Lakeland Family Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We know that you probably have all kinds of questions about your dental care and the services we offer here at Lakeland Family Dental. You're in luck – we love hearing and answering questions from our patients! 

Questions mean that you are curious and involved in your own dental care, and that means that you are probably dedicated to keeping your smile healthy! We're excited to be your partners in that endeavor! 

We've collected some of the questions we hear most often, but don't hesitate to let us know if your question isn't answered here. Just give us a call or bring your questions with you to your next appointment. We're looking forward to seeing you soon! 

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The short answer - yes!  Modern scientific studies show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes.  These same studies show that electric toothbrushes are perfectly safe for your teeth and gums.  You are actually less likely to cause gum recession or tooth damage with an electric toothbrush than you are with a manual brush!


Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full 2 minute recommendation.  Electric toothbrushes can be particularly helpful for anyone who has lost or limited hand dexterity, whether due to natural aging or injury.


Adding an electric toothbrush into your oral hygiene routine can be an easy way to improve your oral health!
 

Many factors contribute to an avoidance of regular dental care. One of the concerns patients most frequently cite is financial. We want to make it easy for you to get the care you and your family need to stay healthy, so we have a number of flexible options to help you fit dental care into your family's budget.

We accept most insurance plans. Insurance plans are designed to help pay part of the cost of dental treatment, and we will gladly file your insurance claims as a convenience. It's important to recognize that insurance is a contract between you and your insurance provider. Dental insurance is not usually as comprehensive as medical insurance can be, and you may need to work within your plan's limitations. Our staff members have a great deal of experience in working with insurance and will help you understand the ins and outs of your plan. We'll also help you maximize your benefits so you can get all the care you are already paying for with your premiums!

Your payment for our services can be made using cash, check, or credit card. We also offer interest-free financing to those who qualify through a local lending company. Ask us for details!

We take safety and cleanliness very seriously at our practice because they directly impact your well-being. Our team prides itself on maintaining a clean office so you can enjoy high-quality dental care in a safe environment.

We not only meet but exceed stringent OSHA and CDC sterilization standards. That means that every instrument and diagnostic tool you come in contact with in our office is sufficiently sanitized to protect your health. Keeping you and your family safe is our primary concern in every treatment we deliver. You'll notice our commitment to safety and cleanliness from the moment you walk through our front door! 

If you have specific questions about our safety protocols, please don't hesitate to ask. We're happy to walk you through the steps we take to ensure your safety. We also believe that a clean environment doesn't have to be cold and uninviting. Even though we take great care to ensure cleanliness, we also offer a range of comforts to help ensure that your visit with us is comfortable every time. We're happy to take the extra steps to clean blankets, pillows, and noise-cancelling headphones because we recognize the enormous difference they make in our patients' comfort! 

 

Check-Ups & Cleanings


The short answer - yes!  Modern scientific studies show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes.  These same studies show that electric toothbrushes are perfectly safe for your teeth and gums.  You are actually less likely to cause gum recession or tooth damage with an electric toothbrush than you are with a manual brush!


Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full 2 minute recommendation.  Electric toothbrushes can be particularly helpful for anyone who has lost or limited hand dexterity, whether due to natural aging or injury.


Adding an electric toothbrush into your oral hygiene routine can be an easy way to improve your oral health!
 

Many of our patients – particularly our younger patients – are also under the care of an orthodontist. We want to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that your teeth are in great shape once your braces come off!

Wearing braces needn’t be a cumbersome process – we work closely with your orthodontist to make your orthodontic experience a success.

Just like your teeth, braces and other appliances can build up plaque and tartar. This contributes to dirty-looking braces, bad breath, and damage to your dental enamel. It's unfortunate to see a patient go through the time and effort of wearing braces to have straight, beautiful teeth only to have them marred by damage caused by plaque and tartar build-up.

We recommend twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and a mouthwash rinse to keep your mouth fresh and clean. We also suggest oral hygiene visits every three months (rather than every six months) to ensure that your teeth and gums remain sparkling clean and free from dangerous bacteria. Additionally, we recommend a prescription fluoride tooth gel and use of a rotary toothbrush.

Also, make sure to wear your retainer after treatment to avoid undoing all your hard work!

Traditional Crown & Bridge

When you receive a treatment plan, the services listed can be a little confusing. Dental crowns, fillings, bonding, sealants, and veneers all have a different purpose in dentistry. But how do you decide which is appropriate for each condition? Here is a little about the difference between fillings and crowns. If you still have questions, just give us a call!

What Is a Filling?

When you have decay in your tooth, it is important to remove it so that it doesn’t continue to eat away at your tooth. Eventually, when decay reaches the nerve, it will feel painful and may require a root canal.

Once we remove the decay, it leaves a cavity in your tooth, exposing it to infection, food particles, bacteria, and more decay. We need to fill it in! This is when we will recommend a filling. Fillings come in different sizes – one surface, two surfaces, three surfaces, and even different fillings on the same tooth. If decay compromises the actual strength of your tooth, we need to take a different approach. This is when we recommend a dental crown.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown completely covers your tooth. This is a restoration that we recommend when your tooth needs support and stability. Our dental crowns are designed individually for a good fit. By opting for a dental crown to support a tooth that has deep decay, a crack, fracture, or after a root canal, we can actually extend the life of your tooth.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment


The short answer - yes!  Modern scientific studies show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes.  These same studies show that electric toothbrushes are perfectly safe for your teeth and gums.  You are actually less likely to cause gum recession or tooth damage with an electric toothbrush than you are with a manual brush!


Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full 2 minute recommendation.  Electric toothbrushes can be particularly helpful for anyone who has lost or limited hand dexterity, whether due to natural aging or injury.


Adding an electric toothbrush into your oral hygiene routine can be an easy way to improve your oral health!
 

Preventive Dentistry


The short answer - yes!  Modern scientific studies show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes.  These same studies show that electric toothbrushes are perfectly safe for your teeth and gums.  You are actually less likely to cause gum recession or tooth damage with an electric toothbrush than you are with a manual brush!


Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full 2 minute recommendation.  Electric toothbrushes can be particularly helpful for anyone who has lost or limited hand dexterity, whether due to natural aging or injury.


Adding an electric toothbrush into your oral hygiene routine can be an easy way to improve your oral health!
 

At Lakeland Family Dental, we put patient safety first and we get a lot of questions about the safety of x-rays because they emit a smaller amount of radiation. We use digital dental x-rays in our Oconomowoc dental office because they are more accurate, safer, and emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. We still use protective equipment such as lead aprons and thyroid cuffs to make them even safer!

With the minimal amount of radiation that digital dental x-rays emit, they are ultra-safe. You actually have more exposure from being outside on a sunny day.

We cannot always visually detect oral health conditions because your teeth are covered in protective enamel. This is when digital dental x-rays become an important part of your diagnostic dental care. By using x-rays, we can detect decay when it is smaller, easier to treat, and more affordable to resolve.

Digital x-rays can be manipulated – zooming in, adjusting exposure and contrast, and even changing the color, making it possible for Dr. Eric and Dr. Sam to make an even earlier diagnosis, which protects your smile!

Your health comes first and we are here to answer any questions or address any concerns about your dentistry. Just let us know and we can discuss anything on your mind.

Fluoride is a safe, naturally occurring mineral that greatly improves the strength and life of your teeth.

Many communities recognize the importance of fluoride, particularly for children, and add it to the town water supply. However, with the popularity of un-fluoridated, bottled water, many people do not receive the recommended amount of fluoride to maintain strong teeth.

Fluoride is an important part of your preventive treatment plan. We'll ask you questions about your water habits and determine whether you could benefit from additional fluoride supplementation. We also recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. We may recommend that you supplement your brushing and flossing with a fluoride rinse to help keep your enamel strong and healthy, or restore strength if that is what is needed.

Depending on the level of fluoride in your water, we may recommend fluoride supplement tablets and fluoride treatments for children to protect their teeth from premature decay and cavities. We know that many people have questions and concerns about fluoride, and we want you to have the information you need to make choices for your family's health. For details about fluoride, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to address your concerns.

Patient Comfort

That's okay! Many people are worried or anxious about dental care. Unfortunately, popular media feeds into these fears and tends to present dentists as scary or mean, perpetuating this cycle of fear.

We want you to know that nothing is further from the truth! We care deeply about your comfort, and we take all kinds of extra steps to make sure that your visit with us is relaxing and stress-free. 

Some of the amenities we include in our services are: 

  • Nitrous oxide – This safe and reliable sedative will help calm your mind and reduce the sensations of the dental office. The effects dissipate so quickly that you'll even be able to drive yourself home and resume your normal level of activity. 
  • Stereo headphones and music – Headphones help drown out the sounds of the office, which some people can find distressing. By replacing those sounds with your favorite music, your appointment will seem to fly by!
  • Pillows and heated blankets – Everyone has different levels of comfort and personal temperatures. We don't want you to feel chilly, so we'll help you get snuggled up in one of our comfortable blankets. Pillows will gently cradle your head while we take care of your treatment. 
  • Essential oil aromatherapy – Who says a dental office has to have a "medical" smell? We'd prefer to work in an environment that smells like a soothing spa, and we know it's much more comfortable and inviting for our patients as well! 
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