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Do you have questions about your dental care? Well, at Ashland Dental Arts, we have answers! Take a moment to read our list of questions and answers below. If you could not find the answer here, we would love to talk with you! If you would like more information about dental topics and dental care in Ashland, Virginia, call our dentist, Dr. Gretchen Drees and the team at 804-798-7388!

What causes sensitive teeth?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by worn or thin tooth enamel, damage to your tooth, or receding gums. If you notice that your teeth have become sensitive to cold, heat  or even sweet foods or beverages, make an appointment to see Dr. Drees so that we can determine the cause of your sensitivity and determine the best course of treatment for you.

Can I prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Yes, you can! One of the biggest enemies of your smile is plaque. Plaque is the leading cause of gum disease and it also contains bacteria that can cause cavities. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, and floss at least once a day. You should also see Dr. Drees as often as she recommends for your routine cleanings and exams.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts with gingivitis, which is a mild, early form of gum disease. It can develop into a more serious condition that can affect your oral and overall health. You may notice that your gums are swollen, tender and red when they should be pink. Your gums may also bleed when you take care of your teeth. It is caused by the presence of plaque and tartar on your teeth, and the best way to avoid it is to brush and floss each day and have regular dental cleanings and checkups. Dr. Drees can give your teeth a deep cleaning to fight the infection, or you may require an antibiotic treatment or a gum graft. The dentist can also provide you with tips on how to avoid a recurrence of gum disease.

Should I whiten my teeth?

Your teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons. Dark colored foods and drinks, along with red and white wine can darken your smile. Tobacco use is another culprit. Illness, certain medications, dental damage and age can all cause your smile to dim. Depending on the cause, Dr. Drees may suggest a Zoom whitening procedure, which will produce noticeable results in a single visit! While there are many whitening products available over the counter, the treatment you will receive from our dentist is safe and effective.

Could my smile use a dental bond or veneer?

It is very possible. Remember, not all damage to your teeth requires major work. A dental bond is made of resin and is shaped around your tooth, and then hardened and polished to blend in with the rest of your smile. A veneer is a very thin shell, often made of porcelain that is placed over the front of your tooth. Although the process for each treatment is different, bonds and veneers are often used to treat chipped or discolored teeth, teeth that are not shaped or spaced correctly, or are not the proper size.

Dr. Drees suggested I get a crown. What does that mean?

Dental crowns are extremely useful in dentistry. They can be made of metal or porcelain. They are used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal or is extremely damaged. They can also be used to hold a tooth together that has a large filling and can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.

Should I consider dental implants?

If you are missing teeth, talk to Dr. Drees about dental implants. An implant is a titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone, and a prosthetic crown is then placed on the post. An implant has some distinct advantages as a tooth replacement option. Implants are sturdy, permanent, and can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. They also stimulate the growth of the jawbone, making it stronger and healthier. While most people are good candidates for dental implants, the procedure is not for everyone. You need to have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to support the implants, and if you have certain medical conditions or take certain medications you may need to look at other options. There is some surgery involved in implant placement. At Ashland Dental Arts, we do not place the actual implants. Dr. Drees places the crowns that sit on the implants and will refer you to a doctor for implant placement.

What are my options for paying for my dental care?

Please call our office to discuss your insurance coverage and payment options. We accept credit cards, cash and checks. There is a $40 returned check fee. We also accept CareCredit which offers low and no interest financing options.

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