Frequently asked questions

As long as you have no active decay, we can fabricate custom bleaching trays so you can whiten in the comfort of your own home. We have two different concentrations of bleach, the highest of which only requires you to apply it for 15 minutes! If you do have cavities, we recommend you address these needs prior to whitening as bleach can contribute to the spread of decay.

Don’t feel like bleaching at home? We offer Zoom! in-office whitening to get your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just a two hour appointment.

Our patients should ideally expect a pain-free experience at Abenaki Dental Care. If anesthetic is required for your visit, steps are taken with topical numbing agents to make you feel less. While we can’t get rid of some of the sounds, smells or vibrations, we aim to make your dental visits as pleasant as possible.

We have multiple options for you, from sedation options to simply giving you a blanket, headphones & Netflix to watch! If you are finding yourself stressing about your upcoming visit with us, please let us know so we can accommodate you.

We want to turn those feelings around and make the dental office a place of comfort and security for you to look forward to! Please let us know what particular things have bothered you with your past experiences so we can avoid these for you.

Preventative dental hygiene appointments help keep your oral health on track. Our hygienists utilize special tools to remove plaque and debris your toothbrush and floss alone cannot reach. It also allows us to accomplish adjunct services like oral cancer screenings, nutritional counseling or discussions about your sleep and breathing.

Whenever trauma is involved, we recommend you come see us so we can establish a baseline for the affected teeth. Dental trauma is unique – sometimes the symptoms don’t show up until years down the road! Typically we recommend your child avoid the area involved, especially if they are in pain and their teeth feel loose. An x-ray may be taken to check the involved teeth or the underlying adult teeth. We will also talk to you about monitoring the teeth for changes in color, spontaneous pain or what looks like a pimple at your child’s gum line. These are all signs of the trauma and will need to be addressed with further treatment.

We tell our patients to expect 3-5 days of soreness. You likely left our office applying pressure to saline soaked cotton pads to help with bleeding and swelling. You may utilize black tea bags if you feel like the site is still bleeding. Ice should be applied to the area 10 minutes on/10 minutes off for the first two days. Make sure you start taking your pain medications as instructed and ideally before your anesthetic wears off. Know that a spike in pain at day 3 post-op is natural and to be expected. Please call us if you have any questions or if you feel like you are not tolerating your medications.

The simple act of removing a cavity is actually us injuring your tooth. Similar to trying to walk on a sprained ankle, your tooth needs rest – which can be hard to do when you need to eat! Similarly, if you suffer from allergies or have trouble breathing, or if you clench or grind your teeth, it is normal to have some lingering cold sensitivity following a filling. If you think your discomfort is above and beyond the norm, please come back and see us for further evaluation.

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