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Crawfordsville Hometown Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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As your Crawfordsville dentist, we are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures.

These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care. You can also learn more about us on our business page, and make sure to check the map for directions before your visit.

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NO. As your Crawfordsville dentist, we offer a portable and easy way to have a sleep study done in the comfort of your own home and, most importantly, your own bed. A portable monitoring device is mailed to you with all the equipment and instructions. You wear it one night and return the equipment the next day in a prepaid postage envelope. It was just that simple and easy.

For most plans, the answer is YES. Medicare and many medical insurance carriers recognize a home sleep study as an accurate and efficient way to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. As a result most insurance plans are starting to cover this expense.

NO. Instead of using an electronic device and air pressure to keep an airway open, the oral appliance keeps the jaw in a forward position that prevents the airway from ever getting blocked in the first place. An oral appliance becomes comfortable quickly and is non-invasive.

In most cases, the answer is YES. We will coordinate with your family physician and get a copy of the sleep test results.

A certified dental appliance may be an alternative treatment for patients who are not able to tolerate or possible afford a CPAP.

While all methods of sedation are very safe, the history of oral sedation has been especially safe as well as very effective. Dr. Knuth use very common medications that are extremely safe and widely prescribed. Your vital signs will be constantly monitored from the moment you arrive at the office and throughout the entire appointment, and until Dr. Knuth is certain you are ready to leave.

Dr. Knuth has taken extensive training with DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) to ensure that you are completely safe and comfortable.  In fact, Dr. Knuth and his whole dental team are highly trained in safety and emergency procedures, making the dentist office one of the safest places you can be!

The treatment options for sleep apnea vary depending on the severity of the problem. Someone with mild or moderate sleep apnea may benefit from wearing a dental appliance. The appliance looks similar to an athletic mouthguard or retainer and repositions the jaw and tongue forward to improve airflow. It oftentimes is covered by insurance and Medicare and may require very little out-of-pocket expense.

Treatment for severe sleep apnea requires more aggressive management, which may include the use of a CPAP machine.

Generally, you will be given a prescription for a pill to take before your appointment. Since this is a sedative medication, you will need a companion to drive you to the appointment. Once you arrive, Dr. Knuth and his staff will begin monitoring your vital signs, including heart rate and blood pressure, to make sure that you stay completely safe through the procedure. He will then assess your level of sedation, and ask how you feel.

In some circumstances, Dr. Knuth may use more medication, but often this is not necessary. The dentistry will all be performed while you are relaxed and comfortable. When it is safe for you to move about, your companion will take you home, and then you will rest comfortably for the rest of the day.

A dentist is a specialist trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Drs. Clark and Knuth have completed many years of medical schooling to practice dentistry. In dental school, a dentist can choose to receive either a:     

 

DDS = Doctor of Dental Surgery 

DMD = Doctor of Dental Medicine 

 

Some doctors decide to continue their studies in other specializations, such as:

 

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery 
  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
  • Endodontics (root canals)
  • Pediatric Dentistry 
  • Periodontics 
  • Prosthodontics (dental implants) 

Dentistry treats and prevents disorders and diseases of a patient's teeth, gums, and jaw. Good dentistry is necessary for maintaining long-term dental health. It significantly impacts the health of a patient's entire body.

Orthodontics

No, the Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique uses low forces to move the teeth not high forces that can cause pain.

The Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique utilizes the latest technology combined with time tested orthodontic techniques to move your teeth quickly and safely.

Yes, as with any orthodontic procedure a retainer is necessary. If you do not want to wear a retainer very long you can have your teeth splinted together.

Yes, we have both small metal and clear braces. The clear braces blend into your teeth making them nearly invisible.

We very rarely extract teeth using the Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique.

No, actually since there are fewer visits, the Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique is less expensive than Dr. Knuth’s regular braces.

No, the causes for the above complications are individual biology and high forces over a long period of time.The Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique uses low force with a short treatment duration to safely move the teeth.

No. Actually the Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique is a low force technique. Many people think we just “tighten” the braces like crazy to get the teeth moving. This would actually slow down tooth movement. To reiterate,the Powerprox Six Month Braces® Technique is a low force technique.

Usually every 4 weeks for a 15 to 30 minute appointment, and a little longer for the appointment when we put the braces on. Usually orthodontic treatment is completed in 10 visits or less. Also, patients of this office are seen on time, so you will not be waiting long to be seated for your appointment.

Professional Teeth Cleanings

Here at Crawfordsville Hometown Dental, we know life is busy. Fitting dental appointments into your schedule is challenging, but proper oral hygiene is difficult to maintain by yourself. Brushing and flossing will prevent most oral hygiene problems, but not all. 

 

Scheduling a teeth cleaning with us twice a year is highly recommended to maintain optimal oral health and catch problems before they become painful and costly. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized quality dental care because your smile is our top priority.

 

Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, and floss once daily. These are the most effective ways to remove plaque buildup between the teeth and below the gum line. Regular teeth cleanings and checkups at your local dentist also support proper oral and dental hygiene, especially when combined with fluoride treatment. Maintain a well-balanced diet low in sugary or starchy foods and acidic beverages to minimize acid-producing bacteria that attack your tooth enamel.

 

Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, is from plaque and bacteria buildup in a patient's mouth over time. If this buildup is not brushed and flossed away, it will eventually lead to gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, medications, and genetics. 

 

Advanced forms of gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss and significantly affect overall health. Drs. Clark and Knuth recommend always brushing and flossing daily and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best way to fight gum disease and decay. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:

 

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and loss of teeth

It's crucial to schedule biannual cleanings here at Crawfordsville Hometown Dental. Our dentists recommend visiting the practice twice yearly because many dental problems don't initially show symptoms. 

 

We can identify problems, but we can also help keep your smile looking bright and fantastic. We know how important it is to have confidence in your smile. For this reason, we offer many cosmetic dental services like teeth whitening to help improve the aesthetics of your smile.

 

Biannual dental cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. When you visit our state-of-the-art dental office, an appointment will include the following:

 

  • A complete oral examination.
  • Oral cancer exam.
  • Professional x-rays to catch cavities.
  • Thorough cleaning by our excellent hygienists.

 

After your professional cleaning to remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth, Drs. Clark and Knuth coordinate with your hygienist and recommend comprehensive dental care treatment for any problems. We can also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.

 

Our dentists recommend changing toothbrushes at least every three months. If using an electric toothbrush, check the brand's recommendation because you may not have to change the brush heads as often. 

 

We recommend changing your brush more often than every three months for patients with gum disease. Also, after brushing, please wash and rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and bacteria.

 
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