Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question for us? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our patients ask us interesting questions every day, and we thought it would be helpful to include answers to some of the most common ones right here on our website. If you still have a question after reading this page, please feel free to call us and ask! We’re more than happy to take time to help you better understand your dental care.
What will my first visit be like?
We reserve two full hours for a new patient visit. In the first hour, Dr. Quandt will meet with you personally to review your paperwork and discuss any concerns you may have. He’ll also perform a comprehensive exam, including taking any necessary x-rays. The second hour is reserved for you professional teeth cleaning or to begin repairing anything that has been bothering you about your smile. Visit our Your First Visit page for more information, and then call us to reserve your appointment.
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
We use a Spectra Caries Detection Aid to find cavities in their earliest stages, and often that's before you see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also use ViziLite to screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 50,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80% cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Read about our gum disease therapy and laser dentistry.
I do not like drills. Are there any other options?
We offer laser dentistry, a less invasive alternative to the traditional dental drill. With a dental laser, Dr. Quandt can conservatively, precisely, and quickly prepare a tooth for a filling or restoration. Most patients don't even need anesthetic.
I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
In your checkup, we can look for the cause of your bad breath, also known as halitosis. Some patients suffer from bad breath caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or a smelly substance produced by bacteria. With modern procedures and products to promote fresh breath, our team can help you regain your confidence!
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
I have been told that I grind my teeth while I sleep, and/or I clench my teeth a lot. Is this harmful?
Absolutely. Grinding and clenching teeth actually has a name: bruxism. It can cause tooth wear and damage like cracked and chipped teeth. These problems usually lead to pain and can also negatively affect how your upper and lower teeth fit together, which is known as your occlusion. When the occlusion is off, the jaw joints, or TMJ joints, can become stressed, which may lead to additional pain problems.
Instead of dealing with all of these potential problems, let us create a custom oral appliance to stop your bruxism. All you have to do is wear the appliance while you sleep or when you tend to grind your teeth. If you experience pain or occlusion problems, we can restore your teeth and bite as well. Call today for a consultation!
My jaw pops and clicks. What's going on?
When the jaw joints are out of alignment, you may experience clicking and popping when you open and close your mouth. Jaw joints are clinically referred to as temporomandibular joints, and when they do not function properly, the condition is known as TMJ dysfunction (TMD). TMD patients experience a myriad of problems, from chronic headaches, migraines, and earaches to face, head, shoulder, and neck pain. Oral function may also be inhibited, and patients with TMD also tend to grind their teeth. Fortunately, the condition can be corrected, in most cases, with a simple oral appliance called a nightguard. As another option, Dr. Quandt can rebuild worn teeth to correct the occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together) and reposition the jaw joints. Sometimes stress-relieving exercises or habit changes are beneficial, as well.
Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials…Where can I learn more about these procedures?
You can review our services page for more information. If you have questions about these or other dental procedures, don't hesitate to call us. We would be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.
Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. These three culprits cause bad breath, gum disease, and promote cavities. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral care easier.
Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, including sedation, implants, and laser surgery, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer you to them. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (for the structures around your teeth), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pediatric dentists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.
What are mini-implant dentures?
MDIs are dental implants that hold dentures in place, and they can be surgically implanted in one day. Implant-supported dentures create a reliable hold and freedom from messy adhesives!
Does your office use lasers?
We use many kinds of lasers for precise, comfortable dentistry…
Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, harvest and place gum grafts, reduce gum tissue for esthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.
Our hard tissue laser removes decay, replacing the traditional dental drill. We can also do bone grafts with this laser.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and implant restorations to replace missing teeth. You can learn more about these treatments on our services page, then call for a consultation. With x-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, Dr. Quandt can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.
I’ve been snoring for years and haven’t noticed any problems, why should I be concerned?
Snoring is a sign that you’re not breathing properly, and this may cause serious risks to your health. One out of eight people who snore have sleep apnea, a serious medical condition that increases risks of heart attack and stroke. Individuals with sleep apnea often don’t realize it, but while they sleep, oxygen flow to the brain and heart stops completely for up to ten seconds. This can cause serious damage to the body, in addition to causing daytime drowsiness and irritability.