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Frequently Asked Questions

At South Ridge Dental, we provide much more than just hands-on services for our patients. We believe that education is extremely important as well, because with a higher dental IQ, a patient will be able to take better care of their smile. Below, you’ll find answers to common questions we receive every day, and if you have anything else you’d like to ask us, you’re always welcome to give us a call.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Both Dr. Ryan and Dr. Steven recommend that all patients, regardless of age, should attend at least two dental appointments each year for a checkup and cleaning. These routine preventive visits can go a long way in stopping small problems from turning into big ones, plus they can help patients avoid developing cavities and gum disease in the first place!

Can I bring my child to South Ridge Dental?

Yes! Any growing smiles that you might have at home are more than welcome to our practice, whether they have just started school or are thinking about college. We have experience helping children of all ages and can provide the necessary services to keep them smiling and cavity-free year after year.

My gums bleed every time I brush. What should I do?

A little oral bleeding is common if you’ve recently started flossing, but it could also be a sign that you’re cleaning your teeth with too much pressure. Try brushing/flossing with a lighter touch for a few days and see if this helps. If the bleeding persists, then you may have a minor infection called periodontal disease. You won’t be able to take care of it on your own, but we can eliminate any harmful bacteria right away with a special dental cleaning. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

I have a minor toothache. What should I do?

First, try rinsing and flossing around your tooth. Sometimes, a piece of food can become stuck between the teeth and cause a little bit of pain. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then you might have a small cavity or crack in the tooth, in which case you should give us a call. We can both fix your tooth and make the pain go away using a restorative treatment, whether that be a tooth-colored filling or custom-made crown.

Can you help with a dental emergency?

Yes. We’re able to provide urgent dental care for anyone experiencing major dental pain, whether it’s due to an accident or advanced dental infection. Just give our office a call, and we’ll schedule an appointment to see you as soon as possible—preferably the same day!

Is flossing really necessary?

Yes! Despite what you may have seen in the news in the past few years, regular flossing is a crucial part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Without it, you leave about 40% of your teeth’s surfaces unclean, dramatically increasing your risk for cavities and gum disease. You only need to floss once a day, which takes a few seconds, but it can literally save you hours in the dental chair getting a problem fixed!

Will you accept my insurance?

Yes, we’re able to accept any dental insurance plan that allows you to choose your care provider. Currently, we are in-network with Ameritas, Delta Dental, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, United Concordia, Principal, and Guardian plans. We can still work with your plan even if you’re out-of-network as well! To learn more about how we can use your insurance, contact us today.

Is there a way I can save on my dental care WITHOUT insurance?

Yes! Patients without insurance can sign up for our in-house membership plan. It’s an easy way to cover your basic dental care for the entire year at a reduced rate and receive discounts on a wide variety of other treatments. You can learn more about the specifics of our plan and how to sign up here.