Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Houma, LA

Ask Your Houma Dentist

Dr. Ryan Walker believes in getting straight to the point with his patients. Because he is extremely detailed, there is no guesswork when it comes to improving and treating smiles. Part of this process means ensuring that you have all the information you need to feel comfortable and confident in your decision. Here, you’ll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients. If you don’t see yours listed, please give us a call.

How often should I see the dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) and Dr. Walker recommend that patients see a dentist every six months for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Some patients who suffer from gum disease may be required to see their licensed professional every 3-4 months instead. These visits make it easy to detect problems early on and help individuals avoid more serious symptoms and complications year-round.

Should I be concerned if my gums are bleeding?

Yes, bleeding gums is a sign of periodontal disease. It could be that you are only experiencing the first stage – gingivitis – but it is necessary that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Walker right away. By addressing the problem in its earliest stage, we can prepare a plan that reverses the symptoms and improves gum health. However, if you wait too long, it can result in advanced periodontitis and the potential for bone and tooth loss.

What should I do if faced with a dental emergency?

The first thing you should do if you experience a dental emergency is call our office. A member of our team will determine the severity of your situation and decide if you should come in the same day or at another time. Dr. Walker is pleased to provide same-day, after-hour, and weekend emergency appointments for those in need.

Will I need to see a specialist for dental implant surgery?

It depends on the complexity of your tooth loss. Some situations may allow you to remain in one convenient location for dental implant placement and restoration; however, if you require a more extensive implant process, Dr. Walker will likely refer you to a local oral surgeon who he works closely with. This individual will take great care of your smile and ensure that your dental implants are firmly in place, capable of withstanding normal wear and tear and lasting decades or even a lifetime.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Although we are not in-network with any dental insurance companies, we are pleased to file your claim with your insurer to help you get the maximum refund. Our team will do our best to help you save no matter the type of dental care you need.