Lakeshore Dental Care
4695 Old Canoe Creek Rd St.
Cloud, Florida 34769

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Choosing a dentist for your family is an important decision, which is why we welcome your questions and welcome you to call. Listed below are some of the most popular questions we hear from patients. If you do not see yours listed, please contact us.

We want you to feel confident in your choice of dentists.

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Absolutely! New patients are very important to us. We enjoy introducing new and existing patients to the great benefits that dentistry can provide. We are always excited to improve one’s life through the services that we offer.​

Yes! We know that it can be tough to get everyone in your family into the dental office. We have evening hours and select Saturdays to make booking your dental appointment easier. Give us a call, and we will find a time that works in your schedule.

Having a baseline blood pressure is very important to know so that we can safely treat you. Treatment may be altered depending on one’s unique situation. Additionally, there are times when previously undiagnosed high blood pressure is detected.​

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments we provide in our St. Cloud, Florida dental office. Many people also have experience with drugstore or over-the-counter whitening kits, which usually provide disappointment results. Why is this so?

  • Professional teeth bleaching systems use customized whitening trays. Using impressions of your teeth, professional whitening trays fit snugly, distributing the bleaching gel uniformly over your teeth. This custom-fit also keeps the gel off your gums, preventing irritation.
  • Professional teeth whitening uses prescription-grade bleaching gel, which is designed specifically for long-lasting, predictable results.
  • With our at-home teeth whitening kits, you can call our dental office any time you have questions or have a concern. We’ll give you detailed instructions for using your teeth whitening kit.
  • If you need faster teeth whitening for a special event like a wedding or job interview, we offer in-office treatments in less than an hour.
  • You can reuse your custom whitening trays again for touch-ups. When stains start forming again, you can visit our dental office for additional whitening gel.
  • Generic whitening kits may cause more teeth sensitivity due to their abrasive chemicals and ill-fitting trays.

As you can see, the best teeth whitening is professional teeth whitening! It’s worth your investment and ensures a sparkling, standout smile that lasts.

Crowns and Bridges

After a tooth is extracted the bone in that area tends to shrink and resorb over time. This leads to loss of bone height and width where that tooth was located. Bone grafting is a simple procedure where graft material is placed in the extraction site at the time of tooth removal. The graft material stimulates bone production by your body and minimizes the shrinkage that normally occurs after a removal.

Dental Implants

"A lot of folks come to us with multiple missing teeth or teeth that are in bad shape and need to be removed. There are several alternatives to replace a full arch of missing teeth. The first alternative, maybe the traditional alternative, is a denture. Dentures have been used for years, but aren't the greatest.

So then we like to start thinking about dental implants. Implants can be used to help hold in the teeth. We can range from having something that's removeable - using the implants as anchors - or something that's fixed. It doesn't come out on a daily basis. With a traditional denture, you have the obvious situation that it covers your pallette for an upper denture, and it also might lead to speech and taste issues. Additionally, the bone actually shrinks down over time. 

With Dental Implants, they help stimulate the bone, just like a natural tooth would. The ridge stays in tact and we're able to have a more predictable, long-term result.

If you're dealing with a lot of sick, ailing teeth, the best thing we can do is get you in for an evaluation - a no-charge consultation - and determine the steps that might be necessary to create a healthier situation for you!"

When teeth are lost and not replaced, the adjacent teeth tend to drift into the same space of the missing tooth. The opposing tooth tends to drift down (or up) into the space. All of this creates a domino effect that can have possible long term consequences of loss of function, abnormal tooth wear, jaw muscle pain, and an unsightly appearance.

Emergency Dentistry

A broken tooth is one of the most common reasons for calling a dentist. Whether a broken tooth in St. Cloud, Florida is a dental emergency depends on several factors. The best course of action is to call your dentist right away if you have any concerns so that you can schedule a same-day appointment if needed.

Trauma – If you experience a blow to your mouth, it’s best to see your dentist as soon as possible. A dental exam can reveal whether your teeth sustained an injury, and you may need an x-ray as well. If you did break a tooth, your dentist can determine whether you need a dental crown, root canal, or as a last resort, tooth extraction.

Weakened tooth – A tooth that is weak due to a large dental filling, deep decay, or teeth grinding may fracture on its own. If you notice a piece of tooth in your mouth or see a fracture, call your dentist to schedule an appointment.

Biting into something hard – If a tooth breaks after biting into a nut, hard candy, or other food, you might immediately feel pain. Avoid eating on that side, rinse your mouth, and call your dentist right away to schedule an appointment.

Full and Partial Dentures

"A lot of folks come to us with multiple missing teeth or teeth that are in bad shape and need to be removed. There are several alternatives to replace a full arch of missing teeth. The first alternative, maybe the traditional alternative, is a denture. Dentures have been used for years, but aren't the greatest.

So then we like to start thinking about dental implants. Implants can be used to help hold in the teeth. We can range from having something that's removeable - using the implants as anchors - or something that's fixed. It doesn't come out on a daily basis. With a traditional denture, you have the obvious situation that it covers your pallette for an upper denture, and it also might lead to speech and taste issues. Additionally, the bone actually shrinks down over time. 

With Dental Implants, they help stimulate the bone, just like a natural tooth would. The ridge stays in tact and we're able to have a more predictable, long-term result.

If you're dealing with a lot of sick, ailing teeth, the best thing we can do is get you in for an evaluation - a no-charge consultation - and determine the steps that might be necessary to create a healthier situation for you!"

General Dentistry

Frequently patients relate “problems” to pain. In fact, the problem is the underlying cause of the symptom of pain. Often, the actual problem is not always apparent; that is why we use x-rays and other diagnostic tests to detect issues when they are small and easily managed by treatment. The goal is to manage problems before they lead to pain.

At your first appointment, our caring team will greet you with a smile. We will confirm all of your personal contact information and acquaint you with the flow of the dental office. Our assistants will take any necessary x-rays and photographs of your teeth and mouth for our dentists to use during treatment planning. These provide extremely important information in diagnosing and treating your smile. 

Additionally, we will record your blood pressure, identify any existing restorations in your mouth, complete an oral cancer screening, and record areas of concern such as dental decay or cracks in the teeth. We will then discuss what we have found with you and present every treatment option available from the conservative to the ideal options.

Our dentists can offer advice and help you make a choice that supports healthy teeth and gums for your entire family. Even if it has been a while since your last dental appointment, you will never find guilt or judgment in our dental office. We will help you get back on track with your oral health.

We can arrange any necessary follow-up appointments. Patients appreciate that we offer Saturday and evening appointments to make it convenient for you to get the dentistry your family needs.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular ways for adults and older teens to straighten their teeth – and for good reason! Clear braces fit the lifestyles of adults who don’t want their orthodontic treatment to affect their lifestyle. However, Invisalign treatment in St. Cloud, Florida will have a big impact on your oral health and appearance.

Here are the benefits Invisalign patients love:

Discreet – Invisalign uses clear aligners rather than bulky metal braces, which allow you to straighten your teeth without people noticing your orthodontic work. This means you can attend meetings, social events, and be out in the world without comments or stares!

Comfortable – The Invisalign teeth straightening system uses smooth, plastic aligners that won’t chafe your mouth or tongue.

No food restrictions – Since Invisalign clear braces are removable, you never have to give up crunchy, sticky, or hard foods.

Easier oral hygiene – You remove your aligners to brush and floss, so don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.

Braces for adults should fit adults’ lifestyles; that’s why Invisalign is the most popular adult orthodontics system!

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