Frequently Asked Questions
We can answer your frequently asked dental questions!
My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health problems, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create a host of problems and significant oral damage, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
I want straighter teeth, but I don't want to wear bulky metal braces. What do you suggest?
As a certified Invisalign dentist, Dr. Gibbs offers a clear, removable alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign uses 3D imaging to design a custom set of aligners, then the patient wears a new aligner every few weeks. For big events, simply remove the aligner. This makes cleaning easy, too. If you aren't a candidate for Invisalign, consider traditional braces with clear brackets. This less obvious orthodontia is popular with teens and adults.
At what age do you start treating children?
Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends children have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately.
How does Dr. Gibbs stay up to date with the latest dental techniques and technology?
By attending many continuing education courses in the latest dental techniques and technology, Dr. Gibbs brings the best of dentistry to our patients. He also holds membership in many professional dental organizations, so he shares information with other dentists through networking, and this, too, improves our team's knowledge for your benefit.
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
To catch problems before they develop, and to maintain your oral health. We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to find cavities in the earliest stages, and often that means that you won't see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also use the ViziLite to screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80-percent survival rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
My child has had a tooth knocked out. What should I do?
If your child is not otherwise hurt, put the tooth in a small glass of milk, then call our office and we will try to see you immediately. If there is injury beyond the lost tooth, please go to the emergency room.
What are porcelain veneers?
Cosmetic dentistry is transforming lives through complete smile makeovers, and porcelain veneers lead the list of aesthetic treatments as a popular procedure. Visit our porcelain veneers page to learn about this service.
Why do I need X-rays?
X-rays allow Dr. Gibbs to see problems not visible in a manual oral exam. This may include cavities, cracks, root problems, impacted teeth, and other issues. You need a new set of X-rays every year so that we can accurately diagnose and treat any potential problems. We like to catch dental problems in the earliest stages, when conservative treatment is possible. X-rays are one way we can find problems early.
What are my payment options in your office?
We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and third-party financing through CareCredit.
Do you accept dental insurance?
We are in-network with some dental insurance carriers, so ask us about your policy. Whether we are in-network or not, we will gladly file your claim. Please prepare to pay your copay or deductible at your scheduled visit.