FAQ

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What can I expect during a dental checkup?

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The dentist or hygienist will ask about your recent medical history, examine your mouth and decide whether or not you need x-rays. Depending on your treatment plan, the hygienist may use a special dental instruments to check your gums for gum disease. Your dentist will evaluate your overall dental health and conduct an oral cancer screening by holding your tongue with gauze, checking it and your whole mouth, then feeling your jaw and neck. 

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How often should I go to the dentist?

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There is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment. Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year; others may need more visits. You are a unique individual, with a unique smile and unique needs when it comes to keeping your smile healthy.

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What is the difference between DDS and DMD?

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If you’re looking to find a dentist you may notice that while most are listed with a “DDS”, some may be listed as “DMD”. They both mean the same thing—your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. The level of education and clinical training required to earn a dental degree, and the high academic standards of dental schools are on par with those of medical schools. Upon completion of their training, dentists must pass both a rigorous national written exam and a state or regional clinical licensing exam in order to practice. In order to keep their licenses, they must meet continuing education requirements for the remainder of their careers so that they may stay up to date on the latest scientific and clinical developments.

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What will happen on my first visit?

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Your first appointment  will include an exam and consultation, and may include X-rays. Following your exam, the dentist will explain recommendations for your care and give you the opportunity to discuss treatment options and ask questions.  

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How much will my visit cost? What insurance do you take?

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Your dentist will give you a comprehensive exam and recommend treatment to get your mouth on the road to healthy. The office manager will discuss costs and work with you to find payment options that fit your budget. We make flexible payment plans available to help you make your treatment affordable, and we pledge never to surprise you with hidden fees—we’ll provide a clear, detailed estimate on the cost of your treatment plan in writing so you know what to expect. 

CONTACT US

Dr. Tanya Pierce Lawhon, DDS

Now with 2 locations to better serve you

BISHOP OFFICE

312 South Avenue B

Bishop, Texas 78343

361-584-2217

KINGSVILLE OFFICE

116 South 4th Street

Kingsville, TX 78363 

361-595-4121

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