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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Rocky Hill, CT

Ask Your Rocky Hill Dentist

If you have a question about you and your family’s dental care, you no longer have to waste time looking up the answer on the internet. Instead, you can get all the knowledge you need, personalized to your situation, right from a Rocky Hill dentist here at Dental Essentials. You’re welcome to call us any time you have a dental-related question, but before that, be sure to check out our answers to some of our most popular questions below.

How often should I get a checkup and cleaning?

At least once every six months. Most dental problems develop very slowly, so this frequency allows us to catch and treat the most common issues before they cause any pain or damage.

Why do I need professional cleanings?

There are certain areas in your mouth that you likely miss every time you brush and floss, plus there are small corners of the oral cavity that your tools at home simply aren’t able to clean. The end result is a buildup of plaque and tartar that can lead to cavities and gum disease. The instruments used by our highly trained hygiene team can tackle these trouble spots and make sure your smile stays perfectly healthy.

My gums bleed whenever I clean my teeth. Is this normal?

You might be brushing/flossing too aggressively, or you may have early-stage gum disease. Switch to a soft-bristled brush if you aren’t using one already and be a little more careful when flossing. Is the bleeding still happening? If so, then you likely have a minor infection. We can take care of it before it turns serious, so be sure to schedule an appointment with us soon!

How long will it take to repair my tooth?

Minor cavities and cracks can usually be fixed in one appointment using a tooth-colored filling, but if the damage or decay is extensive, we may recommend fitting you for a crown. On average, this process takes about two appointments to complete.

My tooth really hurts. What should I do?

First, don’t ignore it! If rinsing/flossing around the tooth doesn’t stop the pain, then you might have a cavity or dental injury, in which case you should contact us right away. Even minor dental pain can be the sign of a serious problem, but thanks to our same-day emergency appointments, we can stop the worst from happening by protecting your smile.

Should I get direct bonding or veneers?

Direct bonding is better for fixing minor aesthetic flaws, while veneers provide a more extensive and long-lasting makeover. The right choice for you depends on what you want the final result to be and your budget. We can let you know which one we would recommend and show you how you would look after either procedure using our Digital Smile Design technology.

Will you take my dental insurance?

Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill participates with several PPO dental insurance plans, including those provided by Delta Dental, Anthem, and Cigna. Give us a call with your membership information handy, and we’ll give you a rough estimate of how much your insurance will cover at your next visit.