FAQs

Common Dental Questions and Answers


How does gum disease affect the body?
It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. At your checkup, we’ll let you know if you should be concerned about gum disease.

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What is an FAGD?
FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Only seven percent of general dentists nationwide have received this prestigious designation. To earn his FAGD, Dr. Hoover and Dr. Smith took 500 hours of continued education from an approved provider and passed the fellowship exam. Fellowship with the AGD is one way in which Dr. Hoover and Dr. Smith proves his dedication to stay current with the latest trends in dentistry and provide quality dental care.

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My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
You'll need to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoover and Dr. Smith so that the dentist can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers the most long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking choice.

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Does your office use laser dentistry?
We use many kinds of lasers for precise, comfortable dentistry… DIAGNOdent is our cavity-detection laser. It will scan your teeth to find decay and areas prone to decay, and we will not have to inspect each of your teeth with a traditional dental hook.

Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, harvest and place gum grafts, reduce gum tissue for esthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.

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I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. With sedation dentistry, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve.

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How can I improve my smile?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Cosmetic dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile. We offer digital imaging for smile previews, as well.

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Do you accept dental insurance?
Dental care can get expensive, so we help patients maximize their insurance benefits. As a courtesy, we will file claims electronically and accept assignment of benefits whenever possible. Please call our Austin dental office with any questions.

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What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, and major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Third-party financing is available through CareCredit for qualified applicants.

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About Smiles Dental Care in Austin provides patients with a positive dental experience that will protect and maintain a sensational smile. Conveniently located for Downtown and South Austin, our dental office serves patients from Sunset Valley, Oak Hill, Dripping Springs, Westlake Hills, Dell Valley, and Southwest Austin. Call our Austin family dentist today to make an appointment, and we will do everything possible to ensure you have a pleasant visit.

2555 Western Trails Blvd, Suite 104, Austin, Tx 78745 | Phone: 512-444-5577

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