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Dental FAQs

 

How do I make an appointment?
Teeth Cleaning appointments with a hygienist can be scheduled on via MyBuckMD or you can call (614) 247-2378 to request an appointment to see a dentist or hygienist.
 
Do you charge for your services?
Yes. We are a fee-for-service clinic and charge a fee for every service provided.  A co-pay is also required the day of your appointment.
 
Do you charge for missed appointments?
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please provide us with as much notice as possible so that we can offer the appointment to another student. You will be charged a missed appointment fee for any appointment not cancelled at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
 
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. If you are covered under the Ohio State Comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan, your claims will be automatically processed according to the benefits to which you are entitled under your plan. If you are covered under another dental insurance plan, please stop by the Patient Registration Desk on the 1st floor on or before the day of your appointment to register your insurance information.
 
How often should I have a cleaning?
For most patients, we recommend an examination and dental cleaning every 6 months. Some patients require more or less frequent visits depending upon each individual's oral health. Discuss your need for regular cleanings with your dental hygienist.
 
What can I do about a mouth ulcer?
The actual etiology or cause of mouth ulcers is unknown but in most instances stress, illness, or trauma is usually involved. They last for approximately 7-10 days. Though you can use over-the-counter creams, ointments, etc. to help with the symptoms, ulcers usually have to run their course.
 
Is there a treatment for sensitive teeth?
Yes. Sensitive teeth often result from exposed root surfaces due to gum recession or through loss of enamel as a result of excessive wear from clenching or grinding and/or erosion from acidic foods or acid reflux. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth will often reduce or relieve tooth sensitivity. Other treatment options include application of desensitizing agents by your dentist, prescription for self-applied fluoride agents, and/or placement of fillings. If persistent or increased sensitivity continues, further evaluation by a dentist is recommended to rule out split or cracked teeth or faulty fillings.
 
Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth evaluated?
To prevent acute problems with infection and dental caries as well as rule out any pathology associated with impacted wisdom teeth, a thorough evaluation is necessary. Rarely is there enough room for wisdom teeth (third molars) to fully erupt and function properly in the oral cavity. Often they do partially erupt and are very difficult to brush/floss to maintain good oral hygiene which results in decay and/or gum irritation and infection. Other potential problems include the formation of cysts or tumors associated with impacted wisdom teeth. A dental exam and full-mouth x-ray (panorex) is recommended to fully evaluate each patient's condition.
 
My teeth and jaw hurt and sometimes I get headaches. Is this a dental problem?
It can be. There are many causes for pain in the mouth, jaws, head, and neck areas. Often clenching and/or grinding of teeth can cause these symptoms. Clinical signs often found on a dental examination reveal wear on the biting surface of teeth, clicking or popping of the TMJ upon opening, and limited opening pain. Patient symptoms vary greatly. Headaches, ear pain, tooth sensitivity, and/or pain or difficulty in jaw movement and opening are some of the symptoms reported by patients. Referred pain to the head, neck, and shoulders may also be reported. Causes and contributing factors are the good and bad stressors of everyday life, lack of sleep, and some medications. The dental clinic does offer TMJ syndrome evaluations.