We welcome patients with oral health questions to speak with our dentists and team at their routine dental checkups. We also offer answers to the following frequently asked questions for your convenience:

1. I’m too frightened to see a dentist. What do I do?

Many patients experience this fear. Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell want you to know that you are in control. During your first visit, our dentists will not utilize dental instruments of any sort without your consent. With permission, our dentists will perform a gentle oral exam and provide digital X-rays to evaluate your oral health. The entire appointment will be conducted at your pace.

2. Why do my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums are an indication of gum disease, or an active infection in the gum tissue. Because the infection is below the gumline and beyond the reach of your toothbrush, it can only be treated by our dentists and team. We encourage you to visit our office as soon as possible for an oral exam.

3. Seeing a dentist is so expensive. How can I afford it?

Many patients hesitate to visit the dentist because of the cost of dental care. At the office of Bruce W. Smith, DDS, we strive to offer high-quality care at an affordable price. Our front office team would be happy to discuss your insurance benefits and payment options to help you receive the care you need.

4. My insurance doesn’t seem to pay anything. Why?

Dental insurance has remained much the same since its introduction in the 1970s, while the cost of dental care has continued to rise. Our qualified team can help you maximize every penny of your insurance benefits and annual maximum.

5. Why are my teeth sensitive to hot, cold, chewing, or sweets?

Tooth sensitivity can have many causes, such as a bruised tooth, worn enamel, decay, or tooth fracture. If you are experiencing sensitivity in one or more of your teeth, please contact our office to schedule an oral exam.

6. Why do I have receding gums?

Gum recession is often a result of bone loss. Periodontal disease and bruxism can both severely affect the jawbone. Your receding gums may also victims of over-aggressive brushing. You are welcome to speak with our dentists to learn the origin of your gum issues.

7. I’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease. What now?

Once your gums have developed periodontal disease, they can never fully be cured. However, Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell can help you manage the infection to prevent tooth loss, receding gums, and bone loss. Please seek therapeutic treatment immediately to preserve your oral health.

8. I’ve been told I grind my teeth, but what can be done?

Symptoms of bruxism include headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ears, and temporomandibular joint issues. Untreated bruxism can cause permanent damage, such as shortened or fractured teeth, receding gums, and bone loss. Our dentists offer bruxism treatment to help patients such as yourself protect their smiles and regain peace of mind.

We hope you have found this page to be helpful and informative. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our dental office to speak with our dentists in Houston, Texas.