Dental FAQs


I can’t afford regular dental care. Are there some resources available to me?

No doubt, dental treatment is quite expensive and most people avoid it because they can’t afford it. At Riverview Dental, we understand this problem. Therefore, not only do we have reasonable treatment rates, but we also offer very flexible payment options, so that you can pay for your treatment according to your own budget, and convenience. We also accept major debit and credit cards throughout the US.

What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last?

Dental sealants are plastic materials that are placed in very thin sections over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They form a covering over the tooth surface, and prevent it from getting cavities. Dental sealants are usually placed in milk teeth. However, they can also be used on adult patients who have a high risk of developing teeth cavities. According to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), dental sealants can last more than 10 years if they are looked after properly. Therefore, they should be regularly inspected by your dentist to ascertain if they are chipped or worn.

Will my dental treatment be painful?

The short answer, no. Before performing any dental procedure on you, Dr. Slack and his team will make sure that you are completely pain-free and comfortable. At Riverview Dental, we use Solea, a powerful laser system that is used for performing most of the surgical procedure without the requirement for local anesthesia. This laser system not only ensures minimal scarring and rapid healing, but there is virtually no bleeding during the procedure. Also, for highly anxious and restless patients, treatment is performed under sedation to reduce fear and anxiety.

I have teeth stains. How can I get rid of them?

Teeth stains can be removed with a professional tooth whitening procedure at Riverview Dental. Teeth whitening involves the application of a potent bleaching agent, such as carbamide peroxide to chemically remove teeth stains. However, it should be kept in mind that not all types of teeth stains are removable. For instance, stains that are incorporated inside the teeth during their developmental stages are permanent, and cannot be removed through whitening or bleaching.

What are the missing tooth replacement options offered by Riverview Dental?

At Riverview Dental, we have a variety of replacement options for your missing teeth. The simplest option among them is the use of removable partial dentures to replace the missing tooth gap. Another option is to restore the missing gap with a fixed prosthesis known as the dental bridge. Finally, if your jaw bone has sufficient density and quality, a dental implant can be used for tooth replacement.

I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, then you are not alone. Dental phobia is quite common and our dental team is fully trained in alleviating your fears and concerns. We will only start your treatment once you are completely relaxed and comfortable. In addition, we also use conscious sedation on anxious patients, which helps them in getting calm and relaxed during their treatment.

When is a root canal treatment required?

Root canal treatment is required when soft tissue inside the tooth, the dental pulp gets irreversible infected. This can either occur due to prolonged teeth cavities, or due to an accidental injury to the tooth which results in an exposure of the pulp to the oral environment. The procedure involves removal of the infected pulp, and filling the hollow tooth with a non-reactive material.

How often do I need to visit my dentist?

According to the American Dental Association, the need for frequent visits to your dentist depends upon your current oral hygiene status and risk of getting teeth cavities. If you have good oral health and your dentist thinks that there is minimal risk for development of teeth cavities, then visiting your dentist twice in a year is fine. However, if you are prone to developing teeth cavities, gum, or periodontal problems, then you should visit your dentist more regularly, the frequency of which will be decided by your dentist.

Can I get my missing teeth replaced with dental implants?

Of course! Anyone who wants to get his or her missing teeth replaced, is a candidate for getting dental implants. However, there are certain requirements which must be fulfilled before dental implants can be chosen by your dentist for tooth replacement. Firstly, you must have a healthy jaw bone which has sufficient density to support and hold the implant in place. Secondly, you must be having good dental and physical health.

I need to get a few teeth extracted. Will the procedure be painful?

Not at all! Since tooth extraction is a surgical procedure, we will perform it under the effect of local anesthesia to ensure that you remain free of pain throughout your appointment. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about.

Is my treatment at Riverview dental accepted through my insurance plan?

At Riverview Dental, we accept major insurance plans such as CareCredit and Delta Dental. To facilitate our esteemed patients, we also accept all major credit and debit cards in the US.

What are the Risks of Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is usually reserved for patients who are extremely frightened of visiting their dentist. It involves administration of a sedative agent through inhalation, oral or intravenous routes to make the patient comfortable and relaxed. Although sedation dentistry has been proven to be a safe and effective method for providing dental treatment, it must be performed by a suitably qualified and experienced dentist.


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