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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Dentistry has only improved over the years, including brand-new treatments and technologies that you may not be familiar with, especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve visited. That’s why we’ve included a list of the most common questions we’ve gotten from patients over the years, highlighting subjects pertaining to treatments we provide and how they can benefit your smile and oral health. If your question wasn’t listed, we’d love to help. Simply give us a call!

Do I need metal braces to straighten my teeth?

Not necessarily. While traditional metal braces may be more ideal for those with severe cases of uneven bites or misaligned teeth, many people can straighten teeth with solutions that use no metal hardware whatsoever. For example, our dental office provides both Invisalign and ClearCorrect clear aligners for your preference. Both use plastic clear aligners as opposed to metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth.

How can I improve the look of my smile?

If you have imperfections in your smile, such as stains, chips, cracks, gaps, or other issues you’d prefer to hide, we suggest you take a look at our cosmetic dentistry page. Our teeth whitening services help you achieve a whiter smile at home and in the dental office, while our porcelain veneers, metal-free restorations, and cosmetic bonding can hide even the most stubborn cosmetic defects with ease.

When should I visit the dentist?

We recommend visiting the dentist at least once every six months to ensure that no tooth decay or gum disease is present. If it’s been longer than this or you’re having a dental issue, always schedule an appointment with us to get it handled. For example, if you have tooth pain or a tooth has been damaged, you’ll want to visit right away.

How can I replace teeth?

There are multiple solutions for replacing teeth, whether it be through dental bridges, dentures or dental implants. The method you choose will largely depend on your specific needs. If you’re missing one tooth, we may recommend dental bridges or dental implants. However, if your tooth loss is more extensive, dentures may be more appropriate.

Do you place dental implants in-house?

Yes! Many people don’t realize that dentists will often work with other doctors to perform the surgical portion of implant treatment, then have the patient come back to their dental office for the restoration. At Cross Creek Dental Care, we perform every step in-house so you don’t have to speak with multiple dentists you’ve never met or travel to dental offices you’ve never visited.

Do you handle dental emergencies?

Absolutely. Not only are we able to handle dental emergencies like toothaches, broken restorations, damaged teeth, and oral infections, but we can do so many times the same day that they occur. Dr. Leon will see walk-in patients and does everything possible to get your oral health back in order. We understand if you’re in pain and need someone, which is why we’ll be here for you.

Do you take my dental insurance?

Yes! We are not restricted by the insurance plans we take. We accept all dental insurances and are in-network with many major insurance providers. We’re also happy to file claims on your behalf. If you need help paying for treatment, we recommend that you consider third-party financing companies like CareCredit or take a look at our In-House Savings Plan.