Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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One of our main goals is patient education. We always want you to feel comfortable and confident in the care you area receiving. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know! We are always happy to talk to you about your treatment plan – or about dentistry in general! 

We've collected some of our most commonly heard questions here. Feel free to look through and see if your question is answered below. If your question isn't here or you'd simply like more information, don't hesitate to give us a call at (719) 924-8623.

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Absolutely! 

We are always excited to add new members to our House Family Dental family! 

We are truly a family dental practice. We accept patients of all ages and at all stages of dental development. Our skilled and friendly dentists have experience treating all kinds of dental concerns and provide everything from customized routine cleanings and preventive examinations to more advanced treatments like dental implants. We make use of modern technology to both improve diagnostics and patient education. 

Getting started at our practice is easy. All you have to do is give us a call at (719) 924-8623 or visit our Contact Page to fill out an online appointment request form. We'll help you find a convenient appointment time. If you'd like your whole family to become a part of our dental practice, just let us know! We'll work with you to make sure your appointments are convenient so we don't take too much time out of your busy day. 

Once you are scheduled, visit our Forms page to download your New Patient Forms. Fill these out and bring them with you to your appointment to save time. We don't believe in making patients wait around. As far as we're concerned, if you've been waiting 10 minutes, you've waited 10 minutes too long! 

We can't wait to meet you. Give us a call today!

Everyone is different.  Some patients adjust quickly and others take a little longer.  They will feel strange at first and seem to be big.  This is very normal. Some people adjust in a week, while others may take a little longer.  

Kid's Dentistry

If we are providing routine care for your children (a dental cleaning) absolutely.  However, a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18 for dental treatment such as an extraction or a dental filling.  We do require a signed consent from a parent or guardian before we will complete treatment on a child under the age of 18. 

House Family Dental accepts Medicaid for both children and for patients needing dentures.  We also take most dental insurance plans.  Call our office today to see if we accept your insurance plan!

Both Dr. House and Dr. Driscoll have extensive experience working with children and adults with special needs.  Physical and developmental differences can affect dental development.  We believe in providing care that fits the needs every patient.  If for some reason we are unable to complete services in the chair, we may recommend hospital dentistry as an option.  Our doctors and experienced staff will work directly with you to put together a comprehensive dental plan for that special person in your life. 

Yes.  It is important to start caring for their oral health early. Our doctors and staff have extensive experience in children's dentistry.  We have worked hard at making our office kid friendly so that your child's dental appointment will be a fun and enjoyable experience. 

The ADA recommends your child see a dentist not later than his or hers first birthday.  Tooth decay can start as soon as your child's first tooth erupts.  Parents often ask us why they should worry about tooth decay in baby teeth since they will be replaced by permanent teeth.  The problem is that decay in primary teeth could mean a higher risk of decay in the permanent teeth.  Severe decay can also harm your child's overall health. 
 

Dentures

House Family Dental accepts Medicaid for both children and for patients needing dentures.  We also take most dental insurance plans.  Call our office today to see if we accept your insurance plan!

Just like natural teeth, dentures wear down and stain with age.  An average denture lasts between 5-7 years.  Since your mouth is constantly changing, it is important that your dentures fit properly.  It may be necessary to make adjustments from time-to-time.  You should visit your dentist yearly for a denture check-up or sooner if you start having irritation. 

Everyone is different.  Some patients adjust quickly and others take a little longer.  They will feel strange at first and seem to be big.  This is very normal. Some people adjust in a week, while others may take a little longer.  

We recommend lukewarm water and Dawn dish soap with a soft bristle toothbrush.  You should clean your dentures after every meal.  Avoid using toothpaste or denture cleaners.  Over time these products will take the polish off your dentures causing food and plaque to stick.  

Cleanings and Prevention

At House Family Dental, we believe in fixing problems – not overlooking them! 

As a new patient to our practice, our first steps will be performing a comprehensive examination and taking x-rays.  The dentist will then examine your entire mouth and recommend a treatment plan to take care of the problems that are bothering you today and prevent small issues from getting bigger and more expensive.  We will also schedule you for an appropriate cleaning based on your dental health and any active conditions you might have. For instance, a person with active periodontal disease will need a different type of cleaning than a person whose teeth and gums are healthy.

No matter what your current state of dental health is, we will help you improve your habits and feel better. We have heard from patients who felt shamed or judged by their previous provider, and we want to assure you that we will never do this. You will always be treated with empathy and compassion. Our goal is to meet you where you are and take steps toward a better future.

If you are looking for a new dentist in the Pueblo West or Canon City area, please call today to schedule your first appointment.

 

If we are providing routine care for your children (a dental cleaning) absolutely.  However, a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18 for dental treatment such as an extraction or a dental filling.  We do require a signed consent from a parent or guardian before we will complete treatment on a child under the age of 18. 

Both Dr. House and Dr. Driscoll have extensive experience working with children and adults with special needs.  Physical and developmental differences can affect dental development.  We believe in providing care that fits the needs every patient.  If for some reason we are unable to complete services in the chair, we may recommend hospital dentistry as an option.  Our doctors and experienced staff will work directly with you to put together a comprehensive dental plan for that special person in your life. 

Yes! We love treating children! In fact, Dr. Driscoll and Dr. House originally planned to open a pediatric dental office, but when parents saw how great the office was, they wanted to be able to come too! Today, we serve the entire family in a beautiful office designed to help everyone feel comfortable and at home. 

Both Dr. House and Dr. Driscoll have a background in providing dental care for children, including kids with special needs. We also offer hospital dentistry for those who need it. 

Building good dental habits from an early age is so important. Not only does this improve your chances of having healthy teeth for a lifetime, it also considerably reduces the risk of children developing anxiety about going to the dentist. Dental fear is so common in our society, and we want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. We make going to the dentist fun, and parents tell us that their kids are actually excited to come to our practice! From the "cavity-free tree" to our regular giveaways, kids have a great time at our office, and we are always happy to see them. 

 

Yes.  It is important to start caring for their oral health early. Our doctors and staff have extensive experience in children's dentistry.  We have worked hard at making our office kid friendly so that your child's dental appointment will be a fun and enjoyable experience. 

Brushing and flossing are a crucial part of your preventive care. A diligent home care routine, combined with regular visits to our practice for professional cleanings and examinations, will help prevent most common dental concerns, including decay and gum disease. 

Ideally, we want to see you brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day. The best time to brush is after breakfast and before you go to bed. The best time to floss is before the bedtime brushing. 

Of course, how you brush and floss is just as important as how often you brush and floss. Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle pressure. Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm can damage your enamel and cause gum recession. Gently scrub for about two minutes, 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. If you find that you are rushing, there are several free smart phone apps that you can download to help you time your brushing. Kid-themed apps are also available to help make brushing fun for children! 

Hold your brush at an angle so that the bristles massage your gums. This will help to break up any plaque that is accumulating beneath the gumline. 

Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to review good brushing and flossing technique with you and provide a hands-on demonstration!

 

In most cases, we recommend a professional cleaning and check-up twice a year. Sometimes, however, we may recommend that you come see us more often. Cases in which we may recommend more frequent visits include: 

  • Active periodontal disease treatment
  • Frequent decay issues
  • Rechecks on restorative dentistry
  • Monitoring of a particular condition
  • Orthodontic treatment (brackets and wires have a tendency to make brushing and flossing more challenging, and we want to avoid damage to your enamel during your treatment)

We believe strongly in clear communication with each of our patients. If we are concerned or feel you need more frequent treatment, we will always let you know exactly why so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health. If you ever have concerns or questions about your treatment, we encourage you to ask us. 

Routine cleanings are an important step in the prevention of decay and gum disease, and regular examinations help us catch any problems that do develop at an early stage. This allows for more comfortable, less costly, and much simpler dental treatment in the long run – a win-win for everybody! As much as we love our patients and enjoy visiting with you, ideally, we'd like to just see you twice a year and avoid problems altogether!

Absolutely!  It is extremely important especially during pregnancy and highly recommended by the ADA.  The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums.  Preventative dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth. It is important to inform the dental staff that you are pregnant.  As long as you are not having any dental issues routine x-rays can generally be postponed until after your pregnancy. 

 

X-rays allow the dentist to see things that can't be seen by the naked eye, and helps your dentist conduct a comprehensive exam.  We like to tell our patient's that you wouldn't get an oil change without letting the mechanic open the hood.  So why would you get a dental cleaning without first getting x-rays?

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (often referred to as "gum disease") is a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue. Over time, periodontal disease can cause serious damage to the soft gum tissue, the bone structure beneath, and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of lost teeth in American adults. 

The main culprit in gum disease is plaque, the sticky film that accumulates on your teeth between brushings. Plaque, which is a combination of saliva, food particles, and bacteria, builds up on your teeth, between your teeth, and beneath the gumline. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is the best way to reduce plaque buildup. Twice yearly cleanings by a trained hygienist will remove any remaining plaque, along with tartar, which is caused by plaque calcifying. Once this occurs, the tartar (or calculus) can only be removed with professional instruments. 

Indications that you have gum disease include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A sensation that your teeth are loose or mobile
  • Changes in your bite (the way your teeth fit together)
  • Pus in the pockets between the teeth and gums

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call right away to schedule an evaluation.

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