Frequently asked questions
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Dr. Diana Bass has experience in all aspects of dentistry including aesthetic and functional restorative dentistry, crown and bridge restorations, oral surgery, root canals, implant supported and traditional dentures. She’s here to answer these frequently asked questions and any others you may have.
It’s best to have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist every six months. Over time, even when you’re brushing your teeth consistently, hard buildup accumulates over the gum line, causing inflammation. A professional cleaning eliminates this. Semi annual dentist visits also allow the dentist an opportunity to provide preventative dental care. We can catch potential cavities and provide the proper care before it’s too late.
Call us as soon as you can to arrange an appointment. Your toothache could be caused by tooth decay, an infection, or dental trauma — you may need treatment like a filling, root canal, or tooth extraction to stop the issue from progressing. We will assess your situation and recommend the most appropriate solution.
You could just have naturally sensitive teeth, or there could be something more serious going on. Some causes of tooth sensitivity include thinning enamel, periodontal disease, or a damaged tooth. If you’ve noticed a change in your tooth sensitivity, call us to make an appointment so we can help diagnose and treat your issue.
Invisalign is a way to achieve tooth alignment without the use of traditional braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays which gradually guide your teeth into straighter formation. To determine if Invisalign is right for you, book an appointment with Bass Dentistry.
During your appointment, we’ll discuss your tooth alignment goals and make molds of your teeth. Bass Dentistry will then send the molds to Invisalign, who will create a specialized tooth movement plan, which you can assess on your next visit.
Though there can be a bit of initial tenderness or sensitivity, wearing Invisalign trays is generally painless. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not typically irritate one’s gums or lips. Invisalign trays are also removable, which makes brushing teeth easy and eating more pleasant.
After a tooth extraction, the main priority is for your mouth to form a strong, protective clot. Within the first hour, you’ll want to keep gauze securely covering the area.
Within the next few days, avoid anything that might dislodge the clot or prevent it from forming. (This includes using drinking straws.) The clot should fully integrate with the bone within a few days.
Fillings typically set quickly, so there isn’t much to worry about. However, it’s best to wait to eat until the anesthetic has worn off–you don’t want to bite your tongue!
It’s common for people to become nervous or anxious before a trip to the dentist. To help calm Bass Dentistry patients, we always walk them through the procedure ahead of time and answer any questions they may have.
Additionally, our in-house therapy dog, Fender, is a wonderful companion that helps keeps patients’ minds off of procedures. He makes going to the dentist fun.
Bass Dentistry works alongside each patient to help them strengthen their dental health and achieve any cosmetic, restorative, or alignment goals they may have. Listening to patients’ end goals helps us formulate a proactive plan to achieve them.
We also use digital x-ray imaging to inform patients of their options and educate them on best dental practices they can keep up day to day to work towards their ideal results.
Dr. Bass is a family dentist who provides general dentistry services for patients of all ages. That may sound confusing, but that’s because general dentistry and family dentistry are essentially the same. If you want to know more, check out our informative blog, General Dentist vs Family Dentist: What’s the Difference?