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Dental Implants

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for dental implants varies depending on the specific insurance plan. While some dental insurance plans may provide coverage for implants, others may have limitations or exclusions. It is best to check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for dental implant procedures.

Can dental implants replace multiple missing teeth?

Yes, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of teeth. The number of implants required depends on the individual's specific needs and the recommended treatment plan.

Are dental implants better than dentures?

Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures. They are permanent and more stable, allowing for better chewing ability and a natural-looking smile. Unlike dentures, dental implants do not require adhesives and do not slip or move while speaking or eating. Additionally, dental implants help preserve jawbone health and maintain facial structure.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, with reported success rates ranging from 95% to 98%. The success of dental implants depends on various factors, such as proper patient selection, good oral hygiene, and regular dental check-ups.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The duration of the dental implant process varies depending on individual circumstances. It typically involves multiple stages, including implant placement, healing and osseointegration, and the placement of the final restoration. The process can take several months, allowing for proper healing and ensuring the best results.

Can anyone get dental implants?

In general, dental implants are suitable for individuals with good oral health and adequate jawbone density. However, each patient's situation is unique. A comprehensive examination and consultation with a dental professional can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Are dental implants painful?

The implant placement procedure is performed under local anesthesia and sedation, ensuring a comfortable experience. After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients report minimal pain during the healing process.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Regular dental visits, good oral hygiene practices, and avoiding habits like smoking can contribute to their longevity.


Is Invisalign covered by dental insurance?

In many cases, dental insurance plans that cover orthodontic treatment also provide coverage for Invisalign. However, coverage can vary depending on your insurance provider and specific plan. Our friendly staff will assist you in determining your insurance coverage and exploring available payment options.

Is Invisalign suitable for teens?

Yes, Invisalign offers a specialized treatment option called Invisalign Teen, designed specifically for teenagers. It addresses the unique orthodontic needs of teens, including features such as compliance indicators that help parents and dentists ensure the aligners are being worn as instructed.

How often do I need to visit the dentist during Invisalign treatment?

Regular check-ups are an essential part of your Invisalign journey. You will have periodic appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. The frequency of visits may vary, but typically, patients come in for check-ups every 4 to 6 weeks.

Can Invisalign correct severe orthodontic issues?

Invisalign is highly effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, including mild to moderate cases of crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. However, severe cases may require alternative orthodontic treatments. Our dentist will assess your condition and recommend the best treatment option for you.

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

While some patients may experience a slight adjustment period, most individuals find that Invisalign aligners have minimal impact on their speech. Any temporary changes in speech patterns are usually minor and fade as you become accustomed to wearing the aligners.

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?

For optimal results, it is recommended to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. You should only remove them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Consistency in wearing your aligners is crucial for the treatment to progress as planned.

Can I remove the aligners to eat and drink?

Yes, one of the major advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners can be easily removed when you eat and drink. This means there are no dietary restrictions during your treatment. However, it is important to brush your teeth and clean the aligners before putting them back in your mouth.

Are Invisalign aligners comfortable?

Yes, Invisalign aligners are designed with comfort in mind. They are made from a smooth plastic material, which eliminates the discomfort often associated with traditional braces. While there may be some initial adjustments as you get used to wearing the aligners, most patients find them comfortable to wear.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on individual needs. On average, treatment can range from 6 to 18 months. Our dentist will assess your specific case and provide you with a more accurate timeframe during your consultation.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by utilizing a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set, ensuring a gradual and controlled teeth movement.


Can anyone get veneers?

While veneers are a suitable option for many people, not everyone may be a candidate. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health, teeth condition, and discuss your goals to determine if veneers are the right solution for you.

Can veneers be removed?

Veneers are intended to be a permanent dental solution. However, if necessary, veneers can be replaced or removed, but it may require additional dental procedures, and the tooth may require a new restoration.

Do veneers require special care?

Veneers do not require any special care beyond regular oral hygiene practices. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups are essential for maintaining the longevity and appearance of your veneers.

Can veneers be whitened?

Veneers cannot be whitened once they are in place. If you are considering teeth whitening, it is recommended to undergo the whitening treatment before getting veneers. This allows your dentist to match the veneers to your desired tooth shade.

Can veneers stain?

Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, allowing them to maintain their natural appearance over time. However, it's important to practice good oral hygiene and avoid excessive consumption of stain-causing substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco.

Can veneers fix crooked teeth?

Veneers can improve the appearance of mildly crooked teeth, but they are not a substitute for orthodontic treatment. If your teeth require significant alignment correction, your dentist may recommend orthodontic options such as braces or clear aligners.

Are veneers painful?

The process of getting veneers is typically painless. The tooth preparation may involve some minimal discomfort, but local anesthesia is usually used to ensure your comfort. After the procedure, any sensitivity or discomfort is usually mild and temporary.

Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are considered a permanent dental treatment because a small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth's surface to accommodate the veneer. However, they may need replacement over time due to wear or damage.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for 10 to 15 years or even longer. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential for maximizing their lifespan.

Teeth Whitening

How soon can I eat and drink after teeth whitening?

After a teeth whitening treatment, it's advisable to avoid consuming highly pigmented food and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, or dark-colored sauces, for at least 48 hours. These substances can potentially stain the teeth during this vulnerable period. It's important to follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your dental professional to ensure the best possible results.

Can I whiten my teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is generally recommended to avoid teeth whitening during pregnancy and breastfeeding as a precautionary measure. Although there is limited research on the effects of teeth whitening on pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, it's best to consult with your healthcare provider and dental professional for guidance.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

The cost of teeth whitening can vary depending on the location and the type of treatment chosen. In-office professional teeth whitening tends to be more expensive than at-home whitening kits. It's best to consult with a dental professional to get an accurate estimate based on your specific needs and desired outcomes.

Can I whiten my teeth at home?

While there are various over-the-counter teeth whitening products available for home use, professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist offers more effective and long-lasting results. In-office treatments use higher concentrations of whitening agents and are supervised by dental professionals to ensure safety and optimal outcomes.

Can I whiten my teeth if I have sensitive teeth?

Yes, individuals with sensitive teeth can still undergo teeth whitening. Dental professionals can adjust the treatment to minimize sensitivity and provide recommendations for desensitizing products to use before or after the procedure. It's important to communicate any concerns about tooth sensitivity with your dentist before starting the whitening process.

Can I whiten my teeth if I have dental restorations?

Teeth whitening treatments primarily work on natural tooth enamel and may not have the same effect on dental restorations like crowns, veneers, or fillings. If you have visible dental restorations, it's important to discuss your options with a dental professional to ensure a consistent and harmonious appearance after whitening.

Can teeth whitening make my teeth sensitive?

Some individuals may experience temporary tooth sensitivity during or after a teeth whitening treatment. This sensitivity is usually mild and subsides on its own within a few days. Dental professionals take precautions to minimize sensitivity, and they may recommend desensitizing products or adjust the treatment to suit your specific needs.

Can teeth whitening damage enamel?

When done correctly, teeth whitening does not damage enamel. The whitening agents used in professional treatments are designed to penetrate the enamel and break down the stains without harming the structure of the tooth. It's important to consult with a dental professional to ensure the whitening treatment is performed safely.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results can vary from person to person. With proper care and maintenance, professional teeth whitening can last anywhere from several months to a few years. Avoiding habits that contribute to staining, such as smoking and excessive consumption of staining foods and beverages, can help prolong the results.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, professional teeth whitening performed by dental professionals is considered safe. The whitening products used are carefully formulated to minimize any potential risks or side effects. However, it's important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist and avoid overusing whitening products at home.


How much does emergency dental care cost?

The cost of emergency dental care can vary depending on the specific treatment needed. It's best to contact your dentist for an evaluation and discussion of the associated costs. Our office offers flexible payment options and works with dental insurance plans to help make emergency care affordable.

Can dental emergencies be prevented?

While some dental emergencies are unavoidable, many can be prevented with good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups. Avoid chewing on hard objects, wear protective mouthguards during sports activities, and maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of dental emergencies.

What if I have a dental emergency while traveling?

If you experience a dental emergency while traveling, reach out to local dental clinics or emergency hotlines for assistance. They can provide guidance, recommend nearby dentists specializing in emergencies, or arrange an appointment for you.

What should I do if I have a dental abscess?

Dental abscesses are serious infections that require immediate attention. Rinse your mouth with saltwater, take over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary, and contact your dentist promptly. Avoid applying heat or placing aspirin directly on the affected area, as it can worsen the infection.

How can I manage dental pain before seeing a dentist?

To manage dental pain before seeing an emergency dentist, you can rinse your mouth with warm saltwater, use over-the-counter pain relievers (following the instructions), apply a cold compress to the affected area, and avoid chewing on the painful side.

Is a toothache considered a dental emergency?

Toothaches can vary in intensity, but if the pain is severe and persistent, it may be a sign of an underlying dental problem that requires immediate attention. Contact your emergency dentist to discuss your symptoms and determine the appropriate course of action.

Can I go to the emergency room for a dental emergency?

While emergency rooms can provide initial pain relief and address certain oral injuries, they may not have specialized dental equipment or expertise to provide comprehensive dental care. It is advisable to seek emergency dental care from a dentist who specializes in handling dental emergencies.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

If your tooth is knocked out, handle it carefully by the crown (top part), avoiding touching the root. Rinse it gently with water if dirty, but do not scrub or remove any tissue fragments. Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket, or place it in a container of milk or saliva and bring it to your emergency dentist immediately.

When should I seek emergency dental care?

It is crucial to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible if you experience severe or persistent tooth pain, facial swelling, bleeding, a knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, or any other dental emergency. Prompt treatment increases the chances of successful outcomes.

What is considered a dental emergency?

A dental emergency refers to any dental issue that requires immediate attention to alleviate pain, save a tooth, or prevent further complications. Common examples include severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, abscesses, and oral injuries.

Dental Checkups

Why should I choose Damascus Dental of Mount Airy for my dental checkups?

At Damascus Dental of Mount Airy, we are committed to providing exceptional dental care in a warm and welcoming environment. Our skilled team of professionals utilizes the latest technology and techniques to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. We prioritize preventive care, offering comprehensive dental checkups that address all your oral health needs.

Does dental insurance cover dental checkups?

Many dental insurance plans cover preventive care, including dental checkups, as they recognize the importance of maintaining oral health. However, coverage may vary depending on your specific insurance plan. Our knowledgeable staff can help verify your insurance coverage and assist with any financial inquiries.

Will dental checkups be painful?

Dental checkups are typically painless. The cleaning and examination procedures are gentle and non-invasive. If any discomfort arises, our experienced dental team will ensure your comfort throughout the process. We prioritize creating a relaxed and welcoming environment for all our patients.

How long does a dental checkup usually take?

The duration of a dental checkup can vary depending on individual needs. On average, a dental checkup, including a cleaning and examination, may take around 1 to 1.5 hours. However, your dentist will provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific situation.

What are the benefits of regular preventive care?

Regular preventive care, including dental checkups, helps maintain good oral health and prevents dental problems from escalating. It allows early detection of issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Preventive care also helps preserve your natural teeth, prevents bad breath, and contributes to overall well-being.

Are digital X-rays safe?

Yes, digital X-rays are safe. They use a significantly lower amount of radiation compared to traditional film X-rays. Additionally, the use of digital technology allows for immediate image results, reducing the need for retakes and minimizing your exposure to radiation.

Is an oral cancer screening necessary during a dental checkup?

Yes, an oral cancer screening is an important part of a dental checkup. It allows early detection of oral cancer, increasing the chances of successful treatment. At Damascus Dental of Mount Airy, we use VELscope technology for a thorough and painless oral cancer screening.

What can I expect during a dental exam?

During a dental exam, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your oral health. They will examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of decay, gum disease, or other issues. They may also perform an oral cancer screening and take digital X-rays if necessary.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth using specialized tools. They will also polish your teeth to remove surface stains and provide oral hygiene tips for maintaining a healthy smile.

How often should I schedule a dental checkup?

It is generally recommended to schedule a dental checkup every six months. However, the frequency may vary depending on your oral health needs. Your dentist will advise you on the ideal schedule based on your specific condition.