FAQsFamily-owned and operated Lippian Family Dentistry in Texarkana, TX proudly serve patients of all ages. We provide quality dental care through our wide range of treatments that enhance the health, strength and beauty of your smile. Our husband-and-wife team of dentists and our staff work hard to make sure you have a positive experience at our office. We believe that it is important for you to access to the information and resources you need to make healthy decisions for your smile. Below are common questions we receive. If you have a question not answered below, please contact us today at 903-793-6976 and we will be happy to help!
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How often should I come in for a checkup?
We recommend patients come in for a checkup twice a year if you are in good health, but if you are having dental health problems, we will want to see you more regularly. To remind you of appointments, we use Smile Reminder, a system which sends emails, text messages and postcards when your appointment is coming up.
At what age should children begin visiting the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends children first see the dentist by their first birthday. At Lippian Family Dentistry, we feel it is best to begin bringing your child at a young age to your own dental appointments, so they can adjust to and feel comfortable in the environment. We will teach you how to begin cleaning your child’s teeth and gums when they are around one or two, and then when they are four or five years old, we can begin seeing them for routine cleanings and checkups.
Should I be worried if my gums bleed after I brush my teeth?
Gum bleeding could simply be a sign that you are brushing your teeth too vigorously, but it could also be a sign of developing gum disease. You should schedule an appointment with us so we can determine the cause of the problem and correct it before it progresses to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and other serious health issues.
Can the gap in my teeth be closed without braces?
Yes! Dental bonding is a quick procedure in which we apply a tooth-colored resin with a curing light to the tooth. This resin can be used to fill in gaps in just one appointment. We can also provide porcelain veneers to cover up a gap.
What is the difference between over-the-counter and professional teeth whiteners?
Because over-the-counter whitening solutions aren’t custom-created for your individual mouth, they can be difficult to apply and are not very precise. On the other hand, our professional in-office whitening gel is applied carefully and accurately to each tooth, and our take-home kits are custom molded to fit your teeth. Over-the-counter whiteners also aren’t as effective. They can whiten your teeth up to three shades, whereas professional whitening can brighten your smile by up to 10 shades.
What are my options if I am missing a tooth?
Our doctors can discuss with you the best option for your missing tooth, based on your current oral and overall health. Options include crowns and bridges, dentures, and dental implants.
What should I do if my lower dentures are too uncomfortable to wear?
Adhesive lower dentures aren’t the best option to provide the support you need to properly bite and chew. We recommend using implant-retained lower dentures, meaning they are attached to the jaw through the use of titanium posts. We can help you decide if this is the right option for you.
How does a digital x-ray differ from a traditional x-ray?
Digital x-rays are safer and more convenient than traditional x-rays. They release up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. With digital x-rays, there is no downtime waiting for the images to process; the x-rays are available right away via a monitor. Plus, we can share these images if needed for insurance or treatment purposes.
Do you offer emergency services?
If you have an emergency during our hours, give us a call and we will get you in that same day. If you are a current patient and you have an emergency after-hours, call our office, and the answering message will provide you with instructions to contact the doctor on call.