At My Dentist Albuquerque, we value patient education as an important part of your dental visit. We love it when patients ask questions about their oral health, and we are happy to provide the information they need to care for their smiles. When you visit our office, Dr. Mike Roussel will provide information and recommendations that are specific to your personal health. As a general guideline, we also offer the following information:

  1. How early should I arrive for my first appointment?

We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes in advance so that you have time to fill out any necessary paperwork and allow you to get settled before meeting our dentist and back office team. You can reduce your check-in time by completing our online patient forms before the time of your appointment.

  1. What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please ensure you have the following items at your check in:

  • Your insurance card (if applicable)
  • Your completed patient forms (if you choose to complete them in advance)
  • Personal identification (e.g., a driver’s license)
  1. Why is it important to visit the dentist regularly?

Routine dental checkups significantly reduce your risk of developing a painful and often serious dental condition such as tooth decay or gum disease. If you visit the dentist only when you have dental pain, the condition has already negatively affected your smile. During preventive visits, Dr. Mike Roussel’s team cleans your smile as performs a comprehensive exam to ensure your oral health is in excellent shape. We can detect oral concerns while they are in the early stages, preventing you from needing to spend more money to repair the damage of a harmful condition.

  1. Do I really still need to floss if I brush my teeth daily?

Yes. While brushing is an important part of an excellent oral care routine, only flowing can remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth and below the gum line. If you struggle with proper flossing, ask our friendly dentist and team for a demonstration!

  1. Why does the dentist take X-rays of my smile?

Dental X-rays reveal the dental, jaw, and gum structure that cannot be seen by the naked eye, revealing any dental problems that would otherwise go unnoticed, such as:

  • Hidden areas of tooth decay
  • Bone & dental infection
  • Gum disease
  • Cysts & abscesses
  • Abnormal dental & jaw development
  • Certain types of tumors

My Dentist Albuquerque utilizes digital X-rays to evaluate your smile quickly and accurate so that we can begin any necessary treatments as soon as possible and preserve more of your natural smile.

  1. How can I remove stains and yellowing from my teeth?

Dr. Mike Roussel proudly offers Sinsational Smiles® teeth whitening to lighten your smile 4 to 6 shades in as little as 20 minutes. We offer in-office and take-home whitening treatment to fit your preferences. Contact us today to learn more!

  1. Can I save a knocked-out tooth?

Dental emergencies such as knocked-out teeth need to be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. You may be able to save the tooth by taking the following steps:

  • Clean the tooth to remove dirt and germs, but don not scrub it.
  • Place the tooth between your cheek and gums or under your tongue.
  • If you cannot see a dentist right away, you can wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or piece of gauze and place it in a glass of milk.
  • Visit your dentist as soon as you possibly can.
  1. What are my options to replace missing teeth?

If you have lost one or more teeth to trauma, decay, or oral disease, come see Dr. Mike Roussel for a tooth replacement. Our dentist can provide you with a custom-made dental bridge, full denture, or partial denture. We also offer dental implant crowns to complete a dental implant that was placed by a dentist or oral surgeon. You are welcome to contact our office and schedule an appointment with the dentist to discuss your tooth replacement options.

Dr. Mike Roussel and our team hope this information has been helpful to you. If you have further questions or need to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, please call 505-881-4365 today.