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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Carlsbad, CA

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When you’re in the market for a new dental office, it’s important to ask the right questions. Please consult our FAQs below for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact Polished General Dentistry with any other concerns you may have. Our team is here to help!

What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?

In most cases, Dr. Megan Shelton is likely to recommend dental implants as the ideal reconstructive solution for tooth loss because of their valuable health benefits, seamless aesthetic quality, and long-lasting durability. However, there is no one dental service that is perfect for every single patient. That’s why our team will perform a thorough oral examination and review your options in plenty of detail with you. We want to decide on the treatment plan that best fits your personal needs, time commitment, and budget.

If I choose dental implants, will I need to see a separate specialist for the procedure?

No! Dr. Shelton has the advanced training required to both surgically place and restore her own dental implants right here in our Carlsbad, CA dental office. This saves the patient valuable time while also allowing them to stay with the same dental team they know and trust throughout their entire procedure.

Can you help me improve the way my smile looks?

Of course. At Polished General Dentistry, Dr. Shelton will be happy to inform you of a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can create the stunning changes you’re wanting for your teeth and overall appearance. Possible options include teeth whitening, metal-free restorations, porcelain veneers, Lumineers, and more.

I want a straighter smile, but I don’t want to have to wear traditional braces. Is there another option?

There is. Invisalign does away with the traditional metal brackets and wires, replacing them with clear, personalized aligners that virtually disappear against your natural smile when worn. This allows patients to achieve the lasting cosmetic improvements they deserve while preserving their self-confidence in the process.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Common, tell-tale signs that indicate gum disease include the following:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Gum tissue that is excessively puffy or tender
  • Teeth that gradually appear longer over time
  • A shift in the way certain teeth or your entire bite fits together
  • Severe bad breath

However, it’s important to remember that symptoms can be very subtle or even nonexistent in many early cases of gum disease. That’s why attending regular screenings at Polished General Dentistry is so important for your oral health and overall wellbeing.

Do you see dental emergencies?

Yes! Please don’t hesitate to contact us right away if you or a family member is experiencing severe oral pain or a traumatic dental injury. Dr. Shelton will make every effort to see you and provide quality emergency care as soon as possible.

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