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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Tucson, AZ

Ask Your Tucson Dentist

As a well-respected clinical instructor at the Kois Center, Dr. Lopez loves sharing his extensive knowledge of dentistry with people in order to empower them to take better care of their smiles. If you have any questions about yourself or a loved one, you are always welcome to give us a call. Below, you’ll find our responses to some of our most popular questions.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone should visit the dentist at least twice a year, but this can vary from patient to patient depending on their specific needs. We’ll let you know how often you should come in after your first visit.

Which is better: a manual or electric toothbrush?

Both types of toothbrushes are excellent at removing cavity-causing plaque from the teeth, so if you have good dental health with one or the other, there is no need to switch. Electric toothbrushes tend to be better for children and people with mobility issues who aren’t able to use the proper technique.

How long will it take to fix my tooth?

This depends on the type and extent of the damage. A minor cavity can usually be repaired in a single appointment with a tooth-colored filling, while a broken tooth might need to be topped with a crown. Typically, this requires two visits for the restoration to be designed, fabricated, and placed.

How long will it take to replace my tooth?

The time required to replace a tooth or teeth can vary widely from patient to patient. Restoring a single tooth with a traditional bridge can take just two to three appointments, while giving a patient a full implant-denture may take closer to a year. The only way to get a definitive estimate is to come see Dr. Lopez for an in-person consultation, during which he’ll outline the entire treatment process so you know what to expect.

Will you take my dental insurance?

Most likely! Our dental office is able to accept and maximize a long list of plans from some of the country’s most popular providers. Before coming to see us, be sure to give our team a call with your policy information handy so we can give you an estimate of how much you’ll be covered.

I don’t have dental insurance. How else can I save on my care?

You can sign up for third-party financing right through our website. With it, you can break up the cost of your treatments into small, manageable installments that are suited for your budget with little-to-no interest. You can learn more on our New Patients page.