Frequently Asked St. Augustine Dental Questions

Our helpful dental professionals at Palencia Dental are committed to answering your questions to make sure you are able to make a well-informed decision regarding your dental care. We understand that you deserve personalized dental services and have your own unique needs. That is why we do our best to make sure you have a clear understanding of your treatment options.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (904) 474-5444 to ask any other questions you might have.

Luckily, there are simple and effective teeth whitening options for many people. You can choose to do teeth whitening in our office. Results are nearly immediately after a 30 to 60-minute appointment. While this is a very efficient option, it might require more than one visit to reach your goal.

Home whitening systems typically come in a fitted mouth guard that is molded to your teeth. The tray is usually worn for 30 minutes, twice a day. This option usually takes a few weeks for you to obtain the bright, white smile you want.

You were likely told that you should always brush your teeth twice a day to help keep your teeth healthier and prevent cavities. While this is very good advice, it does little to remove food particles and harmful bacteria between your teeth. Daily flossing helps to remove dangerous plaque that creates cavities and gum disease.
There is a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments that can improve the appearance and the function of your teeth. Our St. Augustine dentist can carefully review all of your treatment options with you and help you select the right procedures for your goal.

Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth-colored, composite fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Orthodontics
  • Porcelain crowns
Gingivitis and periodontitis are common and gum diseases that can create very serious health issues. Many questions are asked by people who are suffering from these diseases are unaware because they typically don’t cause any pain in the gums in the earlier stages. Gum disease is caused by plaque on and in between teeth that creates bacteria that attacks the gums.

Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Puffy and red gums
  • Bleeding gums on their own or after flossing
  • Loose teeth or changes in the spacing between teeth
  • Pus surrounding the teeth or around the gums
  • Discomfort and tenderness of the gums
We do accept dental insurance, and ensure that our patients maximize their benefits. We fill out all the necessary paperwork that insurance companies require, educate the patient on what is covered, and we never let insurance benefits interfere with patient relationships or treatment plans. While patients are financially responsible for their treatment, we do accept assignment from insurance. From our experience, we see that patients receive their reimbursements much quicker than our dental office.