Q: What is a New Patient Examination?

A: Your first appointment at Lyons Dental Associates will be a comprehensive examination, which will help determine the right treatment plan for you. Your first appointment will include:

  • Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Digital Photographs
  • Head and Neck Examination
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Gums and supportive structure assessment

Q: What is a crown, and why do I need one?

A: If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is likely either to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.

Q: I want cosmetic dentistry. Does my insurance pay for it?

A: Dental insurance is designed to assist you in paying for your dentistry. Most procedures are not fully covered by your insurance. Cosmetic dentistry, in particular, is not covered by most dental insurance plans. To help you afford your smile, we offer a variety of payment options, in addition to a monthly payment plan provided by our financial partner. We also pay special attention to maximizing the benefits that your insurance does provide. Ask us how you can comfortably afford your dentistry and maximize your dental insurance benefits.

Q: How does fluoride help my teeth?

A: Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and in adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam, that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use any of the professional strength fluoride varnish, gel, or foam products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Q: I know I need X-rays, but I'd prefer to not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-rays?

A: Yes, we do offer digital X-rays (radiographs). Digital X-rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-rays. You will find that in our dental practice, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.

Q: How can I whiten my teeth?

A: There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth.

At-home Whitening Trays
These products use peroxide-based gels to bleach your teeth. Generally, the process involves the daily application of the gel in a formed "mouth guard" for about two weeks. Side effects may include short-term tooth or gum sensitivity.

Zoom!® whitening (a.k.a., in-office whitening)
Zoom!® whitening is a procedure that takes place in a single visit to Dr. Lyons's office. It involves the application of a specially formulated gel that, when exposed to a type of light energy, penetrates the stains in your teeth, breaking them up and leaving your smile brighter and whiter. The entire process takes under an hour.

Porcelain Veneers
Many people who have tetracycline-stained teeth and cannot whiten their teeth with traditional means, or people who want a more permanent solution, will opt for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a great way to whiten your teeth in a more permanent fashion. The veneers do not stain over time, and they also correct many other smile concerns you may have, including crooked teeth, gaps in teeth and "gummy" smiles. Most of the smile makeovers you see on television are accomplished with porcelain veneers.

Q: Why do I need to floss if I brush two times daily?

A: Flossing allows you to remove food particles from areas that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. Hard and soft deposits begin accumulating between teeth very quickly, so it is important to address this area daily with good flossing habits.

Q: Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned every three months instead of every six months?

A: Your dental health is unique. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, as well as your overall goals for your smile, Dr. Lyons's treatment plan may include more than the standard number of visits per year. If you are undergoing treatment for periodontal disease or other long-term conditions, Dr. Lyons will customize a plan for you that restores you to optimum health as quickly as possible.

Q: What are your office hours?

A: Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.