Frequently Asked Questions

It’s normal to have questions about visiting the dentist. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions we receive at Grove Dental, along with answers from our team.

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Why does my 4 year old have to be seen in the morning?

Rest assured that we have your child’s best interest in mind. Experience has shown us that most children under the age of 6 are better able to tolerate, cooperate and follow directions after a full night’s rest.

How soon can my child eat after a filling or sealants?

Sealants and fillings are hardened as soon as they are placed in the child’s mouth. Children can eat or drink immediately after the appointment. However, children who are anesthetized or numb for a procedure have to take special care not to bite or pinch their lips, cheeks, or tongue. In those instances, a soft diet is recommended until the numbness goes away (usually several hours).

At what age should my child see the orthodontist?

The age can vary for each child. Your child’s pediatric dentist will make recommendations based on how your child’s teeth and jaw are developing. It is not always necessary for your child to lose all their permanent teeth before treatment is recommended. Some cases are better treated early to take advantage of the child’s growth and to avoid more severe problems later. You are always welcome to see our orthodontist for a complimentary consultation to address your concerns.

My child fell and bumped his front tooth – now the tooth is gray – should he be seen?

Bumps to the front teeth are very common with young children. A dark tooth usually indicates there has been some bleeding within the tooth as a result of a trauma, much like a bruise. This can sometimes cause complications but does not always require treatment. We ask that you call our office for advice on how to handle the situation. We will consult with the pediatric dentist to determine your child’s appointment needs. Not all teeth that are gray need to be seen right away.

Do you take public aid or Kid Care?

We accept all traditional type dental insurance and some PPO type plans; however, we do not participate in the public aid or Kid Care program.

Can I wait to have my temporary crown re-cemented – until my permanent crown is ready?

The purpose of a temporary crown is to protect the tooth and to prevent other teeth from shifting into the space. Exposure of the tooth is not an immediate dental emergency. If comfortable doing so, the patient may replace the temporary crown using a small amount of Vaseline or denture adhesive until they see the dentist. The patient may experience sensitivity from an exposed tooth if the tooth has not had a root canal because the pulpal tissue is vital. A temporary crown should not be off for more than a few days because shifting of the surrounding teeth may occur.