First Appointment FAQs

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

We ask that you arrive at Afroz Burges DDS, PA Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 15 to 20 minutes early so that you have time to complete some forms before your appointment with Dr. Burges.

What should I do if I require premedication?

If you require premedication before a dental treatment or procedure, it’s important that you let us know well ahead of time. This will ensure that Dr. Burges and her staff can accommodate your needs accordingly.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

A list of all current medications that you are taking, as well as any medicines that you are allergic to. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance cards and any accompanying forms. If you have current dental X-rays from another dentist’s office, please bring them with you, as well.

How long will my first appointment last?

We ask that you allow for one hour for your first appointment.

General Dentistry FAQs

Why should I floss, isn't brushing enough?

Flossing allows you to remove bacteria and debris between your teeth that brushing can’t always reach.

How can I prevent cavities?

Keeping up good oral care habits at home and seeing the dentist at least twice a year will help ensure optimal oral health and hygiene.

Why does the dentist take X-rays?

X-rays allow the dentist to see parts of your teeth and jawbone that aren’t visible to the naked eye. This ensures that nothing is missed when examining your oral health.

How long will the results of teeth whitening last?

Results vary depending on home dental care and diet, but typical results range between 8 and 12 months.

What should I do about bleeding gums?

You may have some dental plaque on your teeth that is causing your gums to bleed. Dr. Burges will have to remove this in the office, as plaque removal isn’t something you can perform at home.

I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?

Yes. Good dental health includes more than just your teeth. You need to make sure that your jawbone structure remains healthy and strong enough to support your dentures and that you have healthy gums, as well.

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