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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Springfield, PA

Straight Answers
to Common Questions

Most patients who come to see us have at least a few questions regarding their oral health and treatment options, and our team is always willing to take the time to answer them. If you ever want to know something in regards to your dental care, don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask! Below, we’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most frequently asked dental questions we receive every day so you can quickly boost your dental IQ.

How often should I go to the dentist?

The answer to this question will vary from person to person based on their unique situation and needs, but generally, we recommend that a patient should come see us at least twice a year (even if they aren’t experiencing any issues with their teeth). Regular checkups and cleanings enable our team to stop minor issues before they start and treat small problems before they turn into big headaches.

I have a terrible toothache. What should I do?

Definitely don’t ignore it! Persistent dental pain is usually a sign of a cavity or crack in the enamel, two problems that will only get worse if left untreated. Give us a call, explain your situation, and we’ll schedule an appointment to see you as soon as possible.

I haven’t been to the dentist for a VERY long time…can you still help me?

Yes! Dr. Hinebaugh is one of the most experienced and highly-trained restorative dentists in the country, so even if most of your teeth are damaged or have gone missing, he can provide what you need to get your smile and oral health back on track. It might seem overwhelming to get everything fixed, but he’ll make the process as smooth, easy, and affordable as possible. To get started, all you need to do is give us a call.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

The answer to this question depends on many different factors, such as how many teeth are being replaced, where they are located, and how healthy is the jawbone. Generally, it takes about 4-6 months to replace a single tooth with an implant, but for more complicated cases that involve multiple teeth and bone grafts, it might take closer to a year. We can outline your specific treatment plan and timeline when you come to see us for an in-person consultation.

Does getting dental implants hurt?

Thanks to Dr. Hinebaugh’s experience and use of the latest technology and techniques, most patients describe feeling practically nothing while getting their dental implants placed. A little post treatment swelling and tenderness are common, but this can usually be managed with OTC medication and goes away after a week.

Am I too old to get Lumineers?

If you can smile, then you’re probably a good candidate for Lumineers! This treatment can help patients at any age with decent dental health enhance every aspect of their smile to improve their appearance and confidence.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Probably yes! We’re in-network providers with many plans and are happy to work with several out-of-network policies as well. To learn how we could use your specific plan to help you save on your care, contact us today.