Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Covington, WA

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Dr. Navi Dhaliwal is well-versed and knowledgeable in various aspects of dentistry. Equipped and ready to take on any questions you might have, she decided to make the process a bit easier by sharing the answers to some of the most sought-after questions about dental care. Below, you will find her explanations, but if there is something that requires additional clarity or a question that still needs to be answered, feel free to call our Covington dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Navi Dhaliwal today.

Why are dental checkups and teeth cleanings important?

It is not just Dr. Navi Dhaliwal who recommends six-month dental checkups and teeth cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) also encourages this timeframe for professional dental care. The reason is that at-home oral hygiene habits can only do so much. Even if you are diligent about brushing, flossing, and rinsing each day, bacteria can spread to areas that only specialized dental instruments can reach. By keeping these appointments, you are remaining proactive in your pursuit of better oral health.

When should I visit the emergency room for a dental injury?

Your emergency dentist in Covington is capable of treating most dental emergencies; however, there are a few instances that require you to visit your local ER first. These include continual bleeding, increased swelling that hinders your ability to swallow or breathe, or a broken or fractured jawbone. It is best that you seek immediate medical attention before coming to our office for further treatment.

What is the difference between BOTOX and dermal fillers?

BOTOX and dermal fillers are often believed to be the same thing, but they are not. Instead, BOTOX is a solution that is injected into various parts of the face and temporarily freezes the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines. Not only does it smooth out the skin, but it prevents additional age lines from forming.

Dermal fillers, however, are another type of injectable solution, but it is used to fill and plump areas of facial skin. If sagging, sunken scars, or deeply defined age lines are present, dermal fillers can be injected to create a more youthful appearance.

What can my child expect when visiting your dental office?

Children are welcome here at Complete Dental Care of Covington. Dr. Navi Dhaliwal and our team are skilled in providing the type of dental services and care they deserve so that they maintain the best possible chance of a healthier smile as they grow older. Not only will we ensure their safety and comfort, but they will learn how to best care for their smiles at home while also experiencing the dentist’s office in a new and exciting way.

Will it hurt to receive a root canal?

The process of a root canal is not to cause additional pain but instead, eliminate it. After receiving anesthesia before the procedure, you should not experience any discomfort during the procedure. However, once it is finished and the anesthesia wears off, you can expect there to be some soreness while your mouth heals. Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications can help to minimize discomfort, and it should only last a short time.

Will you take my dental insurance?

We are more than happy to take your dental insurance and identify ways to maximize your benefits. No matter if we’re in-network or out-of-network with your insurance plan, we will do our best to help you save money while reaping the advantages of pursuing optimal oral health. Simply let us know who your policy is with, and we’ll get to work.