Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Elmhurst, IL
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When checking online for information about oral health, dental treatments, and related topics, it can sometimes be hard to know which sources you can trust. Dr. Malecki always offers reliable advice to his patients, whether it’s over the phone or during a routine checkup or consultation. The questions below are just some examples of inquiries that our patients often ask us. If we haven’t already answered one of your own questions on this page, reach out to us today!
How Many Appointments Do I Need Each Year?
If your teeth and gums are healthy overall, the American Dental Association recommends having a checkup and cleaning performed every six months to reduce the long-term risk of cavities.
Do You See Children?
Yes, we’re happy to accept younger patients. We’ll spend their first visit helping them get use to our practice’s environment and teaching them more about oral health. We can also give you parental tips for helping your little one maintain good oral health habits.
Can My Missing Teeth Be Replaced?
Yes, we offer bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures depending on how many teeth are missing. Also, dental implants are available in-house for those who want an advanced solution that will result in a strong, natural-looking smile.
What Can I Do If I’m Unhappy with My Smile?
Porcelain veneers, metal-free crowns, and cosmetic bonding can all be used to hide a variety of cosmetic dental flaws, and gum recontouring is available for those with gummy smiles. Different grins have different needs; we’ll personalize your cosmetic treatment based on your own smile goals, which we can discuss during an in-person consultation.
Do I Need to Call Right Away for a Toothache?
Toothaches can have various causes. You should see a dentist as soon as possible for any tooth pain that lasts more than 48 hours or grows particularly severe, as it could mean you have a pulp infection that requires a root canal. Also, if your teeth are sensitive (meaning they hurt when they touch something hot or cold), it’s crucial that we figure out the reason as soon as possible in case it’s a symptom of a larger problem.
What Should I Do About Gum Disease?
Regular brushing and flossing can help you prevent gum disease. In the event that it does develop, you should seek periodontal treatment immediately. Early gum disease can potentially be reversed while more advanced gum disease needs to be managed to prevent tooth loss. As part of your periodontal therapy, we may ask you to come to our office for cleanings more often.
Will You Take My Insurance?
We’ll accept most insurance plans and file the necessary claims for you. Reach out with your policy information to see if your insurance company is on our list of in-network providers.