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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Years of experience have shown us that the best way to motivate you to keep current with your oral health care is by involving you in the process. Whether you have complex dental needs or just want a healthier smile, we are here to provide all the information you need to make a confident decision about your treatment. 

We strongly encourage you to ask any question that's on your mind. Your questions help us understand your concerns so we can tailor your treatment to meet your unique needs.

Here are a few of the questions we frequently hear, but you probably have some of your own. Please don't hesitate to call us at (859) 277-1189 or fill out our convenient online contact form.

BOTOX® and TMJ Pain

Dr. Jones would be more than happy to sit down with you for a Botox consultation.  He will review the treatment and desired treatment results to ensure that you are a good candidate and that Botox would be an effective treatment to obtain your desired results. 

Botox is a non-surgical treatment that can help to temporarily decrease wrinkles. Botox can also be used to treat certain types of migraines along with TMJ pains. Set up your free consultation today. 

ClearCorrect Invisible Braces

ClearCorrect in LexingtonIf you’re an adult who loves the idea of a straighter smile without a mouthful of metal, we offer the perfect solution! Orthodontic treatment with ClearCorrect invisible braces is more discreet, convenient, and comfortable than conventional braces.

Why Lexington Patients Love ClearCorrect

Invisible braces are an excellent choice for straightening mild to moderate teeth misalignments, but many adults also choose them to improve the aesthetics of their smile. In either case, there are many reasons to consider ClearCorrect:

  • The smooth plastic aligners won’t irritate sensitive tissues in your mouth.
  • Since the aligners are removable, there are no food restrictions
  • Crystal-clear plastic material blends discreetly with your smile
  • You can remove the aligners for efficient, thorough oral hygiene
  • Treatment times are shorter in many cases, sometimes as little as a year.

Based on the extent of misalignment, you will receive several sets of customized aligner trays that are designed to nudge your teeth step by step into the desired position. Wear each set at least 22 hours a day for about two weeks, then advance to the next set in the series.

Each time you move to the next set of aligners, you will see and feel the difference in the positioning of your teeth. Continue this way until you use all your aligners and treatment is complete!

ClearCorrect Consultations in Lexington

If you think that ClearCorrect invisible braces might be an option for you, please call Garden Springs Dental to arrange a consultation with Dr. Chris Davis or Dr. Gregory Edens. They’ll discuss your concerns, evaluate your smile, and get you started on your way to a more balanced and beautiful smile! 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Because your teeth withstand a lot of daily wear and tear, there’s no dental restoration that is considered to be permanent. At Garden Springs Dental, we create durable dental crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers by using long-lasting, premium materials—but we will need to replace all of them eventually.

Porcelain veneers in Lexington, KY are ultra-thin shells of ceramic or porcelain that our dentists bond to the front surface of a tooth, and they can last as long as ten years if you care for them correctly. That means being conscientious with brushing and flossing, avoiding foods that could chip your veneers, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for dental exams and cleanings.

There’s also another factor to think about when considering porcelain veneers. Since adding the veneer to your tooth also adds a bit of bulk, we must compensate by removing a thin layer of dental enamel. This way, when your dental veneers are in place, they will blend naturally with surrounding teeth for a natural appearance.

Your smile will look symmetrical and beautiful with porcelain veneers, but since we alter your tooth, wearing them is a lifetime commitment. If you would like similar results to veneers without changing your real teeth, ask us about cosmetic dental bonding, a conservative alternative to veneers.

If you have other questions about porcelain veneers, please call our cosmetic dentists in Lexington, KY to schedule a convenient appointment.

Smile Makeovers in Lexington KYMany patients who come to Garden Springs Dental know they need to make a cosmetic change but aren’t sure where to start. Fortunately, today you have more options than ever before for improving your smile in cosmetic dentistry.

Smile Makeover Options

  • Cosmetic dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain dental veneers
  • Invisible Braces
  • All-porcelain crowns
  • Professional teeth whitening

As you can see, there’s a lot more to aesthetic dentistry in Lexington, KY than veneers and teeth whitening! We have so many options because the materials and techniques we use have advanced significantly in recent years so that virtually any service we offer that improves your oral health also enhances your smile.

We start your smile makeover journey with a consultation with Dr. Davis or Dr. Edens. This is the perfect time to express your concerns and ask questions that help us both understand what your goals and priorities are. Our doctors will evaluate your overall oral health and determine if there are any underlying issues that we need to resolve first. They offer recommendations, explain how they’ll benefit you, and together we decide which treatments will best help you achieve your goals.

Cosmetic Dental Consultations in Lexington KY

If you’re considering a smile makeover, but aren’t sure where to start, please call our Lexington dental office to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors.

Cosmetic Smile Makeovers in LexingtonMost of us weren’t born with perfectly symmetrical rows of teeth, and at some point, it’s natural to look to cosmetic dentistry in Lexington, KY for solutions. Fortunately, at Garden Springs Dental, we have more options than ever before for creating a smile makeover that is uniquely you.

The smile makeovers we provide for our patients range from the addition of a simple filling to a combination of several treatments to restore the health and beauty of your smile. 

Dental Services at Our Lexington Office:

We would be happy to arrange a smile consultation so you can sit down with Dr. Davis or Dr. Edens to talk to us about the changes you would like to make. We want you to love your smile, so we will listen to your concerns, explain all your treatment options, and work with you to develop a plan to help you achieve your goals.

Cosmetic Dental Consultations in Lexington

Whether you have a vision for your new smile or you want to improve it but aren’t sure where to start, please call Garden Springs Dental to arrange a convenient consultation to get started. 

Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crown | Garden Springs Dental When a tooth breaks, often a dental crown is needed to restore it to normal function.  A crown typically covers all surfaces of the tooth and requires the shaving down and shaping of all of these surfaces.  Local anesthesia is given to “numb” the nerve of the tooth prior to any preparation so no pain is felt. The remaining tooth structure is then scanned with our 3D scanner and the scan is uploaded into our In-house crown system. 

The Crown Application

A crown is then designed and milled, in-house, to precisely fit the original prepped tooth and replace the removed structure. After milling, the crown is cemented over the original tooth with a resin cement.  The crown is made of porcelain and is the same color and texture as your original tooth.

In some cases, the crown may need to be created in a dental lab based on the specific conditions of your tooth and mouth.  This may require a separate crown insert appointment.  Don't worry though, a temporary crown will be made and placed over the prepped tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is inserted. 

Dental Crowns in Lexington

Any questions or need to book an appointment? Contact our team here at Garden Springs Dental for more information.

Dental Implants

Fear of pain is usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of any dental service.  The good news with implant dentistry is that it typically requires less dental anesthetic to place an implant than it does to have a simple filling done.  Most implants are placed with proper numbing localized to the area of the implant, however certain sleep/sedation dentistry options are also available. 

Avoid smoking, keep blood sugar under control if diabetic, and take all Rx medications.  And of course, call us with any questions or concerns. 

The first step is to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Jones. At this appointment Dr. Jones will review all aspects of implant dentistry with the patient.  A CBCT (3D scan) will be taken of the patient to evaluate the patient’s bone and see if implants are an option.  A financial presentation will also be given to the patient by one of our treatment coordinators to help the patients better understand their insurance and various payment options.  

Though every patient is different, most can resume a softer diet the day of placing the implant.  As you begin the healing process, you can listen to your body on just how quickly you want to resume harder foods.  

We ask you avoid harder foods, as well as hot foods for a few days following the procedure. 

A general rule is somewhere in neighborhood of 3-6 months. However, this time period can change on a case by case basis and can be longer or shorter depending on the patient and clinical situation. 

It takes around 4-6 months for certain implants to integrate.   We like to wait until the implant has fully integrated before loading (placing crown). 

After reviewing your CBCT (3D scan) and your medical history, if Dr. Jones determines that you may not be a good candidate for implants, Dr. Jones will review all other treatment options available to you to obtain your desired results.  

An implant is made of Titanium, which is one the most bio-compatible materials on the market.  It is placed in the bone and acts as an artificial root. 

Implant dentistry has recently been added to Garden Springs Dental.  Implants are a versatile treatment in dentistry that allows for the replacement of a single tooth, but can also be used to replace several teeth or even entire arches of teeth. 

Full & Partial Dentures

The cost of dentures in Lexington, KY depends on several factors. The area where you live, the type of dentures we recommend, and the quality of the material used all dictate the cost. But in large part, it’s the materials that drive the cost of dentures up or down.

Dentures made with plastic prosthetic teeth are the most cost-effective, and a full set of uppers and lowers usually cost about $1,000. At first glance, this seems like an affordable solution. However, the material used is low quality, so the dentures don’t always look natural, and they may also irritate your mouth.

Mid-priced dentures of higher quality material are around $3,000 for a full set of uppers and lowers. These dentures tend to look more natural and last longer than the lower priced option.

Dentures made using premium materials are customized to enhance your appearance and cost about $8,000 for a complete set. These are the most natural-looking because the artificial teeth are made of a material that closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth. We have total control over the shape, shade, size, and positioning of each tooth, and the result is a set of dentures that look as close to real teeth as possible.

There’s no doubt that premium dentures are an investment. However, if you’ve ever spent a moment wearing dentures that look fake or don’t fit well, you know that the difference in comfort and appearance is well worth the price.

We can give you a better estimate of the cost of dentures in Lexington, KY when we meet with you. Please call Garden Springs Dental to arrange an appointment to get started.

Partial Dentures & Tooth Replacement in LexingtonHowever, while we talk a lot about advanced options like dental implants, a tried-and-true approach like partial dentures still have their place in many cases.

Are You a Candidate for Partial Dentures?

  • Most of your teeth are healthy, but you’re missing a few teeth here that leave gaps in your smile. Partial dentures are an excellent solution in this case because we customize them to fit in and around remaining teeth like a puzzle.
  • You want to replace some teeth with dental implants, but would like to get dental implants, but you don’t have the budget for them right now. You like the idea of getting dental implants, but you can’t manage the cost in your budget right now. If implants aren’t a possibility for you, our doctors create partial dentures in Lexington, KY that fit comfortably and look as close to natural teeth as possible.
  • You’re tired of covering your mouth when you smile or forgoing the foods you love, and you want your smile back. Living like this can take a toll on your life, but partial dentures will restore function and allow you to smile confidently again.

Tooth Replacement in Lexington

Please call Garden Springs Dental to arrange an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your needs and how we can help.

Dentures and Bridges in Lexington | Women with DentistDental bridges and partial dentures are similar in that they fill the space left by a missing tooth.  They both improve your ability to speak and chew and prevent neighboring teeth from drifting into the open space. But they accomplish the job in different ways, and there are pros and cons to each.

What Makes a Partial Denture?

We design a partial denture as a removable prosthetic to replace multiple missing teeth. A partial denture is constructed using natural-looking artificial teeth attached to a molded acrylic base that matches your gum color. Partial dentures are attached to remaining teeth with metal or acrylic clasps.

You may also hear dental bridges referred to as fixed partials, and they literally “bridge” the gap with an artificial tooth that’s attached to anchor teeth on either side of the open space. Bridges are fixed because only a dentist can remove them. 

Smile Restorations in Lexington KY

Partial dentures tend to be less expensive and easier to adjust and repair, but they can break or get lost, unlike bridges that are securely attached to anchor teeth on either side. However, because the bridge relies on adjacent teeth for support, it’s essential that you keep them healthy with brushing, flossing, and preventive dental visits.

If you’re considering partial dentures or dental bridges in Lexington, KY, please call Garden Springs Dental, and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

General Dentistry

Absolutely! At Garden Springs Dental, we are pleased to treat patients of all ages with outstanding dental care. Please call or use our convenient online contact form for more information.

Insurance Options | FAQ | Garden Springs DentalOur office is under contract with most insurance providers, and we will happily file your dental claims on your behalf. There are a few insurance plans we do not accept, notably HMO plans and Discount plans.

Call Your Lexington Dentist to Learn More

We recommend that you contact your dental insurance provider or our office to verify that our office is a provider for your plan. Should you not have dental insurance, you may pay our full fees or you can join our Dental Membership Plan.

Unfortunately, we do not accept Medicaid at Garden Springs Dental. But you deserve high-quality oral health care regardless of your financial status. Our dental team will work with you to find a solution that will allow your family to get the essential care they need.

If you’re not insured, you can save money on dental care in Lexington, KY by joining our Dental Membership Plan. You pay an annual fee and for one year you will receive two free dental cleanings and exams and x-rays as needed. Our membership plan also offers 15 percent off all our other services except cosmetic dentistry. The Garden Springs Dental Membership Plan has helped many of our patients get high-quality dentistry that fits their budget.

We’re also pleased to offer third-party financing through CareCredit and ClearGage. Both of these short-term lending plans help you get the immediate dental care you need, then pay the balance in monthly payments that fit your budget. ClearGage is especially attractive to our patients because it offers short-term loans at interest rates as low as 8%, and there’s no credit check needed, so everyone qualifies!

If you are interested in learning more about the options we offer for making the cost of dentistry more affordable, please call us at (859) 277-1189. You can also find specifics for all of these options on our Financial page.

Payment Plans | FAQ | Garden Springs DentalWe want to support your goal of excellent oral health. An unexpected dental expense can be stressful, but we are here to make sure that your finances don’t stand in the way of high-quality dental care.

Our Financial Options

At Garden Springs Dental, we are pleased to offer two forms of financing:

  • The first is CareCredit, a third-party financing option available through our office. With CareCredit you can get the care you need today and spread the cost of treatment over a 6, 12, or 24 month period. When you stay current with payments and pay the full balance within the chosen period, you will not be charged any interest.

The second option is our in-house financing, managed by a third party called ClearGage. You agree to put 20% down, and we set up a payment plan for 3 to 36 months and charge 8% interest. ClearGage charges a one-time setup fee of $15. A “soft” credit check is required, but it does not affect your credit score. All patients qualify for this plan.

Talk to our Lexington Office About Dental Financing

Don’t let worries about finances affect your dental care. If you have questions about covering the cost of dental care, please call our Lexington, KY dental office. One of our knowledgeable financial coordinators will be happy to assist you. 

If you are like many others and the thought of a dental office is unsettling then this may be the best option for you.  With proper medications the dental appointment can be made less stressful and an overall more pleasant experience.  If this interests you, please ask to set up a consultation with Dr. Jones to see if you would be a candidate for this type of treatment.

Pediatric Dentistry

Treating Child | FAQ | Garden Springs DentalYes! We love meeting kids, getting to know them, and helping them start their oral health care with a positive attitude.

We value the trust you place in us to manage your child’s precious oral health. Dr. Davis, Dr. Edens, and our entire team are great with kids and know how to keep them distracted and entertained. Over the years we have been in practice, we have had the pleasure of watching our youngest patients grow up and continue to see us as adults!

Creating Healthy Oral Care Habits

Getting an early start on your child’s oral health care is essential and is one of the best gifts you can give them. Our team works to gradually earn your child’s trust and help them feel comfortable with us. Any new situation is challenging for little ones, so we patiently give them all the time they need to feel secure in our care.

Pediatric Dentistry in the Lexington Area

We are always pleased to welcome children and recommend that you bring your child in to see us for a “happy visit.” Our team will show your little one around our office so they get used to seeing us before their first dental appointment. Our Lexington, KY pediatric dentist look forward to giving your child the best possible start!

Root Canals

The short answer is that getting a root canal doesn’t hurt; it’s the infection inside your tooth that is painful, and root canal therapy removes the infected material, thereby relieving your pain. A root canal is also an essential procedure that’s needed to save an infected or severely decayed tooth from extraction.

At Garden Springs Dental, we perform comfortable root canals for our Lexington, KY patients. Many of them even comment that the procedure was more comfortable than they imagined it could be!

One reason we can accomplish this is that our caring dental team makes your comfort a priority, regardless of the treatment we provide. We want you to see how great it can feel to know your teeth and gums are healthy, so it’s important to us that you don’t hesitate to turn to us when you have a problem like an infected tooth and a throbbing toothache.

Dr. Chris Davis and Dr. Gregory Edens, Jr. have decades of experience between them and utilize the very latest in digital imaging technology. Using diagnostic tools like digital and panoramic x-rays that allow them to see the inside of your tooth in great detail, they can plan the most efficient procedure to remove the painful infection.

If you have a toothache, a raised bump on your gums, or a bad taste in your mouth, you may be experiencing the signs of an infected tooth. You may need a root canal, call our Lexington, KY dental office.

Man with Tooth Pain | Garden Springs DentalThe answer is that you won’t know if you need a root canal until you make an appointment at Garden Springs Dental. Dr. Davis will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays to determine what the problem is and whether or not root canal treatment (endodontics) is needed.

Why We Perform Root Canals

A tooth often needs a root canal as a result of an untreated cavity, injury to the tooth, or prior dental work. The first symptom most people notice is severe pain; however, not all root canal infections involve pain. We recommend dental exams every six months because they allow us to detect and treat problems like infected root canals long before they cause you pain.

Root canal treatment is not nearly as complicated or difficult as you may believe. Updated techniques and technology combined with supportive care and soothing nitrous oxide make the procedure absolutely nothing to fear. In fact, you should view a root canal as your ticket to relief because that’s exactly what it is.

Dr. Davis will remove all infected material, fill the root canals, and seal the tooth. If we don’t eliminate the infection, your pain will worsen and continue, and you will likely lose the tooth.

Gentle Root Canals in Lexington KY

If you are in pain, please call Garden Springs Dental. Dr. Davis has over 20 years of experience performing comfortable root canals in Lexington, KY and he can help you too. 

Teeth Whitening

Woman Getting Teeth Whitened | Garden Springs DentalThe only way to properly whiten teeth is by using Hydrogen Peroxide. Whitening toothpaste only removes surface stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Professional Tooth Whitening will change the deep shade of the tooth over time.

How Teeth Whitening Works

Bleaching trays are fabricated by the dentist to fit the patient’s teeth precisely. A gel solution is given to the patient to place in the trays.  The trays should be worn for a period of about 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. Over 2-3 weeks, the teeth being treated with the hydrogen peroxide gel in the trays will noticeably change shades. Some teeth with a darker beginning shade may take longer to whiten and extra hydrogen peroxide gel may need to be purchased.

Whitening Post-Care

After the desired shade is reached, the patient should touch up as needed to maintain their whitening progress. Call our office to learn more about our whitening services.

Tooth Extraction

Part of being a great dentist involves being there when you need us. We are available to handle most of your dental emergencies here at Garden Springs Dental, including tooth extractions.

We offer options for replacing missing teeth, but natural teeth are the best teeth. Our goal is to do everything we can to keep them healthy and intact, so they serve you for many years. 

But things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes removing a tooth right away is necessary to protect your overall oral health. If you need an emergency tooth extraction in Lexington, KY, call our dental team to provide the care you need to protect your smile. 

Emergency tooth extractions are most commonly related to severe decay, infection, or dental abscess that we cannot control with a root canal. An infected root canal often presents with a throbbing toothache, and if the disease is too advanced, we will need to pull the tooth. 

You can avoid the need for an emergency tooth extraction in Lexington, KY by being proactive with your oral health. Brush and floss daily and stay current with your six-month dental exams and cleanings, and you can avoid many dental emergencies, including tooth extractions.

If you’re in pain, please call us right away, and we’ll arrange to see you the same day if possible.

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