One of the ways Wilton Dental Associates stands out is our focus on answering your questions thoroughly and explaining your care. We want to empower you to improve your oral health and your smile. Take a look below at some of our Wilton FAQ. If you don’t see the answers to your questions here, give us a call at 203-293-2086, or schedule an appointment with us today.
- How can I replace a missing tooth?
- What can I expect at my first dental exam in Wilton?
- How can I pay for my dental care?
- What’s the best way to improve my smile?
- Do you offer a lifetime guarantee?
- How do I know if I have gum disease?
- Are dental X-rays safe?
- How can I replace a missing tooth? A:
At our office, we offer many ways to replace teeth, including dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Often, we recommend dental implants because they are the most reliable tooth replacement option. Not only do they restore just about all your ability to chew, but they look and feel completely natural, won’t slip around, and should last a lifetime if you take care of them.
Dr. Strait can complete the entire implant process in our office, from planning to placement to restoration with beautiful new teeth. Set up a consultation with him if you’d like to find out more.
- What can I expect at my first dental exam in Wilton? A:
If you are a new patient, your first dental exam will last about an hour to an hour-and-a-half. If time permits, you will receive a cleaning at this first appointment. Dr. Strait and your dedicated hygienist will go over your medical and dental history and perform thorough exams, looking for issues like cavities, gum disease, TMJ problems, and oral cancer. They will review your digital X-ray results with you and explain any findings that might require treatment. They’ll also provide helpful tips on home care and will discuss any cosmetic concerns you wish to address.
When your appointment is done, you will receive any treatment recommendations and fees for them in writing.
- How can I pay for my dental care? A:
We want everyone to have access to high-quality dental care in Wilton. That’s why we offer several payment options. We will file dental insurance for you as a courtesy, and you can pay for any remaining costs with cash, card, or check. Many patients take advantage of interest-free financing and low-interest financing through Lending Club or CareCredit. We will always provide you with any fees up front so there are no surprises. Feel free to call us at 203-293-2086 if you have any questions about paying for your dental treatment.
- What’s the best way to improve my smile? A:
If you want to boost your smile’s appearance, we offer multiple cosmetic dentistry options, including beautiful dental veneers, professional teeth whitening, and Invisalign. Whitening is free with other cosmetic services you receive. Dr. Strait is an alumnus of the world-famous Las Vegas Institute and has decades of experience in enhancing smiles.
- Do you offer a lifetime guarantee? A:
Yes, we do! Our lifetime guarantee is rare to find at any Wilton dental office. We simply ask that you get two dental cleanings a year and have no negative microscopic culture for at least two consecutive checkups. Our guarantee is for ages 18 and up and includes voids in materials, breakage not due to patient misuse or accidents, and failure from open or defective margins. Ask our team for more details.
- How do I know if I have gum disease? A:
At every exam, we visually check for gum disease and ask about your symptoms. Common signs of gum disease include red or bleeding gums, tender or sore gums, loose teeth, and pockets in the gums.
We also use a phase microscope to help us identify gum disease. The bacteria that cause decay and periodontal/gum disease (pathogens) are mobile, meaning they move around a lot. Healthy bacteria, ones that are neutral or beneficial, look like they are standing still under the phase microscope, not moving. We will know that you have gum disease if we look at a sample of bacteria from your teeth under the gums (bacterial plaque) and see if the bacteria are still moving.
Without a microscope you have no idea what is going on and whether what you are doing in terms of oral home care has any value. How much dental disease you get in the future becomes luck.
- Are dental X-rays safe? A:
Our digital X-rays are completely safe, thanks to a paralleling X-ray technique using long-cone paralleling combined with the newest DEXIS Platinum Digital X-ray System. In fact, the radiation received from a complete X-ray series of 16 films at our office is only equal to what you would get during a week at home from normal background radiation (not counting what comes from higher-radiation sources such as television, microwave, computer terminals, laptops, cellphones, etc.).