Over his dental career, Dr. Robert A. Bell has identified some common questions and concerns that many people have about their dental care. At Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C., we consider each patient and procedure as completely unique, but there some general answers that apply to most people. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that may help you.
Q: How do I know when I need a checkup?
A: Dr. Robert A. Bell recommends you get a dental checkup every six months. Checkups are important as they can help us identify potential issues, even if you have not experienced any pain or symptoms. For example, demineralization precedes tooth decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until later stages, and gum disease can progress unnoticed. A regular checkup can identify these and many other problems before they become too serious. And a good, rigorous cleaning is always a good idea.
Q: Do I need to get X-rays?
A: X-rays are incredibly helpful dental tools and are quite safe. At Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C., we utilize bitewing X-rays to focus on small areas of the mouth and panoramic X-rays to create a single image of the entire mouth. We also use a digital system, which has several benefits. One of those is that it exposes our patients to about 80% less radiation. It also provides results quicker, without using chemicals that harm the environment. These digital X-rays can help our dentist identify issues before they become major problems.
Q: How do you ensure patient safety?
A: Safety is our top priority. In addition to strictly following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we use disposable products as much as possible. We also thoroughly clean and sterilize treatment rooms and equipment between each patient visit. Please call us at 502-955-6516 if you have other safety questions or concerns.
Q: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A: Each patient is different, and we evaluate a person’s potential for successful implants individually. But good candidates should have good oral health, adequate bone structure, and don’t smoke or drink. A consultation with our dentist will be necessary to determine whether dental implants are right for you.
Q: Does your office use lasers?
A: Yes. We use a soft-tissue laser to help ensure a more comfortable and successful treatment. Lasers typically reduce bleeding, pain, and healing time, and can reduce the likelihood of infection. Laser procedures are also more precise and safe than many other methods.
If you would like to learn more about our dental care, or if you are ready to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, we welcome you to contact us today. We look forward to taking care of your smile!