Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Portland, OR

Listening To and Answering Your Questions

If you have a question about dentistry during your next checkup or consultation, feel free to speak up; Dr. Lee is always happy to help his patients learn more about oral health as well as the various services that our Portland dental office has to offer. Below we’ve answered some of the questions that we’ve heard most often.

When Should I Schedule My Next Checkup?

You should schedule at least one dental checkup every six months so that we can check for cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues that can be treated more easily while they’re still small. If it’s already been more than six months since your last dental visit, call our dental office right away.

Do You Place Dental Implants?

Yes! We are able to perform implant surgery in-house, meaning you can stay with the same reliable team for the entire dental implant process. We highly recommend implants to patients with missing teeth, as they are the only tooth replacement option that accounts for the missing root as well as the crown.

What Can I Do to Improve My Smile’s Appearance?

Veneers are often a great option for a smile makeover because they can hide cracks, chips, stains, gaps, and other imperfections all at once, letting you completely transform your smile in just two visits.

Is It an Emergency if I Lose a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns sometimes fall off the tooth after being damaged in some way, but sometimes they might come out simply as a result of old age. It’s not necessarily an emergency if you lose a crown, but you should have it replaced as soon as possible to keep your tooth safe. If the crown you lost was made of metal, you might consider switching to a porcelain or EMAX crown that offers a more natural appearance.

Do You See Children?

Yes! We love working with younger patients and laying the foundation for a lifetime of great oral health. It’s recommended that you start bringing your child to the dentist as early in life as possible; the longer you wait, the higher the chances of finding a cavity during that first appointment will be.

What Does It Mean If I Have Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums often indicate that you have gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. It’s possible to reverse the damage done by gingivitis, but you’ll need to schedule an appointment at our dental office as soon as possible so that we can intervene before it turns into periodontitis and starts inflicting lasting damage.

Do You Take My Dental Insurance?

We are in-network with Delta Dental Premier, and we accept a number of other plans as well. Before you schedule an appointment, please call our dental office and let us know what plan you have so that we can confirm whether or not we take it.