Frequently Asked Questions

 

I brush every day, but my breath just isn't fresh. Is there anything I can do?

At your checkup, we can look for the cause of your bad breath, also known as halitosis. Some patients' bad breath is caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or a smelly substance emitted by bacteria. With modern procedures and products to promote fresh breath, we can help you regain your confidence!

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My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to alleviate your symptoms. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults and has been linked to a variety of health problems, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can significantly damage your health, so call for an assessment now. We want to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!

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Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials...Where can I learn more about these procedures?

Our Patient Library is a great resource for learning about dental procedures. You can also review our Services page for more information. If you have questions about these or other dental therapies, don't hesitate to call us. We'd be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.

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Does your office use lasers?

Yes, we employ laser dentistry for precise, comfortable care. Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, harvest and place gum grafts, recontour gum tissue, and do biopsies. You'll need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.

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I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?

An appointment. Your smile and your goals are unique. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, and after your consultation, you'll know which ones can give you the smile of your dreams.

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What is a smile analysis?

Your customized analysis includes an in-depth consultation to discuss your smile goals, expectations, concerns, as well as budgeting and scheduling. We'll conduct a thorough exam of your mouth, teeth, and gums and take X-rays and digital photos. We can show you a preview of your proposed new smile with our digital imaging software or a wax model.

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What is smile design?

Smile design dentistry requires an initial consultation in which we'll discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white fillings and crowns, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile.

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Can you show me a preview of my new smile before I commit to a treatment plan?

Yes, we offer digital imaging and wax-ups for smile previews. Our digital imaging software manipulates a picture of your smile to demonstrate the proposed effects of suggested therapies. We can also alter a model of your teeth, called a wax-up, to show the benefit of specific treatments.

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Is teeth whitening safe?

Absolutely. You probably didn't know that teeth whitening, in some form, has been around since the 1700s. Modern whitening uses safe and effective bleaching gel to melt away stains and discoloration. We offer in-office teeth whitening or convenient take-home kits.

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My teeth are stained. Can you help?

Yes. We offer whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically at home or in our office. Call for an appointment today!

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My smile is missing teeth. What are my options for replacement teeth?

We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these options on our Services page, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, we can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.

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Do veneers look natural?

Yes! Veneers are thin porcelain shells that alter the color, size, and shape of your front teeth. Made to mimic natural teeth, they blend seamlessly with your existing smile. Veneers are durable, long-lasting, and stain-resistant, making them an ideal way to enhance your dentition.

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How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?

Depending on your unique case, we may suggest porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding and contouring. Read more about these procedures on our Services page.

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Do you accept referrals?

Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and co-workers that we give you every time you visit.

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Where are you located?

Visit our map on the Contact Us page, or call for directions.

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Will you care for my entire family?

Absolutely. We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of all ages. If we find that you or your child would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer you to a trusted colleague. As a general dentistry office, our preventive, restorative, prosthetic, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.

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Do you accept my insurance plan?

Dr. Lorio is an in-network provider with Oregon Dental Service, but we're also happy to file your out-of-network claim.

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What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Third-party financing is available.

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How does Dr. Lorio keep up-to-date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?

Dr. Lorio regularly attends 75 to 100 hours of training each year – more than the state's requirement for continuing education. As a team, we also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to stay current with the latest developments in dentistry and dental technology. We are passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!

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When do you like children to have a first dental visit?

Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends children have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to our office. If you notice any developmental problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. Otherwise, we'd like to begin teaching your children how to care for their teeth and gums when they reach three or four years of age. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.

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What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

We pride ourselves on providing personalized and comfortable dental care in a relaxing environment. Our entire team is committed to helping families achieve optimal oral health through quality dentistry. As a skilled general dentist, restorative dentist, and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lorio treats your symptoms as well as the underlying causes of your dental issues to give you a smile that looks good, feels good, and lasts a lifetime. From checkups to complex full-mouth reconstruction, we have the skill, experience, and dedication to maintain or restore your smile's appearance, comfort, and function. 

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I avoid dental visits because of anxiety...is this normal? Can you help?

Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. With oral anti-anxiety medication, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve.

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Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?

Regular checkups help us identify cavities in the earliest stages, often before you can see or feel them. Early detection lets us provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense and possible discomfort. At your checkup, we'll also screen 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 has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

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I haven't been to the dentist in years, and I'm ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?

First of all, congratulations on your wise decision to prioritize dental healthcare. Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. We'll never judge you. Instead, we'll help you by addressing your oral problems, explaining treatment options, then scheduling a plan of action that suits your schedule and your budget.

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