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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Marana, AZ

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It’s not unusual to have plenty of questions when it comes to dental and orthodontic care. On this page, we’ve provided some brief yet detailed answers for some of the most common inquiries that we’ve heard. You can call us if you have additional questions that are not answered here.

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If your teeth and gums are healthy, you should only need two regular checkups and cleanings each year. More frequent appointments may be required if you have gum disease. Also, if you are undergoing an orthodontic treatment, then you’ll need to return to our dental office on a regular basis so that we can confirm that your mouth is developing properly.

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Dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures are all traditional solutions for tooth loss. But for those with healthy jawbones, we highly recommend dental implants to give your new smile strong, stable support and improved biting strength. Whatever form of tooth replacement you choose, it’s important that you have new teeth placed as soon as possible before your remaining teeth start to drift out of place.

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Call our dental office immediately for toothaches that do not fade after a day or two. The pain may be caused by a dental infection, and such an issue will have to be treated as soon as possible to prevent the damage from spreading to the rest of your jaw. We can set up an emergency appointment on the day of your call when necessary.

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The effectiveness of braces when it comes to creating straighter smiles cannot be overstated, but those with mild to moderate orthodontic issues may want to consider Invisalign instead. Not only are clear aligners more image-friendly, but they also don’t get in the way of enjoying your favorite foods or brushing your teeth. Other orthodontic appliances may be recommended based on your needs; we’ll go over all your options.

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Children should have their first orthodontic checkup around the age of 7, which is when many orthodontic problems can first be observed. Phase 1 pediatric care might be required between the ages of 6 and 9. Braces can be placed when most of the permanent teeth have grown in – usually between ages 8 and 14. Older teens and adults are still eligible for orthodontic care, but the treatment might take longer because the jaw has stopped changing.

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Yes, a retainer is required after you have finished wearing braces or Invisalign. The purpose of the appliance is to prevent the teeth from returning to their original positions and undoing all of the progress made by the treatment. Some retainers are permanently attached to the teeth while others are removable.

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Odds are that we’ll accept your insurance plan. We’re in-network with Delta Dental, Aetna, MetLife, and many other common carriers. Call us with your policy information to see if we accept your plan.