815 Martin Avenue, Ephrata, PA 17522 (717) 733-1088

Dental FAQs

Do I have to visit the dentist twice a year?

No, but it is the recommend standard of care set forth by the American Dental Association. At Ephrata Family Dentistry, we encourage patients to maintain these regular checkups as this is the best way to ensure their smiles remain whole and healthy.

When should I bring my child to see you?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist following the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. These short, pain free visits give our dentist the opportunity examine your child’s smile, and ensure it is developing correctly.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is infection or damage that affects the supportive tissues that surround (perio) teeth (odont). We offer a variety of periodontal therapies including the innovative Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique to restore oral health for patients who suffer from this disease.

How will I know if I need a root canal?

There are some warning signs of root canals patients should be aware of, but the only way to know for sure is to visit our office. Call us right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe toothache – can be sharp pain when chewing or constant throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to changes in temperature that lingers
  • Discoloration around the tooth
  • Sores or infection at the gum line

Who should consider porcelain veneers?

Any patient who wants to quickly and painlessly transform any number of damaged or flawed teeth into a picture perfect smile should consider porcelain veneers. These thin sheaths of porcelain conceal numerous cosmetic flaws instantly.

Can I call your office if I have a dental emergency?

Of course. We are happy to see emergency patients, and we are typically able to offer same day emergency appointments. If we are unable to do so, we’ll walk patients through first aid over the phone.

Do you take my insurance?

We are happy to process and file claims for most insurance providers, but regardless of insurance coverage, we always encourage patients to choose the treatment option that meets their smile goals while preserving the maximum healthy dental structure. Your oral health is our top priority, and we’ll work with you to make the most of your benefit plan.