Frequently Asked Dental Questions
We Answer Common Questions for You
We understand that choosing the right dental practice to call home for you and your loved ones is important. If you’re still deciding whether to come to Oyler Family Dentistry and have questions about our practice, we invite you to look at our responses to some of the most commonly asked questions that we get from our patients. If we did not address your concerns below, feel free to contact our team, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
How does the Dentist keep up to date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?
Dr. Oyler and our team take at least 25 hours of continuing education each year, which is much more than the state's requirement. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to keep in tune with the latest developments in all aspects of dentistry. We are passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also screen for oral cancer, a disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80% cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
can you care for my entire family?
Absolutely. We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child - or you, for that matter – would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer to a trusted colleague. Some children deal with dental appointments better at a pediatric dentist’s office. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced gum disease or problematic root canals, to a specialist for optimal care. As a general dentist office, our preventive, orthodontic, restorative, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.
What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?
Well, we'd like to start by evaluating your oral health, existing smile, and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, replacement teeth, and replacing metal dental work with porcelain restorations. However, your smile may also benefit from some artistic bonding and reshaping or teeth whitening. Maybe Invisalign ® clear braces or traditional braces will give you the straight smile you've always wanted. Smile makeovers are a great solution for patients who would benefit from two or more cosmetic or restorative treatments. Call our dental office in Lawrenceburg to schedule a cosmetic consultation, and together, we'll determine the best road to your ideal smile.
What is a dental implant, and how long will it last?
Dental implants are a safe alternative to bridges, partials, and full dentures. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once the implants are secured, your dentist attaches a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. The life of implants depends upon your age, oral health, and personal hygiene. With proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, connects the lower jaw with the temporal bone. TMJ disorder occurs when physical or emotional stress causes the joint to develop dysfunction. These joints are highly sensitive, and a little added stress is all it takes to throw them out of line. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include frequent headaches, jaw clicking, and jaw, neck, and back pain. TMJ disorder can be treated with simple, non-surgical therapies. Dr. Oyler custom designs mouthguards that reposition the jaw and alleviate TMJ-related symptoms. We can also utilize Botox to relieve the pain of TMJ.
I avoid dental visits because of anxiety...is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer solutions to help patients overcome their stress. With oral conscious sedation, we help you gain full peace of mind and body so you can receive the dental work you need and deserve. We will listen to your concerns and come up with a plan that best serves you.
Does my insurance cover that?
Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. For the most part, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. We accept CareCredit® to make cosmetic dentistry affordable for all of Dr. Oyler's patients. If you have questions, call our Lawrenceburg dental office. We'll be happy to estimate what your insurance will cover.