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Frequently Asked Questions



What causes tooth decay?


Decay is caused by bacteria that collects on teeth and feeds on the carbohydrates in our diet. The bacteria produces acid that wears away at the enamel on our teeth. If decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. 


To protect your teeth against tooth decay, brush your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly, and avoid sugary foods.


What is dry mouth and what can I do about it?


Dry mouth is caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is needed to help control bacteria and wash away food debris.  Certain medications, some diseases, smoking, and chewing tobacco can cause dry out. If you suffer from dry mouth, call us and we can recommend ways to treat it. 


How often should I see a dentist?


Once every 6 months is good for most people, but some people with special conditions may need to see their dentist more often. Schedule an appointment to find out what’s best for you. 






What will happen on my first visit to the office?


Your first appointment will include an exam and cleaning and may include X-rays. Following your exam, the dentist will explain recommendations for your care and give you the opportunity to discuss treatment options and ask questions. 


If you are needing to be seen for an emergency, the focus of the initial appointment will address the concern. 






Where can I find new patient forms?


Let us help you get a head start on the paperwork. You will be able to access your patient forms online (here).


Sit down and see the big picture.


You’ll sit down with Dr. Ellison to chat about your dental treatment, medical history, and why you’ve come to see the dentist. Next is a thorough oral exam to help diagnose any oral health issues, and develop and comprehensive treatment plan that’s right for you. 




Depending on your dental history, Dr. Ellison may recommend the taking of several digital images or X-rays to get a better look. X-rays allow your dentist to see things that can’t be seen by the naked eyes, and they help your dentist conduct a comprehensive exam. 


TIP: Research shows that keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for your overall health.  ADA


Consultation with our office manager


After the dentist finishes your exam, our office manager will sit down with you. The goal is to answer any questions or concerns you might have, like how dental insurance works, or what sort of payment options are going to work for you.  Our goal is always to ensure patients' peace of mind. 






Will dentures really help?


Losing your teeth can be painful - in more ways than one. But it’s a problem that can be resolved with excellent results.  Dr. Ellison can provide you with a comfortable, attractive substitute for your natural teeth that, with proper care, will help you live a healthier, happier life.


Will dentures affect my appearance?


Dr. Ellison dentures are custom-crafted to suit you - making them incredibly comfortable and natural looking. 


At the beginning of the denture process, there is a “try-in” period. Your teeth will be positioned in wax so you and Dr. Ellison can see what your dentures will look like.  This is a great opportunity to discuss the appearance and make adjustments, so you’ll be happy with the end result. 


Many patients notice that once they get dentures, pronounced facial lines are softened, giving them a more youthful look.  We want our denture patients to be proud of their smile. Don’t be afraid to show it!


How will dentures affect my eating?


Adjusting to dentures takes time and patience, but you’ll get used to them before you know it. Our office will be happy to help you work through any challenges and explain the best ways to get used to biting and chewing with your new dentures. 


How quickly will I adjust to dentures?


Dentures may feel strange at first. They may seem too big, and you may notice an increase in saliva. This is normal.  Once your facial muscles and oral tissue adapt, your dentures should feel very comfortable. Some people adjust to dentures in a couple weeks while others take a little longer. 


How should I clean my dentures?


Always clean your dentures over a basin of water or a damp towel to avoid breakage if you drop them. Hold them gently between your thumb and fingers, and brush them using a denture brush and denture cleaner or soap - all readily available to any drugstore. Use only lukewarm water and avoid gritty pastes or powders. You should clean your dentures after every meal. 


Will Dentures affect my speech?


There may be minor differences at first. Don’t be concerned. Once your mouth is accustomed to the change, this should subside. Reading aloud is an excellent exercise for helping to restore normal speech quickly. 


Should I remove my dentures at night?


Every case is different. Dr. Ellison will let you know what’s right for you. There are special precautions to take with your dentures when they are not being used. 







Are your offices accessible to patients with disabilities?


Yes. Absolutely, Please let us know ahead of time if you would like us to make any special arrangements for you.



How much is this going to cost me?


Once you see the dentist and have a treatment plan, the office manager will provide you with detailed information about costs, financing alternatives, and insurance. As always, we do our best to find a price and a payment option that’s best for you. 


Methods of Payment


Cash, Check, Credit Card, Discover, Visa MasterCard

Plans:  Care Credit or Lending Club



What insurance do you accept?


We can accept most dental plans. If your plan is not on this list please call the office to verify your plans acceptance and we will verify your plan.














Are you accepting new patients?




Do you see children?


Dr. Ellison sees many children. He enjoys them and takes time to make their visit smooth and happy for all. As long as they can and will allow Dr. Ellison to work on them without crying or displaying an uncontrollable behavior. 


I’m pregnant, can I come in for a cleaning?


Yes, oral health is extremely important especially during pregnancy. Prior to your first visit, you must obtain a release form from your doctor indicating that you can visit a dental office.  We will not be able to take X-rays during your visit. 

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