If you’ve got a question about your dental health, you’ve come to the right place! Browse our frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see your question, give or St. Petersburg, FL dentist office a call at 727-645-4727 or contact us online.
- Q: Can you help me feel less anxious at the dentist?
- Q: What are my teeth replacement options?
- Q: Should I worry If my gums bleed sometimes?
- Q: Do I need a custom mouthguard, or can I just buy one at the store?
- Q: I brush my teeth twice a day – do I really need to floss, too?
- Q: Can I whiten my teeth with over-the-counter products?
- Q: What should I do if I have tooth pain?
- Q: I’m on vacation and have a dental emergency – what do I do?
- Q: I need a root canal – what can I expect?
- Q: Do you take my insurance?
- Q: How can I hide my smile flaws?
Can you help me feel less anxious at the dentist?
We know some people feel anxious about dental appointments, because of a prior bad experience, concern over the condition of their teeth, or other factors. We’re committed to easing your dental anxiety so you can enjoy the good dental health you deserve. We make sure our appointment times are long enough to address all of your questions and concerns. While you’re in our chair, we’ll invite you to relax with a pillow, blanket, and an iPad and headphones so you can enjoy music while we work. If necessary, you can receive dental sedation. We offer a choice of inhaled sedation (“laughing gas”) or an oral sedative.
What are my teeth replacement options?
Every smile is different, so we offer lots of teeth replacement options. Though we don’t place dental implants, we restore them. We’ll refer you to an oral surgeon, who can place implants. Once your implants are healed, Dr. Spilman can restore them with a dental crown for a single tooth, a dental bridge for several teeth, or even dentures to replace a whole mouthful of teeth. If implants aren’t for you, you can choose a traditional fixed bridge or dentures instead.
Should I worry If my gums bleed sometimes?
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or at other times, it’s best to see us ASAP for an exam. Bleeding gums can be caused by several things. One of them is gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. If you have gum disease, it’s important to treat it with a special deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.
Do I need a custom mouthguard, or can I just buy one at the store?
You can get an athletic mouthguard from a sporting goods store, but it won’t protect you as well as a custom mouthguard. We use impressions of your teeth and other measurements to make custom mouthguards. So they fit perfectly. You’re less likely to leave a custom mouthguard on the sideline because of an uncomfortable fit, and it’s less likely to get dislodged. It’s also made of more durable materials, so it should better withstand abuse.
I brush my teeth twice a day – do I really need to floss, too?
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.
Can I whiten my teeth with over-the-counter products?
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.
What should I do if I have tooth pain?
Pain in one or more of your teeth could indicate a number of problems. You could simply need a filling, or you might need a root canal or other treatment. Call us for an emergency appointment, and we will schedule time to see you the same day.
I’m on vacation and have a dental emergency – what do I do?
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.
I need a root canal – what can I expect?
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 inert material and any necessary pins for structural stability. We can perform crown preparation in the same visit to avoid multiple appointments. Then, when your final crown arrives, we will cement it in place and fit it to your tooth. You will leave with a natural-looking, strong, and healthy tooth.
Do you take my insurance?
The answer is probably “yes”! We accept most forms of dental insurance and will file your claim for you. We’ll then give you an estimate of what your responsibility may be. For more information on insurance, see our specials and promotions page.
How can I hide my smile flaws?
Our most versatile treatment for concealing smile flaws is dental veneers. When applied to the front surfaces of your teeth, these thin porcelain “shells” can change the size, shape, or color of your teeth. They’re an excellent choice for covering imperfections like chips, stubborn stains, misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and worn-down teeth.