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What is considered a dental emergency?

Any dental problem that necessitates immediate treatment would be considered a dental emergency.  Call us immediately if you are experiencing:

  • Severe pain
  • Facial swelling
  • Continuous bleeding from your mouth
  • A dislodged tooth
What should I expect at my first appointment at Discovery Dental?

During your first appointment you will have a series of routine X-rays taken that check for cavities. If you have any specific concerns, such as tooth pain, broken or missing teeth, or wisdom teeth further X-rays will be taken to visualize these areas of concern. Dr. Shields will then do a visual examination of your mouth and teeth, and discuss his findings with you along with possible options for treatment. In most cases, only dental hygiene (cleanings) will be provided on the day of the first appointment. When you are finished with Dr. Shields the front desk team will provide you with a written quote for the treatment decided upon, and will book your next appointment for the start of treatment.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

You should bring your dental insurance information, a list of your medications and allergies, and any medical conditions that you have. You will be required to fill out some paperwork, including a medical history information card, and personal contact information, but you can save some time by downloading the forms on our website and filling them out at home before your appointment.

Why should I keep my scheduled teeth cleaning appointments?

Our recommended treatment preventive maintenance interval – often called a cleaning and checkup – will be based on your age and your dental, periodontal, and overall health.  Missing or delaying your scheduled visits can compromise your care.

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay, also called cavities or dental caries, is the destruction of tooth structure. Tooth decay is actually the most common chronic disease in adults.  It is also largely preventable. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in dental plaque, the sticky film on teeth, combines with the sugars in the foods that we eat and produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent dental caries is by good oral hygiene consisting of brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

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FAQ

What is considered a dental emergency?

Any dental problem that necessitates immediate treatment would be considered a dental emergency. Read More

What should I expect at my first appointment at Discovery Dental?

During your first appointment you will have a series of routine X-rays taken that check for cavities. If you have any specific concerns, such as tooth pain, broken or missing teeth, or wisdom teeth further X-rays will be taken to visualize these areas of concern. Dr. Read More

What should I bring to my first appointment?

You should bring your dental insurance information, a list of your medications and allergies, and any medical conditions that you have. Read More

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