Frequently Asked Dental & Wellness Questions – South Portland, ME
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Whether it’s a question about dentistry in general or an inquiry about our unique approach to oral and overall wellness, we always love the opportunity to help our patients find the answers they need. You can get started right now by reviewing the answers to some of the questions that we’ve heard most frequently, which are listed below. Don’t be afraid to call us if there’s anything else you’re still worried about if you can’t find what you’re looking for on this page.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Checkup?
The answer to this question partially depends on your oral health, as patients who are already suffering from persistent gum disease or another health problem will likely need more frequent appointments. In general, though, you should plan on having at least two checkups and cleanings every year so that we can look for warning signs of oral health problems at regular intervals.
What Does “Dental & Wellness” Mean?
At our dental office, we don’t want to just address the symptoms of your oral health issues; we want to identify the cause of the problem so that we can get rid of it once and for all. To do this, we devise treatment plans that address overall wellness, not just your teeth and gums. Our treatment plans often combine dentistry with yoga, meditation, physical therapy, energy healing, or nutritional counseling. These treatments will help you build a strong body while helping you maintain a dazzling smile.
Can You Improve the Way My Smile Looks?
There are plenty of options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are an excellent choice if there are numerous corrections you want to make at once. Other options – such as direct bonding and teeth whitening – are available as well. We can use digital imaging to give you a preview of what the results will look like so that you can be confident while planning your smile makeover.
How Serious Is Gum Disease?
At first, gum disease might not seem like a big deal. If any symptoms appear at all in the early stages, they’re usually limited to redness, swelling, and some bleeding. However, untreated gum disease can destroy the tissues that hold your teeth in place, leaving you with multiple gaps in your smile. Thus, it’s best to have gum disease treated as soon as you can.
How Can You Help with My Sleep Apnea?
Dr. Parét is a qualified dentist for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, meaning she’s been trained to help people overcome sleep apnea with the help of sleep appliances. These custom-made devices help keep your airway open so that it doesn’t become blocked during the night, making it easier for you to sleep soundly without interruption.
I Haven’t Seen the Dentist in a While; Can You Still Help Me?
Of course! We understand that there are plenty of reasons why you might not have been able to see a dentist in a long time, and at no point will we judge you or the state of your smile. We’ll help you find the most efficient, cost-effective ways to improve your oral and overall health.
Will You Take My Insurance?
We are in-network with multiple plans and can file claims for out-of-network policies as well. Call us before your appointment so that we can go over your plan with you and explain the kind of coverage you can expect.