When it comes to your dentistry, you may have questions – and you should! We welcome your questions, and our staff is well trained to answer them.
We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions we hear; however, if you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, please feel free to contact our office.
X-rays are a critical tool that Dr. Woodruff uses to determine if there are any concerns in your mouth internally. They’re important because they can help her detect issues such as tooth decay, infections, and gum disease in their earliest stages, which allows you to treat these concerns early with less invasive treatment procedures – before they hurt. We recommend that x-rays be taken at least once per year to monitor your oral health.
At Cornelius Dentistry, we’ve chosen to use digital x-rays because these are much safer for both our patients and the environment. Digital imaging emits 90% less radiation than x-rays used in the past, and they don’t require harsh chemicals for developing, making them less harmful to the environment.
Digital x-rays are also readily available for review so Dr. Woodruff can discuss your treatment needs with you right away. They offer a clearer image for a more accurate diagnosis. They’re also easy to share with other providers you’re working with, if necessary.
We use digital x-rays to provide you with a more pleasant and comfortable experience, while also giving you an accurate and timely treatment diagnosis so you can make educated decisions about the dental procedures that are right for your needs.
At Cornelius Dentistry, we believe that consistent preventative care is truly the key to achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. For most patients, we recommend a cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients who are managing gum disease may need additional cleanings throughout the year to keep their condition at bay.
Regular checkups are important because we’ll screen you for concerns such as tooth decay, cavities, oral cancer, and periodontal (gum) disease. These issues are best treated in their earliest stages, which allows you the opportunity for a more successful recovery with less invasive treatment procedures.
Professional cleanings are important to eliminate the plaque buildup that contributes to issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Our hygienist will also teach you about the importance of your oral health and proper brushing and flossing techniques you can use at home to make the most of your home care routine.
If you do find yourself facing gum disease, our team is well equipped to help you manage your condition with deep cleanings and products to help support your home care routine. Our goal is to help you maintain your natural teeth for a lifetime, and preventative care is the first step.
We welcome children to Cornelius Dentistry, and we recommend that parents bring their children in for their first appointment around the age of 2 or 3 years old. We’ll ensure that your child feels comfortable and welcome at their first visit and every appointment thereafter.
During their first visit, we’ll spend time acclimating them to the “big chair” and the tools and instruments we use. We’ll also count and examine their teeth, which gives us an opportunity to make you aware of any developmental concerns we might see early on. As they get older and more comfortable at our office, we’ll incorporate cleanings into their visits.
For older children, we may recommend additional services such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments, which help build, strengthen, and protect teeth from decay.
If your child participates in sports, we’re happy to recommend the right protective wear for their teeth and mouth. Protective wear is important as sports injuries account for around 40% of dental emergencies. Custom mouth guards typically offer better protection than the generic guards found at the sporting goods store.
We look forward to getting to know your child over the years and meeting their dental needs.