Do you have questions or concerns about your oral health and our dental care in Madison, New Jersey? Dr. Dennis Coyle and Dr. Kate Coyle provide a few answers to some of the most commonly asked dental questions.


How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend visiting our dentists for regular cleanings and exams every six months. Our routine dental cleanings are performed with professional care, allowing us to give you a brighter, healthier smile as we clean, scale, and polish your teeth. When we regularly examine your mouth, then we can catch an existing oral health problem while it is still small and easy to treat.


How can I protect the health of my smile?

In order to maintain the health of your teeth and gums, we recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss in between them once a day. It is also important for you to visit our office every six months for a check-up so we can clean your teeth, examine the health of your mouth, and educate you about oral hygiene. We also suggest that you maintain a healthy diet, because sugary foods can harm your teeth.


What if I am afraid to visit the dentist?

We understand that many people experience dental anxiety, which is when they have a fear of visiting a dental professional. However, we know that routine visits to a dental office are essential in maintaining one’s dental health. At our practice, we can help you feel comfortable by providing iPods, blankets, and TVs. We also have nitrous oxide sedation available for patients who need some help relaxing.


Does dental treatment hurt?

We strive to give our patients a great dental experience, which is why we try to make our treatments as comfortable as possible. We offer local anesthetics that numb your mouth for dental procedures as well as the STA™ single tooth anesthesia system and novocain rinses. Our nitrous oxide can also help patients feel more comfortable during treatment.


How safe are dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are safe for patients because they put out very low radiation levels that normally do not cause harm to your health. This is especially the case at our office, because we use digital X-rays, which put out even lower radiation levels than traditional dental X-rays do.


How long does it take for me to receive a dental restoration?

For larger restorations like dental bridges and dentures, you may need to visit our office for two appointments. During the first visit, we will prepare your tooth and make impressions of it. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where the restoration is created. This process usually takes about two weeks, but we will provide a temporary restoration for you to wear during this time. At your second appointment, we will place the restoration in your smile. For simpler restorations like dental fillings and dental crowns, we can complete them in just one office visit, especially since we use the CEREC® same-day crown system.


What is involved in a full mouth reconstruction?

The dental services we use in a full mouth reconstruction will depend on your dental needs, as does the length of time it will take to complete this treatment. We have many restorative and cosmetic services which we can use to renew the health, structure, and beauty of your smile. Our dentists will create a unique treatment plan for you and we will help you understand what needs to be done.