Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Deerfield, IL

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Do you have questions about your oral hygiene routine or any of the dental services we offer? Below, we’ve compiled our answers to some of the most frequently asked dental questions that we receive. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

What’s the best tooth replacement option?

It’s important to note that everybody’s mouth is different, which means there’s no “best” tooth replacement solution across the board for each patient. The only way to learn which restorative procedures would work for you is to visit our team for a consultation.

We offer a wide array of restorative treatments, including in-office dental implant placement and restoration, which is a modern and highly recommended option.

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

It’s recommended that you change out your toothbrush once every three months, whenever you notice the bristles are beginning to fray, or after you’ve gotten over being sick. This will prevent bacteria from building up on the head and transferring to your mouth.

Why is it important to get dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are an incredibly important part of your routine checkups because they help Dr. Jacob see any problems that can be developing below the gumline. Some of the issues that we can diagnose with X-rays include:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Tooth infections
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Interproximal cavities (cavities that form between teeth)

What is a prosthodontist?

Unlike a general dentist, a prosthodontist has chosen to specialize in a certain area of dentistry. More specifically, treating and diagnosing dental problems like missing teeth and TMJ disorder. In order to call themselves a prosthodontist, a dentist has to complete an additional three years of advanced training in the field at a CODA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program.

Is your in-house membership plan the same thing as dental insurance?

Our in-house membership plan is great for patients who just need basic preventive care like bi-annual checkups and cleanings. It works similar to dental insurance, in which you pay a fee to receive coverage for certain services, but it’s not an exact substitute for dental insurance. It simply offers discounts on services other than preventive visits.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, the first step you should always take is to call our dental office. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid and try to schedule you for as soon as possible.