Frequently Asked Questions
We encourage our patients to ask questions about their dental health, and we’re happy to provide tools to help increase the resourceful patient’s dental IQ. Browse our oral health articles for easy-to-digest dental news, and peruse our external links for additional information. Take a look at our FAQs section for answers to common questions about our practice. If you’re looking for something that you can’t find, please call our dental office in Dallas, TX to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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How does the doctor keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Grinaldi subscribes to various professional journals to keep current on research and development in the dental field. He also take time on a regular basis for continuing education, and ensure that our staff does the same. In fact, upon completion of over 500 hours of continuing education, Dr. Grinaldi became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. His other professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Dallas County Dental Society, the North Dallas Implant Study Club, the Excel Study Club, and the Texas Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
How do I know when it's time to come in for a checkup?
Although the American Dental Association recommends a healthy adult get a checkup every six months, there really are no automatic “formulas,” because no two patients are alike. We take the time to get to know each of our patients, including past dental history, present condition, and future needs and goals. We then customize a treatment plan to help them meet their needs and achieve their goals.
At what age should my children first see the dentist?
We like to see children in our office by the age of three and four, so we can anticipate the development of their overall bite prior to the emergence of the permanent teeth. At this young age, it's quite simple to recognize and take steps to prevent potential problems. The first time we meet children is often during one of the parent's appointments. We'll just introduce ourselves, so they will feel comfortable with our team. On their first real visit, we will treat them gently and with special care, ensuring the experience is positive and non-threatening. Of course, if your toddler accidentally chips or knocks out a tooth prior to this age, you should let us know right away.
I really don't like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
First of all, our friendly, home-like setting will immediately put you at ease. Our caring and attentive staff will address your specific concerns. Some of our comfort techniques include nitrous oxide, sedation dentistry, topical anesthetic, private patient suites, and soothing music. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us.
My spouse snores and keeps me up at night. I've heard that a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. Can you help?
Snoring is a very common problem that is often related to sleep apnea. Dr. Grinaldi offers simple solutions that unblock airways and restore restful slumber. Give us a call so we can arrange to talk to you and your spouse about various treatment options. Look forward to restful nights and more productive (and happy) lives!
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile, from at-home bleaching products (2-6 weeks treatment time), to our in-office treatments (as little as 2 hours treatment time). Dr. Grinaldi can help evaluate your potential for teeth whitening, based on the current color and the causes of any discoloration. Most patients experience dramatic improvement with our safe, effective methods.
I want my front teeth to look better but I don't want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
A new smile can revitalize your overall appearance, improve your self-esteem, and – ultimately- change your life! As your cosmetic dentists, Dr. Grinaldi will discuss the options that best suit your goals, lifestyle, and budget. Often simple, same-day procedures, such as bonding or teeth whitening, can make a world of difference. In other cases, we recommend custom-designed porcelain veneers. Visit our Smile Gallery to see we’ve already helped patients just like you improve their smiles and lives.