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Frequently Asked Questions

At Tarpon Shores Dental, we believe that an informed patient is also a healthy patient, so below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day. If you happen to have a question that we haven’t covered here, please give us a call today! We’re always eager to talk dentistry with you and make sure you completely understand all of your care options.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is an acronym for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” Tarpon Shores Dental has a CEREC machine in our office, which allows us to measure, fit, and create durable ceramic crowns for patients in just one visit. Crowns are used to “cap over” a tooth which has broken, suffered damage, or been significantly chipped. Please talk to our staff about CEREC one-visit crown technology if you have damaged your smile.




What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement method for patients who want to fill in the space left by an absent tooth. An implant is a small, titanium rod which acts as an artificial tooth root. The implant is placed in the empty socket left behind by the missing tooth, and after an appropriate recovery period, Dr. Thompson will attach a dental crown to the implant to return the natural form and function to your smile. Talk to your our team today to find out if you qualify for this procedure.




How do I know if dental implants are the right choice for me?

Are you missing a tooth or teeth? Dental implants are the right choice for almost everyone wanting to reclaim their complete smile. The things Dr. Thompson will consider when determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants is what kind of results you are trying to achieve and if there are any specific health concerns preventing you from being a qualified candidate.




If I want dental implants, how do I start the process?

The best way to begin the process is to simply ask your Tarpon Shores Dental dentist, Dr. Thompson. He will be more than happy to answer any questions and develop a plan catered to you through a consultation. He is ready to help you make the best decision for you!




What is "Smile-in-a Day"?

Wondering if it's really possible to get a dental implant in just one visit? Dr. Thompson is a well trained in what has become known as "Smile-in-a-Day." Smile-in-a-Day is actually a process developed by an implant company that allows for the preparation of implant placement surgery and the actual placement of the temporary restoration to happen within the same visit. The reality of this is that it does usually require several pre-operative visits and many follow-ups to track the success. Dr. Thompson wants to ensure the best results, which ends up being more cost-effective in the long term.




How often should an adult visit the dentist?

Every individual's mouth and dental needs are different. It used to be easier to say that everyone should see a dentist twice a year, but with advanced technology and the knowledge we have now, it is more important to take a more personalized approach. Some people may need to come twice a year or more while others only need to come once a year. Tarpon Shores Dental always makes plans geared towards what is best for each patient. There is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to one's oral care!