Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Palo Alto, CA

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Dentistry can be relatively simple and straightforward, but other times it can be more complicated, especially when more complex treatments are necessary to protect your oral health. No matter what questions you may have, there’s a good chance Dr. Vatavuk can answer it! Below, you can read a handful of the most common questions he hears as well as brief, yet detailed responses for your convenience. Feel free to give the dental office a call if your question isn’t mentioned.

How often should I visit for a checkup?

We recommend that you visit our dental office at least once every six months to complete an exam and cleaning. Not only will these visits give us a chance to examine your mouth and confirm no underlying issues are causing you harm, but we can remove any plaque or tartar deposits that got missed during your at-home oral care.

Can you repair my damaged tooth?

Absolutely. Not only can we place tooth-colored dental fillings to resolve cavities, but we can cover chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth with dental crowns. Our restorative treatments are designed to keep teeth well protected in the long-term and ensure your smile looks natural should you choose more aesthetically pleasing options.

How should I replace missing teeth?

While there are multiple options to replace missing teeth, dental implants provide the best longevity and mimic dental structure the closest overall. This is largely due to the dedicated post that replaces the tooth root. Our dental office offers implant restorations to make your smile complete, whether you’re missing single or multiple teeth.

Will my tooth look natural after it’s restored?

We make use of multiple metal-free materials to ensure your smile looks incredibly natural after receiving restorative care. Along with Emax, zirconia, and lithium disilicate, Dr. Vatavuk uses the strongest bonding material available on the market today. This increases the longevity of your fillings, all while looking like a natural part of your enamel.

Can you treat my gum disease?

One of the most common procedures we provide for varying levels of gum disease is scaling and root planing. This two-part procedure is designed to remove harmful plaque from underneath the gum line and reduce the risk of future infection. Additionally, our dental office provides prescriptions like chlorhexidine, a topical antiseptic that promotes healing of the gums.

Do you see kids?

We do! We’re happy to see your younger family members for dental checkups and routine cleanings. With that said, we do encourage you to call our dental office and let us know if you intend to bring your family members for regular visits so we can accommodate them to the best of our ability.

Can I visit for dental emergencies?

In the event you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait to give our dental office a call. We will do our best to get you in for an appointment the same day that you get in touch, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel that something is not quite right.