FAQ

What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?

These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. 

What's the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?

 Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures. 

Do I need to have a crown placed after a root canal?

It is highly recommended to have a crown placed after a root canal as there is no longer blood supply to the tooth. This makes the tooth more brittle and is much more susceptible to breaking and/or fracturing. If this break/fracture occurs below the gum line, often times the tooth has to be extracted. 

What is the difference between silver and white fillings?

Amalgam (silver) fillings were used much more readily in the past. This material, though still a good option, does not flex with the tooth like the more commonly used composite (tooth colored) fillings.  The composite, in addition to it's flexible nature, is much more aesthetically pleasing. With the innovative bonding materials used with composite, your filling will look great and last longer.  


Which type of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use

We suggest using a soft toothbrush to avoid recession and using any toothpaste that contains fluoride. 

Why do I need to floss?

People often think that the sole purpose of flossing is to remove food that is stuck between the teeth. However, though flossing does help with the removal of food, that is not the only purpose. Flossing is recommended at least once daily, not only to prevent decay between the teeth where the tooth brush bristles cannot reach, it helps to keep the gum tissues and supporting bone healthy. 

What is the difference between a regular preventive cleaning and a periodontal cleaning?

It is recommended that you get a preventative cleaning every 6 months to maintain the health of your mouth; including your teeth, gums and bone.  If plaque and bacteria is not removed, often times by neglecting to floss daily, this plaque and bacteria will not only cause tooth decay, it can cause an infection within the gum tissues and bone surrounding the teeth - this is called periodontal disease.  When this active infection occurs, it causes the gum tissues to pull away from the teeth as well as causes bone loss around the teeth.  The loss of these tissues compromises the support around the teeth significantly.  When this happens, a regular preventative cleaning will no longer help as the active infection is already present and must be addressed.  This is when a "deeper cleaning", or periodontal cleaning, is recommended to promote healing within the gum tissues and stability in the bone.

What is a Sealant?

A thin plastic tooth colored coating bonded to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. Sealants are a safe, painless, and low cost way to help protect your child's teeth from decay. 

Do I really need x-rays?

X-rays help Dr. Davidson see cavities, gum disease, the positions of teeth still below the gum line, and other dental conditions not visible with the naked eye.

Do I have to pay extra for Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)?

Our goal is to make every visit as pleasant as possible for every patient, therefore we offer Nitrous at no cost.

What does my Insurance cover

All dental benefits are different. To find out what is covered by your insurance our office will contact your carrier to get a full list of coverage. 

I get two free cleaning a year with my insurance, right?

Most insurance companies will allow two preventative cleanings every six months at no cost to the patient as long as they have not used all of their annual dental benefits for the year.  If the cleaning is not longer preventative, the coverage may be different and falls under a restorative category, much like a filling.  At this point, we are fixing something rather than preventing, therefore insurance coverage may be different.