Frequently asked questions

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Oral exam appointment includes- (these appointments are schedule for 1 hour/adults, 40 min for under 11 years of age)

  • Comprehensive exam
  • Full set of radiographic or panoramic imaging
  • Full treatment planning

Treatment appointments vary depending on type of dental procedure/s being completed, they can range anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours.

Maintain good oral hygiene and see your Dentist every 6 months to 1 year.

Some examples of urgent dental situations are: (to be treated within 1-2 weeks)

  • Lost or cracked fillings
  • A broken tooth
  • Crowns that have fallen off or broken

Some examples of Emergent dental situations are-(to be treated within 24-48 hours)

  • Acute infection
  • Acute abscesses
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Unusual swelling of the face or gums
  • A tooth that has been avulsed (knocked out)

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care.

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that cover the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits.

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some locations are not open on Fridays. Please view individual office information for details.

We offer third party financing through Care Credit.

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through, which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

Great tooth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

Silver fillings, known as amalgam, have been around for decades. They are made from a metal alloy and were, for a long time, the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts based on the temperature of food and drink you consume. This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White fillings, also known as composites, are made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

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Our regular business hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time. (except for our Clatskanie office, which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)