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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know if it’s time for your next checkup or what you should do about your missing teeth? Then you’ve come to the right place! We receive tons of questions every day, so below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common ones. If you happen to have a question that we haven’t answered here, be sure to give us a call and ask! We’re always happy to talk dentistry with you and make sure you completely understand your care.

When should I get my regular checkup?

We invite you to visit our Chardon, Jefferson, or Painesville dental practice at least once every six months. Medical research continues to show that poor oral health can negatively impact your entire body. Regular checkups can ensure your dental wellbeing and help us catch problems early so we can affordably and quickly treat your issues.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

If your gums bleed, feel swollen, look discolored, or your teeth feel loose, you may have gum disease. If you don’t think gum disease is something to worry about … think again! According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. It has also been linked to strokes, diabetes, and cancer!

Will a root canal help my toothache?

In many cases, toothaches are the result of root canal infections. Teeth that have been compromised by decay or damage are often vulnerable to bacterial infections. Bacteria will get inside the tooth and infect the root canals, which can cause quite a bit of pain and irritation. Generally, a root canal will alleviate the discomfort. We remove the diseased tissue, clean out the tooth, and then seal it.

Can I really get a permanent crown in a single office visit?

Yes! At Chardon Smile Center and Painesville Dental Group, we use CEREC technology to create your restoration in just one appointment. We send digital impressions to our CEREC milling machine, which creates your beautiful, natural-looking crown in about an hour.

Why do I need to replace my missing teeth?

Missing teeth may embarrass you and affect your ability to eat and speak. They also put you at a higher risk of developing gum disease and additional tooth loss. With the tooth replacement options offered by our three dental locations in Chardon, Jefferson, and Painesville, we can give you a brand new smile!

Are porcelain veneers a good option to cosmetically enhance my smile?

Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dentistry option for instantly improving a smile riddled with cracks, chips, gaps, and stains. Porcelain veneers can also cover broken and misshapen teeth. All three of our offices—in Chardon, Jefferson, and Painesville—can give you a new smile with porcelain veneers in just two visits.