Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Kittanning, PA

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One of our favorite things to do is answer our patients’ questions, because it’s often the most effective way to put their minds at ease. Plus, this empowers them to take even better care of their smiles and health. Below, we’ve gone ahead and addressed some of the most popular questions we receive daily. But, if you would like to know more about something we haven’t covered here, you are always welcome to reach out to our team.

How often should someone see the dentist?

Your dental health needs will dictate our recommendation regarding the intervals between re-care appointments. Professional cleanings and checkups are recommended for most adults every six months. The need for regular appointments can vary considerably depending on your general health, the extent to which you've undergone restorative or cosmetic treatments, and your hereditary tendencies to oral health problems.

Hygiene visits allow for the removal of hardened tartar in areas where your brushing and flossing hasn't reached. Cleanings go a long way toward preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and the entire cascade of events that follow these problems. During checkups, we evaluate existing restorative/cosmetic work and screen for hidden concerns, such as bite problems and oral cancer.

How does Dr. Voller keep up on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. Voller pursues the latest dental research, technology, techniques, and materials. He subscribes to industry journals, devotes considerable time consulting with other industry leaders by reading and posting clinical information on an international dental experts' site. Dr. Voller also devotes significant time to continuing education from some of the most renowned institutions. He enjoys the hands-on experience he receives with some of the modern masters of dentistry. Dr. Voller’s articles have been published in more than a dozen dental journals, and he is a frequent lecturer, teacher, and mentor to fellow dental professionals.

My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?

Bleeding gums may require professional attention, depending on the source of the problem. They can be caused by improper, rough, scrubbing of the teeth instead of gentle, circular brushing motions, using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one, plaque and/or tartar buildup below the gum line, or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.

If your problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing or occurs every time you brush, you may have some level of gum disease. We recommend you set up an evaluation with Dr. Voller so that he can treat your condition and get you back on the road to great gum health.

Is there anything you can do to help me relax when I come in for my appointment?

We strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. For example, we will take time to get to know you, understand and talk through all of your concerns, and help alleviate them. We have a TV in every treatment room to help you relax. If necessary, we can provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation prior to a procedure. When you come in for your evaluation, tell Dr. Voller how you're feeling, and we'll work to put you completely at ease.

I'm so used to my smile, I take it for granted. How can a Smile Analysis help me determine what changes would be most beneficial?

Typically, smile analysis involves emotional questions to determine how your smile affects your self-image, your interactions with others, and your relationships - and objective questions to determine what structural/physical aspects of your smile concern you. You can even try answering these at home before you visit!

To do an emotional smile evaluation, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do you feel about your smile?
  • Do you love its appearance?
  • Does it make you feel confident?
  • Do you turn away from people while smiling or hide your mouth with your hand while talking?
  • Do you cover your smile with your lips, or refrain from letting yourself smile fully in front of others?
  • Do you close your mouth to smile for pictures?
  • Do you hold back your true laugh so that your smile won't show?
  • Are you embarrassed by the condition of your teeth, or by the length of time that's passed since you've seen a dentist?
  • Have you ever wished that you had someone else's smile?
  • How would a new, beautiful smile make you feel about yourself and your life?
  • What would you like to change about it in order to make it seem beautiful to you?

What do I do if I have an emergency when the dental office is closed?

We allow time for emergencies every day. If you experience a problem after hours, don’t worry. Dr. Voller is available 24/7 by cell phone, so you can reach him when you need him most. If you leave a message, Dr. Voller will return the call as soon as possible and provide as much information as possible over the phone. He’ll arrange a time to see you in person if necessary.