Dental Checkups

How often should I visit for a dental checkup?

We recommend that most patients visit us every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. However, depending on your specific dental health needs, we might suggest a more frequent schedule.

What if I have dental anxiety?

We strive to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Let us know if you're feeling anxious, and we can discuss options such as gentle sedation to ease your discomfort.

Are dental checkups covered by insurance?

Most dental insurance plans cover at least two checkups and cleanings per year. We accept a variety of insurance plans and are more than happy to help you understand your benefits.

What happens if you find a problem during my checkup?

If we identify any issues, we will discuss them with you and recommend the appropriate treatment options. Our approach is always to provide clear, understandable explanations and comprehensive care.

Can dental checkups affect my overall health?

Yes, regular dental checkups can play a crucial role in maintaining your overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to several chronic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Keeping your mouth healthy helps keep your whole body healthy.

Crowns & Bridges

How long do dental crowns and bridges last?

With proper care, dental crowns and bridges can last many years. The lifespan typically ranges from 5 to 15 years, but with diligent oral hygiene and regular checkups, they can last even longer.

Are dental crowns or bridges painful?

Most patients experience very little discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, and options for sedation are available for those with dental anxiety.

How do I care for my crown or bridge?

Care for crowns and bridges as you would your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and checkups are essential. Avoid chewing hard foods and ice to prevent damage.

Will my insurance cover the cost of crowns and bridges?

Most dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of crowns and bridges. We will help you understand your benefits and provide a cost estimate before treatment begins.

What materials are used to make crowns and bridges?

We use a variety of materials to craft crowns and bridges, depending on the needs and preferences of the patient. Common materials include porcelain, ceramic, and zirconia, which are popular for their durability and natural appearance. Metal alloys and gold are also options, particularly for back teeth where strength is a priority.

What should I do if my crown or bridge becomes loose or falls out?

If your crown or bridge loosens or falls out, it's important to contact us immediately to schedule an appointment. Avoid trying to fix it yourself or using temporary adhesives as these could cause further damage. Keep the crown or bridge in a safe place, as we may be able to reattach it.

How do I know if I need a crown or a bridge?

The decision to use a crown or a bridge is based on your specific dental needs. Crowns are typically used to cover a damaged, decayed, or cosmetically imperfect tooth, providing strength and improving appearance. Bridges are used to fill the space left by one or more missing teeth, anchoring to adjacent teeth or implants. During your consultation at Mount Hope Dentistry, we'll assess your condition and recommend the best treatment option for you.


How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case, but the average is typically around 12 to 18 months. However, you may start seeing results in just a few months.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Invisalign aligners are designed to minimize discomfort. While you may experience some pressure as your teeth begin to move, this is usually mild and manageable.

How often do I need to wear my aligners?

For the best results, you should wear your Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking anything other than water, brushing, and flossing.

Can I see what my smile will look like after treatment?

Yes! With Invisalign’s advanced 3D imaging technology, we can provide a preview of what your teeth will look like post-treatment. This imaging helps in creating a personalized treatment plan that targets your specific dental needs.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to traditional braces and varies depending on individual needs. We offer various financing options and will work with you to find the most affordable solution.


How long do veneers last?

With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for many years. Porcelain veneers typically last between 10 to 15 years, but with excellent dental hygiene and regular check-ups, they can last even longer.

Are veneers reversible?

Because some enamel removal is necessary to place veneers, the process is not considered reversible. However, veneers can be replaced if damaged or worn out.

Do veneers require special care?

Veneers do not require special care beyond good oral hygiene practices. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups are sufficient to maintain veneers.

Are veneers a good option for everyone?

Veneers are suitable for most adults with cosmetic dental issues but may not be recommended for patients with severe dental problems such as gum disease or large cavities. During your consultation, we will assess if veneers are the right option for you.

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of veneers varies based on the type of veneers chosen and the number of veneers needed. We provide a detailed cost breakdown during your consultation and discuss financing options to fit your budget.

Dental Implants

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are essential to the longevity of your implants.

Are dental implants painful?

Most patients report that the discomfort associated with implant surgery is minimal. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to minimize pain, and sedation options are available for patients with dental anxiety.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Caring for implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental check-ups, are essential to maintaining implant health and preventing gum disease.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most adults in good general health with sufficient jawbone to support implants are candidates. However, smokers or those with chronic disorders such as diabetes may need additional evaluation. Our team can determine if implants are right for you during your consultation.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, typically over 95%. Factors that contribute to the success include the health of the patient, the skill of the dentist, and proper aftercare.

Teeth Whitening

How long do teeth whitening results last?

The duration of teeth whitening results can vary based on dietary habits, oral hygiene, and tobacco use. Generally, the effects can last from 6 months to 2 years. We recommend maintaining good oral hygiene and using touch-up treatments as needed to prolong the results.

Is teeth whitening safe for everyone?

While teeth whitening is safe for most adults, it's not suitable for everyone. It is not recommended for children under 16, pregnant or nursing women, or individuals with gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots. We conduct a thorough evaluation during your consultation to determine if whitening is appropriate for you.

Will teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

Some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity during or after the whitening process. We use carefully controlled techniques and materials to minimize sensitivity and ensure your comfort.

Can I whiten crowns, veneers, or fillings?

Whitening treatments do not affect the color of dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. If you have visible dental restorations, we can discuss options to update these after whitening to ensure a consistent smile appearance.

What can I do to maintain my whiter smile?

To maintain your whiter smile, avoid staining foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco. Regular brushing and flossing, along with periodic touch-up treatments, can help maintain your results.

Emergency Dentistry

What should I do if I have a dental emergency after hours?

Mount Hope Family Dentistry provides contact information for after-hours emergencies. We ensure that our patients have access to the necessary advice or direction regarding immediate actions until they can be seen by our team.

How can I tell if it’s a dental emergency?

If you are in severe pain, have lost a tooth, or have a major infection or bleeding, it’s a dental emergency. If you are uncertain, it’s better to call and describe your symptoms so we can guide you on the best course of action.

What can I do to manage pain before I get to the dentist?

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort, but avoid applying aspirin directly to your gums as this can cause tissue damage. Applying a cold compress can also reduce swelling and pain.

Are there ways to prevent dental emergencies?

While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, maintaining regular check-ups can help identify and treat issues before they become urgent. Wearing mouthguards during sports and avoiding chewing hard foods and objects can also reduce risk.

Will my insurance cover emergency dental treatments?

Most dental insurance policies provide coverage for emergency care, but coverage details can vary. We can help you understand your benefits and will work with your insurance provider to claim any eligible treatments.

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