6317 Odana Rd Madison, WI 53719
Total Care Dental in Madison, Wisconsin has the answer for your dental concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

What is preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is any dental appointment to check that your teeth are and remain in good health.

Do I need to wear a mouth guard when playing sports?

Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports is highly suggested. A mouth guard reduces the likelihood of losing teeth due to a hit or injury, and can help prevent concussions. Total Care Dental provides custom UnderArmour Performance Mouthwear for patients who want to protect their teeth as they play sports.

What does flossing do for me?

Using dental floss (dental tape) helps remove interproximal dental plaque. Toothbrushes can rarely clean these areas well enough, and you can develop cavities in these hard-to-reach spaces if flossing is not a part of your daily routine.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria build up in the mouth. This build up can occur due to poor oral hygiene habits, genetics, systemic diseases, medications, and more. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can quickly progresses into periodontitis, depleting the gums and bones around your teeth, loosening your teeth, and eventually causing them to fall out.

What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

Warning signs of oral cancer include lumps or growths in the soft tissue of your mouth, ear pain, difficulty chewing or swallowing, a feeling of something being caught in your throat, and hoarseness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule your oral cancer screening today to be on the safe side.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the treatment of teeth and their supporting structures to restore your mouth back to full functionality using dental implants, crowns and bridges, root canal therapy, dentures and/or fillings.

What causes a root canal?

A root canal may be necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. If a cavity is left untreated it can eat through the entire tooth, infecting the pulp. Trauma or damage to a tooth can also cause the pulp to become infected.

How long does a root canal take?

Root canal treatment can be completed in just one visit, lasting approximately an hour. Due to advances in treatment, root canals are performed much faster and with minimal discomfort compared to previous treatments.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth set into your alveolar bone using titanium screws. They are used to replace missing teeth. The titanium screws act as the new root. An abutment is added to the top of the titanium to attach to a traditional crown. A dental implant is an innovative, effective solution to replacing one or multiple lost teeth. Dental implants are designed to last. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Contact our experienced dental staff today to learn more about dental implants.

What material do you use for dental fillings?

Our experienced Madison dentists use a composite resin filling, which matches your natural tooth color to reduce the appearance of the filling. With proper oral care, a composite resin filling lasts approximately five to seven years.

How long do dentures last?

When properly cared for, dentures can last over 10 years. At Total Care Dental, we can fit you with a set of full or partial dentures, custom made to comfortably fit your mouth.

Does my insurance cover restorative dentistry services?

It depends on your insurance plan; many dental insurance plans do cover at least a portion of the cost. We would be happy to review your insurance coverage with you during a free consultation. Our Madison dental clinic works to make dentistry affordable to all our patients. We offer a pre-payment discount to patients without insurance whose procedure will cost over $300. We can also help sign you up for CareCredit, which offers monthly payment plans. Contact us for more information about financing.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry focused on improving the aesthetic value of one’s teeth, gums or bite – basically, your smile. Services under this umbrella include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and veneers. While cosmetic dentistry doesn’t necessarily address the functionality of your teeth, the dental care experts in Madison at Total Care Dental do offer dental health services in addition to cosmetic dentistry.

Are there benefits to cosmetic dentistry?

The beautiful smile that comes with cosmetic dentistry grants increased self-confidence. This has a positive impact on one’s emotional well-being which, in turn, has positive effects on longevity and performance.

Why should I get my teeth professionally whitened?

There are over-the-counter teeth-whitening solutions available, but they do not have the same effect as professional whitening systems, may take weeks to prove effective, and can be overly complicated. The Madison cosmetic dentists at Total Care Dental use a deep-bleaching system that’s safe and fast-acting. In just two hours, you’ll see years’ worth of stains on your teeth disappear.

How many appointments will it take to get a beautiful smile?

The number of dental visits depends on the condition of your teeth and the cosmetic procedures required to correct your smile. For example, procedures like bonded veneers and teeth whitening can generally be completed in one visit, while porcelain veneers require two visits. If you treatment involves a combination of procedures, you’ll need more appointments.

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends asking your dentist for before and after photos of other patients, references, and proof of continuing education. Total Care Dental is an accredited member of AACD and can answer any of your questions about our cosmetic dentistry services and qualifications.

Is restorative dentistry an option for children?

Yes! Typically younger children are prone to cavities, which require fillings. Our clinic is very kid-friendly, they can even wait for their appointment in our Kid’s Zone.

Is there a link between oral health and heart disease?

A number of health problems are linked to poor oral health, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, pregnancy problems and more. When gum disease gets out of control, the bacteria enters your blood stream, leading to health problems you could have avoided with proper oral care.

Is oral cancer fatal?

Yes, oral cancer can be fatal if caught in the later stages. Regular checkups can help diagnose oral cancer early and significantly increase your chance of survival.

Answers to Your Dental Health Questions

The Madison dentists of Total Care Dental want to answer all your questions about our preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services. From different services available to financing options, here are some of our most commonly asked questions about dentistry and oral health.

Dental healthcare topics range from basic oral hygiene to preventative treatment options. Restorative care covers questions about tooth replacement, root canals, and fillings. Finally, cosmetic care includes information about teeth whitening, aesthetic contouring, and Invisalign clear braces. Read through each section to learn all about the services offered at our Madison dental clinic. Or contact us to schedule a dental appointment or consultation.