Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Want to learn more about our practice? Ask away! Here are answers to some questions that we frequently receive from patients. If you have concerns not listed here, don't hesitate to contact our dental office in Grapevine.
What makes your dental practice different from others that I can visit?
At Vineyard Dental, we take smiles seriously – but we also remember that our patients are more than just teeth to “fix and clean.” Dr. Perez offers meticulous and professional care with a personal touch. We take time to understand your dental history and evaluate the best options for your unique needs. We also provide patient education every step of the way to empower you to make the best of your dental health.
How does Dr. Perez keep up to date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?
Our dentist – and our team – take more than the state's requirement for continuing education each year. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to keep in tune with the latest developments in general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as dental technology. We’re passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to find cavities in the earliest stages, and often that means before you can see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We’ll also screen you for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80% cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It’s been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks and is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
How do you look out for the safety of your patients?
Very well, actually! In addition to following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), we use disposable products as often as possible. Between each patient visit, we thoroughly clean treatment rooms and sterilize reusable instruments in an autoclave. Because we value safety, we’ve invested in a digital radiograph, which emits about 90% less radiation that a traditional X-ray machine. We also use intraoral cameras and digital photography for close-up images, which promotes accurate diagnoses. If you have questions about our safety and sterilization methods, call us. We'll answer your questions with enthusiasm because we love dentistry and our patients.
What should I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
We value your dental health and comfort around the clock, even after office hours. In the event of a true dental emergency, please call our office and let us know the nature of your condition. We’ll return your call as soon as possible, give you helpful information over the phone, and then determine if you need to be seen right away.
Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we’re trained and equipped to handle a variety of dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.
Let’s create your beautiful smile! Call Vineyard Dental in Grapevine, TX today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Perez. Our Grapevine dental office serves Grapevine, Colleyville, Euless, Bedford, Hurst, Keller, Southlake, and surrounding areas with personalized service and comprehensive care.