How safe are dental X-rays?
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. We are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
Are you taking new patients?
YES. Because our patients love us they often refer their friends and family because they want to see them receive the same level of care. We are proud of the confidence our patients have placed in us by being a referral only based practice.
What happens at my first visit?
In order to treat each and every patient, as an individual with unique dental needs it is vital to completely assess their current oral health. We perform an oral cancer screening, we look at muscles and joints that open and close the mouth. We will look at your teeth, and your gums and bone that hold the teeth (the periodontium). We then take photos and x-rays when necessary. With this information we can determine the type of treatment that is right for you.
How can I make my teeth whiter?
There are several methods to make teeth whiter. We can “whiten” them in the office or place porcelain veneers. The best whitening technique has been dentist-prescribed whitening systems; they change the color of teeth with minimal (if any) side effects. Veneers are an option for more difficult cases. There are many other ways to improve the appearance of your smile. If you are interested in a cosmetic consultation to assess your cosmetic needs please let us know.
What kind of toothpaste is best?
The most important part of brushing your teeth is the technique used. Toothpaste is important for what it supplies, fluoride and tartar control. Be careful of the whitening brands because some are abrasive and they can remove enamel from teeth.
Electric or manual toothbrush?
After testing numerous brushes, we have concluded that electric, if used, is the best. We usually recommend electric toothbrushes because of their design, ease of use, and availability. There are numerous models on the market that work well. If you have a question about a specific brand, please ask us.
What do you offer for the nervous, anxious patient?
We realize that even though dental care has come a long way in terms of patient comfort, there are still those with concerns and fears. Dental care should not be an unpleasant experience so we provide a full array of options for those patients. We offer several techniques to help you relax so please ask us about the different methods we offer.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then we can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
At the beginning of 2017, Columbia Family Dentistry established a new office policy effective immediately.
For the safety and well-being of all of our patients, young and old, we will now only allow the patient back in the clinical dentist areas. This policy was put in effect to protect our patients and their family members from possibly harm, maintain and secure patient privacy, and help the over crowdedness of the clinical hallways and dental operatories.
Only in the case of special circumstances will we make an exception. Those include but are not limited to:
- Children under the age of 4
- First-time patients (children) under the age of 5
- Patients with special needs and/or need assistance
For children under 18, the legal guardian will wait in the lobby and we will get them if needed, as well as communicate treatment planning and services provided that day.
For first-time underage patients, you may request to go back with your child and receive a tour of our facility as well as meet Dr. Lauren Wilburn and her staff.
As always we strive to make each patient experience a comfortable one with a calming environment.
FACT: It has been proven a child does better unaccompanied by their legal guardian as they need to pay very close attention to what the dentist and dental assistants are asking them to do parent interaction can become confusing to the child and they need to be focusing on the dentist.