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Reflections Dental Spa
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We know that there is a lot to think about when it comes to your dental care. That’s why the team at Reflections Dental Spa encourages your questions. When you have all the information you need, you can feel confident when you need to make a decision about your treatment. No question or problem is too small because if it matters to you, it matters to us.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you probably have some of your own. If so, please don’t hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

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You have a right to be an active participant in making decisions about your dental treatment. We work with complete honesty and integrity and won’t ever push or oversell a treatment. We’ll answer your questions and make recommendations, but it is ultimately up to you as to whether or not you choose to receive a certain service. 

Since it’s so important for you to be part of the process, we focus on patient education. Making sound decisions about your treatment is easy when you are armed with information. State-of-the-art diagnostic technology at Reflections Dental Spa allows us to share and educate you about why treatment is necessary.

Panoramic digital x-rays allow us to look deep inside your tooth, then show you the results on a chairside monitor. Dr. Thomas can highlight and zoom in on the images to give you an in-depth understanding of the problem. Intraoral cameras are effective for viewing the inside of your mouth, and we can view these images together so we can pinpoint the problem for you. CariVu transillumination lights up your tooth so Dr. Thomas can identify decay or fractures before they become a problem. 

When you can see what we see, you are better able to understand the need for a particular treatment. We answer all your questions thoroughly because we want you to feel confident when you make a decision about treatment.

We get a lot of questions about dental insurance! The truth about dental insurance is that it is not a true insurance to cover a loss. It is a contract usually between your employer and the insurance company to help employees pay for dental care. 

The plan specifications are based on what the employer purchased as far as the amount of benefits and premium is concerned. So to accommodate budget restrictions of the employer, each insurance company creates various restrictions to make it profitable for the insurance as well as affordable for the employer. Most benefit plans cover only part of the cost.

An in-network provider of an insurance company has contracted with that company to provide services at a discounted fee for its members. They are contractually obligated to collect the patient portion or co-pay not to commit insurance fraud. Insurance helps patients get recommended care since there is more compliance from the patient due to perceived benefit from the insurance.

We try our best to estimate your portion based on the insurance breakdown provided by the company. Sometimes pre-estimates are sent. Irrespective of all this and the best of our intentions, plans change mid-year, employers change options mid-year, insurance policy changes occur, and frequency limitations or procedural limitations can occur.

We expect you to inform us if any changes have taken place in your enrollment, coverage or insurance. We work with multiple insurance companies, and without your input and help, it is impossible to keep current on your benefits. We bill your insurance companies as a courtesy to you, but ultimately you are responsible for your accounts.

We at Reflections Dental Spa, always try to work with your individual situation and work with your insurance. We are in-network with most of the PPO plans to help you maximize your benefits.

Ultimately our duty lies with you as our patient, and our diagnosis and treatment recommendations are based on what are in your best interest and not what the insurance dictates. Any help from them in improving and maintaining your dental health is a bonus. But determining your treatment needs solely on what your insurance dictates can be detrimental to your dental health.

Our patient Coordinator Carlene, can answer you any questions or concerns you have regarding your insurance benefits and coverage. We strive to build our practice on the principles of honesty and integrity and are passionate about oral care!

Our goal is to provide you with a calming and soothing experience with us that is unlike anything you have ever had at a dental office. We take the best state-of-the-art dental technology and combine it with relaxing complimentary spa treatments that make your visit comfortable – and even pleasurable!

At Reflections Dental Spa, we put your needs first. We know that dental visits aren’t popular because they’re associated with stress and discomfort. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring that you are comfortable and relaxed while we provide you with the treatment you need. We work hard to show you that high-quality care can be delivered in a setting that will put you at ease every time you visit.

Our office is warm and welcoming, and we offer anxiety-reducing amenities like flat screen TVs and massage chairs in our treatment rooms to help you feel at home. Complimentary spa services like warm scented towels, moisturizing gloves, eye masks, and aromatherapy help us pamper you so you can relax in our soothing environment.

With all our great complimentary spa services, you never have to avoid a dental visit again! If you have been putting off dental treatment, we would love the opportunity to show you the difference that supportive, gentle care can make. Please call us to arrange an appointment at our comfortable San Ramon dental office.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening is one of the most conservative ways to improve your smile. Discoloration or staining of your teeth can be caused be multiple factors like failing restorations, diet, smoking, etc. It is critical to have your dentist check the underlying conditions before starting a whitening treatment.

Whitening is not recommended if you have any current decay since the gel can cause increased sensitivity and pain. Untreated gum problems can increase the risk of tissue burn with whitening products. However, in many cases, a thorough cleaning may be all you need to remove a lot of the heavy stains to give you an immediate whitening experience!

Over the years, teeth whitening products have been tested for their safety. Since whitening products remove stains by opening pores in the dental enamel, some sensitivity is normal, but is usually temporary.

But the Hollywood influence has resulted in a lot of abuse with whitening products in search of the elusive Hollywood smile. Extensive use without supervision can cause extreme sensitivity and irreversible nerve damage issues.

Each person’s teeth react to whitening procedures differently depending on the intrinsic whitening capacity, strength and duration of the whitening product use and prior whitening exposures. No one can guarantee a particular shade, but significant improvement can be achieved in most cases. The presence of crowns, veneers or anterior restorations can limit the extent of your results since only teeth can be whitened, not your restorations.

Over the counter whitening products are not regulated by the dental profession, and using these products without the supervision of your dentist can cause significant damage including tissue sensitivity, nerve damage, and tissue burn.

At our San Ramon Office, we offer multiple options to cater to our patients’ wishes, needs, and dental condition. We come to know you and your teeth and what we think would work best for your individual situation. You can maintain your beautiful smile by limiting stain-producing foods and doing a whitening touch up once or twice a year at your dentist or at home with custom whitening trays. 

General Dentistry

Based on statistics, the recommendations for pre-medicating with antibiotics have changed and evolved over the years. Until recently, patients with heart conditions and joint replacements needed pre-medication before routine dental procedures. However, due to a high incidence of antibiotic resistance, the American Heart Association and American Orthopedic Association have changed the recommendations.

We hear from some of our patients that they have always taken premedication before dental procedures. It is not recommended to take these antibiotics for the majority of these conditions and situations. We want to take every precaution to protect you, at the same time not exposing you to unnecessary antibiotics. We want to use the most current recommendations so you have better success fighting infections and less risk of adverse effects if you need antibiotics in the future.  

If you are unsure and have any further concerns, please discuss the situation with your physician first. Please be sure to request a prescription before your appointment if your doctor recommends pre-medication. We also carry some antibiotics for administration as pre-medication at our office in case you forget! But please remember that in the case of known allergies, we might not have what you can have or tolerate. Please call us at our San Ramon office if you have any concerns. 

Cavities form as a result of bacteria in your mouth called Streptococcus mutans. These bacteria produce acids when exposed to increased sugar intake, increased plaque accumulation, etc. These acids cause irreversible changes in your teeth. It begins with an area of demineralization, which is usually reversible if caught early. This progresses with time to involve more and more of the deeper dental tissues and can cause pain if left untreated. 

Genetics do seem to play a role in susceptibility to decay. But the primary culprits are poor hygiene measures, avoiding regular dental visits, a diet high in processed sugars, and an acidic diet. Medications, which can contribute to dry mouth issues, and habitual grinding are also a problem.

Your first line of defense is brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, preferably at night. Reducing the frequency of food containing processed sugars will go a long way in prevention.

Give us a call at our San Ramon office to learn about measures to keep your teeth healthy and protect them from this cavity forming bacteria.

There are many reasons why people become anxious or fearful at the thought of dental treatment, and one of the most common is the anticipated discomfort of an injection.

There is a lot of great technology available today that’s designed to make your dental experience more comfortable than ever before. At Reflections Dental Spa, we use gentle anesthesia techniques that make uncomfortable injections a thing of the past!

The discomfort that most people feel with a conventional injection occurs when the anesthetic is deposited in the soft gum tissue. Today, we can virtually eliminate the discomfort of an injection because our computer-aided Wand system supplies a flow of anesthetic in a slow, comfortable manner, making the sensation barely perceptible.

In addition to experiencing an injection that you can barely feel, you won’t have to panic at the thought of a needle coming at you because the Wand system is a small instrument that looks like a pen. The Wand provides such a gentle experience that you may not even realize you have had the injection!

At Reflections Dental Spa, we pay attention to your comfort and offer state-of-the-art treatments that make your dental care easier. If you are curious and would like to learn more about our painless injections, please call us to arrange an appointment!

We would love to help, and we’ll start by telling you that each baby is unique!

The first baby tooth usually comes in between five and seven months of age and they usually have all their baby teeth by three to four years of age. But this can vary significantly! The permanent teeth start coming in around six years. Erupting teeth can cause a lot of drooling and fussiness in babies, and they usually have all their baby teeth by three to four years of age. But this can vary significantly! The permanent teeth start coming in around six years. Erupting teeth can cause a lot of drooling and fussiness in babies.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child see a dentist early after the time the teeth erupt. At our San Ramon office, we care for children three years and up. We recommend bringing them for a well baby visit around this time. We like to call them Smile Visits and most of the time that is all we do! Have them smile, brush or polish(depending on their reaction), and bribe them with prizes. We want them to be comfortable with the whole experience as much as possible. We cannot stress enough the importance of regular brushing from the time they get their first tooth. We recommend using a washcloth to clean their gums before the teeth come in!

We usually begin to limit pacifier use by three years of age to prevent any lingering effects on their jaw formation and teeth position. We also actively discourage letting them fall asleep while feeding since it can cause baby bottle decay, which is a rampant decay affecting almost all their teeth. Please make them sip some water or fall asleep with water in a bottle if they get fussy.

We at Reflections Dental Spa focus on prevention and education. These are building blocks that will help your child learn good oral habits for their lifetime.  We have seen from our experience that this can result in minimal dental issues throughout life, giving them a better chance to maintain their beautiful and healthy smiles! We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s future!

The orthodontist is an important part of your child’s dental team. We usually refer children by the age of seven or eight to have an evaluation by an orthodontist.

But it is of paramount importance that we, as your general dentist, work together with the orthodontist in ensuring proper care.  We play an integral role in keeping your child’s mouth healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. We should be the main driver in coordinating your dental care and be your child’s dental health partner.

It is critical to bring in your child for their regular exams and cleanings at our San Ramon dental office, especially while in active orthodontic treatment. Brushing and flossing is very difficult and time consuming with wires and brackets, leaving kids at a very high risk for plaque accumulation leading to cavities and gum disease.

We pay extra attention to their cleaning appointments and also increase the frequency of visits if any areas of concern are noticed. We do not want them to have straight teeth with unsightly white or brown spots or worse, cavities from lack of care.

Your Smile Team at Reflections Dental Spa, want to be a part of creating beautiful healthy smiles with you and your child’s help and support!

Having bad breath is one of the most common complaints we hear. It can be related to multiple issues including diet and other health conditions like allergies, diabetes, medications, etc.

Most of the time bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by bacterial plaque and ineffective oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing as well as brushing your tongue are necessary safeguards. Periodontal disease and an increase in disease-causing bacteria in deeper areas where they can grow are a significant cause of bad breath.

We at Reflections Dental Spa are very focused on improving your periodontal health. We firmly believe that the gums are the foundation of your teeth and recommend multiple preventive and maintenance measures to maintain their health.

Bad breath can also be a sign of active decay, broken fillings or infection. Drainage from infected teeth, food impaction in areas of bone loss can be a significant causative factor. Your diet can also be of prime importance, especially goods that contain garlic. Medications that contribute to dry mouth can also lead to halitosis. Please give us a call so we can evaluate any contributing factors and focus on steps to keep them under control.

We can help in giving you the confidence of a healthy and beautiful smile!

We usually recommend an occlusal guard when we see evidence of wear in your mouth like multiple broken fillings, flattened cusps, short clinical crowns or in some cases from your complaint of TMJ soreness or pain. Clenching, which involves excessive pressure while biting down for a long time or grinding when your jaw moves from side to side, can cause extensive damage and fracture to your teeth and restorations. The stress from the overactive muscles can cause chronic pain from TMJ issues.

We fabricate a custom guard to help prevent further wear. It involves creating molds of your teeth, which we send to the lab. It is like wearing a helmet when you ride a bike. Initially, there is an adjustment period, but it is for your safety and protection. A mouth guard is not a cure for grinding but is to prevent damage since most of the grinding happens at night when you have no control or awareness.

In recent years, more and more over the counter guards have come onto the market. But they are not customized for your teeth and do not have the features that we put in for your teeth protection. Something is better than nothing, but we recommend investing in a good quality lab processed guard to provide the maximum protection. Please also understand that, depending on the severity of your habit, we might need to replace the mouth guard. But is better that the wear is on your guard than your teeth!

Please call us at our San Ramon office so we can check to see if you there are any signs of wear that would necessitate an occlusal guard.

Panoramic Digital X-Rays

The radiation you get from a dental x-ray exposure is very low. At our San Ramon office, we have invested in digital panoramic x-rays that cut down the amount of radiation by more than 90% compared to traditional films. You can get more radiation by eating 50 bananas or spending the day at the beach!

For your protection, we use lead aprons only to expose areas of concern. All our digital radiographic techniques aim to reduce the amount of exposure while still giving us all the information that we need to make better choices for your treatment.

Digital x-rays provide us with information regarding decay or any other abnormalities in your jaw and teeth. They also give an accurate picture of the health of your bone holding the tooth in your jaw. This helps us to detect conditions in the early stages before they become complicated. We would like to get all the information to provide the best care for you, our patient!

Our goal is to educate you about the risks and benefits. We use the best practices and diagnostic tools available while minimizing risks to help ensure that we get an accurate, early diagnosis. This helps to minimize problems and more extensive treatment at a later date. 

Periodontal Treatment

Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum infection that occur when plaque and tartar build up below the gum line. If not effectively removed every day, the buildup causes gum irritation and micro ulcers resulting in bleeding gums while flossing as well as during your hygiene visits. It is important to control or correct factor that leads to this irritation.

Bleeding gums can be caused by other medical conditions like pregnancy, hormonal changes, and medications you take, like aspirin. But in the majority of cases, these changes are a sign of unhealthy gums. It is a common finding, but it is not normal. 

If you are noticing any increase or change in bleeding, that is usually a good time to schedule a dental visit so we can evaluate and take care of any issues. If you notice your hand or your head start bleeding for no reason, you would run to the emergency room. Your mouth is part of your body, and proper care should be taken to maintain them in a healthy state.

We recommend daily brushing and flossing as well as routine appointments, the interval of which we will recommend based on your individual needs. 
Contact us at our San Ramon office to learn about how to keep your gums healthy.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure. If left untreated, gum disease can ultimately lead to permanent deterioration of the jaw bone and possible tooth loss.

Preventing gum disease doesn’t just benefit your oral health. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and pregnancy complications.

One of the reasons that gum disease is so prevalent is that it can often develop and damage your teeth before you even notice any symptoms. Preventing gum disease with proper oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings should be a priority for everyone. But it’s good to know the signs of periodontal disease so you can get treatment as quickly as possible.

Some indications that gum disease is present are:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush
  • Gums that are tender when touched
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath, even after you use mouthwash

If you notice signs that you might have gum disease, please give us a call. At Reflections Dental Spa, we are passionate about helping you with early detection, treatment, and maintenance. In most cases, gum disease can be controlled, reduced, or eliminated with proper care. 

Teeth sensitivity can be caused by many factors. A sudden increase in sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, or discomfort when you bite down can be a sign of nerve involvement due to decay or fracture.

 However, one of the common reasons for sensitivity is aggressive brushing habits. People use abrasive toothpaste and tend to apply a lot of pressure with their toothbrush in the mistaken belief that this will get their teeth whiter and cleaner. 

Unfortunately, the tooth enamel gets eroded, exposing the dentin beneath. This leads to increased sensitivity and a higher risk of decay. You may also notice that your teeth are darker since the enamel which is lighter and brighter has thinned down or is missing.

Habitual grinding or bruxism usually happens with an increase in stress, but also results in significant wear and enamel loss causing increased sensitivity. Extensive use and misuse of whitening products can also increase the risk of sensitivity.

Teeth can also be sensitive right after restorations or after your cleaning visits due to the exposed dentinal surfaces or transient nerve irritation.

Fluoride varnish is recommended right after your hygiene visits to help minimize sensitivity. We also prescribe desensitizing toothpaste if we see a need, an occlusal guard to protect from grinding-related issues, and composite resin material to seal some of the areas of deep abrasion and sensitivity. 

We at Reflections Dental Spa are focused on getting your teeth to an optimal healthy state with minimal symptoms. Ask us how we can help with your sensitivity. 

Deep cleaning is not a one-time cure. Periodontal disease has no known cure but it can be controlled with regular visits to our San Ramon dental office and diligent oral hygiene practices.

When you have gum disease, the deeper the pockets, the more buildup occurs in between appointments due to variations in the crown and root anatomy and access. Research has found that periodontal bacteria colonize in 3 to 4 months time, and so we recommend 3 to 4-month periodontal maintenance visits till adequate improvement is seen.

Depending on the extent of disease progression and buildup we might recommend additional rounds of deep cleanings. Lasers, antibiotic treatment, or periodontal referral may all be recommended depending on individual tissue response and healing.

Ultimately, without your compliance and cooperation, no matter how effective our hygiene measures, it will be an uphill battle. We don’t want your quality of life to be affected by diseased or infected teeth and are happy to support you in any way needed.

Please call our San Ramon dental office to arrange your next cleaning so we can discuss your needs and how we can help. We hope that you will Let us be team players in improving your oral health!

We at Reflections Dental Spa know that this is one of the most exciting and precious periods in your life. We want to be part of this incredible journey that you are on and keep you at optimum dental health.

Pregnancy comes with a lot of hormonal changes, causing normal healthy gums to become irritated and swollen. This irritation is often referred to as “Pregnancy Gingivitis” and is exaggerated by plaque and tartar (calculus), so meticulous hygiene measures, as well as increased frequency of cleaning visits with us, is recommended to prevent progression.

We also want to make sure that we don’t miss any dental infections or other issues, which can lead to complications down the road. Any treatment like fillings are usually completed during the second trimester, where you are most comfortable, as well as after all the initial organ development of your precious baby is completed.  We defer any treatment that is not absolutely necessary till your pregnancy is completed even though any emergency issues will be dealt with right away taking all necessary precautions.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to call our San Ramon office. We promise to take good care of you and your little bundle of joy!

Brushing is very important, and the correct technique is critical for removing plaque. But even the most effective brushing is not going to dislodge the plaque and bacteria that are trapped in between your teeth below your gum line.

Flossing removes a lot of plaque, which is soft when initially formed. If you do not floss, or if it’s not effective, plaque hardens into calcified deposits called tartar, or calculus. As calculus sits on your teeth, it helps breed more aggressive bacteria. Over time, these bacteria cause continued destruction of the supporting tissues of your teeth. 

Once calcified, calculus cannot be removed with floss. You will need to come to our San Ramon dental office for a professional deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. 

Flossing is critical if you want to maintain healthy gums. Choose a convenient time to floss and stick to it. Developing a daily routine for flossing and sticking to it will make it easy to fit flossing into your schedule. Effective flossing will help you enjoy the benefits of a healthier mouth and less incidence of decay and gum disease. 

If it’s time for your next cleaning, please call Reflections Dental Spa to arrange an appointment!

Preventive Services

Baby teeth play an important role by holding the position for the permanent teeth and reducing the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment. Although genetics and habits play an important role in malocclusions, losing baby teeth early can cause a lot of complications with normal tooth position and result in longer and more extensive orthodontic treatment.

Even though they fall out eventually cavities can still become extensive and cause toothache and discomfort. It can affect your child’s eating habits, their nutrition, and their self-confidence if issues are extensive. Untreated cavities can also increase the bacterial count in your child’s mouth, which can in turn cause increased risk of cavities on their permanent teeth. Let us help them reduce the risk of pain and missed school days while improving their overall health.

We understand your concerns about your precious children and promise to take care of them as we do our own. We utilize gentle anesthesia techniques that they barely feel. We also administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) if they are anxious and use distraction techniques like TV on overhead screens.

Please call us at Reflections Dental Spa to make sure we keep their pearly whites healthy and beautiful. To help make their appointments more comfortable, we let them relax in our kids’ room with toys and an opportunity to play the Wii U games as a reward for good behavior. We do have to warn you that they tend to get sad leaving the kids room! 

Twice-yearly cleanings are something an old dental advertisement company came up with as a slogan! Most insurance companies seem to have followed that motto in deciding the allowed exams and cleanings in a year.

Ideally you should be brushing and flossing twice a day, but in reality, we tend to fall short, which allows plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth. Teeth have a lot of nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide and form deposits or cause decay. A cement-like substance called tartar is what we remove when you come in for your hygiene visits, so it doesn’t cause more inflammation and bone loss.

Every six months is a reasonable period to evaluate and manage mild cases of inflammation and infection of your gums. In some instances, we recommend having you come in every three to four months for a deeper cleaning based on your specific conditions.

These visits also give us an opportunity to detect any early signs of decay or tooth fracture which, if undetected, can cause extensive complications. We also perform intraoral cancer screenings using visual and tactile examination.

Most dental problems do not hurt or cause any symptoms in the early stages. Please do not wait till it hurts since that can lead to extensive treatment, higher risk, and less favorable outcomes.  An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of treatment. Maintenance visits help us not only in early detection but also focus on prevention, which can stop things from developing into issues that need treatment.

Please call us so we can help improve your over all health and help you bring your gums which are the foundations of your teeth, back to optimal health!

There is a lot of conflicting information about the safety of fluoride. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is the only mineral that can reduce the incidence of cavities in children. Having some fluoride in your diet helps make the enamel stronger and more resistant to decay. It gets absorbed locally and changes the external structure of enamel, making it harder and more resistant to acid attacks from cavity-producing bacteria.

That being said, we do not recommend overdoing it. Your safety is our priority. Fluoride concentration is measured in parts per million and at recommended concentrations for dental use, has been tested again and again to ensure its safety. We recommend using it in a varnish form after cleanings. It provides localized delivery and keeps it localized to the area of application to get the maximum benefit, and it is very safe. Fluoride is one of our most important lines of defense against decay.

We at Reflections Dental Spa have your utmost safety in mind and always do our due diligence to make sure we recommend what is in your best interest! We also prescribe fluoridated toothpaste at times if we see an increased risk of decay. Ultimately our duty is to inform you of the risks and benefits and help you make an educated decision but will respect your wishes.

Newly formed teeth usually have deep grooves, which are more prone to decay than other areas of the child’s teeth. These teeth tend to be less calcified and softer, and are at higher risk for decay because they are harder to clean.

It’s essential for us to protect these teeth, primarily your child’s permanent molar teeth, which erupt around six and twelve years of age. Placing sealants in the deep grooves prevents cavities from forming. Before placing the sealant, we thoroughly clean and prepare the tooth before applying the thin resin coatings to the deep grooves. This prevents plaque and bacteria from getting in there and beginning the decay process.

Sealants are most critical in the early years of tooth eruption. At this stage, teeth are softer with less mineralization, and your children are learning to brush and floss properly. They are also usually in the school environment where they are not under parental supervision. Each child and each tooth are different. We base our recommendations on your child’s hygiene skills and the anatomy of their teeth.

Please call our San Ramon Office so we can evaluate your child to see if they're a good candidate for the treatment.

Unfortunately, many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis and only go when they have a problem. This is known as reactive treatment as opposed to proactive treatment, and it simply means that you are not taking the steps to protect your teeth while they’re still healthy. While it may seem that this approach saves money in the short-term, it usually ends up being more cost prohibitive in the long run.

This is because most dental diseases don’t present any symptoms in the early stages when treatment is simple and less expensive. Dental diseases like decay (caries) do not hurt until they reach the interior portion of your tooth and need more extensive work to correct.

Periodontal disease is a dental “silent killer” that usually does not cause any symptoms until the very advanced stages. By the time periodontal disease gets to this point, there might not even be any treatment options left to save the tooth. There have been multiple studies conducted that show a strong correlation between periodontal disease and your overall health.

When caught early enough, problems like fracture lines around old fillings can be restored and replaced before the tooth fractures. If you put off treatment, however, this type of problem can’t be detected, and your only options may be extensive work or tooth loss.

Routine appointments at Reflections Dental Spa allow us to monitor your oral health and find and fix problems before they become complicated and costly to fix. If it’s time for your semi-annual visit, please call to arrange an appointment.

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