FAQs

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Scheduling

Scheduling

Yes we do! We know how hard you work and we believe you should be able to get an appointment when it’s convenient for you so we’re happy to offer Saturday hours and appointments as late as 8pm on weekdays

Sure! At One Smile Dental, we want to be your family dentist so we welcome little patients as young as five.

 

Financial

Financial

Yes! Our practice offers Care Credit. To find out if you qualify, Select the button below

We accept all dental PPO insurance plans. Even if we are out of your network, our reasonable prices mean there’s a good chance you won’t pay any more out-of-pocket than if you went to an office that was in your network. We will also file the insurance claim for you and help you maximize the dental insurance dollars that are owed to you. Please feel free to call our office and request more information at (512) 582-7970.

No, we don’t.

No, we don’t. These plans create a financial incentive for dentists to not provide care to patients. Patients that purchase these plans are told they will be able to save a lot on dental care, however the plans allow for extra charges in the fine print and patients often pay the same, if not more as someone without insurance.

Of course! Most people do not have dental insurance. This is why we offer Care Credit Financing and an in-office dental discount plan for the whole family so that you can afford the dental care you need.

 

Dentist

Dentist

We understand how you feel. The dental chair is no one’s favorite seat! That’s the reason we offer a quiet, comfortable environment with laughing gas and Halcion so you can sit back, relax and let us do all the work.

We utilize highly effective numbing gel and the Vibraject to make shots as painless as possible. Everyone agrees that it is more comfortable than in the past and most patients even tell us they did not feel the shot at all!

We mainly use Articaine at One Smile Dental. This is a newer, safer, and more effective anesthetic and most patients who have not had dental treatment in the last five years have never experienced it. This advancement means you’re more likely to get thoroughly numb with less shots than with Novocain. We also realize that no two jaws are exactly the same and we can find a place for the anesthetic that might work better for you.

You want to leave the dental office feeling fresh, not like you’ve just eaten something a child made in his backyard! Patients love the Isolite, a soft pillow to rest your mouth on while it protects your tongue, cheek, and lips and suctions up all of the water and bad taste. This means never feeling like you’re going to drown or swallow something awful.

 

Dental Care for Children

Dental Care for Children

Many adults have a fear of the dentist that started in their own childhood and our goal is to never let your child develop this fear. In order to do this, we ask that you do not tell your child scary stories about the dentist or treat the dental appointment as a punishment or something to be dreaded. Children that have not developed a fear of the dentist are very cooperative and often make excellent, well-behaved patients.

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child see a dentist after they get their first tooth. At One Smile Dental, we are equipped to treat children 5 years and older, but can provide you with a referral to a pediatric dentist that have the means to better treat your younger children.

A toothbrush will remove the bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children through adolescents only.

Primary, or “baby” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to appear.

Rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain and do not place aspirin on the teeth or gums and see a dentist as soon as possible.

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using a toothpaste with Fluoride and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Parents should take care to ensure that their children spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

Contact our office at (512) 582-7970 or the child’s dentist as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.

Find the tooth and rinse it very gently with cool water only. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Contact our office at (512) 582-7970 or your child’s dentist immediately. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Contact our office at (512) 582-7970 or the child’s dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office.

 

Dental Care for Adults

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Yes! It’s called a Snap On Smile and it really is an instant smile makeover! In just two appointments over three weeks, it can change the appearance of cracked, crooked teeth or even replace missing teeth for 3 – 5 years while you save up for that procedure you really want. You can also eat and drink with it normally and put it on or take it off as you wish. This also a great option for people that have been told they cannot have bridges or implants. The best part is that there are no drills, no shots and no high price tag!

Crowns

Crowns

Sometimes a tooth has such a big cavity or filling that it will become weak and break if it is not reinforced. This is when a crown is needed. Crowns fit over the top of your tooth and look and work just like your other teeth. They last an average of 25 years, but just like your other teeth, they require regular brushing and flossing to prevent cavities around the crown.

A root canal is only needed if the nerve inside the tooth is damaged. If your tooth is broken, but the nerve has not yet been damaged, only a crown is needed. In these cases, the crown can actually prevent the need for a root canal in the future!

Yes, we will match the color of your crown to your other teeth and since our crowns have no visible silver or gold metal, hardly anyone will be able to tell that you have it.

This is a common problem with older crowns. The metal that is underneath the white porcelain used to be hidden by your gums, but over time your gums have receded and exposed this metal. You can have a new crown made without grey metal to correct this issue and get back your white smile!

Some dental offices have a Cerec machine that creates a crown the same day as your appointment. While we would like to offer such a convenient service, unfortunately, the material these crowns are made out of is only about half as strong as traditional crowns. This makes them more prone to fracture, which would only make things less convenient and more costly for our patients. Once this problem is solved, One Smile Dental will also offer same day crowns.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are generally held in by suction, and some patients use denture adhesive to help their dentures hold tighter. Patients with very little bone can have implants placed and their denture can then snap onto the implant.

Partial dentures are held in by the remaining teeth. The partial uses flexible arms to hold onto the other teeth like a tight hug.

Yes, we offer Valplast partials that are metal-free. Patients tell us they are more comfortable than metal partials and since they are more durable, they won’t bend or break when dropped like metal partials.

Denture patients continue to lose bone over time. From time to time patients will need a reline, where more material added to their dentures to keep a tight fit.

We don’t want to send you home toothless! We’ll make you a temporary set of dentures before your teeth are removed and give them to you on the day your teeth are removed. You will never have to leave our office without teeth.

Fillings

Fillings

Yes, all of the fillings we provide to our patients are the color of your teeth. We will even use our shade guide to select a color to custom match the color of the filling to the color of your tooth.

No, we do not provide silver or mercury fillings.

After the anesthesia wears off, your bite should feel even and the filling should feel smooth to your tongue. Sometimes a new filling will be sensitive to cold, but this normally passes within a week. If your bite seems off or the filling feels rough, please call our office and we will be happy to adjust it for you free of charge.

Unfortunately, fillings will not whiten. The only way to change to color of your fillings is to replace them with another shade.

On average, fillings last 7-12 years and depends on a lot of factors. For example, smaller fillings tend to last longer than big fillings. Just like with your teeth, fillings need to be cleaned after every meal to prevent cavities from forming around them.

Whitening/Bleaching

Whitening / Bleaching

We can provide you with custom fit whitening trays and whitening gel that you can use to whiten your teeth anytime, anywhere.

Whitening your teeth will not damage them, but may cause temporary sensitivity. This sensitivity will go away after a few days, but if uncomfortable or severe, we recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne a few days before and during whitening.

Root Canals

Root Canals

All humans have bacteria in their mouths. Sometimes cavities or cracks develop in your teeth that are so deep, they let these bacteria into the nerve of the tooth causing an infection. Because of this, the nerve of the tooth dies and the bacteria will continue to live in the root causing infection until the tooth is cleaned out.

Because the nerve is dead, there is no blood flow into the tooth that can carry the antibiotic inside meaning it can only fight the infection as it leaves the tooth, not the source of the infection inside.

We also offer the option to have the tooth removed, or extracted, which will also remove all of the infection along with it. While extractions are often cheaper than a root canal and crown, you should also consider the cost of replacing the tooth can be as high as $5,000.

Some teeth have only one, straight canal and the root canal can be completed in thirty minutes while other teeth can have four or more canals that twist and turn like tree roots and take multiple hours to complete. Some root canals are so complicated that they require a root canal specialist known as an Endodontist.

Patients often think because a tooth has had all the nerves removed, the tooth will feel nothing. The gums and fibers that hold the tooth in bone are still alive after a root canal and you will be able to feel how you are biting on the tooth as well as hot and cold around the tooth, just like before the procedure.

Most root canals have a 95% success rate meaning they will last as long as the tooth stays planted in your jaw. The remaining 5% of the time, some of the infection may have been left behind or if you do not have a crown placed over your root canal or you get a cavity on the tooth, bacteria can re-enter and cause the root canal to be infected again. The problem is often solved by repeating the procedure.

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Yes we do! However, we do not remove teeth that are impacted.

Impacted is just a fancy word for blocked. The tooth may either be blocked by another tooth or by bone. Wisdom teeth are the most common example. These teeth are more difficult to remove and have a higher risk for problems during the removal so they are best handled by an oral surgeon. If you require an oral surgeon, please call our office at (512) 582-7970 and we will be happy to find one for you.

We offer laughing gas and Halcion to relax our patients and deal with any anxiousness you might be having, but we do not put patients to sleep. If you wish to be put to sleep to have a tooth removed, we will be happy to find an oral surgeon that provides IV sedation for you.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

There are two different levels of cleanings. People with healthy gums will require only a basic cleaning to maintain their oral health. People with less healthy gums or with gum disease will benefit from a deeper cleaning to restore their health.

Common signs of gum disease are bleeding gums, bad breath, bone loss around teeth, and teeth that are loose. During your exam, the dentist and/or hygienist will check your oral health by measuring your gums.

Untreated gum disease will cause you to lose bone around your teeth. After a few years your teeth will begin to look longer and become more sensitive to hot and cold. After a few more years, teeth will begin to come loose and eventually the loss of bone will require you to have your teeth removed. Gum disease is the main reason people lose their teeth and have to get dentures.

Yes, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Also, diabetic patients with gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar.