What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry simply refers to treatments and procedures that aim to improve the appearance of your smile, rather than for the purpose of improving oral health. It includes procedures that restore chipped, spotted, discolored, or gapped teeth. The goal is to produce a beautiful smile that looks as if no treatment was performed.

I’ve felt pressured before to go with certain dental procedures. How do you recommend treatments to your patients?

Our dentists at Capital Dental want to work together with you, our patient. We simply recommend a treatment, advise you on its advantages and disadvantages, and leave it up to you to make a decision you’re happy with.

Do you treat children or do I need to find a pediatric dentist?

We treat patients of all ages, including children. We encourage our patients to find a family dentist who can treat every member of the family, from the youngest baby to grandma and grandpa. Not only is it easier to have to make only one stop for your regular dental appointments, but it helps us provide better care by keeping a detailed history of each patient’s dental development.

I always feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Can you do anything to help with this?

We try to create an environment that is comfortable and welcoming for all our patients. For those who experience dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. We use anesthetics with every procedure that requires it, and if a patient ever communicates any discomfort, we will adjust the medicine level as needed.

I have a kid in college. Should they continue going to our family dentist or should we look for one closer to campus?

It’s recommended that your student continue seeing the family dentist. College students usually schedule appointments around break times, such as spring break, summer, or Christmas break. Of course, if they should have a dental emergency during the school year, they should see a local dentist.

I’m over 50, and it’s been a long time since I’ve had a cavity. How often do I need a dental exam?

All patients, regardless of age or health status, should see a dentist every six months for a dental exam. Older adults can be particularly at-risk for certain conditions, such as early stages of gum disease or bone loss. It’s important to see a dentist regularly so that he or she can keep track of any changes in your oral health.

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