FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Feel free to ask any of us questions concerning your dental needs, from insurance or appointment times to cosmetic enhancements and infection control. We will answer any email within one business day. We file insurance claims over the internet to insure prompt reimbursement for both you and us.

Q: What do I do If I chip a tooth?

A: If the tooth is very sharp it can be sanded down with a nail file until you can be seen. Depending on the size of the chip the dentist will either smooth it, build it up, or you may need a crown. If it is a small chip on a front tooth this is common and probably will not need repairing. People chip teeth all the time and it may not be as big a deal as you may think.

Q: What do I do if I lose a crown or bridge?

A: If it is not a tooth that shows and is not too sensitive do not worry. Call the next business day and we can replace it for you. If it is essential that you replace it immediately, drug stores carry temporary cement and filling material. Simply clean as much from the tooth and crown as possible and make sure they are also dry then follow directions and press your crown back in place. Please call at your earliest convenience to arrange for a more permanent solution.

Q: What should I do if my tooth is very painful, especially to touching and chewing?

A: If the tooth is sensitive to the pressure, you probably have an infection and will need antibiotics. Call us and we can phone your local pharmacy with the appropriate medications for your infection and pain relief. Please have your pharmacy’s phone number ready. Do not place aspirin against a tooth or your gums as it may burn and make things worse. Note: If you have never been to our office we cannot legally prescribe you and medication with first seeing you in person.

If the tooth is just sensitive to temperature extremes, it can be treated with sensitive formula toothpastes. If it is especially sensitive, you may rub the paste on the area before going to bed without rinsing. Try this for a few days and see how it works.

Q: I have a heart condition, is it necessary to take antibiotics before my appointments as I have done in the past?

A: Probably not. Unless you have a serious condition it is no longer necessary to take antibiotics before your appointments. The American Heart Association, has changed their recommendation. Please click here for more information. You should speak to your cardiologist, physician or Dr Davis himself, before taking any antibiotics prior to your appointment.

Q: Why do I have to pay when I have insurance?

A: Most insurance plans cover routine maintenance but anything other than a cleaning and checkup is only covered 50-80% in most plans. If you do not have any coverage we ask that you pay at the time of your visit.

Q: What can I do about bleeding gums?

A: Are you flossing regularly? If not, that will help as will listerine. Try flossing twice a day and rinsing with mouthwash several times daily.

Q: What if I have an emergency after office hours or on the weekend.

A: The best way to reach the doctor is via email: drgeoffreydavis@gmail.com.  If you have to call, the emergency phone number is 617-903-0363. Please remember he may not be immediately available to return your call or email but will as soon as possible.