To prepare for your first visit, please:
- Contact Dr. Cotey’s office to schedule an appointment. When you talk with our team members, make sure to explain your dental goals, such as to discuss implant dentistry in Mount Horeb WI, or to learn about cosmetic braces. Do not forget to write your appointment date on your calendar or put it in your phone!
- Write down all your questions before you come into the office. This will ensure that we address all of your concerns, and that you do not forget to ask anything.
Remember that Dr. Cotey offers many services related to oral health, including Invisalign®, Six Month Smiles®, and various procedures for implant dentistry in Mount Horeb WI. We look forward to learning about your history, and to making your future one of dental well being. Call our office today to learn more and schedule your personalized consultation!
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- What is the difference between white and silver fillings?
Besides looking nicer, they do not contain mercury like the silver fillings. Other advantages of white is silver needs to be a certain thickness and don't bond to tooth. Therefore sometimes healthy tooth is removed to help them stay while it can be more conservative to bond so they don't leak over time. Silver can cause cracks in teeth. Many patients wonder why a crown may be a better option than a filling. Fillings are great for small cavities but when a tooth is broken or has a very large filling in it, a crown is the best option to prevent the tooth from breaking. Crowns are made from metal or porcelain, a stronger material than fillings. When little of your own tooth is remaining a crown will cover and protect it from breaking or having cracks go deeper and into the nerve. This can help prevent needing a root canal or having the tooth break beyond repair where it needs to be pulled.
- Do I need a regular cleaning, or a deep cleaning?
Over 1/2 the US population has some form of gum disease and so a traditional dental cleaning, for those with healthy gums and bone does not treat the areas of gum disease and infection under the gum. A deeper cleaning, called scaling and root planing, is the procedure to treat this.
- How often do I need to have my teeth cleaned?
Each pt is different and some patients will benefit from a cleaning more often to prevent more severe issues. Patients with past gum disease can avoid bone loss, those with higher risk for cavities such as dry mouth and those in current orthodontic treatment or systemic conditions will benefit from coming in more often for preventative visits to prevent bone loss, decay and gum disease.
- Do I really need x rays?
Many areas we cant see in a visual exam. Things may be missed such as cavities between the teeth, bone loss and infections or pathology in the bone or roots of the teeth. These areas can only be seen with x-rays; however, the radiation in dental x-rays is very small as what we are looking at is very focused and with the use of digital x-rays.
- Do you take my insurance?
Plans can vary greatly and your insurance company is not able to look in your mouth. They are not a clinician who can best recommend a treatment. They often defer to the least expensive option or generalize an average. For example as we discussed some patients benefit from more frequent cleanings and prevent bigger problems. Also many insurance won't cover white fillings.
- What age should I bring my child in to Village Smile care?
Usually at age 6 but children can vary so anywhere from 5-7 is typical. We give our patient those nice charts that can also be found on ada.org and it shows the typical range for each baby and adult tooth.