When you’re responsible for caring for your family’s dental health, you are sure to have many questions. Dr. Betts wants to make it as easy as possible for you to get the information you need to care for their smiles and your own. Here, we’ve answered some of the most common Decatur dental questions we hear. If your questions aren’t answered here, feel free to stop by our dental office or call 256-274-8680.
- How old does my child have to be for their first dentist appointment?
- What is Whitening for Life?
- What dental insurance does Dr. Betts accept?
- Are root canals painful?
- How should I replace a missing tooth?
How old does my child have to be for their first dentist appointment?
Dr. Betts loves children. He has three of his own and three grandchildren, too. He recommends waiting until your children are between 2 and 4 years old to bring them in for their first dental appointment. When your child gets a bit older, they can participate in one of our Hands-On Learning Labs. They’ll get to wear a lab coat, make teeth impressions, and more as they learn about oral health and dental careers.
What is Whitening for Life?
With our Whitening for Life program, you’ll enjoy a lasting white smile while you’re a patient with us. All you have to do is pay a one-time fee of $99 and see Dr. Betts every six months for a dental checkup. At each checkup, you’ll receive whitening gel and custom trays to maintain a whiter, brighter smile at home.
What dental insurance does Dr. Betts accept?
Our office is happy to file your insurance for you. We strive to help you obtain all your benefits while providing you the best care possible. You can receive your care from Dr. Betts even if you don’t find our name on the insurance company website or the list your employer provides. Ask about our in-house Dental Savings Plan! For up-to-date information, call our office – we’re happy to tell you how your plan works.
Are root canals painful?
Not at all. Modern root canals remove infections causing toothaches. Without a root canal, you’ll continue to be in pain until the tooth is finally extracted. Dr. Betts is highly trained to use numbing agents and will adjust yours to make sure you’re comfortable. He can also administer laughing gas. A root canal procedure ends pain and, more importantly, it can save your tooth.
How should I replace a missing tooth?
If you have lost an adult tooth, it is important that you restore your smile with a long-lasting and naturally-functioning replacement like a dental implant. The implant itself will replace your tooth root and create a strong foundation for a restoration like a dental crown or bridge. Once in place, this restoration should last for decades, and your implant should last for the rest of your life. Choose the stability of a dental implant when replacing a missing tooth.
If you have other Decatur dental questions, just give us a call at 256-274-8680. Be sure to schedule your next checkup as well!