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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

In addition to taking care of your teeth, the team at Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care is also happy to answer any questions you might have. We’ll make sure you have all the knowledge you need about your dental options, so you can make well-informed decisions for you and your family. Below, we’ve already answered some of the most common questions we receive every day. Give us a call if there is anything else you’d like to know!

How often should I go to the dentist?

Our dentists recommends that the average healthy patient should attend at least one checkup and cleaning every six months. These routine appointments enable him to closely monitor a patient’s oral health so he can take care of any minor problems before they turn into major headaches.

Can I bring my child to Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care?

Yes! We’re happy to take care of any growing smiles you have at home. Each member of our team has experience with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers and everyone in between. We’ll go out of our way to make sure your child always enjoys their time with us.

What types of dental services do you offer?

Our team is able to offer truly comprehensive care under one roof, as we can provide a wide variety of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services in addition to specialty ones like all-inclusive dental implants and sedation dentistry. Basically, if you or your family needs it, you can trust that you’ll find it here at Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care!

I’m really nervous about going to the dentist…can you help with this?

Certainly! With sedation dentistry, we can help even the most nervous patient feel completely calm and cool during their appointments. We have methods suited for patients of all ages, and sedation is available for absolutely any kind of procedure. To learn more about your options, give us a call today.

Is there a way I can straighten my teeth without getting metal braces?

Yes! Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays instead of bulky brackets and wires to shift the teeth, meaning you can undergo orthodontic treatment without the people around you ever noticing! It’s the ideal solution for adults looking to improve their smiles in a discreet and effective way, and we’re proud to offer it here at Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care.

What is the difference between regular fluoride and silver diamine fluoride?

Regular fluoride, like you’ll find in toothpaste and tap water, is a mineral that helps strengthen the enamel when exposed to the teeth. Silver diamine fluoride, on the other hand, is a compound we can use to stop the progression of an active cavity. Applied to a tooth, it quickly kills the harmful bacteria in addition to fortifying the enamel. It’s an excellent option for children because it allows us to address cavities without using the drill.

What is AirFlow Therapy?

Instead of using an instrument to literally scrub or scrape away deposits on the teeth, AirFlow Therapy enables us to gently buff away plaque and tartar using just a steady stream of air, water, and small particles. This approach is not only more comfortable than a traditional cleaning, but faster as well, meaning you’ll save time at your routine appointments!