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 (https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants).

 

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 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.”

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/dental-sealants/index.html

 

American Dental Association (ADA)

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

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/dental-sealants

 

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

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

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/fluoridation.html

 

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.”

https://healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Fluoride-Varnish-What-Parents-Need-to-Know.aspx

 

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.”

https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation/ada-fluoridation-policy