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Frequently Asked Questions

How do the doctors keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. Lumpkin subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. He also take a number of continuing education courses and ensure that the staff does as well. As a team and as individuals, we believe it is our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials.

How can I have whiter teeth?

Modern dentistry offers a number of options for a whiter smile. We use the ZOOM! whitening system, which whitens your teeth in one simple visit. Dr. Lumpkin can evaluate the potential for whitening your teeth based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration.

Do you accept my insurance plan? What different payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, checks and major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa and Discover. We also accept most major insurance plans and request that you pay any co-pay amount at the time of your visit. We will file your insurance claims for you electronically, which expedites payment. For more extensive treatment, we offer financing through CareCredit, which has a six-month interest-free plan and a plan with interest for periods of longer than six months. Our friendly, knowledgeable office coordinators will be happy to answer any of your questions.

I would like to straighten my teeth, but I don’t want to wear metal braces. What do you recommend?

Depending on the individual situation, Invisalign is often a great choice. This is a series of comfortable, removable, and clear plastic aligners that can be used to correct tooth alignment.  From crowded teeth to spaces between teeth to orthodontic relapse, this system is a safe, effective way to achieve a desired smile. We would be happy to talk with you about Invisalign and/or other options that best suit your individual needs.

Should I be concerned if my gums always bleed after I brush?

Yes!  Healthy gums generally do not bleed. Bleeding is an indication of gingivitis (inflammation and/or infection of the gum tissue).  If gums bleed easily or consistently when brushing, then they should be evaluated and treated. Untreated gum disease may result in bone loss around the teeth and/or eventually tooth loss. Periodontal disease (not cavities) is the #1 reason people lose their teeth.

I don’t like my smile. What can be done?

The newest cosmetic techniques offer a number of options to improve your smile, from simple whitening to porcelain veneers to invisible braces. Please call us for a consultation appointment to discuss how your smile can be enhanced.

Why is it necessary to replace large, dated metal fillings?

As metal fillings (also known as amalgams) age, corrosion of the metal allows bacteria to reach the inner, softer part of the tooth, which begins the decay process.  Corrosion of the metal also causes the filling to expand over a period of time, which puts additional stress on the cusp(s) of teeth. This can often lead to fracture lines and/or breakage of tooth structure. It is advisable to restore old amalgams before a tooth breaks, cracks, or decays because the more solid tooth structure that remains, the more effective the new restoration will be. Additionally, our new composite (tooth-colored) filling materials allow us to chemically bond to the existing tooth structure, which helps to reinforce and seal the remaining tooth structure. They also look great!

Could my headaches, insomnia, and neck pain be caused by my bite?

Temperomandibular disorders, or TMJ, can contribute to headaches, insomnia, dizziness, facial, neck or shoulder pain, and popping sounds in the jaw. TMJ is often the result of an imbalanced bite. Dr. Lumpkin has experience treating bite-related pain with state-of-the-art technology that measures muscles in the jaw and identifies hot spots. He can devise a treatment plan to correct the problem and offer you relief from nagging symptoms that keep you from feeling your best.

Why are dental X-rays necessary?

X-rays are necessary to give the doctor a comprehensive view of your oral health. With X-rays, minor problems can be corrected before they become major ones. We use digital X-rays, which expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-rays. They also can be viewed immediately, no developing time required.

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