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New Patient Information in Lebanon, MO


Your First Visit

Our goal for your first visit to Lebanon Family Dentistry LLC is to get to know you better and to become familiar with your past dental experiences in order to establish a customized treatment plan that addresses your needs.

Your Comprehensive Exam

Your first exam will last for approximately one hour while our doctor performs a thorough exam and dental cleaning. X-rays will also be taken which allows us to examine your mouth for cavities, periodontal disease, jaw problems and any sign of oral cancer. These records help Dr. Sanders customize your treatment.

Open Communication

We believe that the first step to great oral health understanding why it's important. If you have any questions about your treatment or need any recommendations regarding your health, we are here to answer them. We hope that by working together, we will achieve a true partnership and keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. How often should I see a dentist?
Q. What should I expect during my appointment?
Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?
Q. What if I have an emergency?
Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?
Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?
Q. Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?
Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than others?
Q. How often should I floss?
Q. Should I brush or floss first?
Q. How often should I see a dentist?
Q. What's the difference between a cap and a crown?
Q. What's the difference between a partial denture and a bridge?
Q. If I get a root canal, do I need a crown?

Glossary

-A-

Abscess - infection caused by severe tooth decay, trauma or gum disease

Amalgam - a silver and mercury material used for fillings

Anesthetic - a drug used by your doctor to eliminate a patient's localized pain during certain dental procedures

Anterior - the teeth in the front of your mouth

Antiseptic - an agent that can be applied to living tissues to destroy germs

Apex - the very tip of the root of a tooth

Aspirator - a suction device your dentist uses to remove saliva from your mouth

-B-

Bleaching Agent - a gel used to whiten and brighten teeth

Bonding - a plastic composite painted on the teeth to correct stains or damage

Bridge - one or more artificial teeth attached to your adjacent teeth

Bruxism - the clenching or grinding of teeth, most commonly while sleeping

-C-

Calculus - the hardened plaque that can form on neglected or prone teeth, commonly known as tartar

Canine - the pointy teeth just behind the laterals

Caries - another name for cavities or decayed teeth

Cavity - a tiny hole in the tooth caused by decay

Central - the two upper and two lower teeth in the center of the mouth

Crown - an artificial tooth or cover made of porcelain or metal

Cuspid - the pointy teeth just behind the laterals, also known as canines

-D-

Decalcification - the loss of calcium from the teeth

Deciduous Teeth - also called "baby teeth”

Dental Implants - an implant is attached to the jawbone that replaces a missing tooth or teeth

Denture - a removable set of artificial teeth

-E-

Enamel - the hard surface of the tooth above the gum line

Endodontist - a dentist who specializes in root canals and the treatment of diseases and infections of the dental pulp (inner tooth)

Extraction - the removal of a tooth or teeth

-F-

Filling - a plug made of metal or composite material used to fill a tooth cavity

Fluoride - a chemical solution used to harden teeth and prevent decay

-G-

Gingivitis - inflammation of gums around the roots of the teeth

Gums - the firm flesh that surrounds the roots of the teeth

-I-

Impacted Tooth - often occurring with wisdom teeth, it is a tooth that sits sideways below the gum line, often requiring extraction

Incisal - related to incisors (see below)

Incisor - one of the flat, sharp-edged teeth in the front of the mouth

Inlays - a custom-made filling cemented into an unhealthy tooth

Instant Orthodontics - alternative to braces using bonded porcelain veneers or crowns

-L-

Lateral - these are the teeth adjacent to the centrals

-N-

Night Guard - a plastic mouthpiece worn at night to prevent grinding of the teeth. Often used to treat TMJ

-P-

Pedontist - also known as a pediatric dentist, a dentist that specializes in the treatment of children's teeth

Periodontist - a dentist specializing in the treatment of gum disease

Plaque - a sticky buildup of acids and bacteria that causes tooth decay

Posterior Teeth - the teeth in the back of the mouth

Primary Teeth - also known as "baby teeth" or deciduous teeth

Prosthodontist - a dentist specializing in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth or severely damaged teeth

-R-

Root - the portion of the tooth below your gum line

Root Canal - cleaning out and filling the inside nerve of a tooth that is heavily decayed

-S-

Sealant - plastic coating applied to teeth to prevent decay. Used most commonly for children

Secondary Teeth - the permanent teeth

Six-Year Molar - commonly known as "the first molar"

Sleep Apnea - a potentially serious disorder in which a sleeping person may stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, often continuously throughout the night

-T-

Tartar - see calculus

TMJ Syndrome - a disorder associated with the joint of the jaw, often caused by a misalignment of or a disparity in upper and lower jaw sizes.

Tooth Whitening - a process designed to whiten and brighten teeth

Twelve-Year Molar - commonly known as "the second molar"

-V-

Veneer - a plastic, porcelain or composite material used to improve the attractiveness of a stained or damaged tooth