Frequently Asked Question

Our goal is to provide our patients with the best care possible and we believe education is one of the best tools to help them achieve their oral health goals. Below is a list of frequently asked questions to better familiarize yourself with the services we offer in our office.

If you have any other questions regarding your oral health, please ask Dr. Schomaker the next time you are in her chair!

  1. How often should I go to the dentist?
    • People who have healthy teeth and gums should go to the dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. For people who have various conditions such as bleeding gums, periodontal disease, excessive tooth decay, diabetes, pregnancy, and dry mouth, for example, many dentists recommend more frequent cleanings in order to control the factors that contribute to these health problems.
  2. Can dental implants be removed?
    • If there is a problem with a dental implant, an oral surgeon or periodontist may be able to remove it. One reason a dental implant may need to be removed is if there is severe bone loss around an implant or infection in the bone surrounding the implant.
  3. Why should I get fluoride treatments?
    • Dental fluoride is used to strengthen the enamel of teeth in both children and adults. Teeth are continually subjected to acid attacks due to eating and drinking sugary foods and drinks, or foods that are highly acidic, like carbonated beverages (even “diet” sodas!). These acid attacks can cause cavities in teeth. Patients who take medications that cause dry mouth are also susceptible to cavities. Fluoride treatments can also decrease sensitivity caused by gum recession and root exposure, and reduce the chance of cavities forming at the root surface of teeth.
  4. What is the difference between dental implants and veneers? 
    • Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. First, a metal cylinder (dental implant) is surgically placed in the jaw bone, similar to the root of a tooth. To replace a single tooth, a crown can be attached to the dental implant. If all of the teeth are missing in the jaw, a denture can be attached to multiple implants placed in the bone. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are custom made to fit over the front surface of a tooth or teeth. These are bonded to a tooth that has been prepared by a dentist. Veneers can be used to change the shape and color of teeth. They can also be used to make the teeth appear straighter and to close spaces between teeth.

     

  5. Are dental X-rays harmful?
    Dental X-rays are vital to accurately diagnosis and treat for your healthcare. You are exposed to a very small amount of radiation from a dental X-ray. What is a very small amount? One set of annual X-rays is equivalent to 1-day of “background radiation.” Background radiation is a little amount that is transmitted to us from the sun, rocks, buildings, air, and water on a daily basis. Modern conveniences that we all love also give off radiation, including television, cell phones, smoke detectors, and microwave ovens.

    Dental X-rays use only the minimal amount of radiation required to produce the image. In addition to this low level of use, our Orchard Hill Dentistry staff ensures we provide our patients with added protection by adhering to the following protocols:

    • Only perform X-rays as needed
    • Use up-to-date equipment
    • Provide a protective shield, including thyroid collars
    • Child-size exposure times

     

  6. Why is dental hygiene important to my overall health?
    Consistent daily hygiene and bi-annual dental check-ups at Orchard Hill Dentistry will keep oral bacteria that cause decay and gum disease at a healthy level. We all have bacteria in our mouth. If we do not brush our teeth and floss daily, then bacteria will be allowed to multiply to unhealthy levels, and the consequences will result in excessive bacteria growth, inflammation, and ultimately, disease.We have learned this disease can manifest, not only in the mouth, as in gum disease, but because the mouth is a window, so to speak, to other areas of our body, it can “travel” to organs and arteries and cause inflammation in those parts of the body, also. The swelling in organs and other parts of our body can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preterm birth.

Our team at Orchard Hill Dentistry wants you to be as healthy as possible. This is why we continue to educate our patients about the importance of daily, oral hygiene, and bi-annual check-ups.

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Monday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM