Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Clarendon Hills, IL

Quick Facts to Your Most Common Concerns

Dentistry can be complicated at times, but it doesn’t have to feel like it is when you visit Clarendon Hills Dental for your care. Our dentists and dental team members are happy to speak with you directly and answer your questions, but we also encourage you to look at some of the answers addressing the most common concerns we hear about from our dental patients.

How often should I visit for a dental checkup?

We recommend that you come in for a routine checkup at least once every six months. This gives us a chance to examine your smile more closely for potential issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and plaque buildup. We can also confirm that you are at-home oral hygiene is working as intended to protect your teeth in between routine dental appointments.

What’s the best way to improve my smile?

Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Dr. Hong may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile. We offer digital imaging for smile previews as well.

Is it possible to straighten teeth without metal braces?

Every smile and every person are unique. Depending on your individual case, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Invisalign clear aligners. These plastic trays are designed to shift teeth into straighter positions and address a wide variety of imperfections typically resolved by metal braces. However, we will first need to confirm your eligibility to receive treatment.

Should I get my old, dark fillings replaced?

If your dental fillings are not causing you any problems, we won’t necessarily recommend that you have them replaced outright. However, if they are very old or you’re noticing sensitivity or discomfort around your filling, a tooth-colored composite filling may be a better option. If your dental filling is quite large, a dental crown may be a more appropriate solution.

What’s the best way to replace teeth?

There are multiple options for you to consider if you need to replace teeth. One of the most reliable and longest-lasting tooth replacements is dental implants, which involves surgical placement of a titanium post to mimic the root and hold a crown or larger restoration. Traditional bridges and dentures are also a viable option.

Are you in-network with my dental insurance?

Our dental office works with many dental insurance companies and accepts all PPO dental plans. We do not accept dental HMOs. If needed, we’re prepared to file claims on your behalf as well as go over your dental plan’s benefits in more detail.

Do you accept alternative financing options?

Our dental office offers CareCredit financing, which makes it easier to pay for treatments over a longer period of time in monthly installments with little to no interest attached. Please speak with our front desk directly if you’d like to learn more or see if you qualify.