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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

At Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, our dentists and team members tend to hear the same questions over and over again from patients. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a handful of them here (along with their answers) in one location. Are you still not seeing the information you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate to contact our Midland location so that we can help you directly.

How often should I be going to the dentist’s office?

We strongly encourage patients to schedule appointments at least twice each calendar year, or once per every six months on average. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as the presence of severe gum disease or an excessive sensitivity to tooth decay, Dr. Boyles may suggest more frequent visits. Our goal is to review your smile at regular intervals, catch dental problems at their earliest stages, and provide ongoing support.

What is the best way to replace missing teeth?

While there are several options available, our team believes that the clear choice is dental implants. Dental implants stand apart from the crowd because they comprehensively rebuild a replica of the original tooth, including the root that’s well-hidden under the oral tissue. The final result is healthier, stronger, and longer-lasting than traditional reconstructive methods.

Of course, dental implants can’t be right for every single patient. We’ll be happy to help you explore all available treatments and determine which one fits your unique needs best.

What is the difference between a regular denture and an implant-retained denture?

Regular dentures sit atop the gum line with the help of natural suction and/or strategic clasps, and they are able to be removed from the mouth by the patient. However, the oral tissue will gradually break down over time and cause the prosthetic to feel less comfortable and stable. On the other hand, implant-retained dentures are attached to placed implants within the bone, and they will feel, look, and function like natural teeth. They also will maintain their optimal state for many, many years.

Do you see dental emergencies?

Yes! We do everything in our power to see patients in urgent need on the same day as their initial call. Our dentists will relieve your pain and devise a personalized treatment plan to repair any damage that occurred.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

The most common signs of advanced tooth infection are extreme sensitivity, a severe toothache, the darkening or general discoloration of a particular tooth, or swollen and red gum tissue that’s also located around a specific tooth. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Midland, TX dental office for further assistance if you experience any of the above, as a root canal may be necessary to rescue the tooth from future extraction.

Going to the dentist’s office makes me nervous. Can you help?

We certainly can. Sedation dentistry is available to relieve anxiety and create a genuinely relaxing atmosphere for patients. It’s important to our team that your care experience with us is smooth and stress-free.

Do you take my dental insurance?

Our team is happy to process dental insurance claims for most major PPO dental insurance plans, and we will work with you closely to ensure that you understand your estimated coverage, your out-of-pocket cost, and any available financing options. To learn more, visit our new patients page.