General FAQs

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
  • Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
  • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
  • Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
How do I schedule my next checkup?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, like all x-rays they do require very low levels of radiation. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonably Achievable (the ALARA principle). For example, a leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and used when it will not interfere with acquisition of the dental radiograph. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children.

Will my insurance cover my dental care?

Insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses for cosmetic treatment vary. Our practice will work with you to provide several different treatment options, and we will coordinate with your insurance provider, if coverage is available. You will know all of your treatment costs up-front so that you can choose the best payment plan for your needs and your budget.

How long does an appointment usually last?

Just as every smile we treat is unique, so are the treatments we provide. While treatment times may vary, most treatments are completed within one hour.

What types of insurances do you accept?
We proudly accept all insurances. Call our friendly staff if you have any questions about financial policies.
Cosmetic Dental Questions
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

Patients who experience the most benefit from having their teeth whitened:

  • Are in good dental health
  • Maintain good dental health (i.e. brush three times a day, floss, receive regular dental checkups every six months, etc.)
  • May suffer from slightly discolored, or yellow, teeth
  • Wish to improve the look of their smile for aesthetic purposes
  • Are in good physical health
How often do I need to bring my child to the dentist?

In general, checkups are recommended at a minimum of every six months in order to aid in the prevention of cavities and other dental problems. It is always better to diagnose a potential problem early on. Since every child has individual oral healthcare needs, the frequency of dental visits will vary as the situation necessitates. Regular visits keep children familiar with the dentist and dental professionals. These visits build confidence in children and are much more pleasant when the child is not forced to associate the dentist with emergency treatment due to tooth pain and dental neglect. Decay or breakdown of a tooth that is detected in the early stages is easier and less costly to treat.

Does teeth whitening really work?

Do-it-yourself teeth whiteners and pastes are not always the best way to whiten your teeth. However, the methods used by Amelia Dental Implants work very well and can last many months or even years with regular maintenance!

Are there any side effects with teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective procedure, and does not typically include any negative side effects. Minor side effects may consist of:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • White spots on the surface of the teeth (a potential side effect of at-home whitening systems)
  • Nighttime whitening trays may cause additional gum sensitivity or irritation.
What is a smile makeover?

A “full” smile makeover sounds involved, but it really isn’t. For you, it may be as simple as filling teeth or getting dental crowns. In other cases, we may need to add treatments like implants, dentures, and esthetic procedures.

Whatever your needs, we will customize your makeover to make it right for you. Of course, we want to restore your healthy smile, but we will do it in a way that fits your lifestyle, timeline, and budget.

I'm not happy with the appearance of my smile. How can you help?

You may be surprised to find out that all you need is a professional whitening treatment to restore your bright, youthful appearance. We are pleased to offer you the convenience of both in-office whitening and take-home kits to achieve the beautiful results you desire.

Many minor flaws like chipped teeth or old, discolored fillings can be corrected by using natural-looking dental composite to perform cosmetic dental bonding. This is a conservative and affordable process that’s simple enough to allow us to perform several repairs in just one visit.

Porcelain veneers are another popular option for concealing flaws or completely altering the shape of a tooth to improve its appearance. We can place one or two veneers, or we can design a full set for a complete smile makeover.

Questions For Child Treatment

When will my baby start getting teeth?

Babies typically begin teething at six months of age. Usually, the bottom lower front teeth erupt first, followed by the two upper front teeth. Children have twenty teeth compared to adults that typically have thirty-two. In general, a child will have erupted all of his or her teeth by 2-3 years of age.

How often do I need to bring my child to the dentist?

In general, checkups are recommended at a minimum of every six months in order to aid in the prevention of cavities and other dental problems. It is always better to diagnose a potential problem early on. Since every child has individual oral healthcare needs, the frequency of dental visits will vary as the situation necessitates. Regular visits keep children familiar with the dentist and dental professionals. These visits build confidence in children and are much more pleasant when the child is not forced to associate the dentist with emergency treatment due to tooth pain and dental neglect. Decay or breakdown of a tooth that is detected in the early stages is easier and less costly to treat.

How important are baby teeth since they are going to fall out anyway?

“Baby” teeth – also known as primary teeth – have three main functions. First, they allow children to chew. The importance of pain-free feeding directly relates to your child’s diet, nutrition, and overall health. Second, baby teeth are important for speech development. Third, baby teeth provide a pathway for permanent teeth to erupt in a timely way. Premature tooth loss from cavities or infections allows for remaining teeth to move into the empty space and ultimately cause crowding. Cavities on baby teeth can cause permanent teeth to have higher cavity susceptibility.

If my toddler has a cavity, should he or she get a filling?

The earlier a cavity is diagnosed and treated, the less invasive the overall treatment will be. Over time, cavities can spread if allowed and possibly lead to an infection. It is important to evaluate each situation on an individual basis to determine what is best for the child.

What are dental sealants and does my child need them?

Dental sealants are hard plastic-like materials that are placed into the grooves of the chewing surfaces of teeth in order to help prevent cavities. They work by blocking out the sticky, sugary foods and liquids that tend to get caught in the teeth. The application is fast and pain-free. Dental sealants are recommended based on the child’s diet, history of cavities, and overall anatomy of the teeth.

What types of insurances do you accept?
We proudly accept all insurances. Call our friendly staff if you have any questions about financial policies.
Dental Implants
What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement that is commonly used to replace one or more teeth.

The part that we refer to as an implant is a small titanium post placed into the bone of the jaw that acts as a replacement root for a missing tooth. Over time, the post fuses with surrounding bone through the process of osseointegration. We then restore the part of the tooth you can see with a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your specific needs.

Will my insurance pay for my implants?
Generally, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. However, more companies are covering dental implants today than they did ten years ago. In many cases, your insurance can help pay for the teeth that are placed on the dental implants, if not the implants themselves. You can call your dental insurance provider and ask if dental implants are a covered procedure.
Are implants as strong as regular teeth?
Yes. In many cases, implants are actually considered stronger than natural teeth and provide full functionality. After treatment, patients will be able to enjoy all of their favorite foods while benefiting from healthy, aesthetically-pleasing prosthetic replacement teeth.
Is age a factor for dental implants?
No, there are no age restrictions for dental implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
  • Enhanced ability to chew your food.
  • Replace removable full and partial dentures with fixed bridgework.
  • Improved appearance.
  • Increase in self-confidence.
  • Prevent further bone loss.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.
In need of immediate care?

Dr. Hall provides emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call (904) 491-8005

The Office of Dr. J. Bradley Hall

5211 S Fletcher Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Tel: (904) 491-8005

Dr. Hall looks forward to seeing you!

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