Common Questions

How Long Should I Go Between Visits?

If your teeth and gums are in good shape, you probably won't need to return for three to six months. If further treatment is required – say, to fill a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown – our staff will help you make an appointment before leaving the office. Don't forget to ask Dr. Hanselman or any of the staff any questions that you may have – this is your chance to get the answers you need.

What Are My Options to Replace Missing Teeth?

We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. With x-rays and a thorough assessment of your teeth, we can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.

What Happens if Missing Teeth Are Not Replaced?

Missing teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including additional tooth loss. Research shows that if a missing tooth is not replaced, up to 20 percent of adjacent teeth will fall out in the next four to eight years. Missing teeth also cause remaining teeth to shift, causing spaces between teeth, food impaction, bite collapse, chewing alteration, and TMJ pain. You’re also more susceptible to gum disease, a serious health condition that can contribute to other health issues, including heart disease.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Done right, it requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, tooth-colored restorations, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile. We offer digital imaging for smile previews, as well.

My Teeth Are Stained. Can You Help?

Yes. We offer teeth whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically in your own home. Call us for an appointment.

I Have Chronic Headaches. Can You Help?

Chronic headaches may be a symptom of a misaligned bite, bruxism (grinding), or TMJ disorder. Dr. Hanselman will carefully examine your occlusion (bite), jaw, head, and neck to determine the underlying causes of your pain. Oftentimes, we can correct the problem with a custom nightguard. Call our office if you have more questions about headache relief with non-surgical therapies.

Is There Anything that Can Be Done to Help My Grinding Teeth?

There are several options, including mouthguards and bite splints.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept, and What Are Your Financing Options?

For your convenience, we accept cash, check, and most major credit cards. You will receive a five percent discount for large balances that are paid in full up front. Third-party financing is available through CareCredit for qualified applicants. You can also learn more here about insurance plans.

Testimonials

“ Having had three other dentists in my lifetime I can attest to the remarkably gentle care I've received in Dr. Hanselman's office. I also like the incredibly convenient and centrally located office. ”
– Chris Heaton

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