FAQ, Dental Questions

Dr. Wildern has been providing dental care in Northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan for 31 years and can answer any questions you might have. Please go to our Ask the Dentist page if you have a specific question.

What Should I Expect At The Dental First Visit?

You will have a full set of x-rays taken, an oral exam, TMJ exam, cancer screening by the doctor, from which a treatment plan will be developed.

Will Dental Treatment Hurt?

We use topical and local anesthetics and offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to ensure the comfort of our patients. In special cases, we can premedicate prior to dental appointments if necessary.

How Do I Pay For Dental Services?

We accept most insurance. Payment for services can be made by cash, check or credit card. We offer a payment plan option, please ask for details.

What Is An Amalgam?

A dental amalgam is a dental filling material that is used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay results in a loss of tooth structure. Dental amalgam is one type of dental filling material used to repair tooth structure that has been destroyed by decay and to restore the biting surfaces of a decayed tooth. Other materials, based on acrylics, are also used for dental fillings.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

The most common causes of tooth loss are dental caries, also known as tooth decay, and periodontal disease, which affects the gums and bone structure that supports the teeth. Dental caries is the major cause of tooth loss in children, and periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults; however, it too can afflict youngsters.

Can Periodontal Diseases Be Prevented?

Teeth can be protected from acid attacks by removing plaque, reducing the number of times and the amount of sugar and starches eaten, using fluorides, having plastic sealants applied to teeth, and by regular professional cleaning of teeth by a dental hygienist. Read more >>

How Many Times A Day Should I Brush My Teeth?

The American Dental Association advocates brushing twice each day. Although there is research indicating that brushing once a day is sufficient to disrupt the formation of plaque that feeds the bacteria that cause decay, this may not be enough for some people, depending on factors such as their diets and the efficacy of their brushing technique. ADHA recommends that you discuss this with your dental hygienist who understands your individual oral health needs and will be able to make a recommendation appropriate for you.