Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. and the rest of our team understand that you may have a lot of questions and concerns regarding your dental health and oral hygiene. Your smile is one of your most noticeable features, and it’s our mission to provide our Leander patients with the very best in customer service and oral health care. As part of this dedication, we have created a list of some of the questions we are asked most frequently in the hopes that this may answer some of your own questions. However, if you are not able to find your question and you would like to discuss a dental concern in further detail, do not hesitate to contact Leander dentist Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. at (512) 259-3365 today.
What do I do if I’m terrified of going to the dentist?
If you find yourself dreading a dentist appointment or completely avoiding the dentist altogether, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a common concern that affects many Americans across the country. Luckily, our Leander dentists have heard this concern before and are prepared to handle it. Our compassionate staff is extensively trained to make sure your visit is as comfortable as possible. Furthermore, we have gentle sedation dentistry options that can medically reduce your anxiety so that your visit is as stress-free as possible. No matter the extent of your fear, we have strategies to help you effectively deal with that fear and we will personally work with you to establish which option will be best in your situation.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
Brushing and flossing is extremely critical to your oral hygiene. This is the biggest way you, yourself, can prevent tooth and gum disease. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. This will help remove food and plaque from your teeth that could cause many secondary problems later on. In addition to brushing your teeth twice-a-day, you should floss your teeth daily. By developing consistent dental hygiene habits, your teeth will be much healthier and have greater longevity.
How do I choose the right dentist?
When considering what dentist to use, you must first establish your priorities in your dental health care. Are you busy and would you benefit more from a flexible clinic? Do you have kids and would you prefer your kids to see a family dentist with you so that you can all go to the same location? Choosing the right dental practice is extremely beneficial to your overall dental experience, and Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. and our whole Leander team are dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the best service possible. With expertise in general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry, we are able to tailor our treatment plans to your exact needs.
How often should I have a dental exam?
Your teeth should be professionally cleaned twice a year, about every six months. Depending on your unique situation, however, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. Consistent dental exams are the most effective way for you to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent bigger problems down the road. Dentists have the opportunity to thoroughly clean your teeth, remove excess plaque and tartar build-up, while also monitoring for warning signs of further problems like cavities. Finally, consistent dental exams give your dentist the opportunity to give you oral hygiene recommendations that you can work into your daily oral care regimen.
When is cosmetic dentistry appropriate?
Cosmetic dentistry can provide innovative solutions to any tooth concerns you may have. It is easy to become self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, and if you notice you aren’t feeling as good as you potentially could about your teeth, cosmetic dentistry may be a great option for you. There have been many advancements in cosmetic dental procedures due to the way technology has evolved in the dental industry. We are now capable of restoring teeth or giving you an entire mouth makeover with cosmetic dentistry, so if a more healthy and beautiful smile is what you seek, cosmetic dentistry treatments can make a noticeable difference.
Is your office family-friendly?
Absolutely. At Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we emphasize family-friendly services for the greater Austin area, including Leander. Our dentists and staff know how important it is to be able to take care of the entire family’s oral care, which is why we allow for flexible scheduling and care for patients of any age, from young children to the elderly.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry helps patients who experience severe anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. Sedation calms patients down and allows them to sleep throughout their dental procedure, freeing them of any feelings of nerves or anxiety that may come with dental work. Sedation dentistry can also help anyone with sensitive teeth, with a strong gag reflex, with physical limitations, or anyone who will be undergoing an extensive procedure.
Do you offer implant restoration?
Yes. We understand that certain circumstances such as mouth trauma and tooth decay may lead to tooth loss, and dental implants offer a great opportunity for patients to restore both the appearance and function of their teeth. This way, you can once again enjoy a natural-looking smile that can help you live a normal life.
Is there any way to make my first visit go faster?
It’s quite common that your first visit to a new dentist can be a lengthy process. Fortunately, at Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we have implemented a way to expedite the process. Under the “New Patients” tab at the top of our homepage, you may access and fill out all of the initial paperwork ahead of your visit. Having these documents already filled out when you walk in is an efficient way of getting everything done quicker.
What services can you provide my small children?
At Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we offer a number of important pediatric dental services. Your child or children can benefit from the following services:
- Routine dental exams
- Teeth cleaning
- Dental sealants
- Tooth fillings
- Fluoride treatments
- Pediatric crowns
The oral health of all individuals in Leander and beyond is very important, so feel free to get in touch with our office today about scheduling an appointment.
Does your office do dentures?
Yes! At Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we offer our patients options for both full and partial dentures. Depending on your specific oral needs, we’ll provide you with information about your options and work with you on preventative care for the future. We also offer denture maintenance, relining, and more.
What cosmetic procedures do you offer?
Many individuals consider cosmetic dentistry when they wish to improve the appearance of their smile. At Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we offer the Leander community with a number of cosmetic dentistry options:
• Smile makeovers
• White fillings
• Whitening and bonding
Do you take x-rays on the first visit?
At Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we generally take x-rays on your first visit to our office. An x-ray taken at another facility within the last year may be accepted as well. In such case, patients are required to obtain their previous x-rays.
What if my teeth are extremely sensitive?
Sensitive teeth prevent many individuals from consulting a dentist as regularly as they ought to. However, the dentists at Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. may use gentle sedation on an individual with highly sensitive teeth. Gentle sedation allows a patient to undergo a dental procedure such as a cleaning or filling without any of the pain associated with extreme sensitivity.
What if I need a root canal, but am unsure?
Root canal therapy is a fairly common dental procedure used to remedy an infected tooth. If you see a dentist regularly, he or she may notice that a tooth or its pulp is inflamed or infected. When things get to this point, it may be time for a root canal, which involves the removal of part of the infected tooth, cleaning of the root canals, and the placement of filling and a crown. If you have any dental concerns in the Leander area, feel free to consult with an experienced member of our team today.
Is mouthwash worth my time?
While not everyone needs a mouth rinse as part of their daily dental hygiene routine, the American Dental Association recommends this step for people who have difficulty flossing and/or brushing. Mouth rinses are not a substitute for brushing or flossing, but they can still help remove extra debris from a person’s mouth. The best person to ask about the necessity of a mouth rinse is your dental practitioner, like a Leander dentist at Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S..
What are the worst foods for my teeth?
Though there is debate about the “best” and “worst” foods for teeth, it is evident that acidic foods can be especially damaging. Foods like citrus and fruit juices can erode teeth enamel over time. Other acidic foods and drinks like soda and hard candy can also seriously damage your teeth; sticky candy like caramels can also stick to your teeth and get stuck between them, causing infection. So, although taking care of your teeth by eating healthy can sometimes be difficult, our Leander dentistry team recommends routine dental care to ensure the best health of your teeth.