Frequently asked questions and answers.

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Weakened tooth enamel and exposed roots are the most likely cause of temperature sensitivity. Damaging or weakening your tooth enamel can expose its delicate inner dentin to the temperature effects as well as erosion. Receding gums, which may be avoidable with gentle brushing, can also result in pain or discomfort with temperature shifts.
Flossing is essential to reducing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing can reach places in your mouth that the bristles of your toothbrush cannot—around 40% of your tooth’s surface! In addition to dislodging daily food debris, flossing helps prevent the buildup of tartar-causing plaque and bacteria.
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, unless you notice the bristles beginning to bend or fray. Frayed bristles are much less effective in removing food debris and plaque. We recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes to put less stress on your gums!
Most people looking to brighten their smile are good candidates for professional whitening treatments, but there are some side effects to be aware of. All whitening treatments come with the potential for some teeth sensitivity and irritated gums.
For most children, primary teeth will begin appearing around six months of age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth eruption.
It's important to visit the dentist at least twice per year even if you have healthy teeth. Regular visits can help with preventing future dental conditions as well as screen you for a number of ailments including cavities, infections, and oral cancer. You may be advised to return every 2, 3, or 4 months instead if you have a high-risk dental situation and/or are in need of ongoing care.
The answer varies depending on your personal dental considerations. For many people, a simple fluoridated toothpaste will be the best choice. Those dealing with excessive tartar can use a tartar-controlling toothpaste, and sensitive teeth may benefit from a tooth-sensitivity toothpaste. If the yellowness of your teeth is a factor, whitening toothpastes may help improve the color of your teeth.
The difference you’ll notice right away is the appearance: composite fillings are generally tooth-colored and blend into the rest of your smile; amalgam fillings are dark and metallic in appearance. Many people will prefer the less-visible option, but amalgam fillings are thought to be more durable and long-lasting.
Please bring your dental insurance information and your photo ID to your first appointment. At Stephens Dentistry, we’ve made our intake process as streamlined as can be. Please show up 10 minutes early to complete your paperwork. Learn more about what to expect from your first visit.
Our friendly team of dental care professionals is standing by to help schedule your visit! We welcome you to call our office during our business hours at (847) 864-8151. You can also use our appointment request form or email us directly with any questions related to your visit
Yes. Stephens Dentistry requires 24 hours’ notice in order to cancel or reschedule your appointment. We reserve the right to collect a fee if a patient does not provide adequate notice for their absence. Please contact us by phone or email to adjust your appointment. 
Most dental exams take between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Depending on the state of your oral health, your exam may require additional time. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist every six months or biannually—for many people, that’s only 2 hours a year spent in the dentist’s chair.
Local anesthesia is often injected or applied to a specific region of the mouth that is being worked on. This is effective for minor to moderate dental surgeries, including the extraction of a cavity or tooth. General anesthesia is typically used for more complex procedures and is administered via a breathing mask, tube, or IV. It results in a state of controlled unconsciousness for pain and anxiety-free treatment.
If you are experiencing persistent dental pain that can not wait until the next day, your situation is a dental emergency. In some cases, patients have a traumatic incident that triggers their emergency; for others, the pain has slowly built to an unbearable point over several days. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office to schedule an emergency appointment.

Our Mission

Our goal is to work with you to achieve optimum dental health. We will help you create the smile and look you desire.

We will listen carefully to your individual needs and empower you to make decisions about the treatment you want.

We will always meet or exceed all regulations for office cleanliness, sterilization, and infection control.

We hold your comfort and safety as our highest priority and we will strive to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

Every member of our team shares in the excitement and satisfaction of providing you with the best dentistry has to offer.

We will know that we have succeeded in our mission when you and your family are not only life-long patients, but also friends.

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