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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Portales, NM

You Have Questions; We’re Here to Help

There’s a lot of information online about dentistry, oral care, and related topics, and it can be hard to figure out what’s reliable and what’s not. We encourage our patients to call us or schedule a consultation so that they can ask Dr. Thompson and the rest of our dental team any questions they have. Before you reach out, though, check to see if your question is listed on this page; we’ve gone ahead and provided answers to some of the concerns that our patients express on a regular basis.

How Many Appointments Will I Need in One Year?

We recommend that you follow the American Dental Association’s suggestion of scheduling an appointment every six months. A lot can happen in your mouth in a very short period of time, so checking for cavities and gum disease on a biannual basis gives us a better chance of catching dental problems while they’re still small and only require relatively simple, inexpensive fixes.

Can Missing Teeth Be Replaced?

Yes, and you have plenty of options to choose from! Dental bridges can be used to replace one or multiple teeth in a row, and a denture can restore an entire arch. Of course, no other restoration can quite compete with the stability and health benefits of dental implants, and Dr. Thompson has the training and technology to place them in-house. No matter how many teeth are missing, we have the solution.

Do I Need Braces for My Crooked Teeth?

While braces may be the first solution you think of for a crooked smile, they’re not always a necessity. As long as your orthodontic issues aren’t severe, you may be able to correct them with the more comfortable and image friendly Invisalign instead. Also, some minor cases of misalignment can be covered up with veneers.

Is Gum Disease a Serious Problem?

Gum disease might not get as much attention as tooth decay, but it’s no less of a threat. If it’s allowed to progress, it can destroy the gum and bone tissue anchoring your teeth in place, and it may even play a role in a variety of systemic diseases. Since gum disease often develops silently, regular checkups are crucial for catching the condition early on.

How Can You Help Me Relax?

You’ll have a gentle dentist and a friendly dental team to help you stay calm, and you’ll have two different forms of sedation to choose from depending on how anxious you are. Nitrous oxide is available, of course, but Dr. Thompson is also licensed to perform IV sedation in the case of severe dental phobias, lengthier procedures, and other situations.

Will You Take My Dental Insurance?

We take all insurances except for Medicaid and Medicare. We are only in-network with United Concordia, but patients with other plans can still enjoy a significant amount of savings.