Get Answers to Dental Questions in Oakland County, MI

At North Oaks Dental, you’re a member of our family. So, we want you to have answers to any questions you have about dentistry and how to maintain your smile. Below are some common questions many of our patients have.

Don’t see your question? Get answers from our friendly, well trained staff. Call 248-712-1522 for Royal Oak or 248-963-1969 for New Hudson for answers to your FAQ in Oakland County. You can also ​schedule online.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign can correct many issues, including overbites and underbites. However, sometimes Invisalign isn’t the best option for more complicated problems. During a consultation, your orthodontist at North Oaks Dental will examine you and determine the best solution for your smile. If he recommends Invisalign, you can take advantage of a special payment plan. If he suggests braces instead, you can choose either conventional braces or the more discreet clear ceramic braces.

Can you help me get over my dental anxiety?

Yes, our dentists and compassionate staff have lots of experience in helping patients overcome their anxiety. We’ll make you comfortable in our private care rooms and take the time to answer all of your questions and explain every detail of your procedure. If you’d like a distraction, you can use headphones to listen to music while we work. We also offer several kinds of safe dental sedation, one of which will provide the right level of relaxation for you.

What are my options for removing stains from my teeth?

Our Zoom teeth whitening system removes many stains from teeth and makes them look brighter than drugstore whitening products can. For a longer-lasting solution that can cover stains that don’t respond well to whitening, you can choose tooth bonding or durable dental veneers.

Are bleeding gums normal?

Having bleeding or tender gums is common but not normal. These problems are the first sign of gum disease, a serious problem that can lead to rampant tooth loss. Many people will be struck with gum disease, which also has been linked to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. At North Oaks Dental, we treat gum disease with gentle therapies. We can identify this problem early before it takes over the mouth.

Will I need dentures to replace missing teeth?

Dentures are just one way to replace missing teeth. Removable dentures are lifelike, but function can be a problem. We use dental implants to replace single missing teeth or to stabilize your dentures. Implants give you function nearly equal to that of your natural teeth, and our implants can last a lifetime.

If I have bone loss in my jaw, can I still get implants?

Yes, there is a good chance you can! That’s because our dentists can improve your bone strength by performing a bone graft. Or we can possibly use mini dental implants instead of full-size ones. Mini implants work well in many instances, including stabilizing dentures.

Will I have to get a shot if I need dental work done?

Many people worry about getting a shot at the dentist, which is understandable. For certain procedures, we may gently administer a local anesthetic (given as a quick shot) to numb a specific area where your dentist will be working. Your absolute comfort is our goal, so we offer sedation options if needed, too.

How can veneers help me?

Your dentist at North Oaks Dental can use veneers in a variety of ways to correct smile flaws such as chips, cracks, stains, small gaps, worn teeth, and misshapen teeth. These thin porcelain shells can be custom-fitted to the front of your teeth to instantly improve your smile. Plus, you can usually complete your veneers treatment in only two visits.