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Frequently Asked Questions

Appointments

WHAT ARE YOUR OFFICE HOURS?

High Street Dentistry is open Monday - Thursday, from 8am - 5pm, and on Friday from 8am - 12pm. We are closed on Saturday and Sundays.

Please note that our office will be closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

For your convenience, we offer the following methods to schedule your appointments:

  • Online scheduling: To request appointment availability, please click here to fill out the form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.
  • Call our office at (573) 636-7432.
  • Email us with your preferred date or day of the week and time range, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE REGULAR CHECK-UPS?

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Some people may need more frequent check-ups based on their dental needs. After your first exam, we’ll be able to determine the best frequency for your dental health.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

  • Completed new patient forms
  • Insurance card/information
  • List of current medications and medical conditions
  • X-rays taken in the last 6 months (if available)

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE?

Please call our office at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. We’ll work with you to help you find another date that fits your schedule.

WHAT IF I NEED EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE?

If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you within 24 hours.

Treatments

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?

High Street Dentistry provides Family and Restorative dental services. Children are welcome, and we even offer emergency services! Please click on our Services tab for more details.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY FIRST VISIT?

We will conduct a thorough examination on your first visit to determine the best course of action to achieve dental health and your goals. We will:

  • Take full mouth x-rays to identify any current problems and to use as a baseline on future visits to detect early signs of problems.
  • Assess gum condition and health.
  • Examine teeth for cavities and condition of old dental restorations.
  • Perform a head and neck exam, including salivary glands and lymph nodes, for swelling or other abnormalities.
  • Screen for oral cancer and TMJ (jaw joint).
  • Clean and polish your teeth.

WHY DO I NEED TO DISCUSS MY MEDICAL CONDITIONS WITH THE DENTIST?

Many health conditions are indicated in the mouth and can affect oral health, so your medical information is very important in diagnosing issues with your teeth, gums and mouth.

HOW OFTEN DO MY FILLINGS NEED TO BE REPLACED?

Fillings can last for many years, but over time they wear down, discolor, crack and sometimes fall out. Early detection of problems with fillings can help you avoid getting cavities under the filling and causing more serious decay. Let us know if you’re experiencing any pain. We’ll check your fillings at every visit to determine if any need to be replaced.

DO YOU USE COMPOSITE (TOOTH COLORED) OR AMALGAM (SILVER) FILLINGS?

Composite fillings are widely preferred to amalgam today to fill new cavities and replace old fillings needing repair. However, there are some instances when amalgam is still recommended, based on your individual health profile. In addition, some insurance providers will not approve composite fillings in posterior teeth, which would increase your out-of-pocket expenses.

ARE X-RAYS NECESSARY?

Absolutely. Dental xrays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools. Many oral conditions occur between teeth or under the gums or bones, undetectable by the human eye, and may have no early signs or symptoms. Left untreated, these conditions can create serious dental and general health problems, including loss of teeth and heart problems. Early detection with xrays can make treatment much less painful, faster, and less expensive. The American Dental Association recommends getting a full series every three years.

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