Q. What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
A. Missing teeth can diminish your sense of self-confidence, but they are more than just a cosmetic issue. When you lose even just one tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift, which can lead to bite problems and even cause remaining teeth to fall out. As the teeth shift, gaps form, and this increases the risk of dental decay, gum disease, and TMJ pain. Dr. McKnight offers a number of tooth replacement options including crown and bridge and dentures and partials to help you avoid future issues and restore your oral health and self-assurance.
Q. What is an MAGD?
A. The Mastership is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Byron McKnight has earned his MAGD, and this lets you know of his intense commitment to continuing education and high level of knowledge. In order to obtain the distinction of MAGD, a dentist must earn a minimum of 1,100 hours in continuing education courses, 600 of which must be in specific disciplines.
Q. How long is a new patient visit? What will happen?
A. Dr. McKnight believes in providing the most comprehensive care possible, and your first exam will be thorough as he learns about your health history and takes the time to fully understand your concerns and goals. In fact, Dr. McKnight often hears from patients that his exams are the most thorough they’ve ever had! Your first appointment will take about an hour. Dr. McKnight uses digital X-rays and intraoral cameras to inspect your oral structures and determine the health of your mouth. After he has thoroughly explained any issues and answered your questions, he will develop a treatment plan and give you suggestions for further care.
Q. I snore. Is this a big problem?
A. Snoring may not seem like a big deal (except to your spouse), but it can actually be a sign of a more threatening problem. Sleep apnea causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more when sleeping, and the symptoms include snoring, fatigue, constant waking, and stress. Sleep apnea raises your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. For some sufferers, a custom dental appliance can alleviate symptoms. Dr. McKnight is trained in sleep apnea and snoring therapy, so if you snore, contact our office today to find out how he can help.
Q. I am scared of the dental drill. Does your office offer any alternatives?
A. Many people experience anxiety over dental visits, and some list the dental drill as one of the main factors contributing to their anxiety. If you experience discomfort or anxiety because of the dental drill, Dr. McKnight offers air abrasion, an alternative that uses a high-pressure stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles to blast away decay. If you’ve been avoiding the dentist because of anxiety over the dental drill, ask Dr. McKnight about air abrasion during your visit.