Frequently Asked Questions for Your Emergency and Cosmetic Dentist
What Is a Dentist?
A dentist, including any emergency and cosmetic dentist, is a specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Our doctors have completed many years of medical schooling in order to practice dentistry. In dental school, one can receive either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. Some doctors specialize in pediatric dentistry as well, which means that they work with children from infancy up through their teenage years. There are other specializations that a dentist may go to school for:
- Oral and maxillofacial (includes pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Endodontics (specialization in root canals)
- Periodontics (specialization in gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (specialization in dental implants)
What Is Dentistry?
Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of disorders and diseases of a patient’s teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Dentistry performed properly is necessary for complete oral health and it has a significant impact on the health of a patient’s entire body.
What Is an Emergency Dentist?
An emergency dentist specializes in offering emergency dental care. This means that our dentistry in Louisville, KY provides urgent care to patients that otherwise find it difficult to make a same-day appointment with their own dental office. Essentially, it is 24 hours of emergency dental services, 7 days a week.
What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?
A cosmetic dentist concentrates on improving the aesthetics of your smile. Suppose you find yourself uncomfortable with smiling in front of others or for the camera. If this sounds familiar, you should definitely consider talking with a dental professional. At Magnolia Dental, we provide multiple cosmetic dental services.
Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?
At Magnolia Dental, we know how busy life can be. Fitting a dental appointment into your busy schedule seems to be one of the most difficult things you have to do. Proper oral hygiene is difficult to maintain. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing after every meal will keep many oral hygiene problems away, but not all. Scheduling a cleaning at Magnolia Dental twice a year is highly recommended to maintain proper oral hygiene and catch problems before they become costly and painful.
Do I Need to See a Dentist Even If My Teeth Feel Fine?
It’s very important to schedule regular cleanings at Magnolia Dental. Our dentists recommend coming in twice a year, because many dental problems don’t show symptoms at first. Not only can we identify problems before they become painful and expensive, but we can also help to keep your smile looking fantastic. We know how important it is to feel comfortable with your smile. This is why we offer many treatments to help improve patient aesthetics.
What’s a Dental Cleaning Like at Magnolia Dental?
Sixth-month cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. At Magnolia Dental an appointment will include a full oral examination, oral cancer exam, professional x-rays to catch cavities, and a full cleaning by our amazing hygienists. Your cleaning will remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth.
The dentist will coordinate with your hygienist and recommend a treatment plan for any problems we find. We’ll also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.
Please call our office at 502-709-9430 to schedule an appointment or for any additional questions.
At What Age Should I Bring My Child to See the Dentist?
Dental professionals as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that children begin receiving professional dental care as early as six months of age. This is when a child’s teeth begin to show. The dentist will be able to examine the health of your child’s first few teeth and make recommendations.
When Should I Change My Toothbrush?
The dentist recommends changing toothbrushes at least every three months. If you’re using an electronic toothbrush, make sure to check the recommendation of the type of toothbrush, because you may not have to change the head of the brush as often. For patients with gum disease, our dentists recommend changing your brush more often than every three months. Also, after brushing it’s very important to wash and rinse your brush out with hot water. This will kill germs and bacteria and keep your toothbrush clean.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. Plaque and bacteria build up in a patient’s mouth over time. When this buildup is not curbed by effective brushing and flossing, it can lead to gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, certain medications, and genetics. Advanced forms of periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss as well as permanent damage. The dentist recommends brushing and flossing every day as well as scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best ways to fight gum disease. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are the following:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Abscessed teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth and/or loss of teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at 502-709-9430 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our highest concern.
Do You Accept Insurance?
At Magnolia Dental in Louisville, we accept most insurance and PPO plans but check with us to make sure. Please call our office for more information about insurance at 502-709-9430. Prior to calling, please have your insurance information ready. Also, plan to pay your copay or deductible portion at the time of service.
What Payment Methods Do You Accept?
For your convenience at Magnolia Dental, we accept cash, checks, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover. We also accept payments via Paypal and Venmo. If none of these payment methods suit your needs, we also provide payment plans through our office or third-party financing through Care Credit. We also provide discounts for those able to pay in full at the time of service. If you have any more questions regarding payment methods, please give us a call at 502-709-9430 and we’ll do our best to find the right solution for you.