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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe that patient education is extremely important, because a well-informed patient is usually a healthy one! Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common dental questions we receive every day. If you have one that we haven’t covered here, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

Q) How often should I visit the dentist?

A) While this answer can vary from person to person, Dr. Lawton recommends that most people should visit the dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year, or every six months. This is the best way to prevent the most common dental problems from developing, including tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

Q) Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?

A) It certainly is! Flossing loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between the teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. These pesky oral inhabitants can irritate gums, cause gum disease, and promote cavities, as well as cause bad breath. For advice on flossing effectively, we will gladly teach you how to make your daily oral care easier.

Q) What is a dental implant and how long do they last?

A) Dental implants are a safe alternative to traditional bridges, partials, or full dentures and can even be used to stabilize these restorations in the event that you need to replace several teeth at once. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once an implant is secured, Dr. Lawton can attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to it. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. The life of an implant depends on your age, oral health, and personal hygiene, but with proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime.

Q) I do not like drills. Are there any other options?

A) We offer air abrasion, an alternative to the traditional dental drill. With air abrasion, a stream of air and tiny abrasive particles whisk away decay. Because the tool emits no vibration, heat, or noise (the factors that cause discomfort associated with a dental drill), most patients don't even need anesthetic!

Q) What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?

A) When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit 80% less radiation. Detailed images are immediately available for view on a chairside monitor in the operatory. Dr. Lawton can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the internet to insurance companies and specialists as well. They also require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they're earth friendly!

Q) I have a dental emergency! Will you see me right away?

A) We are happy to treat emergencies here in Houston, and we do our best to see patients as quickly as possible. You can always give us a call if you need immediate dental care, and we accept emergency walk-ins as well.

Q) Will you accept my insurance?

A) Yes! Our practice will accept and file claims for all PPO dental insurance plans, and we can even provide in-network benefits for those with Delta Dental or Cigna. To learn how we can use your particular plan to help you save at your next visit, contact us today.