Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Issaquah, WA

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Having a better understanding of dentistry can help you make the right decisions about your oral health. This is why we’ve compiled some of our patients’ most frequently asked dental questions and provided clear, transparent answers for you below. After reviewing the information, please contact our dental office if you have any additional questions or concerns.

How often should I see the dentist?

Dr. Sherman and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that patients of all ages see a dentist every six months for regular dental checkups and cleanings. This allows a professional to thoroughly examine your smile and check for any decay, damages, infections, or abnormalities. It also ensures that your mouth remains free of accumulated plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease.

How can I replace my missing teeth?

There are three ways you can replace missing teeth: dental bridges, dentures, or dental implants. While each offers its own unique advantages, dental implants stand high above the rest. As the most superior form of tooth replacement, you can enjoy a more permanent solution that offers a better quality of life. Not only will you enjoy greater functionality when eating, speaking, and smiling, but these prosthetics can last 30+ years.

Will my veneers look natural?

Yes! When seeing a trained cosmetic dentist like Dr. Sherman, you can expect that your customized dental veneers will look and feel completely natural. In fact, when taking digital impressions of your teeth, he will make sure all the necessary specifications are noted for lab technicians and will carefully place each one to guarantee a beautiful fit that appears flawless.

Will you take my dental insurance?

Yes, we happily welcome all types of PPO dental insurance plans, and our team will go the extra mile to maximize your benefits and help you save when visiting our dental office. We will look to identify ways you can get the most out of your plan before your benefits expire at the end of the year, and we’ll even file the paperwork and claims to help you avoid unnecessary stress.

Should I still seek treatment for a toothache that no longer hurts?

A toothache can arise for many reasons; however, just because the pain goes away doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. It may just no longer be triggering the nerves that send signals to your brain to alert you of discomfort. It is best to keep your existing appointment with our dental team so that we can make sure there is no existing problem.

Will I need a retainer after wearing Invisalign?

Yes, it is necessary to wear a retainer following Invisalign treatment. The reason is that teeth can easily shift back into their original position, effectively undoing all your hard work. By wearing a retainer for a specific amount of time, you can ensure that your teeth will remain in place, and you can continue to enjoy your newer, straighter, healthier smile.