Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
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What forms of payment do you accept?
Lucero Dental accepts cash, check, and credit cards. We also offer convenient patient payment plans through CareCredit. Visit our Financing Specials page for more information.
How often should I come in for a dental check-up?
You should visit us at least twice a year for a dental check-up and professional cleaning.
What can I do to improve the appearance of my smile?
Whether you are missing some teeth, your teeth have become damaged, or your teeth look worn, there are several cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that can help you treat these problems. Implants, dentures, and bridges may the right solution for you if you have lost teeth. Significant cosmetic changes can be achieved through teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers. If you have teeth that need to be rebuilt, opt for inlays, onlays, or crowns. Contact Lucero Dental for a free consultation to determine which treatment option is most appropriate for you.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in food, water, and dental products that strengthens your teeth and makes them more resistant. It is essential to use toothpaste, mouthwash, and topical gel containing fluoride to prevent tooth sensitivity and decay. At Lucero Dental, we offer fluoride treatments that coat your teeth with this beneficial mineral.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth daily to prevent plaque build-up. Furthermore, visit Lucero Dental twice a year for routine professional cleanings to minimize the risk of developing gum disease.
Who is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
Anyone with chipped, cracked, stained, or crooked teeth is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. At Lucero Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to improve the appearance of your teeth.
How can cosmetic dentistry improve the appearance of my teeth?
Cosmetic dental treatments are the answer to a more beautiful smile.
- Teeth whitening treatments bleach teeth that have been discolored by smoking, food, drink, and age.
- Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth individually to improve the appearance of your smile.
- Porcelain crowns encase your entire tooth to restore their natural shape and size.
- Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw to replace missing teeth.
- Brackets and wires are used to straighten crooked teeth.
What are the benefits of receiving quality dental treatment?
Receiving dental treatment can improve your life dramatically because it boost your self-esteem, makes it easier for you to be confident in social situations, improves your facial appearance, and allows you to lead a healthier, happier life.
I have many black fillings. What can I do to improve their appearance?
The black material used for filling cavities known as amalgam. Amalgam is a safe and durable material for cavity filling that has been used for over one hundred years. The downside of using amalgam is that it is very unsightly. Currently, there are several kinds of tooth-colored fillings available that can be used to replace your amalgam fillings. Contact Lucero Dental to set up a free consultation to find out more about your filling replacement options.
What happens if I don't get my teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis?
As plaque and calculus continue to accumulate, supporting tissues around your teeth deteriorate. Periodontal pockets that trap additional plaque start to form and are accompanied by bad breath. Eventually, the bone that supports each tooth is lost. Surgery is the only way to restore the bone.