Dental Checkups

Is there a connection between oral health and overall health?

Yes, there is a significant connection between oral health and overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to various health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

What happens if a problem is found during a checkup?

If your dentist finds a problem during a checkup, he will discuss it with you and recommend the appropriate treatment options. The goal is always to address issues as early and effectively as possible.

What if I have dental anxiety?

If you experience dental anxiety, discuss it with your dentist. Our office offers various methods to help ease anxiety, including sedation options and comfort amenities.

Are there any special considerations for children's dental checkups?

Children's dental checkups typically focus on monitoring the development of teeth and jaws, checking for cavities, and providing fluoride treatments or dental sealants to prevent decay.

Can dental checkups detect oral cancer?

Yes, during a dental checkup, your dentist can screen for oral cancer. This involves examining your mouth for any signs of cancerous or precancerous conditions.

Does dental insurance cover checkups and cleanings?

Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of routine checkups and cleanings, usually twice a year. However, coverage can vary, so it's important to check with your insurance provider for the specifics of your plan.

What is preventive dental care?

Preventive dental care includes practices aimed at maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This includes regular dental checkups, cleanings, proper brushing and flossing, and eating a balanced diet to support oral health.

How often should I get a dental checkup and cleaning?

It's recommended to visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. However, your dentist may suggest a different frequency based on your specific oral health needs.

What can I expect during a dental checkup and cleaning?

During a dental checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for any signs of trouble. This usually includes a visual inspection and X-rays. Dental cleanings involve removing plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, followed by polishing to remove surface stains.

Why are regular dental checkups important?

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining good oral health. These visits allow your dentist to detect any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. Early detection often leads to simpler and more effective treatments.

Same-Day Crowns

How long do same-day crowns last?

With proper care, same-day crowns can last as long as traditional crowns, often 10-15 years or more.

How much do same-day crowns cost, and are they covered by insurance?

The cost of same-day crowns is comparable to traditional crowns. Most dental insurances cover crown procedures, but coverage for same-day crowns can vary. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider.

How do I care for my same-day crown?

Same-day crowns require the same care as natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are essential for maintaining the crown and overall oral health.

Can same-day crowns be used for all types of crown needs?

Same-day crowns are suitable for most crown procedures. However, there may be some cases where traditional crowns are more appropriate. Your dentist will advise you on the best option for your specific situation.

Is the same-day crown procedure painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, making the process as pain-free as possible.

How long does the same-day crown process take?

Typically, the entire process can be completed in about two hours, including preparation, digital imaging, crown fabrication, and placement.

Are same-day crowns as durable as traditional crowns?

Yes, same-day crowns are made from high-quality ceramic, making them just as durable and long-lasting as traditional crowns.

How do same-day crowns work?

The process begins with a digital 3D image of your tooth, taken with a special camera. This image is used to design your crown with precision. The design is then sent to an in-office milling machine, which fabricates your crown from a high-quality ceramic block in about 15 minutes. Finally, the crown is fitted and bonded to your tooth.


How often will I need check-ups during orthodontic treatment?

Regular check-ups, typically every 4-6 weeks, are necessary to monitor progress and make adjustments to the orthodontic appliance, whether it's braces, Invisalign, or SureSmile.

What are the benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment improves not only the appearance of your smile but also your oral health. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease, and can improve chewing and speech.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

While orthodontic treatment can cause some discomfort, especially after adjustments, it's generally manageable. Pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any soreness.

How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies based on the individual case. Generally, treatment can last from 12 to 36 months, with Invisalign often requiring a shorter time frame.

Are there financing options available for orthodontic treatments?

Yes, our practice offers financing options to make orthodontic treatment more accessible, including low-to-no-interest plans from CareCredit.

Does dental insurance cover orthodontic treatment?

Many dental insurance plans offer some coverage for orthodontic treatment, but the extent varies by policy. It's important to review your insurance plan or consult with your provider for specific coverage details.

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics and why is it important?

Phase 1 Orthodontics, or early intervention treatment, targets orthodontic issues in young children (typically ages 6-10). Early treatment can guide the growth of the jaw and correct bite problems, often reducing the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later.

What is SureSmile and how does it differ from traditional braces?

SureSmile is an advanced orthodontic system that uses 3D imaging and robotics to create custom wires for braces, resulting in more precise tooth alignment and potentially shorter treatment times compared to conventional braces.

How does Invisalign work and who is it for?

Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually move teeth into the desired position. It's an excellent choice for teens and adults seeking a less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.

What is orthodontic treatment and who needs it?

Orthodontic treatment involves correcting malocclusions (improper bites) and misaligned teeth to improve oral function and aesthetics. It's suitable for both children and adults who have issues like crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, or crossbites.


What is the cost of veneers, and are they covered by insurance?

The cost of veneers varies depending on the number of teeth being treated and the type of veneers used. Most cosmetic procedures, including veneers, are not typically covered by dental insurance. However, we offer various financing options to make the treatment accessible.

Will my veneers look like natural teeth?

Yes, veneers are crafted to mimic the look of your natural teeth closely. They can be shaped and colored to match your surrounding teeth, ensuring a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Can anyone get veneers?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for veneers. Patients with healthy teeth and gums are typically good candidates, while those with conditions like tooth decay, gum disease, or root canal infection may need treatment for these issues first.

Is the veneer procedure painful?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the veneer procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the preparation phase to ensure comfort.

How many appointments are needed for veneer treatment?

Typically, veneer treatment at Laughlin Dental involves at least two visits – one for consultation and tooth preparation and another for veneer placement. Additional visits may be necessary for follow-ups and adjustments.

Do veneers require special care?

Veneers do not require special care beyond good oral hygiene practices. It's important to continue brushing and flossing daily and to visit your dentist regularly. However, avoiding hard foods and not using your teeth as tools can help prolong their lifespan.

How long do dental veneers last?

On average, porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 15 years, and composite resin veneers last around 5 to 7 years, depending on your oral hygiene and care.

Are veneers a permanent solution?

Veneers are considered a semi-permanent dental procedure. While they are permanently bonded to your teeth, they may need to be replaced after several years due to wear and tear.

How do veneers improve a smile?

Veneers can address various cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Teeth that are discolored or stained.
  • Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth.
  • Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Teeth with gaps between them.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They improve the appearance of your smile by altering the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth. Veneers are typically made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.

Dental Implants

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, typically around 95-98%, making them a reliable option for tooth replacement.

What are the benefits of dental implants over other tooth replacement options?

Dental implants offer several advantages:

  • Natural Look and Feel: They mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.
  • Durability: Implants are robust and long-lasting.
  • Jawbone Preservation: They stimulate the bone, preventing deterioration.
  • Improved Oral Health: Unlike bridges, implants don't require altering adjacent teeth.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Most adults with good general health and sufficient jawbone density are candidates for dental implants. However, certain medical conditions may affect eligibility, which is determined during the initial consultation.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining implants.

Are dental implants painful?

Patients may experience discomfort during the healing process. However, pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, and the surgical procedure itself is performed under anesthesia.

How long does it take to heal from implant surgery?

The healing time can vary but typically ranges from 3 to 6 months. This period allows for the integration of the implant with the jawbone.

What financing options are available for dental implants?

Many dental practices offer financing options, including payment plans and third-party financing like CareCredit. These options can help make implants more affordable for patients.

Does dental insurance cover implants?

Coverage for dental implants varies by insurance plan. Some plans may cover a portion of the costs, while others may not. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details.

How is the dental implant procedure performed?

The procedure involves several steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: Assessment of oral health and jawbone density.
  2. Implant Placement: A titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone.
  3. Healing Process: The implant integrates with the bone, a process known as osseointegration.
  4. Abutment Placement: After healing, an abutment is attached to hold the crown.
  5. Crown Placement: Finally, a custom-made crown is attached to the abutment.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent fixtures surgically placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post (acting as the tooth root) and a crown that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth.

Teeth Whitening

Can I get my teeth whitened at Laughlin Dental?

Absolutely! Contact us to schedule a consultation where we will assess your suitability for teeth whitening and discuss the best options for your individual needs.

How much does professional teeth whitening cost?

The cost of professional teeth whitening varies depending on the type of treatment and the extent of whitening desired. At Laughlin Dental, we offer competitive pricing and various payment options to make treatments accessible.

What is the difference between over-the-counter whitening products and professional teeth whitening?

Over-the-counter products typically contain lower concentrations of whitening agents compared to the products used by dental professionals. Professional teeth whitening at Laughlin Dental provides faster and more effective results due to the stronger agents used and the expertise of our dental team.

How can I maintain my whitened teeth?

To maintain your newly whitened teeth, it's important to keep up with regular dental hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing. Avoiding foods and drinks that stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can also help maintain results.

Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?

Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may experience discomfort in the gums, a sore throat, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days after the treatment.

Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

Teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 16 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. Additionally, individuals with sensitive teeth, gum disease, worn enamel, or cavities should consult with a dentist before opting for whitening treatments.

Will teeth whitening work on all types of teeth?

Whitening is effective on natural teeth; however, it does not work on 'false' teeth such as dentures, crowns, veneers, or fillings (including tooth-colored fillings). Also, results may vary depending on the original color of your teeth and the nature of the stains.

How long does the teeth whitening effect last?

The effects of teeth whitening can last from several months to up to three years, but this varies from person to person. The whitening effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, consume red wine, tea, or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when performed by a professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. At Laughlin Dental, we ensure that your gums and mouth are protected during the treatment to minimize any potential sensitivity or harm.

What is teeth whitening and how does it work?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure aimed at lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It involves applying a whitening agent, usually containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which breaks down stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Emergency Dentistry

Can emergency dentistry save my tooth?

In many cases, prompt emergency dental care can save your tooth, especially in cases of trauma or infection. The sooner you can get treatment, the better the chances of a positive outcome.

Will my insurance cover emergency dental treatment?

Coverage can vary depending on your insurance plan. Our team at Laughlin Dental can help you understand your benefits and also offers various financing options.

How does Laughlin Dental handle emergency dental care?

At Laughlin Dental, we prioritize your emergency by offering prompt, compassionate care. Our team is equipped to handle a variety of dental emergencies with the goal of relieving pain and providing effective solutions.

What should I do if I’m experiencing bleeding?

Apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze. If the bleeding is severe or doesn’t stop, seek immediate medical attention.

How do I manage pain in a dental emergency?

Until you can get to our office, over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage pain. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek can also help reduce pain and swelling.

Are lost fillings or crowns considered emergencies?

While not always as urgent as other emergencies, lost fillings or crowns should be addressed promptly. They protect your tooth from damage and exposure to bacteria, so getting them fixed quickly is important.

Can a severe toothache be considered an emergency?

Yes, a severe toothache can be a sign of serious underlying issues, such as infection or abscess. It’s important to get it examined as soon as possible to avoid further complications.

How quickly should I seek treatment in a dental emergency?

You should seek treatment as soon as possible. Many dental emergencies, like a knocked-out tooth, require treatment within an hour for the best chance of saving the tooth.

What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, try to handle it by the crown, not the root. If possible, gently place it back in its socket or keep it moist in milk or saliva. Contact us immediately since time is crucial in saving the tooth.

What constitutes a dental emergency?

A dental emergency typically includes situations like severe toothache, knocked-out or broken teeth, lost fillings or crowns, abscesses, bleeding that doesn’t stop, and any injury causing severe pain or damage to your teeth or gums.

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