Frequently Asked Questions about our Laconia Dental Practice

Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

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Q. What should I expect at my first appointment?

A. During your first visit, we will:

  • Review your dental and medical history forms
  • Take X-rays of your teeth and mouth (if needed)
  • Check your teeth and gums for any cavities or signs of tooth decay or gum disease
  • Take diagnostic pictures
  • Schedule your first visit with the hygienist for an appropriate cleaning

At this visit the doctor will meet with you to discuss your X-rays, work with you to create your own individual treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have.

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Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We offer several options to reduce discomfort and anxiety, including lasers, laughing gas and oral conscious sedation.

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Q. Why do you use Digital X-rays?

A. At Dental Expressions we chose to replace traditional dental X-rays with digital x-rays for a number of reasons.

  1. Less Radiation. Digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays.
  2. Faster Development. With digital radiography, the sensor develops the picture almost instantly and projects it onto a computer screen, which means less type you need to sit in the chair.
  3. Higher Quality Images. The standard size of traditional X-rays can make viewing difficult, but digital radiography can be enlarged or magnified for a better visual of the tooth’s structure. This allows us to see small cavities easier.
  4. Easier to Send. We can e-mail your images to dental specialists for review or easily transfer your files to your new dentists.

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Q. What if I have a dental emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you experience a dental emergency. If it occurs after business hours, over the weekend, or during the holidays, please call the office and follow the prompts to have a doctor paged.

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Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept multiple dental insurance plans and will process your claim on your behalf after the co-payment has been received. In addition, we accept both CareCredit and the Citi Health Card, as well as most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.

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Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

A. We offer both in-office Philips ZOOM! Whitening System, the No. 1 patient requested professional whitening brand that only takes about an hour in our office and the Philips Zoom! DayWhite and NiteWhite take-home whitening treatments that allow you to whiten your teeth at your convenience in a safe, effective way. Dr. Columbus will create a customized bleaching tray from an impression of your mouth. Some patients see results just after one night, though expect to see results in about a week.