Frequently Asked Questions
At Brunswick Dental Health Associates, we understand that some patients may have questions about their dental care. To help you feel more comfortable and informed when you visit our dentists in Brunswick, Maine, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. We invite you to read through the questions below. If you have any further questions about what you can expect during your visit, we welcome you to call our office today. We are always happy to help!
Yes, we are always accepting new patients. Call and book today at 207-729-6531.
Do you take my insurance?
We do submit to all insurances, but whether or not we are in network with that particular insurance plan and how the specific plan is written will determine coverage.
Why and how often should I be flossing?
It is important to floss once a day to remove all of the bacteria and plaque that accumulates in between the teeth. Removing that bacteria prevents the plaque from turning into calculus, which can only be removed with dental instruments by the hygienist.
How long will teeth whitening procedures last and does whitening toothpaste work?
The treatment takes about 2-3 weeks to see results. The results from teeth whitening
procedures will last varying lengths of time, but can last up to a year. It is important to keep up with homecare such as brushing 2X a day and flossing 1X a day to help aid in stopping staining and keeping your teeth white.
What are CEREC crowns?
A CEREC crown is designed and developed using computer assisted technology. The CEREC machine develops a strong, ceramic or zirconia crown within the matter of one hour, allowing for same day delivery of the crown to the patient. The CEREC crown option eliminates the need for several appointments, therefore eliminating the need for a temporary crown. The temporary crown is still used with our normal crown procedures.
Periodontal disease is a gum disease caused by bacteria building up underneath the gums in what are called “pockets”. In early stages, a person’s gums will appear red and swollen. As the bacteria makes its way deeper into the pockets, a person’s gums will start to pull away from the tooth, causing many problems, including teeth to become loose, as well as irreversible bone loss.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Try any OTC sensitivity toothpaste. We also recommend using an electric toothbrush, and making sure patients aren’t brushing aggressively. If you are still having sensitivity issues, talk to your hygienist about our prescription Prevident sensitivity toothpaste.
How does pregnancy affect my teeth and gums?
Due to the increase in hormones associated with pregnancy, it is common to develop what is known as pregnancy gingivitis. The increase in hormones causes bacteria to flourish in the oral cavity, and your body’s response to these toxins could present as increased sensitivity, as well as red and swollen, bleeding gums.
What is Endo Therapy (root canals)?
Endodontic therapy, better known as root canals, is a treatment option recommended when there is an infection of the pulp of the tooth. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and the area in the tooth is carefully cleaned, disinfected, and refilled with a new material.
Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
If a patient has undergone any joint replacements or some heart surgeries, we may require the patient to take an antibiotic premedication before the dental appointment. Taking a pre-med ensures that no bacteria introduced from the dental procedure makes its way to other parts of the body. This one dose antibiotic can be prescribed by either our office or your primary care physician.
Brunswick Dental Health Associates
27 Baribeau Drive
Brunswick, ME 04011
Patient Records/Info: Lorri@bdha.me
Monday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM