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General Dentistry FAQ

When you’re looking for a new dentist, it’s convenient to find one who will be able to provide you with all of the services you need in a single location. Smiles @ Southcenter offers everything from routine exams to advanced procedures to ensure that our patients get the safe and professional care they need. If you’re in need of a dentist, call 206-575-9150 to reach our office in Tukwila, WA, to set up an appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions about General Dentistry Services

Why are professional cleanings so important?

While at-home brushing and flossing are important, routine cleanings at your dentist’s office serve to complement them. Your dentist can provide a more thorough cleaning that includes plaque and tartar removal, gum disease prevention, and tooth polishing.

How often do I need a dental exam?

We recommend that all of our patients get a routine dental examination at least twice a year, but every patient’s oral health requirements are different. In some cases, we may advise that a patient is examined at our office either more or less frequently than that.

What should I do if I have a toothache?

Toothaches can be caused by any number of things, ranging from cavities to early gum disease. If you’re experiencing pain in your teeth that won’t go away, you should schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible so the issue can be diagnosed and treated.

What is deep gum cleaning?

If you have developed early periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend that you have a deep gum cleaning performed. In this procedure, your dentist will remove the built-up plaque from your gums and the roots of your teeth, thus removing the cause of your gum disease.

How can I tell if I’m grinding my teeth?

Many people don’t realize that they’re grinding their teeth until they notice one of the warning signs. The most common symptoms of teeth grinding include an aching jaw, persistent headaches or earaches, and noticeably sensitive teeth. If you suspect that you’re grinding your teeth, your dentist can help you find an appropriate treatment.

Visit Our Dental Office

For the past two decades, Smiles @ Southcenter has provided patients in the greater Seattle area—including Renton, Tukwila, and the other surrounding communities—with a comprehensive range of dental services. We offer same-day and next-day appointments for your convenience, and we offer IV conscious sedation for patients who have dental anxiety. Our experienced staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services, so feel free to call 206-575-9150 to schedule an appointment.

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