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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Corpus Christi, TX

Happy to Address Your Dental Concerns

We understand that dentistry can be complicated and you may not know what treatments or services are best for you. On the other hand, you might have a question about our dental office’s amenities or services. No matter what your questions might be, we want to help. Below, you can find answers to the most common questions we hear!

How often should I visit for a dental checkup?

We recommend that most patients should be visiting our dental office once every six months for an exam and cleaning. These checkups are very important to long-term oral health and preventing dental issues before they can appear. However, those with ongoing treatments (such as gum disease therapy) will need to come in more often, typically every three to four months.

Can I replace missing teeth?

We have multiple solutions available for replacing your missing teeth. Whether you’re missing single teeth or all the teeth in your mouth, our dental office can provide dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants to bring your smile back. We are experienced not only in full mouth reconstructions, but cosmetic dentistry as well. This combination ensures both the most functional and aesthetically pleasing smile possible.

What if I don’t like how my smile looks?

Dr. Pitarra is highly experienced in helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams. There are many treatments available to hide any number of imperfections, including metal-free restorations, porcelain veneers, in-office, and take-home whitening, gum recontouring, and direct bonding for more minor concerns. We’ll take the time to listen to your specific needs, so you can feel confident about your future smile.

Can I straighten teeth without metal braces?

One of the most effective methods for straightening teeth without the use of metal braces is Invisalign clear aligners! This system is designed to shift teeth into a straighter position using a series of transparent aligner trays. Treatment generally takes less time overall and allows you to eat the foods you want thanks to their removability.

Can I bring my kids in for visits?

Absolutely! We are happy to see young patients of all ages. Children deserve a special level of care and attention when it comes to their developing mouths, so we’ll make sure that they feel accommodated during their appointment. Whether you’re bringing in just your children for care or you want to get your whole family seen, our goal is to make your dental appointments efficient and productive.

What’s the best way to treat gum disease?

When advanced gum disease has developed, we often recommend scaling and root planing treatment to break down plaque and tartar from areas above and below the gum line. We can also reduce bacteria with our soft tissue laser, which reduces the amount of healthy tissue removed and makes aftercare easier to complete.

What if I feel nervous about my care?

We understand if you’re feeling hesitant about completing necessary dental treatments, especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve been to a dentist. While Dr. Pitarra and her team always make sure to remain patient and accommodating during appointments, they’re also happy to provide sedation services if you have dental anxiety or nervousness that you’d like to ease during your time here.