How often should I go to the dentist?

We recommend that you visit us once every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. These regular visits are important for maintaining good oral health and ensuring that any emerging problems are treated as soon as possible. If your smile is affected by certain conditions, such as periodontal disease, Dr. Mantoan and Dr. DiBenedetto may recommend more frequent appointments to keep your smile healthy.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Gum disease, more formally called periodontal disease, affects the soft tissues of the mouth. You may suffer from gum disease if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Gums that appear redder than usual
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Receding gums, or teeth that look longer than normal

How can I prevent tooth decay?

Your daily oral hygiene habits can play a large role in preventing tooth decay and other dental problems, such as gum disease. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice every day using fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once every day. Because fluoride can help to strengthen your teeth and prevent decay, we may also recommend fluoride treatments at our office or other dental products that contain fluoride. Maintaining a balanced diet with a limited amount of sugary and acidic foods can help to prevent decay as well.

How can I make my smile look better?

If you are interested in improving your smile’s appearance, our dentists in Flossmoor, Illinois, may recommend cosmetic dentistry. We offer a number of cosmetic dental services at Southland Smiles, including professional teeth whitening, dental veneers, and Invisalign®. To learn more and to find out which treatment is right for your smile, we invite you to contact us today!

What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

If you have lost one or more teeth, we are here to help you restore your smile. Dr. Mantoan and Dr. DiBenedetto offer a number of tooth replacement options, including dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures. During your personalized visit with our team, we will help you determine which option is best suited to your specific needs and desires.

Do you take my dental insurance?

We work with all dental plans that allow you to choose your dentist. We will gladly do a complimentary benefits check, submit all paperwork, and do our very best to make sure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to. One thing we will not do, however, is compromise your dental care, so we will recommend treatment that addresses your particular needs. Dental insurance is a wonderful benefit to help with the expense, but it should not dictate the quality of care that you receive.

How long will I have to wait for any appointment?

Our schedule is planned to allow for convenient appointment availability. Early morning, late afternoon, and some weekend appointments are available, and we will do everything possible to see you at your appointed time as well.

Will my visit be comfortable?

Comfort is our specialty, and everything we do is meant to make your visit not only comfortable, but a positive experience. Our doctors and hygienists are highly skilled, compassionate professionals. From massage dental chairs for your body to The Wand® dental anesthesia to no-interest payment plans, comfort is our priority. We even have an in-office savings plan for those without the benefit of dental insurance.

Do you treat gum disease?

Gum disease is the most prevalent of all diseases and can be a serious health problem affecting the entire body, including the heart. So if present, treating gum disease is our first focus. This will not only make your mouth feel better, but make you feel better and reduce the risk of other serious health problems.

Will my treatment take a long time?

Whether your treatment is simple or complex, you will determine the pace of care and how much is done at any one visit. Knowing your dental goals will allow us to plan care that fits your desires as well as needs.

We invite you contact our office today if you have any other questions about dental care or our services. We look forward to speaking with you soon!