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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

In addition to hands-on dental care, Dr. Makram and our team also believe it’s important for us to share our dental know-how so patients can have all the knowledge they need about their treatment options. If you ever have a question for us, be sure to give us a call anytime—we’re always happy to talk to you! But first, you can read through our answers to some of our most popular FAQs below.

One of my teeth really hurts. What should I do?

If you’re dealing with any type of persistent dental pain, the best thing you can do is call our dental office. Minor toothaches are often a sign of a major infection or dental injury, and by seeking out professional attention as quickly as possible, you allow our team to take care of it before the pain can become worse and cause you serious issues. In the meantime, you can take an OTC medication or apply a cold compress to your face.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed every time I brush/floss?

You may be cleaning your teeth too aggressively if you always see pink in the sink, so try using a lighter touch! If the bleeding continues despite doing this, then you may have early-stage gum disease, which you won’t be able to take care of on your own. Dr. Makram can quickly treat this infection using fast and pain-free laser procedures, so be sure to give us a call before the issue becomes worse!

How should I replace my missing teeth?

This answer will be different from patient to patient, but overall, Dr. Makram would recommend dental implants as the most complete tooth replacement available today. They are the only prosthetic that brings back an entire tooth from root to crown, creating a result that is extremely strong, stable, and natural-looking. Dr. Makram has completed countless hours of training and continuing education dedicated to implants, so if you’re looking to rebuild your smile, he’s definitely the person to talk to!

How long does it take to get dental implants?

This really depends on the specific situation of the patient. Someone with a strong jawbone replacing just a single tooth can probably have the entire procedure completed over the course of a few weeks. For a patient with less healthy bone and several missing teeth, however, the entire process may take closer to a year. When you come to see Dr. Makram for a consultation, he’ll be able to give you an estimated timeline of your treatment so you’ll know what to expect.

Can you close the gap between my two front teeth?

Yes! Dr. Makram actually offers three different treatments that can correct this flaw depending on a patient’s particular situation. Porcelain veneers involve placing thin coverings over the teeth to improve their appearance, cosmetic bonding uses composite resin to build up and reshape the enamel, and Invisalign can actually shift the teeth into a more pleasing and functional orientation. Which one would be right for you? Give us a call to learn more!

After getting teeth whitening, how long will the results last?

Thanks to the quality of products Dr. Makram uses for his professional teeth whitening treatments, patients can look forward to their results lasting for several months at a time. Certain actions, like avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks, maintaining consistent home oral hygiene, and regularly getting dental checkups, can actually help someone’s newly brightened smile shine for years to come.

Will you take my dental insurance?

Yes, our dental office accepts dental insurance plans from many different providers to help our patients save as much as possible on their care. We can even give you an estimate of what you’ll be expected to pay out of pocket at your next visit, but you need to call ahead! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about your coverage as well.

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