Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?

A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?

A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Q: How often should I floss?

A: Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?

A: These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".

Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?

A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?

A: Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.

Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

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Always Panic in the Comments
Always Panic in the Comments
First time ever being at Dr. Spence's practice. Everyone from the assistant to Dr. Spence were absolutely lovely and professional. He was so personable and fun. Best experience I have ever had at a dentist office by far! The whole setting is so nice and comfortable. The staff really cares about your concerns and do their upmost to deliver/suggest the best possible treatment plan fitted for you personally. Also, special shout-out to the temporary dental hygienist Katy. She was so wonderful and nice. Whoever gets her as their hygienist is very blessed!
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Oct 21, 2022
James Ingram
James Ingram
Dr. Spence was an extremely happy and nice man. He did excellent work and fixed my cap in like 30 seconds. Shelby is the nicest dental assistant ive had. Super cute and easy to talk to. The cleaning was top notch and painless. I would highly recommend.
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Apr 27, 2022
Lyn Allison
Lyn Allison
I wish I wold have found this dentist years ago. He was absolutely amazing. I took my mother in and he treated so well. He made sure she was comfortable. The staff couldn't have been nicer. He explained everything. I highly recommend him
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Jun 10, 2022
Lisa Hughes
Lisa Hughes
I was in a lot of pain, and couldn’t find a dentist to fit me in. Even my own wanted to put it off an entire week. Dr. Spence’s staff told me to come in right then. Dr. Spence took great care of me, it was super affordable, and his staff was the nicest! I’ll be transferring to Dr. Spence from now on. 10/10 would recommend!
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Nov 09, 2022
Whitney Bellman
Whitney Bellman
Dr. Spence is honest and knowledgeable. His staff was very accommodating and friendly. Cami was very gentle and thorough during my cleaning. My appointment was affordable and I was in and out in a timely manner.
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Nov 16, 2022

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