Hillside Dental

Frequently Asked Questions
Our patients often come to us with common questions and concerns. For your convenience, we've posted some of them here with the answers. If you have a question that we haven't answered, please feel free to call us at (715) 834-6603 to find out more.

Yes, in fact we've noticed that all of our patients want whiter teeth and have concluded it's a universal desire. Tooth whitening removes stains from the teeth caused by coffee, teas, tobacco, food and tartar. We've been using tooth whiteners for years and have never seen any adverse effect on teeth or gum tissue. With our tooth whitening procedures, we can help your teeth become several shades lighter.
Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of designing wonderful smiles. It involves all aspects of general dentistry with a special emphasis on individual teeth and their overall harmony and balance in your smile. Look carefully at your smile. If you feel it could be better, consider having a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can increase your confidence and self-esteem, giving you an edge in your everyday activities by improving your professional and personal image. In short, a smile makeover is a complete reconstruction of your smile, from the inside out with a comprehensive analysis and redesign of your gum tissue and teeth.
If your teeth are dark or worn and make you look older, if gaps or chips make you feel self-conscious, or if crooked or discolored teeth stop you from smiling fully, a Smile Makeover can help. Although every patient's smile is unique, some new smiles are completed in a single visit. A Smile Makeover can redesign the shape of your gums and teeth, and change the overall look of your smile. It's not just about beautifying your smile, although that is of extreme importance, it's about providing a strong and healthy dentition.
Not necessarily. Instant orthodontics is a procedure that straightens teeth using bonded porcelain veneers or crowns instead of braces. It can close large gaps between your teeth and correct overcrowding in one or two visits. Your teeth become naturally stronger by the bonded porcelain veneers.
A complete set of teeth improves your confidence and self-esteem and it also increases the longevity of your natural teeth by removing stress placed on them. We have several procedures to help replace missing teeth, including implants, bridges, natural looking partial or full dentures. It is not necessary to live with missing teeth.
Dental implants have become a choice treatment option for many patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a replacement tooth "root" constructed of medical grade titanium. Dental implants are extremely stable, strong and natural looking. Patients with dental implants are able to eat, smile and laugh without fear or embarrassment that their denture may slip or click, or that their bridge will trap food.
The implant is inserted into the jawbone in the area of a missing tooth, and a "crown" is constructed to act as the visible portion of the tooth. Dental implant surgery is generally less painful than having a tooth surgically extracted. The implant is placed into the jawbone and then covered with gum tissue, allowing it to heal and "osseointegrate," meaning that it will bond to the surrounding bone in the next two to four months. While the healing process takes place, the patient wears a temporary replacement tooth. Once the implant has bonded to the surrounding bone, it is uncovered and a post is attached to the implant protruding through the gum. At this point, we can build a permanent crown for the tooth. The final result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth.
If you haven't been to a dental office in a while, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Today's dentistry is faster than ever before, and procedures are virtually pain-free. All of our staff members are highly trained to make each of your visits as pleasant and pain-free as possible. We have many options to help you relax here, including topical anesthetic, new local anesthetic, and nitrous oxide. We have been able to relax and calm even the most phobic dental patient.
Of course we do. Most of our patients are referred to us by existing patients, and we consider this to be the greatest compliment.
If you would have a dental emergency or an urgent question please don't hesitate to call your doctor at their home phone. We are here to help you.
Dr. Hutchinson 839-7590
Drs. Breneman 835-6092
Dr. Johnson 552-5934
We are able to process many claims and pre-authorizations electronically, lessening the time it takes to get definitive information regarding our patients' dental coverage. If you have any questions about your insurance, please feel free to call for more information. Hillside Dental is now a premier provider for Delta Dental and a Group Health Cooperative Dental provider.

Choosing modern esthetic and restorative solutions to improve the health, vitality, and appearance of your smile can enhance your life and confidence. Because insurance can be based on minimal levels of restoration or can rely almost entirely on conventional dental treatments, it usually will under fund these modern, effective treatments.

Of course, many people are not able to pay everything up front for this important treatment. Many patients have used their Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit cards to finance their care. We offer the Care Credit Financial program where patients can apply on-line while in our office. We believe lifelong dental health and a smile that beams with confidence is an exceptional investment.

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