Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I see my dentist?
Dr. Gerald Torgeson agrees with the American Dental Association on this one: patients of all ages should see their dentist at least twice a year for a standard checkup and cleaning. This is the best way to maintain a healthy smile and prevent small dental issues from becoming real problems.
Can you fix my broken/decayed tooth?
Yes we can! If your tooth is only slightly damaged, we can often fix it with just a small filling. However, for something more serious, we may choose to use a dental crown. Regardless of your situation, we’ll always be able to help you whenever you come see us.
Do you see children?
Yes, we love treating Springfield’s littlest smiles! You should bring your child to us as soon as their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. We’ll always make sure that they’re perfectly comfortable at our office, and we’ll perform all of their treatments with a gentle touch.
Can you replace my missing teeth?
We can, and we actually have a few different ways we can do this depending on your tooth loss. Two treatments we use all the time are dental bridges and dentures, but for the best results, we may suggest dental implants. These provide a permanent solution to tooth loss because they are the only treatment that rebuilds your teeth from the root up. In the end, they provide the best when it comes to security, longevity, AND aesthetics.
Can you do something about my severe toothache?
Yes, but it all depends on what is causing your dental pain. For a cavity, we can often fix it using a filling. However, if the cavity has reached the inner chamber of your tooth, we may need to perform a root canal, but don’t worry! Thanks to modern dental techniques, a root canal is now a practically painless procedure. It’s actually one of the best tools we have to relieve severe dental pain and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.