates. If you experience any tooth sensitivity, please call our office for an appointment. It is important to rule out more serious dental problems.

What is the difference a white and silver filling?

Silver fillings known as amalgam have been around for decades.  Made from a metal alloy, it was the best restoration for fillings. White Fillings, also known as composites are often made of BPA free resin and glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow our doctors to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.  This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay.  Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

What is the difference between fillings and crowns?

A filling is a resin used to fill within a tooth or to cover just a portion of a tooth. Crowns are made of resin, metal, or porcelain and fully cover and securely fit completely around the whole visible portion of the tooth.

Do you take my insurance?

La Grange Dental Associates accepts all traditional and most PPO insurance plans.

How are emergencies handled after hours?

Our caring doctors are available to you 24/7 whether you are a new or existing patient.  Should an emergency arise, simply call our office. When you leave a message with our answering service, one of our doctors is contacted immediately and you will receive a call from us within minutes.