Distinctive Dental Services, PA

Winsted Office (320) 485-4344
Howard Lake Office (320) 543-2233
Columbia Heights Office (763) 572-9762


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Frequently Asked Questions

Always with the intent to help us understand our patients and our patients to understand us, these are the most commonly asked questions:

Q: Are you taking new patients?
A: Yes, we are. Sometimes, however, it depends upon which insurance company you are with and our time frames for accommodating patients. Some insurance companies contract directly with one office or another and so you have to see the provider that you have contacted through your employer.
Q: What are your financial arrangements? Do you take payment plans?
A: Each individual is different and while we have general guidelines, we will have to discuss this on a case by case basis. However, normally we do setup payment plans taking into account your needs as well as the office needs, for example, lab fees.     
Q: What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
- Sore that does not heal
- White or red patch of tissue
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Lump or mass in the mouth or neck
- Hoarseness that lasts for a long period
- Pain or numbness in the oral/facial region
- Pain in the ear of long duration
- Change in voice
Q: How can I stop the spread of gum disease?
A: Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms. However, warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

Treatment will depend on the type of periodontal disease and how far the condition has progressed. If deep pockets are found and bone has been destroyed, your dentist may recommend deep cleaning.

To help protect against periodontal disease, it is key to prevent the buildup of plaque. Remember to have regular professional cleaning in addition to brushing and flossing every day.
Q: How can I prevent tooth decay?
A: Tooth enamel is hard yet porous. Plaque on the surface of your teeth can produce acids that seep into the pores of the enamel. This process, called demineralization, can create a weak spot on the surface of the tooth that may become a cavity if left untreated.
To help strengthen weak spots and exposed roots and prevent the early stages of tooth decay, brush regularly with a fluoridated toothpaste. Regular flossing and fluoride mouth rinses, as well as regular professional cleanings, will help prevent cavities and preserve your oral health.
Q: What is tooth whitening?
A: Tooth whitening is a well-established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Furthermore, carbamide peroxide, the active ingredient, has been safely used for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissue.

The whitening process is effective on most discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, may take longer to respond to treatment. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the duration of time that the system is used.
Q: Is it normal to have more saliva with a new denture?
A: Because a denture is a "foreign object "in the mouth, you may produce more saliva for a while. This will decrease and eventually go away. Simply sucking a hard candy or mint will encourage you to swallow more frequently clearing excess saliva.