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Zimpfer Dental
What does D.D.S. stand for?
What is a Dental Hygienist?
How can I whiten my teeth?
What is a crown?
What is a veneer?
Why is having a good bite important?
What causes a toothache?
How often should I see the dentist?
What do I do if I knock out one of my teeth?
What is an Implant?
Why do dentists take x-rays so often?
Does Dr. Zimpfer refer patients to specialists?
If I am nervous about dental treatment, what can you do to help me?
How can you help me pay for the treatment I want to get done?
What type of toothbrush should I use?
What type of toothpaste should I use?
I have a specific question that I don’t see answered here – how can I get an answer?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Zimpfer Dental has compiled a frequently asked questions to help educate you about dental care for your entire family that you can be confident and comfortable in.

If you have a question that is not answered here, use our contact form or give us a call at 317.872.3333.


Q. What does D.D.S. stand for?

A. D.D.S. stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. It is similar to an M.D. degree obtained by your personal physician. Dentists are trained in all aspects of oral health, with an emphasis on oral, head and neck regions.


Q. What is a Dental Hygienist?

A. Dental Hygienists take two years of training in order to qualify for licensure to clean teeth, do oral cancer screening, and provide non-surgical deep gum cleaning. They can also diagnose dental conditions, and train patients in how to care for their teeth at home.

Q. How can I whiten my teeth?

A. Your teeth can be whitened using an application of a special type of hydrogen peroxide gel. We can apply the gel in our office, shining a special light on it to speed up the process, usually getting the level of brightness you desire in two or three 20 minute sessions. Alternatively, we can make a small mouthpiece to hold the gel, and you can apply it one hour per day over 10 to 14 days.


Q. What is a crown?

A. A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the existing tooth, strengthening it, and allowing the dentist to change the shape, color and bite of the tooth for the patient. Our crowns are computer designed and milled out of solid porcelain, for the most natural look and feel, as if we were replacing the enamel on the tooth. More information can be found in our “links” section under Implant Solutions


Q. What is a veneer?

A. A veneer is similar to a crown in that it can completely change the look of a broken, chipped or discolored front tooth, but it is made as a thin covering of porcelain, and involves very little drilling on the tooth. We do a lot of veneers in place of braces or bleaching on front teeth.


Q. Why is having a good bite important?

A. The bite is important because it is what guides your teeth together and apart, and also what helps determine how your jaw joints fit together. An improper bite can lead to excessive wear and tear of the tops of the teeth, and can lead to TMJ problems, affecting how the jaw fits the skull, and leading to pain or headaches in this area. We assess the bite on each patient, and offer guidelines and solutions to improve the bite, protect the teeth, and keep the joints smooth and pain free.


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Q. What causes a toothache?

A. Toothaches can be caused by many things, some more damaging than others. The list includes cavities, abscesses, gum disease, improper bite, sinus problems, trauma to the teeth and heart problems. Any time you have a toothache, you should see a dental professional to help you find out what is causing the pain. We keep open times on our daily schedule so that we can always be available to help patients with a broken tooth or toothache.


Q. How often should I see the dentist?

A. The American Dental Association recommends seeing the dentist and hygienist every six months for patients who do not have gum disease. Patients who are managing treated gum disease should see a hygienist every 3 to 4 months. Patients who have dentures should see a dentist at least once a year for oral cancer screening and evaluation/cleaning of the dentures.


Q. What do I do if I knock out one of my teeth?

A. You should gently rinse of the tooth with saline solution or whole milk, keep it in a container of the same solution, and try to see the dentist within one hour. Alternatively, the tooth can be rinsed with one of the above solutions and placed gently back into the socket in the patient’s mouth, or wrapped in some gauze and placed next to the cheek for the patient to keep in their mouth, coating it with saliva, until they can get directly in to see the dentist. If the patient has a heart murmur, or is premedicated for dental treatment, they will need to take their antibiotics before replacing the tooth. It is very important to not scrub the tooth clean of blood and tissue, because that will destroy any chance of reattachment.


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Q. What is an Implant?

A. Dental implants are made from a piece of medical titanium, similar to hip and knee implants, only very small and shaped like a tooth root. They are placed to replace missing teeth, and can be covered with a crown or used to support bridges or dentures. They are a great solution for a single missing tooth, in that you can replace the individual tooth without drilling into the adjacent teeth. Dr. Zimpfer uses NobelBiocare implants, from the company that invented dental implants and continues to be a world leader in dental implant design and use. More information can be found in our links section under NobelBiocare.com


Q. Why do dentists take x-rays so often?

A. Only about 30% of any of your teeth is visible above the gum. X-rays allow dentists to see the other 70% of your teeth, and also to see into the sinus, around the jaw joint, and through the lower jaw. They also allow dentists to diagnose dental infection, bone loss and developmental problems, many of which don’t hurt or otherwise let you know they are there. Today’s dental x-rays can be made with very little radiation, in fact, you would get more radiation from an hour at the beach than you would from one of our small pictures taken in the dental office.


Q. Does Dr. Zimpfer refer patients to specialists?

A. Most of your dental needs can be treated right here in our office, including cosmetic treatment, surgery, implants, root canals, and cleanings. Dr. Zimpfer does use the help of many specialists to treat our patients, including Oral Surgeons, Endodontists, Periodontists, Orthodontists, Pediatric Dentists, and TMJ Treatment offices. He also refers patients to Ear, Nose and Throat specialists, Neurologists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, and Internal Medicine physicians.


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Q. If I am nervous about dental treatment, what can you do to help me?

A. Many times, patients are justified in their nervousness, especially if they have had a prior bad experience. We talk through those experiences, and ask detailed questions about what each patient likes or doesn’t like about getting their teeth worked on. We can then make each dental visit unique to the patient’s needs, including using Laughing Gas or medicines to help relieve anxiety. We have converted many patients from being scared just walking in the door to actually enjoying having their dental work done.


Q. How can you help me pay for the treatment I want to get done?

A. We carefully outline each treatment plan into phases, then we will work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits. We also work with many finance groups to offer you multiple ways to finance your treatment without paying any interest at all, essentially breaking it up into to affordable payments, but not incurring any more cost beyond that of the care itself. Contact our treatment coordinators with any questions and they will be happy to help you !


Q. What type of toothbrush should I use?

A. Dr. Zimpfer recommends using an Oral-B Braun mechanical brush, or in having our hygiene staff teach you the Bass method of brushing with a sensitive or soft bristle brush.


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Q. What type of toothpaste should I use?

A. While many toothpastes have a lot of the same ingredients, there are many different ones that can treat specific needs for individual patients. The Total Care type pastes are good in general for most adults, and Dr. Zimpfer can recommend specific types of pastes to address needs like sensitive teeth, gum disease, high decay rates, pregnant mothers, children, patients with dry mouth or autoimmune diseases, and a number of other oral care issues.


Q. I have a specific question that I don’t see answered here – how can I get an answer?

A. Contact our office using the contact form, or call our office at 317.872.3333 and we can arrange for a no-cost consultation to answer your questions for you.


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