FAQ

Q: How can I protect my teeth from cavities?
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Cavities occur when plaque is allowed to sit on teeth and harden, becoming calculus (tartar), and they can lead to major problems with your dental and oral health. To avoid them, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly at least twice each day and whenever possible after meals. To clean away any plaque and calculus that you might miss, schedule routine cleanings and exams with Dr. Spilman at least once every six months.

Q: I brush my teeth twice a day – do I really need to floss, too?
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Absolutely. Flossing rids your teeth of food, plaque, and other debris that finds its way in between your teeth and under your gums. If you don’t have time for traditional flossing or just hate how messy it is, we recommend Shower Floss , a handy piece of equipment that actually uses a stream of water from your showerhead to clean between your teeth and under your gumline.

Q: Can I whiten my teeth with over-the-counter products?
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Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels are not nearly as effective as Zoom! and other professional whitening products and treatments that you can get at your dentist’s office. While you might see an improvement of one or two shades with over-the-counter products, our in-office and at-home treatments can give you much more significant whitening in much less time.

Q: What’s the quickest way to whiten my smile?
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Zoom! teeth whitening gel is proven to whiten teeth by six to ten shades. For fast and effective whitening, schedule an appointment with us to have custom dental trays made for your teeth. For the fastest results, you can choose a combination of in-office and at-home treatments with professional whitening products.

Q: What should I do if I have tooth pain?
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Pain in one or more of your teeth could be indicative of a number of problems. You could simply need a filling, or you might be in need of a root canal or other treatment. Call us for an emergency appointment, and we will schedule time to see you the same day.

Q: I’m on vacation and have a dental emergency – what do I do?
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Call Jeffery A. Spilman DDS at 727-645-4727 right away! If you are in pain or have any kind of dental emergency, we will see you the same day you call and get you the treatment you need ASAP.

Q: Do you charge for consultations?
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All dental consultations are free. Likewise, if you have been to another dentist and you would like a second opinion, Dr. Spilman will gladly give you his expert opinion and advice free of charge.

Q: Should I get my tooth pulled?
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At Jeffery A. Spilman DDS, we will always work hard to save a tooth if possible. If a root canal procedure can be performed successfully, the tooth will not need to be extracted, and a crown can be put in place. If your tooth cannot be saved, though, we can extract it and discuss your options for a bridge, partial dentures, or implants (which will require a visit to a specialist) with you.

Q: I need a root canal – what can I expect?
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Root canal treatment has a bad reputation, but it really is nothing to be scared of. When you come in for a root canal, we will numb the tooth, remove the infected pulp, and replace it with permanent, inert material and any necessary pins for structural stability. We can perform crown preparations in the same visit to avoid multiple appointments. Then, when your permanent crown arrives, we will cement it in place and fit it to your tooth. You will leave with natural-looking, strong, and healthy teeth.

Q: What can veneers do for my smile?
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Veneers are very thin shells that can correct a lot of cosmetic problems with your teeth. They can fill in gaps, correct minor misalignments, give teeth an even appearance, and cover staining. Call us today at 727-645-4727 to find out if veneers are right for you.