Unlike most other dental websites, our FAQ section is not prepared by one or two doctors. We have compiled the best answers for our FAQ section, so that you don’t have to search all over to find the right answers. Please note that all the answers provided here are for general information purposes. Only a dentist can and should answer specific questions about your case. So please consult your dentist before making any decisions regarding treatment.

The FAQ are organized under several categories listed below. Please Contact Argonaut Dental if you have a question you would like us to answer.

General Dentistry

What procedures does a general dentist offer?

At Argonaut Dental, we offer a wide variety of procedures. From cleaning, deep-cleaning, fillings, extractions, root canals, to whitening and more complex cosmetic and implant procedures! Please visit our ‘Services’ section to see a complete list of procedures we offer.

Why does the dentist take x-rays?

There is only so much a dentist can examine without having an x-ray. Some cavities, signs of oral cancer, infections, etc. cannot always be checked visually. Having x-rays gives the dentist a better understanding of the patient’s oral health.

What is the amount of radiation in dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation x-rays. A routine exam that includes four bitewings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (~1-2 hrs).

I’m pregnant. Should I visit my dentist regularly for my dental check up?

It is recommended that women who are pregnant get their regular cleanings done. For anything beyond cleanings, we will request an authorization from your OBGYN. We take extra caution when it comes to the safety of you and your family.

What can I do about a sensitive teeth?

Everyone’s oral health is different, which is why the treatments are often different. Your dentist will go over the best way of giving relief to your sensitive teeth.

I have dentures. Should I still see my dentist regularly?

Yes! A dental visit not only consist of a cleaning, but much more. During a checkup, not only your teeth are checked but also your overall oral health. Depending on what type of dentures you have, your treatment plan may differ from others.

How can I get my kids to brush their teeth regularly?

Every child is different. Before giving any suggestions, we prefer to see your child and asses their dental needs to tailor our suggestions and recommendations.

Oral Health

What constitutes a good oral hygiene practice?

If you want to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile, you have to be diligent in how you take care of your teeth. Brushing is the basic method, and ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal, but brushing at least twice a day should be good enough, as long as you brush thorough, cleaning through all surfaces of your teeth. Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash is also equally important. Flossing clean in between teeth, reaching areas that are otherwise inaccessible to the bristles of your brush and rinsing medicates your tissues and saliva with ingredients that should support good oral health condition.

What are the best ways to brush and floss your teeth?

Brushing for two minutes, twice daily, is recommended. ADA recommends placing the toothbrush against the gumline at a 45 degree angle to eliminate plaque from above and below the gingival margins. Flossing should be done by guiding the floss gently between your teeth. When the floss reaches the gum line, gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth in a C-shape.

How frequently should I floss?

Flossing is key to having clean gums. We recommend flossing twice a day.

How often should I visit my dentist for cleaning and check up?

Depending on your overall oral health, you should get a cleaning and check up done every 4 to 6 months. If you make it a habit to see your dentist on a regular basis, you can avoid having problems in the first place. It saves you from expensive procedures and definitely takes away the need for more invasive procedures. During a routine check-up, x-rays are taken and the condition of the mouth is assessed, making sure that it is disease-free and healthy.

Why is fluoride treatment important?

Fluoride helps in keeping your enamel strong and healthy. It protects your teeth from developing cavities.

What do I do with bad breath?

Bad breath could be caused by many factors, but the most common reason for bad breath is poor hygiene. If you feel that you or someone you know has the problem of bad breath, your first step should be to visit your dentist for an examination. Once the reason for your bad breath is determined, a treatment plan is created around it, which may or may not require a procedure.

Braces & Orthodontics

Do orthodontic treatments hurt?

You may feel some discomfort as your teeth begin to realign due to the pressure of the wires and elastic ligatures. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide relief from such discomfort.

How much is the cost of orthodontic treatment?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the amount of work and length of time the process takes. At Argonaut Dental, will make sure we give you a reasonable and affordable quote for the amount of work required.

Gum Disease & Treatment

I have an infection. What should i do?

Make an appointment with your dentist right away! Infections can quickly spread to other areas of the mouth, which may cause severe damage to healthy areas.

Why are my gums bleeding?

Most of the time, gums bleed because of not flossing regularly. If you see your gums are bleeding make an appointment with your dentist to get it checked right away.

Why do my teeth seem to be darkening?

Teeth discoloration could be because of many reasons. Genetics, smoking, poor hygiene, and many other factors can lead to discoloration of the teeth.

Root Canal Treatment

Will I be able to eat after a root canal treatment?

We suggest you wait at least one full day before eating any hard, spicy, and chewy food.

Will I be able to drive after a root canal treatment?

In most cases, yes. Depending on what type of anesthetic was given, your dentist will let you know well in advance, whether you will be able to drive or not after a root canal treatment.

Dentures & Implants

How long do dental implants last?

The actual duration of your dentures as well as implants depends on how well you take care of your oral health. If you take good care of them, they should last a good 5 years to even a lifetime!

Can I take my dentures or implants off?

Removable dentures are suggested to be removed and cleaned on a daily basis. However for implants, only your dentist or a specialist may remove them, should a need arise.

Should I visit my dentist more often than every 6 months, after getting an implant?

Yes! This way, your dentist can see how your implant is doing, and if it needs any adjustments.

What are implants made out of?

Dental implants are made out of titanium. They are cylindrical in shape, resembling the root of a tooth. Additional components are positioned on an implant that enable the dentists to put a crown (cap) on top. A dental implant can also be utilized to bear full or partial dentures, considerably enhancing retention and stability of the denture.

Dentures & Implants

What insurance is accepted?

Almost all PPO insurance plans are accepted. Please call our office to check if you do not see your plan listed in our Dental Insurance section.

Do you accept Medi-Cal?

Unfortunately, we do not accept Medi-Cal at this time.

Is the office in-network or out-of-network with major insurances?

We are in-network with most PPO insurance plans.You are always welcome to call our office and get further clarification on your insurance.

Office & Visit

Does your office see kids?

Yes! Kids of all ages are welcome.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Please bring your insurance card, and a valid ID. If you would like the dentist to look at any other information such as x-rays, pictures, dentres, etc., please bring them with you. We do recommend that you fill out the “New Patient Forms” on our website, if it is your first visit.

Do I need to arrive earlier on my first appointment?

We recommend you arrive 15 minutes earlier so you have enough time to complete any necessary paperwork.

How long will my first appointment be?

Generally your first appointment will be an hour to an hour and a half. A lot depends on your oral health, and any immediate issues you may be facing at the time of your first appointment.

How long do I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

Things happen! We understand. We would appreciate a 24 hour notice.

Can I schedule / reschedule my appointments online?

Our team of highly skilled Software Engineers are working hard to make this happen for you soon! As of now, we ask you to fill out a simple form and tell us your preferred days and times so we can accommodate you at our earliest availability.

What type of reminders will I get?

Our office send reminders via Text Messages, Emails, and Phone. Please do tell us about your preferred mode for reminders, during your next visit.