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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Lawrence, KS

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Have a question about your dental care? Before you go searching online, you’ll find answers to some of the most popular dental-related questions below, all from a dentist right in your area! And, if you’d like to know more about anything that isn’t covered on this page, you can always give Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence a call.

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The average person should visit a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. People should also schedule an appointment if they experience any uncommon or unpleasant oral symptoms, like pain. When it comes to oral care, focusing on prevention and acting quickly when an issue arises are the best methods to achieve and maintain a healthy smile!

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Dental sedation works by slowing the mind down, which helps reduce anxiety, and it also dulls a patient’s senses, so any unpleasant sounds, smells, or sensations become muted and easy to ignore.

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Yes. In fact, nitrous oxide sedation is so effective for younger patients that it has been used for well over 100 years. For more advanced methods of sedation, we monitor a child’s heart rate and breathing throughout the procedure to ensure they are safe the entire time.

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Minor cavities can usually be repaired in a single appointment with a tooth-colored filling, but for more extensive damage or decay, we may recommend fitting you for a crown. The process of designing, milling, and placing it takes two appointments on average.

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For most people, our dentists would highly recommend dental implants, because not only do they replace an entire tooth (which no other method does), but they are also the only restoration that stimulates the jawbone and prevents the bone loss that develops after tooth loss. They are also proven to last multiple times longer compared to traditional bridges and dentures.

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First, rinse and floss around the tooth, as dental pain can sometimes be caused by a piece of food being caught between the teeth. If this doesn’t help, go ahead and give us a call. You might have a small cavity or minor crack, in which case coming to see us right away will allow us to take care of the problem before it becomes any worse.

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Probably yes! Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence is in-network with Delta Dental Premier as well as BlueCross/BlueShield, and we’re happy to work with many other popular plans as well. To learn how we could use your coverage at your next appointment, be sure to give our team a call.