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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Fort Smith, AR

Many people have a variety of questions regarding what types of dental procedures are currently available and how to properly take care of their teeth. Below are some helpful answers to the questions we hear most frequently!


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What's the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?

General dentistry refers to the treatment of non-cosmetic dental problems. General dentistry procedures include the care of dental cavities, root canals, and the performance of routine teeth cleanings. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that is designed to enhance the appearance of a patient's smile. Cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, and composite fillings.

What types of cosmetic procedures does New Smile Dental: Gilberto Lopez, DDS offer?

New Smile Dental: Gilberto Lopez, DDS offers composite fillings, porcelain crowns (caps), porcelain fixed bridges, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

Are dental X-Rays safe?

Many people worry about getting dental X-rays, but this is unnecessary. A dental X-ray is completely safe, as the levels of radiation are minimal. In addition, New Smile Dental: Gilberto Lopez, DDS uses digital X-rays, which need less radiation than the traditional X-ray units.

What can I do if my teeth are crooked or chipped?

Those who are unhappy with the shape of their teeth can get them restored via one of our cosmetic dentistry treatments. Porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are two procedures that restore the appearance of the teeth.

How often do I need to visit the dentist for an exam?

In order to maintain the health of your teeth and to keep them clean, it is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year.