Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Burien, WA

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Is it necessary to visit the dentist twice a year? Are dental implants superior to other tooth replacement options? Should I still seek emergency dentistry if I no longer have tooth pain? These are just a few of the questions our dental patients at Seahurst Smiles of Burien have asked over the years. To provide clear and concise information to those who entrust their smiles to our team, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions below, along with honest, transparent answers. If you don’t see yours listed, contact our dental office today.

How often should I see the dentist?

It is recommended that patients see their dentist every six months or twice a year. The American Dental Association (ADA) believes this is a good timeframe for professionals to regularly stay on top of a patient’s oral health and provide timely treatment should an infection or damage arise. Catching dental problems early on can mitigate the need for extensive restorative care later on.

I’m no longer experiencing tooth pain. Do I still need to visit the dentist?

Yes, you should never discount the possibility of a problem even if the tooth pain is no longer an issue. It is best if you keep your scheduled appointment with our dental team to allow us to examine the particular area and make sure there are no issues that exist beneath the gumline. Otherwise, you may be putting your smile at risk for more serious problems that require extensive dental care.

How can you fix my broken or decayed tooth?

It depends on the severity of the decay and/or damage as to how we will attempt to treat your tooth. If a small cavity is present, you may only need a tooth-colored filling. However, if the decay or damage reaches beyond the enamel layer, it may be necessary for you to receive a dental crown. At Seahurst Smiles of Burien, we are pleased to use CEREC technology to create customized restorations in-house using your milling unit. This not only cuts down on time but also in allowing patients to return to daily life without the bother of a temporary.

Will my jaw pain go away on its own?

It’s highly unlikely that your jaw pain will suddenly go away on its own, which is why it’s best to seek professional help early on. Whether caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) while sleeping, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), or severe bite misalignment, our team can evaluate your jaw and surrounding facial structures to determine the best course of treatment.

The sooner you seek help, the greater your results and better your quality of life.

Are dental sealants necessary for my child?

Most children have a hard time brushing their back teeth (molars and premolars) because they’re hard to reach. Fortunately, to better protect these chewing surfaces that contain many pits and grooves, dental sealants can be applied. Although they’re not required, we strongly suggest young children, especially those who are prone to cavities, receive dental sealants for an added level of protection.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Yes! We will be happy to welcome your dental insurance plan. Although we are a fee-for-service dental office, we will be happy to file any necessary claims on your behalf to minimize confusion, stress, and allow you to focus more on your new smile and less on the financial side of dental care.