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Frequently Asked Questions

What is “complete” dentistry?

Complete dentistry means looking not only at the teeth and gums but the entire chewing system, head and neck, and all other parts of the body that are contributory to dental health.  This does not mean "expensive" dentistry.  It does mean that we think long term to ensure that every patient obtains the optimal oral health in a predictable manner.  

Why visit the dentist twice a year?

The American Dental Association and the dentists and team at North Jacksonville Complete Dentistry recommend visiting the dentist at least two times a year. These regular visits allow our team to partner with patients to prevent many oral health concerns and diagnose and treat other issues in their early stages.  It is a fact that those who are proactive with their oral health spend less time in the dental chair and spend much less money in the long-run.  

What is CEREC?

CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) is a computer assisted design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) system that allows our team to design, manufacture, and place dental restorations in just one visit.  Dr. Johnson and Dr. Baxter can deliver a crown in just one visit rather than waiting several weeks for lab work to be completed like the norm in the past.  

How do I know I need a root canal?

The most obvious symptom experienced by patients who need a root canal is severe toothache. However, there are a number of other side effects including sensitivity to changes in temperature, discoloration of the tooth, and infection of the soft tissue surrounding the damaged tooth.  One of the challenges in dentistry is that root canals often display no signs or symptoms at all.  We often find a cavity in teeth that never presented any symptoms where the nerve silently died.  This is one more reason why routine check-ups are important and can save time, energy, and money.  

How does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign orthodontic system uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to gently shift teeth into their ideal alignment over the course of about twelve months.

Does teeth whitening work?

Many patients interested in teeth whitening express concerns about the effectiveness of our professional whitening solutions based on the fact that store bought whitening products have proved ineffective. Professional whitening utilizes custom trays that apply a stronger product evenly.  The results can be transformative.  

Do you take my insurance?

We’re happy to process and file claims for any insurance provider, and we are in-network with many of the major PPO dental benefit plans.  Feel free to visit our page on what to expect to learn more.