Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should I choose Complete Smiles Dentistry?

    We provide patient-specific treatment plans to meet your needs within your means, we listen to your questions and concerns, and we put in the utmost care while providing excellent, comprehensive dental health treatments. Moreover, Complete Smiles Dentistry offers a diverse array of services that emphasize totality, beauty, and efficiency.

    What are my treatment options?

    Complete Smiles Dentistry offers a full range of dental health care services including preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for all ages. Both Dr. Danice Nelsen Couch and Dr. Bryan Couch have extensive training in these dental care areas as well as endodontics (root canal therapy) training, dental implants, oral surgery and orthodontics, and more. We are truly a one-stop shop for your dental needs. With advanced E4D technology, we are able to serve you readily and speedily to fit your needs and your lifestyle. That’s why we can offer superior custom care for any smile.

    Do you see emergency cases?

    Yes! If you experience a knocked-out tooth, a lost crown, a severe toothache, or any other situation that you feel constitutes a dental emergency, please call the Complete Smiles team. We’ll arrange for you to visit as soon as possible so that we can treat the problem as thoroughly and comfortably as possible. In addition, we will advise on the best methods to reduce discomfort in the meantime.

    How often should I visit the dentist?

    We recommend that patients schedule regular checkups and oral hygiene appointments twice a year. Regular checkups help our team diagnose more subtle oral health concerns in the early stages and begin treatment right away. Hygiene appointments help prevent the buildup of bacteria in the teeth and gums that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

    Why do I need to floss every day?

    Flossing helps prevent gum disease and decay from between teeth where toothbrushes cannot reach. It does this by removing both food and plaque. Thus, flossing is an essential part of your oral health.

    What is cosmetic and restorative dentistry?

    Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is a facet of dentistry that deals with enhancement, restoration, and maintenance of optimal dental health specifically designed for you. Restorative dentistry is the means by which this aesthetic is met. It utilizes the most advanced techniques and materials to give natural looking and feeling results that can greatly enhance your life and smile.

    What makes a good cosmetic and restorative dentist?

    Aesthetics in dentistry is much more than just how the smile looks and is the most comprehensive and complex part of dentistry. It is the fusion of art and science within the framework of form following function. It is as much about the visible, three-dimensional restorations that we create and how they fit within the physiological system as it is about the invisible influence we leave on the psyche. Consequently, a good cosmetic dentist is someone that can understand and use science, can think like an artist, and has the technical skills of a master. Often, this will take years to acquire the knowledge, skills and wisdom to excel in this area. For more information, please ask us any and all questions you have. In addition, you can ask to see before and after examples of our previous cases.

    Change the position of teeth in as little as two visits! How can that be?

    With modern dental technology, uneven teeth can be reshaped and laminated with high-tech ceramics to give the appearance and function of a symmetrical smile. The extent to which this approach can be used depends on how crooked and crowded your teeth are to begin with. For many adults, amazing results can be achieved with no traditional orthodontics. For others, a combination of orthodontics and ceramic enhancement may be the best choice. Using E4D technology, we can help you on the same day.

    What if I have missing teeth?

    Many options exist including implants, bridges, or even precision fit partial and full dentures. Click Here to learn more!

    What do I do if I don’t like my smile? Or, What is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?

    Smiles are all unique, and the reasons a person may not like their own smile are very personal and differ greatly. We are very skilled and experienced at determining the key factors to enhancing your smile. Full Mouth Rehabilitation is the restoration of the teeth, bite, and muscles while crafting an optimal and complete smile. Please come in today for a consultation to discuss a customized smile design to meet your individual needs.

    What can you tell me about amalgam or silver fillings?

    Amalgam fillings, sometimes referred to as "silver" fillings, were formerly the most commonly placed filling material. Since the major component of amalgam is actually mercury, they should be referred to as mercury fillings. Years ago we chose to stop placing amalgam fillings for the following reasons:

      Amalgam fillings actually weaken the teeth over time by expanding and causing the tooth structure to fracture internally. Also, as these fillings age, they break down along the borders, resulting in leakage that creates recurrent decay.

      Over time, amalgam fillings turn dark and cause dark gray, internal staining of the teeth. Today, there are more esthetic and environmentally safe materials to use. With new materials we are able to bond teeth and restore them to a stronger point than that of amalgam. We are able to only take away the unhealthy tooth structure and be more conservative in our methods to restore teeth. It is therefore possible to preserve more of the healthier portions of the original tooth.