Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Elk Grove, IL

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Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Kushner, Becker & Associates is always willing to answer our patients’ questions and clear up any confusion they may have. With that being said, there are a few questions that we get asked more often than others. Below, we’ve provided the answers to a handful of our most frequently asked questions about dentistry. Of course, you’re always welcome to call us if you’d like further clarification!

How often should I see a dentist?

Most dental professionals recommend that patients, no matter their age, visit a dentist for a checkup and cleaning twice a year, or once every six months. Even if nothing feels wrong with your teeth and gums, cavities and other common dental problems often start out subtle. With routine exams, our dentists can identify and address these concerns early on, saving you from severe oral health issues that can be painful as well as expensive and time-consuming to treat.

How should I handle a dental emergency?

The first thing you should do in any dental emergency is to call our practice and let us know what’s going on. Over the phone, we’ll evaluate the severity of the problem, and based on that, we’ll recommend the ideal timeframe for you to head to our office. We’re also happy to offer first-aid tips for managing your discomfort at home in the interim. As soon as you arrive for your appointment and we get you checked in, we’ll quickly begin relieving your pain before coming up with a plan to treat the underlying problem.

What makes dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth?

Dental implants set themselves apart from dentures and dental bridges by being uniquely able to replace the whole structure of missing teeth. Because they’re built like natural teeth, they mimic your original smile in nearly every way. Once these titanium posts are positioned in your jawbone, they can secure any number of lifelike prosthetic teeth for 30 years or even a lifetime.

Will I need a referral for dental implant surgery?

Yes, but know that our dentists collaborate with some of the best oral surgeons in the area. When you visit one of these professionals, you can rest easy knowing that your dental implant surgery will be safe and comfortable every step of the way.

Why are oral cancer screenings necessary?

Oral cancer claims thousands of lives every year, often because it goes undiagnosed until the later, deadlier stages. To detect this disease as early as we possibly can, we incorporate quick yet thorough oral cancer screenings into your regular dental checkups. If we find any abnormal sores or growths that could be cause for concern, we’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist for further testing.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Definitely! We’re pleased to be an insurance-friendly dental practice. If you have dental insurance, you can rely on us to not only accept your plan, but also to handle all of the paperwork on your behalf. That way, you don’t have to deal with any of the stress that can come with the claims process. If your dental insurance provider isn’t listed on our website, contact us and learn how we can help you maximize your savings at our practice.