Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Jacksonville, FL

Ask Your Jacksonville Dentist

How often should I get a checkup and cleaning?

The average person should get a checkup and cleaning about twice a year, or once every six months. This is often enough that it enables our team to find common problems early, treat them right away, and stop many from developing in the first place, protecting your oral health over the long term.

Should I be worried about my bleeding gums?

Yes, because while this is a common symptom, it shouldn’t be ignored. You may just be brushing/flossing with too much pressure, or you might have a minor gum infection. If lightening up on your oral hygiene doesn’t help, go ahead and schedule an appointment with Dr. Schumacher. You likely have gum disease, but he can take care of it before it causes any lasting damage.

How long will it take to fix my tooth?

If you just have a small cavity, Dr. Schumacher can place a tooth-colored filling in a single appointment. Or, if your tooth is cracked, chipped, or severely decayed, he may need to restore it with a CEREC crown, which can be designed, milled, and placed in about an hour.

Do I really need a dental cleaning if I brush/floss every day?

Yes! Even the most diligent brushers and flossers have small, hard-to-reach areas in their mouths that they frequently miss, which allows cavity-causing plaque to buildup. A professional cleaning allows our hygienists to find and tackle these trouble spots, plus only their sophisticated instruments can remove hardened plaque, or tartar.

What is the best way to replace my missing teeth?

Dr. Schumacher recommends dental implants to every patient hoping to close the gaps in their smile. That’s because they offer the next best thing to natural teeth when it comes to strength, stability, and aesthetics. He can also provide custom-made bridges and dentures, and he’ll work with you to determine which solution works best for your situation.

Will you take my dental insurance? 

Most likely yes. Dr. Schumacher is in-network with several plans, and we’re able to work with many popular providers to ensure our patients maximize their coverage. To learn how we could use your plan at your next visit and get a rough estimate of your out-of-pocket cost, contact us today.