Frequently Asked Questions
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An initial visit to our office will take approximately 60 minutes, during which time Dr. Chavez will complete a comprehensive oral evaluation. This typically includes a series of X-Rays, an oral cancer screening, and an evaluation of your gums. Additionally, we use this time to address any concerns you may have and get to know you as our new patient.
You can call our office, e-mail us, or even drop by in person! We love to meet new patients. 559-439-2868 or DrChavezDental@aol.com. Make sure to download our forms HERE. Fill out and bring to the office.
Dr. Chavez recommends brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
Dr. Chavez works with several specialists and would be more than happy to schedule an appointment for a consultation, or provide a referral.
There is a direct correlation between tobacco, gum disease, and oral cancer.
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Attempt to find the tooth, rinse, do not scrub, the tooth to remove dirt or debris. Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket as this could cause further damage. Place the clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum or under your tongue. Get to the dentist. Successful re-implantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk. Make sure to not hold the tooth by the root!
Before we can present you with appropriate options, we first need to determine why you have those spaces. Depending on your individual circumstances, the options may range from braces to bonding. Bonding a tooth colored material to your existing tooth, to close those spaces, is quite often the most conservative and reversible option. In most cases this “Bonding” option does not require removal of any part of your tooth. New materials are capable of imitating natural tooth structure very realistically, so nobody can tell you have had anything done!
Tooth sensitivity can be due to a variety of causes. These can include decay, faulty fillings, and exposed root structure. It is best to call our office to schedule an appointment to determine the cause.
Make it fun! If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow. All children should be seen by their 1st birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth. Children can visit a dentist as young as 3 years old.
There are many different factors that go into the price of treatment. We much fist contact your insurance and see how much your particular plan covers. It is also important to remember that every insurance is different and it is very rare that and procedure, except for cleanings, are covered 100%. We will work as hard as we can to give you the best information possible, even after that we will only give an estimate not a hard cost as insurances sometimes change without notice.