Frequently Asked Questions
We have answers for your dental questions!
Q: How do I know when it’s time for a checkup?
We recommend patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll discuss this with you. Checkups are important because even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential issues. For instance, ‘demineralization’ is a precursor to decay; oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages; and gum disease can be very sneaky. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.
Q: How do you ensure the safety of your patients?
In very many ways, actually! In addition to following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) and OSHA(Occupational Safety and Health Administration), we use disposable products as often as possible. Between each patient visit, we thoroughly clean treatment rooms and sterilize reusable instruments in an autoclave. Because we value safety, we’ve invested in a digital radiograph, which emits about 80 percent less radiation than a traditional X-ray machine. We also use intraoral cameras and photography for close-up images, which promotes accurate diagnoses. If you have questions about our safety and sterilization methods, call our Lansing dental office. We'll answer your questions with enthusiasm because we love dentistry and our patients.
Q: What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer dental implants, bridgework, partials, and full dentures. Learn more about these options, then call for a consultation. With digital X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your smile, Dr. Hagerty can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.
Q: How does the doctor keep up to date on current techniques, technology and materials in dentistry?
Dr. Hagerty and our entire team participate in more continuing education than the state requires each year. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to stay in tune with the latest developments in traditional, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, and dental technology. We’re passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, and then sharing it with you!
Q: I avoid dental visits because of anxiety. Is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits. We understand dental anxiety and offer solutions to help you overcome your stress. With sedation dentistry, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need and deserve. And for routine visits we offer a variety of complimentary, spa-like amenities to help you relax.
Q: I haven’t been to the dentist in years, and I’m ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?
First of all, congratulations on your wise decision to prioritize dental healthcare! Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. We promise we won’t judge you. Instead, we’ll help you by addressing your oral health problems, explaining treatment options, and scheduling a plan of action that suits your schedule and your budget.
Q: What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?
Let me count the ways! We will start by evaluating your oral health, existing teeth, and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, replacement teeth, and replacing metal dental work with all-white fillings and crowns. Or maybe Invisalign clear braces will give you the straight smile you've always wanted. Call to schedule a consultation, and together we’ll determine the best road to your ideal smile.
Q: Will you care for my entire family?
Absolutely! We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child, or you for that matter, would benefit from seeing a specialist, we’ll refer you to a trusted colleague. Some children better handle dental appointments at a pedodontist office, which is a child’s dentist. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced periodontitis or problematic root canals, to specialists for optimal care. But as a general dentistry office, our preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.
Q: Can I finance my dental work?
We have partnered with CareCredit and Citi Health Card, two trusted names in third-party financing, to make dentistry more affordable. Visit their websites for more information and to complete an online application.
Q: I have old, dark fillings? Can you help?
Your health and your confidence result from an exquisite smile. Schedule today to explore the dozens of options for dazzling teeth. Our serene, spa-like office in Lansing serves Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, East Lansing, and neighboring communities with unrivaled personal service for life-changing smiles.