20921 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Suite A | Centennial, CO 80015 | Phone: 303.690.7778

FAQ’s

Read through some of our patients frequently asked questions.

If you don't see your specific question on the list, please feel free to call us at (303) 690-7778 or e-mail us - our team is here to help you!

Dental Emergency

Q: What if I have a Dental Emergency?

A: If you have a dental emergency, please call our office as soon as possible. We make every effort to see emergency patients the same day. If after hours, call our office to receive Dr. Wallace’s emergency phone number.

Bad Breath

Q: I BRUSH EVERY DAY, BUT MY BREATH JUST IS NOT FRESH. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?

A: Many people struggle with bad breath. We advise regular professional cleanings, twice daily brushing, daily flossing and tongue cleaning or the thorough cleaning of any removable dental prosthetics to help eliminate odor causing bacteria.

If bad breath persists you may benefit from a clinical mouth rinse or toothpaste formulated specifically to break the odor-causing bonds that cause bad breath. A recommendation may be made to see your family physician or specialist if infection and/or an underlying internal condition is suspected.

Losing/Missing a Tooth

Q: HOW CAN LOSING A BACK TOOTH AFFECT MY SMILE?

A: Loss of a back tooth/teeth not only compromises your ability to chew properly, altering your diet and nutrition, it may also lead to bone loss. Shifting of adjacent teeth may occur, placing undue pressure on other teeth. This may lead to tooth fractures, requiring extensive restorative procedures. Additional tooth loss may result if left untreated.

 

Veneer/Crown

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VENEER AND A CROWN?

A: A Veneer is a thin porcelain shell that covers only the front and biting surface of the tooth. A crown surrounds the entire tooth with porcelain.

White Fillings

Q: WHY DOES DR. WALLACE DO WHITE FILLINGS INSTEAD OF SILVER FILLINGS?

A: White fillings strengthen the tooth by bonding to its inner walls and more natural tooth structure is preserved. White fillings do not expand and contract with changing temperatures, and therefore, do not crack teeth.

Children's Dentistry

Q: How often should my child visit the dentist?

A: We recommend scheduling dental checkups every six months. Children in orthodontia (braces) may require more frequent visits.

Q: When do baby teeth erupt?

A: Baby teeth start to come in at about six months old.

Q: How do I clean my baby's teeth?

A: When they start to come in, rub them with a clean wet cloth after eating.  As your child grows and more teeth appear, use a child's toothbrush.  The ADA recommends not using some toothpastes under the age of six.  Contact our office for more information.

Safety Conditions

Q: What precautions Do you take to ensure patient safety?

A: We value your health and safety. Dr. Wallace and his team strictly adhere to the most current, advanced guidelines for infection control and instrument sterilization from the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association.