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Frequently Asked Questions

At Willow Run Dental Association, we want to assist any patient who may have a question or concern regarding dentistry as a whole, as well as inquiries about our dental office's specific offerings. For added convenience, our team has compiled several FAQs and their answers below. If you’ve read through the following information and haven’t found what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us directly here in Auburn, ME.

How often should I be visiting the dentist’s office?

In accordance with the American Dental Association, we recommend that patients with relatively good oral health attend at least two professional checkups and cleanings each calendar year. If there are outlying circumstances, such as an excessive vulnerability to tooth decay or the presence of gum disease, scheduling routine visits every three to four months may be a better course of action to ensure lasting oral health and wellbeing.

I have an injured tooth. How long will it take to repair it?

In many cases, our dentists can restore teeth damaged by decay and physical injuries in just one visit, thanks to the transformative power of CEREC technology. This state-of-the-art technique simplifies the traditional steps of restorative dentistry – impressions, design, milling, and final placement – into a single visit, which saves our patients valuable time without sacrificing the high level of quality and personalization they deserve.

Can you improve the way my smile looks?

Absolutely. Our comprehensive menu of services features several cosmetic options that are specifically designed to elevate the visual appearance of teeth and correct common imperfections. Popular choices include professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, metal-free restorations, and aesthetic gum recontouring.

My gums are bleeding after I brush and floss. Should I be worried?

Bleeding gums should never be taken lightly, and we strongly encourage you to schedule a checkup here in Auburn, ME if you are experiencing this symptom on a chronic basis. Our team performs a dedicated periodontal screening, inspecting the oral tissue and bone for any signs of excessive plaque accumulation and infection. If we do discover the presence of gum disease, therapy techniques like scaling and root planing are available to reverse the damage and reestablish your smile on a healthy path.

How can I replace missing teeth?

Several options are available here at Willow Run Dental Association, the most prominent being dental implants. Dental implants are highly recommended because of their valuable health benefits, their seamlessly lifelike aesthetic value, and their impressive, decades-long lifespans. However, our dentists understand this modern service may not be the best fit for every patient in need. More traditional services, such as dental bridges and dentures, are also available upon request. We will be happy to help you determine the right fit for your particular circumstances, preferences, and budget during an initial consultation.

Do you see dental emergencies?

Yes! We will accommodate dental emergencies as soon as possible here in Auburn and provide much-needed relief for patients with serious oral injuries and/or pain. Contact us today if you are in need of help – don’t wait.