Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions we regularly receive.

What is Comprehensive Dentistry?

Comprehensive dentistry is a practice that includes, not only traditional treatment of dental disease, but also the prevention and early detection of dental issues. In comprehensive dentistry, the mouth is looked at as more than just teeth and gums. Comprehensive dentistry also examines the soft tissues surrounding the oral cavity, the muscles used for biting, the temporomandibular joint, jawbone and all areas that impact occlusion (bite issues). Bite issues can cause everything from jaw and neck pains to headaches, stress, and failure of dental restorations.


Do You Accept Walk-in Patients?

Although Avenue Dental does not typically accept walk-ins, we will always go the extra mile to meet the needs of our patients. If you experience a dental emergency, we can offer same day treatment. Call us at 770-888-4444 or fill out our contact form today.


Do You Offer Payment Plans?

Avenue Dental accepts a wide variety of payment options. We work with many insurance providers, credit providers and offer an in-office dental plan. Please visit this page for more information.


How do Dental Sealants Work?

Dental sealants are a protective coating that cover chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shield blocks out germs and food from cracks and crevices in the tooth. According to the American Dental Association, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars (


Are Fluoride Treatments Safe? Why are they recommended?

Fluoride is a mineral found to be effective at preventing tooth decay. America has been preventing tooth decay with fluoridated water for over 70 years. Some may question the safety of fluoride as high concentrations of it can be damaging to the body but, the lower levels used in water and dental treatment have been proven to be greatly beneficial. In fact, there is no scientifically valid evidence to show that fluoride causes cancer, kidney disease, or other disorders (see links below).


What is the importance of regular dental check-ups?

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining good oral health. They allow your dentist to detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental problems. Your dentist can then provide treatment before these issues become more serious and harder to treat.


How often should I replace my toothbrush?

It's recommended to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.


How can I prevent gum disease?

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, and having regular dental check-ups.


What options do I have for replacing missing teeth?

There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. We can discuss these options with you and help you decide which is the best fit for your needs and lifestyle. Contact us today for a free consultation.


What is the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant?

A dental bridge and a dental implant are both used to replace missing teeth, but they do so in different ways. A dental bridge involves creating a bridge between two existing teeth with a false tooth (or teeth) in between. The existing teeth need to be prepared to hold the bridge. A dental implant, on the other hand, involves surgically implanting a metal post into the jawbone, which acts as a root for a false tooth. The false tooth is then attached to the post. Both options have their pros and cons, and the best choice depends on the individual patient's circumstances.


What is a root canal treatment and when is it necessary?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It's necessary when the pulp inside the tooth, which is made up of soft tissue including nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected due to decay, a deep filling, or trauma to the tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and shaping the root canal, and then filling and sealing the space to prevent further infection.


What is periodontal disease and how can it be prevented?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is through good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings.


How can I improve my oral hygiene routine?

To improve your oral hygiene routine, make sure you're brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing daily, and using a mouthwash. Also, visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.


What the Experts Say

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities – “School-age children (ages 6-11) without sealants have almost 3 times more 1st molar cavities than those with sealants.”


American Dental Association (ADA)

Dental Sealants – “Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of cavities by 80%”


American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies – “safe, economical, and effective method to prevent dental caries”


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Fluoride Varnish: What Parents Need to Know – “Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children.”


American Dental Association (ADA)

ADA Fluoridation Policy: “The Association endorses community water fluoridation as a safe, beneficial and cost-effective and socially equitable public health measure for preventing dental caries in children and adults.”