Will I feel any pain?

No, you should never have to feel any pain during your dental visits. We will explain all procedures to you in detail and list your options for pain management.

For most cases, a topical anesthetic (numbing gel) is applied before local anesthetic is gradually injected into the prepared area. Once the local anesthetic is given, your mouth will become numb as the anesthetic blocks nerves which normally transmit pain signals. A combination of Nitrogen and Oxygen can also be used before the anesthetic procedure begins. This is known as “laughing gas.” It helps to lower anxiety and helps you to relax.

Dr. Sneed then gently tests the area before proceeding to ensure tissues are completely numb. In the unlikely event you should feel any discomfort, simply let her know and she’ll administer more local anesthetic.

More complex and involved procedures might require intravenous sedation (IV). This is a method of pain control that combines several medications to lower consciousness.

Can you make my teeth whiter?

Yes, we offer several procedures and products for brightening your smile. Bleaching is a simple solution to whiten stained, dull, or dark-colored teeth. We take an impression of the patient’s teeth, and then create a clear, thin, soft tray from the impression. This tray will then be used at home to hold a bleaching gel while placed over your teeth.

The tray can be worn for a few hours a day. Results can be expected and seen very quickly. Best results are obtained after wearing the tray for about 2 weeks.

Another option we offer for tooth discoloration is Zoom Whitening. Here a bleaching solution is applied to your teeth, then activated with a special light. This is an in-office, supervised whitening method that provides you with immediate results.

What does my insurance cover?

Dental insurance typically does not cover the costs for elective dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, or other cosmetic dental procedures used to enhance your appearance.

Dental insurance is most often a policy separate from regular medical insurance.

Usually dental insurance will cover some of the cost for x-rays, cleanings, check-ups, and orthodontics. If you have regular check-ups, most likely you can claim the full cost of your visits.

At Sneed Dental Arts, we will file your insurance claim as a courtesy to you, quickly and dependent upon your plan. We will be happy to discuss and help determine the approximate amount of coverage available to you.

Tap here to see the list of insurance companies that consider us an “in-network” provider.

What are the options of tooth extractions?

When decay (cavity) has dissolved away much of a tooth’s protective enamel and becomes infected or damages the inner nerve, Dr. Sneed may recommend a root canal to save the tooth. Essentially a root canal involves removing nerve tissue inside a tooth, filling these canals with sterile material and then covering it with a crown.

In the event a tooth must be pulled, we offer treatment options to replace the missing tooth with a bridge, dental implants, or removable appliances. In addition to being unsightly, losing a tooth can lead to other problems with surrounding teeth. Dental implants are one of the best methods to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are simply titanium fixtures which act as anchors for a natural looking tooth or to keep dentures secured in place for eating.

So long as the patient has sufficient bone for the anchor, implants are an excellent and permanent alternative to either fixed or a removable bridge or denture. The advantages of dental implants are:

  • Highly stable
  • Natural appearance and function
  • Feel better than traditional replacements
  • Same biting force as bridges
  • They last a lifetime
Do you see children?

Yes, our office is a family dental practice. We are committed to making not only your dental experience a pleasant one but also your entire family’s experience. We are always accepting new patients. Your referral is the best compliment you can give your doctors and team. So if you are excited about Sneed Dental Arts as much as we are, please tell your friends and family about us.

Why do I need x-rays?

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are an important examination tool necessary for a compete evaluation of the patient’s oral health.

Radiographs provide necessary information regarding decay between teeth, the supporting bone structure, and bone loss related to gum disease. It shows abcesses at the tips of the teeth, changes in the bone related to the bite, impacted wisdom teeth, growths, cysts, and many other pathologies.

A complete set of radiographs is usually taken no more than once every three to five years. Of course, there are circumstances that dictate that more frequent radiographic evaluation be made. In addition, periodic cavity-detecting x-rays may be indicated, along with individual radiographs to evaluate and/or diagnose a specific problem.

It is important to remember that just because you, the patient, can’t see or feel a problem, does not mean that it is not there.

Why do I need fluoride?

Fluoride is a highly effective part of your tooth decay prevention program, no matter what your age. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the enamel surface and makes it harder and more resistant to decay. For adults, fluoride can repair an early cavity – even before it’s become visible in the mouth – by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth. And in older adults, fluoride can help to solve the problem of root decay or root sensitivity.

It is certainly important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride. This is the timeframe during which the primary and permanent teeth come in. However, adults benefit from fluoride, too. New research indicates that topical fluoride – from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments – are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth.

In addition, people with certain conditions may be at increased risk of tooth decay and would therefore benefit from additional fluoride treatment.