Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do If I Get A Tooth Knocked Out?
Where Can I Get An Athletic Mouthguard?
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
What Are Your Payment Options?
I Have A Fear Of Going To The Dentist. What Should I Do?
Which Is Better—Dental Implants Or Bridges?
Are Root Canals Painful?
How Do I Whiten My Teeth?
At What Age Should I First Bring My Child To The Dentist’s Office?
What Is The Best Toothbrush To Use?

What should I do if I get a tooth knocked out?

If you get your tooth knocked out, you should try to put it back in its place. If this isn’t possible, you should keep it in a cup of milk or salt water. You can rinse the tooth if it’s dirty, but keep the tissue in tact. Call our office immediately at 773-366-8718 & we will do our best to see you as soon as possible for this dental emergency. If you call us right away, we will try to get you in for a same-day emergency appointment. If you come in soon, it is possible that Dr. Rowe can save your tooth.

Where can I get an athletic mouthguard?

Many stores sell generic athletic mouthguards, but these are ill-fitting, do not cover all of your teeth & are not durable. Our office can provide you with a custom mouthguard made from an impression of your teeth. It will offer you better protection & will be much more durable.

Why are my gums bleeding?

Your gums may bleed from time to time due to irritation. However, if your gums are constantly bleeding or always bleed while you are brushing your teeth, it may be a sign that you have a serious dental problem such as gingivitis or gum disease. If this is the case, you should see Dr. Rowe immediately, so he can determine what is causing the bleeding.

What are your payment options?

At Comfort Family Dental, we don’t want finances to stop you from getting the dental care you need. We accept most dental insurance plans & major credit cards. We also accept CareCredit & Springstone, which are no-interest patient payment programs. If you can’t pay through any of these ways, our office also has an in-patient payment plan to help you pay for your treatment in monthly installments. Visit our Payment Options page or give us a call now at 773-366-8718 to see how going to the dentist in Chicago can be affordable.

I have a fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?

Dental anxiety is very common, & millions of Americans feel nervous when going to the dentist or even thinking about going. At Comfort Family Dental, we have helped many people overcome dental anxiety by moving through procedures slowly & explaining every step before we do it, so that the patient will feel in control. We also provide oral sedatives & nitrous oxide sedation options, which help patients relax & feel more comfortable.

Which is better—dental implants or bridges?

Dental implants & bridges are both effective solutions to replace missing teeth, but each has its own advantages & disadvantages. Bridges are sometimes less expensive, but we will need to remove a portion of your surrounding teeth to create the crowns that support the bridge. Dental implants are more expensive, but are more durable & will protect the health of your jawbone. Dr. Rowe, an implant dentist in Chicago, can explain both solutions & help you decide which is more appropriate for you.

Are root canals painful?

Contrary to popular belief, modern root canals are not very painful & can be compared to the pain of getting a routine filling. Dr. Rowe has years of experience performing safe root canals & will make sure yours is done with minimal pain & discomfort. We even offer sedation dentistry to help relieve pain & keep you relaxed.

How do I whiten my teeth?

The best way to whiten your teeth is to get professional whitening products from your dentist. At Comfort Family Dental, we can provide KöR products that are significantly more effective than whitening toothpastes & over-the-counter products. To learn more about how our long-lasting whitening treatments can whiten your smile, visit our Teeth Whitening page.

At what age should I first bring my child to the dentist’s office?

Comfort Family Dental recommends you bring your child in for a simple checkup once he or she has gotten the first tooth. We will quickly examine the tooth, & then we will tell you how to properly care for your infant’s teeth. After bringing in your child for the first checkup, you can bring him or her once a year for the next few years, so that we can check his or her teeth & give them a thorough cleaning.

What is the best toothbrush to use?

There is no specific toothbrush that is the best to use. As long as you are brushing thoroughly & at least twice a day & using a toothbrush that is certified by the American Dental Association, any toothbrush will be effective.

The most important things to consider when choosing a toothbrush are comfort & usability. Make sure that the brush head is appropriately sized, so that it fits comfortably in your mouth & can reach all of your teeth. You should also make sure that the handle is long enough, so that you can brush your teeth efficiently. For most people, it’s better to choose soft bristles on your toothbrush, as these will be less harmful to your gums. Ask Dr. Rowe, your family dentist in Chicago, which toothbrush is best for you or for your child.

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