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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question for us? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We get interesting questions from our patients every day, and we thought it would be helpful to include answers to some of the most common ones right here on our site. If you still have a question after reading this page, be sure to call and ask us!

How often should I visit my dentist?

According to our own Dr. Thomas Novak and the American Dental Association, patients of all ages should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a routine checkup and cleaning. When it comes to preventing dental issues such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more, this (in addition to brushing and flossing at home) is the best way to do it!

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should have their first dental appointment within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. An easy way to remember this is, “First visit by first birthday.”

I think I might have a cavity. What should I do?

If one of your teeth has noticeable dark spots, pits, or if it’s especially sensitive, the best thing for you to do is contact our office. You won’t be able to fix the cavity on your own, and if you come see us quickly, treatment should be fast, easy, and only take one appointment.

What can I do to replace my missing teeth?

We actually have a number of treatments we can use to restore your missing teeth, and they can replace everything from a single tooth to an entire smile. If you have just one missing tooth or a few in a row, they can be easily replaced using a dental bridge. If your tooth loss is a little more extensive, however, a partial or full denture might be a better approach.

However, for the most reliable tooth replacement, we might recommend that you get dental implants. When it comes to rebuilding a smile, they’re simply the best, offering the most benefits when it comes to security, longevity, AND aesthetics.

Do I have to get metal braces to straighten my teeth?

While that used to be the case, it no longer is! Our practice can offer you both ClearCorrect and Six Month Smiles, two unique approaches to orthodontic care that don’t involve a mouthful of metal braces. ClearCorrect is practically invisible on the teeth and yields fantastic results, while Six Month Smiles can be used to improve the appearance of your smile in just a fraction of the time needed by traditional braces.

How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?

In order to treat sleep apnea, a doctor needs an extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and how the muscles work together (since this is the area that sleep apnea affects). This is exactly the kind of knowledge an experienced dentist like Dr. Novak and Dr. Doolittle have. With it, they can create custom-made oral appliances that can help those suffering from sleep apnea rest peacefully and breathe comfortably during the night.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes!  We are happy to accept any dental insurance plan, and our team will work directly with your provider to help maximize your benefits. To learn how we can work with your particular policy, please give us a call today.