Looking to know more about dental care? Check out our FAQ section below where we have answered all your top questions. From oral hygiene tips to the latest in dental treatments, Dr. Steven Driggers and Dr. Samuel Driggers, our trusted dentists in Avon, Indiana, are here to guide you. If you need more details or want to book an appointment at Sonshine Family Dental, just give us a call at 317-271-1330. Let us get you on the path to a healthy smile with ease and confidence!

Will I need to take medication prior to my appointment?

Some patients require antibiotic prophylaxis or “premed” for dental cleanings and treatment appointments. These patients typically have had joint replacement surgery, artificial heart valves, or a history of endocarditis. Please contact your primary care physician if you feel you may be in need of a prescription prior to care with our office.

What if I only have dental insurance?

We offer a dental savings program that covers routine cleanings and X-rays and offers a 15% discount on other necessary treatment. This is typically structured as a monthly payment. Please contact our office with any other questions you may have.

What treatments are included in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes treatments like teeth whitening, dental veneers, bonding, orthodontics and dental implants to improve the appearance of your smile.

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth and want to improve your smile, cosmetic dentistry might be suitable. A consultation with our dentists can help determine the best options based on your dental health and cosmetic goals.

What are dental veneers and how long do they last?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. With proper care, they can last 10 to 15 years.

How do Invisalign® clear aligners work?

Invisalign treatment uses a series of custom-made, clear aligners to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Aligners are worn for 20-22 hours a day and changed every 1-2 weeks.

How do Lumineers® differ from traditional veneers?

Lumineers® are a type of veneer that is ultra-thin and requires little to no tooth reduction before application, making them less invasive than traditional veneers.

What is Six Month Smiles®, and how is it different from regular braces?

Six Month Smiles is a short-term orthodontic treatment using clear braces to align teeth in about six months, focusing on the teeth that show when you smile.

What is a Snap-On Smile® and who can benefit from it?

Snap-On Smile® is a removable, cosmetic dental appliance that snaps over the natural teeth to improve appearance. It is ideal for those looking for a non-invasive, affordable cosmetic solution.

How effective is professional teeth whitening and how long does it last?

Professional teeth whitening can significantly lighten the color of your teeth. Results can last from six months to three years, depending on lifestyle and oral hygiene.

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies include severe pain, bleeding, loose or knocked-out teeth and infections. Immediate treatment is crucial to prevent further damage or loss of teeth.

What services are included in general and family dentistry?

It covers a wide range of services aimed at maintaining oral health, including regular checkups, cleanings, fillings and preventive education for all family members.

What are the differences between dental crowns and bridges?

A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth or a dental implant, while a bridge is used to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth by anchoring to adjacent teeth or implants.

Are there different types of dental fillings, and how do I choose the right one?

Yes, fillings can be made from materials like amalgam, composite, gold or ceramic. The choice depends on the location of the cavity, aesthetic considerations and cost.

What are dental implants and who is eligible for them?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots inserted into the jawbone to support replacement teeth. Most adults in good general health with adequate jawbone density are eligible.

What types of dentures are available?

There are full dentures for complete tooth loss and partial dentures for missing one or more teeth. Both can be removable or fixed, depending on the patient’s needs.

Why are different types of dental X-rays needed?

Each type provides unique views and details. Digital X-rays offer quick images with less radiation, panoramic X-rays give a broad overview of the entire mouth, and cone beam CT scans offer 3D images for precise treatment planning.

What is endodontic treatment, and when is it needed?

Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. It involves removing the damaged pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and sealing it.

What is the difference between mouth guards and night guards?

Mouth guards are worn during sports to protect against injury, while night guards are worn during sleep to prevent damage from teeth grinding (bruxism).

Why might I need a tooth extraction?

Reasons include severe decay, infection, impacted wisdom teeth, preparation for orthodontic treatment or a tooth that is damaged beyond repair.

What should I expect during and after a tooth extraction?

The area will be numbed with local anesthesia. You may feel pressure but should not feel pain during the extraction. Post-extraction, you will receive care instructions to ensure proper healing.

Why is wisdom teeth removal necessary?

Removal is often recommended when these teeth are impacted, cause pain, lead to dental crowding or are at risk for infection.

What is the recovery process like after wisdom teeth removal?

Recovery typically takes a few days to a week. Pain, swelling and some bleeding are normal. You will be advised on pain management, diet and oral hygiene practices to aid healing.

At what age should my child first visit the dentist?

It is recommended to bring your child to the dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth appears, whichever comes first.

How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit?

Explain the importance of going to the dentist and what to expect in simple, positive terms. Avoid using words that might cause unnecessary fear.

What is periodontal care, and who needs it?

Periodontal care involves preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease. It is necessary for anyone showing signs of gum disease or wanting to maintain healthy gums.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Signs include red, swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth and pain when chewing. Early detection and treatment are crucial.

What treatments are available for gum disease?

Treatment options range from non-surgical methods like scaling and root planning to surgical procedures for advanced cases, including flap surgery and bone grafts.

Can gum disease be cured?

Early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can often be reversed with proper care. Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can be managed but not completely cured, requiring ongoing treatment and maintenance.

What is LANAP® therapy, and how does it differ from traditional gum surgery?

LANAP® (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a minimally invasive laser treatment for gum disease. It targets infected tissue without cutting the gums, offering a quicker recovery than traditional surgery.

Who is a candidate for LANAP® therapy?

Patients with moderate to severe periodontitis who are looking for less invasive alternatives to traditional gum surgery may be candidates for LANAP®. A thorough evaluation by our dentists can determine suitability.

If you have any further questions, please call us at 317-271-1330.