Common Questions

The following are answers to some of the questions we are asked most often. If you need more information about any of the topics below or have questions about anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask.

How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. LaBarre subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep up to date on research and development in the dental industry. He also takes time on a regular basis for continuing education, and ensure that his staff does the same. At LV Dental Arts, we make it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.

How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?

An average healthy adult typically benefits from a professional cleaning and check up every six months. While a routine of twice daily brushing and flossing helps to maintain a healthy mouth, only a professional can check for plaque and remove any that has hardened into tartar. Remember, the bacteria that can cause gum disease reside and multiply underneath the tartar on your teeth.

Do you accept my insurance plan?

Our office accepts nearly all of the major insurance plans. We are well-versed in the latest coverage trends, and are more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you prior to any treatments you may undergo. To save you time, we make sure we have all of your specific insurance information verified before you come in.

What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

In case of a true dental emergency, please contact our office voice mail and describe your condition in detail. We will return your call as soon as possible, give you helpful information over the phone, and then determine if you need to be seen immediately.

I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?

If your temporary crown comes off or breaks, carefully wrap up the piece(s), place it into a protective container, and call our office to schedule an appointment. If the crown is in one piece you can try to fit it back over your tooth. If it doesn’t slip easily into place, don’t force it. If you can get it to sit back onto (or into) the tooth, you can apply Fixodent to the inside of the crown, then gently put the crown back onto (or into) the tooth, apply slight pressure until it feels secure, gently close your teeth together and then clean off the excess Fixodent with a wet finger. (You can make a thick mixture of Vaseline and talcum powder if you don’t have Fixodent.) Either of these materials will hold your temporary crown in place for a short time if you can’t come into the office right away. Try to chew on the other side of your mouth when you are eating since the temporary can dislodge again.

What different payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard. Your insurance plan co-pay is due at the time of your visit. We can also provide you with information about various dental financing plans.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

If you have bleeding gums following brushing, the condition may or may not require attention. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough scrubbing instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gum disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing techniques, or occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation.

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

We understand many people feel nervous about having their teeth worked on. At LV Dental Arts, we do everything we can to create a relaxing atmosphere. For entertainment and distraction, we have special headphones, cable TV and DVD movies in every room. For more complex procedures, we offer laughing gas and local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?

A little regular flossing goes a long way and is critical to your overall oral health. It loosens food particles in tight spaces your toothbrush cannot reach; it gets rid of plaque build-up toothbrushes alone cannot remove; and it exercises your gum tissues. It is an unavoidable fact that regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are necessary to avoid gum disease.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Dr. LaBarre has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.