Dental FAQs

Anxious Patient

Q: I really don’t like visiting the dentist; is there anything you can do to help me relax?

A: Many people are uncomfortable with visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest
Priority, and our office is designed so that you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit. For entertainment and distraction, stereo headphones with music are welcomed so you can keep your mind on more pleasant things. Nitrous oxide is also offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Bad Breath

Q: I brush every day, but my breath is just not fresh. Is there anything else I can do?

A: Millions of people struggle with halitosis, (bad breath) despite daily tooth
brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing; daily flossing and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings and, careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several alternative solutions.

First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue significantly alleviating odor. Or we can recommend a specially- prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break down the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, if we suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or another underlying condition, we may recommend a visit with your family physician or with a specialist in order to identify the cause.

Crowns

Q: What is a crown and why might I need one?

A: If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is probably either to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away at healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed, leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth, while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long-lasting smile.

Digital X-rays (Radiographs)

Q: I know I need X-rays, but I’d prefer to not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-rays?

A: Yes, we do offer digital X-rays. (Radiographs) Digital X-rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film based X-rays. You will find that in our dental practice, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that best promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.

Fluoride

Q: How does fluoride help my teeth?

A: Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth-usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam-that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or in mouthwash. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use any of the professional strength, fluoride varnish, gel or foam products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Improved Smile

Q: I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

A: Dr. Wohlers has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk further with you about the option that best suits your individual situation.

Losing/Missing a Tooth

Q: How can losing a back tooth affect my smile?

A: Losing a back tooth will darken your overall smile making it look smaller and narrower. Your smile will appear to stop short, and the look will be exaggerated if your missing
tooth has teeth on both sides of it. Function during chewing will also be reduced, and
function of many teeth can be affected by losing just one tooth. When you are missing a tooth, you compensate by chewing differently, putting pressure on different parts of your mouth. This can cause your other teeth to shift, creating gaps and spaces, and may
even cause fractures that result in additional tooth loss or in the need for restorations.

Q: What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

A: By replacing missing teeth (either with a bridge or with an implant), you will alleviate the problems associated with a missing tooth and will restore your smile to its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.

New Patient/First Appointment

Q: What can I expect from my first appointment?

A: During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with
a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical / dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, your teeth, and your gums. Digital photos and X-rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth, and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as many of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We will also assess your gums and will recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you.

Q: Do you accept new patient referrals?

A: Over the years patients have given us the compliment of referring family and friends to our practice. Our reputation for excellent dental care depends on two things: our good work and your beautiful smile! Your confidence in our care motivates us to continue to strive for excellence. Thank you for your referrals. Your trust and support are greatly appreciated.

Nighttime Gritting of Teeth/Nightguard

Q: My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this and what can I do about it?

A: Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard. A custom fitted night guard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Dr. Wohlers take great care in making sure you have a proper fit in order to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask us about having a night-guard custom created especially for you.

Payment

Q: I want cosmetic dentistry. Does my insurance pay for it?

A: Dental insurance is designed to assist you in paying for your dentistry. Most procedures are not fully covered by your insurance. Cosmetic dentistry, in particular, is not covered by most dental insurance plans. To help you afford your smile, however, we offer a variety of payment options in addition to a monthly payment plan provided by our financial partner, Care Credit® We also pay special attention to maximizing the benefits that your insurance does provide. Ask us how you can comfortably afford your dentistry while maximizing your dental insurance benefits.

Q: What different payment options do you accept?

A: Helping to make your dental care financially comfortable and affordable is important and we proudly offer a variety of options:

• Visa®, Mastercard® Discover®, and American Express®
• Cash
• Personal checks
• Financing through CareCredit™ -custom code needed Get from Martha

We are happy to estimate fees and insurance reimbursement before beginning your recommended treatments and will gladly file insurance forms for you.

Optimal, comprehensive dentistry is what we practice, and we do not base our treatment on what insurance will or will not pay. We base our treatment on what is best for you, and any treatment not paid by insurance is your financial responsibility.