Frequently Ask Questions | Cosmetic Dentist in Gilbert, AZ 

Cosmetic dentist FAQs

What Is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Dentistry is imperative for complete oral health and has a massive impact on the health of a patient’s entire body.

What Is A Dentist?

Dentists are specialists trained to diagnose, provide dental treatments, and prevent oral health problems. Dr. Bingham has completed many years of dental schooling to practice dentistry. In dental school, a dentist can receive two types of degrees: 

  • – DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) 
  • – DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) 

Some doctors can specialize in pediatric dentistry, family dentistry, or stick with general dentistry. Some other specializations are:

  • – Oral and maxillofacial (includes pathology, radiology, and surgery)
  • – Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
  • – Endodontics (specialize in root canals)
  • – Periodontics (specialization in gum disease)
  • – Prosthodontics (specialize in dental implants)

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the aesthetics of teeth, gums, and overall facial balance. It enhances the color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance. 

Some types of Cosmetic Dental services are:

  • – Teeth Whitening
  • – Porcelain Veneers
  • – Dental Bonding
  • – Dental Crown
  • – Inlays and Onlays
  • – Dental Implants
  • – Smile Makeover 

Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?

We understand how busy life can be, especially with a family. Fitting in dental appointments can be challenging. But proper oral hygiene is difficult to maintain all by yourself. 

Brushing your teeth daily and flossing will keep many oral hygiene problems away, but not all. Scheduling a cleaning at Gilbert Dental Center twice a year is highly recommended to maintain proper oral hygiene and catch issues before they become costly and painful.

My Teeth Feel Fine. Do I Still Need To See A Dentist?

It’s crucial to schedule regular cleanings here at Gilbert Dental Center. Dr. Bingham recommends coming every six months because many dental problems don’t show symptoms at first. 

We can identify problems before they become painful and costly. We can help keep your smile looking fantastic by offering many dentistry services to help improve patient aesthetics.

What’s A Dental Cleaning Like At Gilbert Dental Center?

Sixth-month cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. At Gilbert Dental Center in Gilbert, Arizona, an appointment includes:

  • – A complete oral examination.
  • – Oral cancer exam.
  • – Professional x-rays to catch cavities.
  • – Thorough cleaning by our excellent hygienists.

Cleanings remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth and leave you a beautiful smile that sparkles.

Dr. Bingham coordinates with your hygienist and recommends treatment plans for any problems we find. She’ll also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.

Please call our office at (480) 571-4004 to schedule an appointment. 

At What Age Should I Bring My Child To See The Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children begin receiving professional dental care as early as six months. This is when a child’s teeth start to show. We will be able to examine the health of your child’s first few teeth and make recommendations.

When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

We recommend changing toothbrushes at least every three months or when the bristles start to fray. As for electric toothbrushes, be sure to check the recommendation of the toothbrush brand, as you may not have to change the head as often. 

Dr. Bingham recommends changing your brush more often than every three months for patients with gum disease. Also, after brushing, it’s essential to rinse your brush out to kill germs and bacteria.

Do I Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease, aka periodontal disease, is plaque and bacteria buildup in a patient’s mouth. If this buildup of bacteria is not curbed by effective brushing and flossing, it can lead to gum disease. 

Periodontal disease is also caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, medications, and family genetics. Advanced forms of periodontal disease cause bone deterioration and permanent tooth loss. Read more here

Dr. Bingham recommends brushing and flossing each day and visiting the dentist every six months as the best ways to fight against gum disease. Common signs of periodontal disease are the following:

  • – Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • – Receding gums
  • – Abscessed teeth
  • – Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • – Chronic bad breath
  • – Loose teeth and/or loss of teeth

If you have any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at (480) 571-4004 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our most significant concern.

Do You Accept Insurance?

Here at Gilbert Dental Center, we accept most insurance and PPO plans but check with us to make sure. Please call our office for more information about insurance at (480) 571-4004. Before calling, please have your insurance information ready, and plan to pay your copay or deductible portion at your appointment.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

Here at Gilbert Dental Center, we accept cash, checks, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover Card. We provide payment plans through our office or third-party financing through Care Credit. 

If you have any questions regarding payment methods, please call us at (480) 571-4004. We’ll find the right solution for you.