(903) 793-6976 204 McCartney Blvd, Texarkana, TX 75503

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Can you close the gaps in my teeth without using braces?

Yes! Closing gaps is a relatively simple procedure that can be done in one appointment with cosmetic bonding. As cosmetic dentists, Drs. Adriane and Jim Lippian deliver strong, natural looking results. They may also recommend porcelain veneers. Come in for an assessment to learn which option is right for you.

What is a root canal really?

A root canal is a procedure that involves cleaning out the inside of the tooth. When a deep cavity or crack penetrates the sensitive, inner chamber of the tooth, it can cause an infection. A root canal is necessary to clean out the bacteria and seal the crack or cavity. If left untreated, the tooth can die or become abscessed.

My lower dentures are uncomfortable to wear. Can you help?

Lower dentures withstand tremendous biting forces, and adhesives rarely provide enough support. Dental implants are quickly becoming the standard of care for maximum denture stability. Drs. Adriane and Jim Lippian recommend implant-supported lower dentures for optimal comfort. Call us and schedule a consultation to learn if dental implants are right for you.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!

How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?

We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we'll let you know. For your convenience, we have implemented Smile Reminder, a patient messaging system that sends personalized e-mails, text messages, and postcards when it’s time for your next dental appointment.

Does your office use lasers?

We use lasers for precise, comfortable dentistry. Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, reduce gum tissue for esthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.

My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?

You'll need to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Adriane or Jim Lippian. He or she can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers the most long-lasting, comfortable, and natural looking choice.

What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?

When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit 90% less radiation. Detailed images are immediately available to view on a chairside monitor in the operatory. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they're earth-friendly!

Are there differences between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and professional teeth whiteners?

Over-the-counter whiteners are not as efficient as professional-grade treatments. The whitening kits you buy at the drugstore are not customized to fit the shape of your teeth, making them messy and bothersome. In addition, they typically only whiten two to three shades. With professional teeth whitening, you have more options. You can visit our office and receive a one-hour in-office Sapphire whitening treatment that will leave your teeth up to 10 shades whiter. We also have home teeth whitening kits that are custom designed for maximum comfort and efficiency. Each night for a week or two, you’ll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to the trays and then wear them at night. Within just a few days, you’ll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you’ll smile with confidence. Take-home trays can also touch up and maintain in-office whitening.

What is the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

Lumineers are actually a brand of veneers that requires minimal or no tooth preparation prior to placement. Some patients prefer Lumineers because of the quick application and reduced risk for sensitivity. However, others prefer traditional veneers because of their completely customized design.

When do you like children to have a first dental visit?

We want to see your child when they have teeth! Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends they have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. We'd like to begin teaching you how to care for your child’s teeth and gums and acclimating them to our office when they reach one to two years of age. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.

Does the dentist see emergency cases?

Yes. When our patients have an emergency, getting them in that same day is our priority. After hours, we offer a phone number on the answering machine so patients with records can contact our dentist on call. We go out of our way to make sure our current patients are taken care of.

204 McCartney Blvd., Texarkana, TX 75503 USA
Dr. Adriane Lippian Dr. Jim Lippian Texarkana TX dentists (903) 793-6976