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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Dr. Sopel always takes the time to explain everything to his patients so they feel well-informed and confident about their treatment decisions, and he’s happy to answer any questions you might have as well! Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common ones we receive every day, but if there is something else you’d like to know, be sure to give us a call anytime!

How often should I be visiting the dentist?

For the average healthy person without any outstanding dental issues, we would recommend visiting the dentist at least once every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning. These appointments enable Dr. Sopel to treat minor dental problems before they become serious, and routine cleanings can often stop cavities before they even begin.

What is my best option for replacing my missing teeth?

While this answer will be different for every patient depending on their particular needs, overall, Dr. Sopel considers dental implants to be the best missing tooth replacement available today. They are the only treatment that restores both the root and crown of a tooth, and they last much longer compared to other options as well. You can learn more about them on our full dental implants page.

I haven’t been to the dentist for a very long time…can you still help me?

Yes, even if you are dealing with numerous dental problems at the same time, Dr. Sopel is more than happy to help you. He can use something called a full mouth reconstruction for patients dealing with several missing and broken teeth to restore their smile’s health, strength, and function all at the same time. Each one is specially-designed for each patient, and you can learn more about how yours will work by giving us a call today.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth?

Instead of using a messy gel or sticky strip that won’t make that much of a difference in the color of your smile, you can dramatically whiten your teeth in just an hour or less here at Horseshoe Bay Dental. Our dental office uses Zoom! Whitening, and it’s proven to brighten the teeth by 6-8 shades in a single visit. If you’re ready to finally get rid of those stubborn coffee, wine, or tobacco stains, Zoom! Whitening is by far the most reliable way to do it!

My gums bleed every time I clean my teeth. Is this normal?

If you’ve just started flossing within the past few days, then a little oral bleeding is perfectly normal. However, it could be a sign that you’re brushing/flossing with too much pressure, or you might even have an infection called periodontal disease. Try cleaning your teeth with a lighter touch for a few days, and if the bleeding persists, be sure to give us a call. Periodontal disease can be very damaging if left untreated, but we can take care of it right away here at Horseshoe Bay Dental.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes, our dental office accepts and is in-network with several dental insurance providers, and you can view a complete list here. To learn how we can use your specific plan to help you save at your next visit, give our team a call today.