Jennifer S. from Firebaugh, CA asks…
Does Medi-Cal Dental cover braces?
Medi-Cal Dental typically covers orthodontic treatments deemed medically necessary for patients at least 13 years old and not more than 21 years of age. To qualify, a patient must be evaluated to determine the severity of their case and receive approval for treatment from Medi-Cal Dental. Orthodontic consultations are free at Western Dental, and we treat more Medi-Cal Dental patients than any other dental office in California, so we are experts on your coverage.
Josh H. from Phoenix, AZ asks…
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is common but fairly preventable. The cause is usually poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth and bone loss, and it's a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.
Symptoms include swollen, red, and tender gums. Treatment includes professionally cleaning the pockets around teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bone. Advanced cases may require surgery.
Lyndsey from Stockton, CA asks…
I was on a lot of pain medicine for back pain for six years and I was wondering if that causes teeth to fall out and break?
Without knowing the specific pain medicine you used, I can tell you that some medications cause “dry mouth” that can increase your chances of tooth decay or gum disease, which can result in tooth loss. When taking medication, it’s important to be diligent in maintaining an oral hygiene regimen to minimize the effects of medications on your dental health.
Matt from Los Angeles, CA asks…
Do you offer alternatives to opioids or narcotics to manage pain after dental work?
Strong narcotics are not always required for dental pain. Your dentist will offer alternatives to opioids to diminish pain following dental treatment.
Michelle from California asks…
Most of my teeth are gone or broken. They are infected and cause me a lot of pain. Can you help?
Yes, we can help you. If you have pain or broken teeth, you should consult your dentist who can develop a treatment plan that relieves your pain and restores your smile and your oral health.
Roxana from Fullerton, CA asks…
I’m afraid of the dentist but I really need a check up. Can you put me to sleep?
If you are uneasy about dental procedures, sleep dentistry is an option for many patients. Sleep dentistry can range from deep sedation, or general anesthesia, recommended for tooth extractions and complex oral surgeries, to a kind of “twilight” sleep that will put you in a very relaxed state. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is another option for relieving anxiety during dental visits and is appropriate for patients of all ages, including children. Your dentist can discuss what’s right for you.