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Dental Cleaning

Does insurance cover dental cleanings?

Most dental insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost of routine preventive care, such as professional teeth cleanings and exams. Many plans also include coverage for additional treatments such as X-rays or fluoride treatments when necessary. Check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details related to your plan.

How often should I see the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that adults visit their dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. However, depending on your oral health needs and risk factors, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. For instance, if you are at an increased risk of cavities or gum disease or have other oral health issues, you may need to visit the dentist more regularly for evaluations and cleanings.

Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

A cleaning and checkup appointment with Modesto Dentistry and Implants helps establish a healthy mouth. Our dental hygienist can check on your brushing and flossing habits and have the ability to recommend changes when needed helpfully. The dentist can also discover whether you have problems that need to be addressed to bring your mouth back to its prime state. Plus, the cleaning gets rid of the plaque and tartar that can create tooth decay and gum disease if it’s left alone. This general dentistry appointment helps get your mouth to its healthiest state and guides you in keeping it that way.

Why are dental checkups important?

We can find even minor problems before they become dental diseases with thorough dental exams. We develop treatment plans that help you have the fewest visits and the least intensive treatment necessary. We care about promoting health and ethics in the dental profession rather than putting profits first. We strive to take care of problems early and help you have a clean and healthy mouth when you leave our office. With this goal, you will have a calmer and more affordable experience with your dental appointments.


Why should I choose Invisalign through my dentist rather than a take-home clear aligner company?

Choosing professional dental care over DIY solutions is always recommended when considering orthodontic work, such as straightening teeth through clear aligner systems like Invisalign. Consulting with an experienced dental professional allows you access to their expertise and knowledge when it comes to selecting the best possible solution for achieving desired results safely and effectively without risking any unwanted side effects from improper alignment or usage instructions that are found with some at-home kits. Professional dentists will also provide close monitoring throughout each step in treatment, which ensures that all goals are achieved in a timely manner with minimal risk involved for each patient's unique situation.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten my teeth?

The length of time it takes for Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity or severity of each individual case; however, most cases typically take anywhere from six months up to 18 months. Every 4-6 weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners that must be worn at all times in order to achieve optimal results within the projected timeline given by your dentist upon consultation.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Most patients do not experience pain while wearing their aligners; however, there may be a small amount of discomfort during the first few days as your teeth adjust to the new aligners. Your teeth may also be a bit tender after switching out each aligner due to the pressure placed on them during movement. This should subside after a few days and is normal during the course of treatment. If you’re still experiencing pain or discomfort after a few days, contact your dentist right away for further assistance.

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for Invisalign varies among providers and policy holders. Some policies may provide full coverage or partially cover the costs associated with Invisalign treatment. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to beginning any treatment plan so you know exactly what is covered under your policy.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the complexity of your case and the duration of your treatment plan. Generally, it is comparable to the cost of traditional braces, though it can be slightly higher when considering variables such as the number of aligners used and the length of treatment. It is important to note that your dentist may offer payment plans or discounts to make this treatment more affordable.


How long does it take to get veneers?

Getting dental veneers usually requires two separate appointments at least one week apart; however, this timeline may vary slightly depending on individual factors such as how many teeth need treatment, if there has been any damage done prior that needs repair first before applying new ones, etc., so it’s best to discuss this with your dentist ahead of time to get an accurate timeline estimate tailored specifically for you! During these two appointments, each step involved in applying new custom-made ones will be done carefully by skilled professionals—this includes taking impressions/molds of your teeth so they can create a perfect fit just for you!

Do veneers hurt?

Generally speaking, no—getting dental veneers should not cause pain or discomfort since anesthesia (or numbing) will be used during the procedure. Afterward, there should be little to no sensitivity when eating or drinking anything cold or hot. That said, everyone’s experience with getting dental work will be different—it’s always best to talk to your dentist ahead of time if you have any concerns about pain management so they can provide appropriate solutions tailored just for you!

How long do veneers last?

On average, porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 8-15 years with proper care and maintenance before needing replacement or repair, while composite resin ones may only last about 5-7 years due to their lower durability rating. Of course, this timeline will vary significantly depending on various factors such as how well you take care of them (such as regular brushing and flossing), if you have any existing oral health problems or habits like teeth grinding that could affect their longevity, and so on.

What are veneers made out of?

Depending on the desired look and feel, veneers can be made from either porcelain or ceramic material. Porcelain is a durable material that is often preferred because it closely mimics the color and texture of natural teeth enamel while also being highly resistant to staining. Ceramics are stronger than other materials and more lifelike, meaning that ceramic veneers look more natural and can last longer.

Are veneers expensive?

The price of your veneers will depend on the type and quality of the materials used, as well as the complexity of the procedure. Generally speaking, veneers are considered to be a more costly cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on where you live, they can range from several hundred dollars per tooth up to thousands. For example, porcelain veneers typically cost more than composite resin veneers. You may also need to pay extra for additional treatments, such as teeth whitening or bonding, before getting your veneers. Remember that it’s important to discuss all costs with your dentist before the procedure begins so that you know what to expect financially.


How long do implants last?

With proper care and maintenance – including regular brushing and flossing – dental implants can last for decades, depending on individual oral hygiene habits and overall health condition. Studies have shown that 95% of successful dental implants last ten years or more without failing! With regular checkups at least twice each year, however, most people should expect their dental implants will remain functional far longer than that timeframe assuming good oral hygiene practices are followed.

What are the cons of getting an implant?

On the downside, however, dental implants require a significant financial investment upfront. They generally require multiple procedures, which can take several months. There is also potential risk associated with surgery, even though it’s minimal.

What are the pros of getting an implant?

There are many advantages to getting dental implants, including increased confidence when smiling due to implanted teeth looking more natural than traditional dentures or bridges. You will also enjoy greater stability compared to other prosthetic alternatives and improved ability to chew food. Dental implants also have reduced risk of infection in comparison to other prosthetics. Implants also have longer lifetimes than other treatments due to its durability.

How long does it take to get an implant?

Getting an implant typically takes multiple visits over several months. The total time frame depends on how many teeth need to be replaced, whether additional procedures like bone grafting are needed first, and how quickly a patient heals between appointments. In general, each stage of the process (implant placement, abutment installation, and crown attachment) usually takes two visits spread out over several weeks or months to allow for proper healing and integration of the implant into bone tissue before loading it with artificial teeth.

What are implants made out of?

Dental implants are typically made from titanium, a metal alloy that is safe to use in the human body and non-toxic. Other materials such as zirconia can also be used for the implant, which can be better suited for certain patients with allergies or sensitivities to metals. The material chosen depends on individual needs and preferences.

Do implants hurt?

Generally speaking, getting dental implants does not cause pain, as the procedure is performed with local anesthesia and sedation. While there may be some minor discomfort after the procedure, any minor soreness should be manageable with over-the-counter medications or home remedies. The implant itself has no feeling of pain or sensitivity as it is made from a biocompatible material, such as titanium.


Why are my teeth yellow?

You may notice that your teeth become dull or stained over time. Certain foods and beverages, such as tea, wine, and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. Highly pigmented or acidic foods can also stain your teeth. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth by breaking down stains inside the enamel.

Do over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments work?

Generally speaking, yes. Thanks to store-bought treatments, patients have more teeth whitening options than ever before. However, these treatments contain weaker bleaching gels than those available at your dentist’s office. This is why over-the-counter and at-home whitening solutions take many uses over days or weeks to deliver visible results. For fast, effective whitening, book a consultation with your dentist.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is a very safe procedure. Millions of people safely and comfortably whiten their teeth each year. Our team uses peroxide-based bleaching gels designed to brighten teeth and strengthen enamel without causing damage. Our dentists strive to ensure you leave our office with a happier, healthier smile than when you arrived, which extends to our cosmetic procedures!

Does teeth whitening hurt?

For most patients, no. Your dentist will take every precaution to reduce or prevent any discomfort you may experience while whitening your teeth. Patients who live with increased tooth sensitivity may experience some discomfort. However, we use gentle products that lift stains from your enamel without causing irritation or pain.


What does a dentist consider to be an emergency?

A dental emergency is a situation that requires prompt attention from a dental professional. We understand that you can’t always plan when you will need our care. This may be to stop bleeding, alleviate severe tooth pain, treat tooth infections, or save a damaged tooth. Regardless of what brings you to our office, our team is here to help provide relief!

What are the most common dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies are more common than you might think! We can address most dental emergencies in-office, including severe toothaches, a lost crown or filling, soft tissue damage, a cracked or fractured tooth, a chipped or broken tooth, or a knocked-out tooth.

Can you see me now for a same-day emergency appointment?

Our team will do everything possible to accommodate our emergency patients with same-day appointments! We also welcome walk-in patients. Please try to call ahead of time. This will allow a team member to help address your immediate needs and suggest ways to care for your smile until your appointment. We want to make sure you’re comfortable!

Can the ER help with a tooth?

While your first instinct may be to go to the ER, hospital emergency rooms aren’t set up to handle dental emergencies. According to the American Dental Association, dental emergencies account for about 5% of all visits to the emergency room. This statistic highlights the importance of seeking dental treatment during a dental emergency, as emergency rooms are not equipped to handle dental issues and may not provide the necessary treatment. Please call Modesto Dentistry and Implants for prompt care and attention for general dental emergencies.