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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Confident Expressions Katie Vincer Sears DDS formerly Schaeferle and Schaeferle Advanced and Family Dental Care?

Yes! Drs. Matt and Tammi Schaeferle have sold the dental practice to Dr. Katie Vincer Sears because they have decided to move closer to family in the Lima area. Dr. Vincer will provide you with the same quality care that you have come to expect in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

How often do I need x-rays and why?

Dental x-rays are taken on patients to evaluate aspects of the teeth and mouth that can not be seen with visual examination. Dental x-rays can be used to diagnosis cavities between teeth, an abscessed tooth, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Dental x-rays should be taken at least once a year.

I wake up with head-aches and sometimes my teeth are sore too, what’s going on?

It sounds like you may be grinding or clenching your teeth while you are sleeping. Grinding is most commonly done while sleeping and clenching tends occur any time of the day. The dangers of grinding and clenching, is not only jaw pain, but you also wear away your teeth. If you think you may grind or clench your teeth, then come in to see Dr. Vincer to be fitted for a night guard. A night guard is a small oral appliance that prevents grinding and clenching.

If my tooth had a root canal, why does it need a crown?

A root canal is when the inner most layer of the tooth is cleaned out. This inner layer is the nerve and blood supply. Since the blood supply is removed, the tooth becomes brittle over time. In addition, a large hole was made in your tooth in order to access this inner layer. This large access hole also weakens the strength of you tooth. So, a crown is recommended to cover the entire tooth to keep it strong enough to withstand all of the forces from chewing. Without a crown, a tooth with a root canal will eventually break and need to be extracted.

I have silver fillings in my mouth for decades, why do they need replaced?

Over time, the silver fillings crack and pull away from the tooth, which creates multiple areas of microleakage. Bacteria is able to get under and around the fillings through this microleakage. When Dr. Vincer recommends replacing your silver fillings, she will remove the silver fillings and any cavity in the tooth, then a tooth colored filling will be placed in the cavity free tooth!

I just had dental work done and it hurts when I chew, what should I do?

Please call Confident Expressions to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vincer as soon as possible. If you’ve just had dental work done, such as a filling or crown, and it hurts when you chew then that new filling or crown needs adjusted because your bite is off. If this discomfort is not addressed, then over time it can severely traumatize the tooth so the sooner you come in to have it addressed, the better!

At what age should I bring my child in to see the dentist?

Dr. Vincer encourages children of all ages to come into the office! She believes that it is important for children to be comfortable at the dentist’s office and to have fun so that they want to come back! With the amount of sugar in drinks and snacks today, Dr. Vincer recommends for children to come in for an exam as early as when they first get teeth.

Do I really need to floss?

You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep! While brushing removes bacteria and buildup around your teeth, flossing removes bacteria between your teeth. If the bacteria is not removed, then teeth will cavities and or gum disease. The good news is that you only need to floss once every 24 hours to disrupt this bacteria…. So you decide when it’s most convenient for you to floss!

Is an electric toothbrush really worth the extra money?

Yes, yes, yes! An electric toothbrush removes more plaque and build up then a regular toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is also highly recommended if you have dexterity problems, if you have the tendency to brush to hard, or if your regular toothbrush simply bores you! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vincer if you would like to learn more and discuss your options!

Can I straighten my teeth without metal braces?

Yes you can! Invisalign is an orthodontic product that moves teeth with CLEAR aligners and Dr. Vincer is an Invisalign provider! If you have more questions about Invisalign then call the office to set up a consultation with Dr. Vincer at NO CHARGE.

What dental procedures will my dental insurance cover?

Dental insurance coverage is as unique as each individual patient. If you have questions regarding your dental insurance then we have answers! Feel free to call us with any insurance questions or concerns and we would be more then happy to discuss your insurance coverage with you.

Does pregnancy really affect the health of my mouth?

If you do not seek regular dental care and brush your twice a day then plaque can build up on your teeth. Due to increased hormones from pregnancy, your gums react to the plaque, which is an irritant, and become swollen, red, and bleed easily. If left untreated, you can experience severe gum disease, which can lead to pre-term birth of your new baby. It’s just one more reason to brush at least twice a day for two minutes!

Is dental work safe when I’m pregnant?

It is safe to have your teeth cleaned during any time of your pregnancy. However, we will not take x-rays until after your baby is born just to be on the safe side! If you need a filling or crown done then your second trimester is the best time to have such dental work done. And if you are in dental pain, then we will treat your dental emergency any time during your pregnancy.

What are sealants? And when should my child get them?

Sealants simply fill in the grooves of the permanent molars’ chewing surface. Sealants prevent food from getting stuck in those grooves and causing cavities. Sealants are tooth colored and should be placed on 6 year and 12 year molars, once they are fully erupted. Our goal is to keep those permanent teeth cavity free!

When should my child start brushing with toothpaste?

The American Dental Association recommends for children ages 2-6 years old to use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Just make sure your child spits out the toothpaste after use! For children under the age of 2 years old, simply brush the child’s teeth gently with water.