Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Eugene, OR

What Do You Want to Know?

Is there something that has been bothering you about your oral health? Do you want to learn more about some of the services we offer and how they can help you specifically? Call our office today so that one of our College Hill Dental members can help you find the answers you’re looking for. Below are some particularly common dental questions that we’ve heard from our patients.

When Should I Visit the Dentist?

If you aren’t currently aware of any oral health issues, you should visit our office every six months to let us clean your teeth and check for cavities. On the other hand, if you notice any concerning symptoms like recurring pain or visible dental damage, you should make an appointment right away so that we can help you find relief and restore your smile.

Is a Toothache a Dental Emergency?

There are different kinds of tooth pain, and some are more serious than others. A toothache should be treated as an emergency if it lasts more than a couple of days or becomes unbearable. Oftentimes, this is a sign that the tooth has become infected and needs to be treated via root canal therapy before it’s too late.

Do You Place Dental Implants?

Yes! We are able to perform implant placement in-house in addition to designing and attaching the final restoration after your mouth has fully healed. We highly recommend dental implants for anyone that has suffered extensive tooth loss, and we can help figure out if they’re the right choice for you during a consultation.

What Can I Do to Get a Whiter Smile?

We offer two highly effective whitening solutions in the form of customized take-home kits and quick in-office treatments. The latter only takes about an hour while the former can take up to two weeks to achieve the desired results, but both can ultimately brighten your smile by several shades. For discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening, we may recommend veneers instead.

Can I Straighten My Teeth Without Braces?

Yes, with Invisalign® clear aligners, you can get the straighter smile of your dreams without uncomfortable, unsightly metal braces. The smooth surface of each aligner is very gentle on the gums and the inside of your mouth, and the see-through plastic allows for a more discreet treatment.

What Does It Mean If I Have Bleeding Gums?

If your gums bleed easily, such as whenever you brush and floss, it likely means that you have gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can be treated relatively easily, although you need to act fast before it reaches the more advanced, destructive stages of the infection. At our office, we can perform scaling and root planing along with other forms of periodontal therapy to treat gum disease and keep it from doing any permanent damage.

Do You Take My Insurance?

We are in-network with many major insurance plans like Delta Dental, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, and others. If you call our office, one of our team members can confirm whether we can accept your plan and answer any other insurance questions.