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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Dentistry covers a wide range of topics, techniques, and treatments, so it’s normal if you don’t quite understand a certain procedure from our dental office. Additionally, the field is continuously advancing, which is why Dr. Renkuntla takes continuing education so seriously. Below, we’ve noted a handful of the most common questions we hear from patients as well as our detailed answers. If your question isn’t listed below, feel free to give our dental office a call or let us know during your visit.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Dr. Renkuntla recommends that all patients visit his dental office at least once every six months for a cleaning and exam. Routine appointments like these are not only effective at catching the early signs of disease and removing harmful plaque, but also one of the most affordable forms of dental treatment. The majority of oral ailments and dental emergencies can be avoided when you take preventive care seriously, both in the dental office and at home.

Can you restore my damaged teeth?

During your exam, we’ll take a close look at the condition of your mouth and determine which restorative treatment will most effectively save your teeth. The materials we use to restore teeth are durable and long-lasting, but they are also tooth-colored so that you don’t have to sacrifice your smile’s appearance in the process. All of our restorations are custom-made to meet your needs exactly, ensuring longevity and natural-looking esthetics.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is designed to not only save your infected tooth but remove the infection that is causing your discomfort in the first place. Additionally, our dental office takes all the necessary steps to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue before beginning treatment, ensuring that your procedure is as comfortable as possible. Any discomfort felt is more likely the pain you’re experiencing as a result of the infection, or the mild soreness you may feel afterward, which is common for any type of oral surgery.

Can I see you for a dental emergency?

Absolutely! We do everything we can to get you seen the same day that your emergency occurs. The best thing you can do is seek treatment at our dental office, rather than assume the problem is going to get better on it’s own. When you arrive, we’ll make sure that you’re feeling comfortable about treatment, get you out of discomfort, and restore your oral health to the fullest.

Do you see kids?

Saginaw Dental is more than happy to meet the needs of patients of all ages, including young children. We work hard to create an environment that feels positive and welcoming, not cold and clinical. It’s incredibly important to us that we establish a positive first impression for your child, as doing so only makes future visits easier. Many of our treatments are catered specifically to children as well, so you can rest knowing their oral development is in experienced hands.

My gums hurt. How can you help?

Periodontal therapy can make a huge difference for your gum disease. Dr. Renkuntla utilizes effective and advanced techniques and technology to treat the symptoms of gum disease in all of its forms. Locally dedicated microbials (LDA) and soft tissue lasers help us remove infected or damaged gum tissue in the most precise way possible as well as treat specific areas of gum tissue more effectively. You can also expect less time needed in aftercare.

I’m too scared to visit the dentist. What can I do?

Millions of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Thankfully, there are options available to make your care easier to complete. Saginaw Dental offers sedation dentistry to help keep patients at ease during every step of their treatment. To keep patients calm, we administer nitrous oxide over the course of the procedure. This sedative is inhaled through a nasal mask during your visit and incredibly effective at easing anxiety and fear.