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Frequently Asked Questions

Our team is always here to address our patients’ concerns and answer any questions you may have. Please take a look at our FAQs below to see answers to some of the most popular inquiries we receive. If you’re still left wondering about something, please don’t hesitate to contact our Fort Worth, TX office and talk to us directly.

What is the best way to replace missing teeth?

We strongly recommend dental implants because of their health benefits, their seamless aesthetic value, and their long-lasting durability. However, Dr. Pointer understands that this option may not be the right fit for every patient. During an initial consultation, he can review all of the available choices in greater detail so that you feel confident about your eventual selection.

Can I receive dental implants if I have several missing teeth?

You can. Implant-retained dentures are an excellent choice for patients who wish to replace a significant portion of their smile while still enjoying the advantages of implants.

Is laser dentistry safe?

Yes. Laser dentistry has received approval from the FDA and is generally accepted as a precise and comfortable method for treating cavities, canker sores, periodontal disease, and more. This procedure has a sterilizing quality that will minimize bacterial infection and leave surrounding healthy tissue intact. Post-operative symptoms like bleeding and swelling are greatly minimized, and many patients won’t even need anesthesia. Here in Fort Worth, Dr. Pointer strongly believes in these valuable benefits and passing them onto his patients through treatment.

Do you see dental emergencies?

We do. At Gary Pointer, DDS, Dr. Pointer will find time in his schedule as soon as possible to accommodate patients in need of urgent attention, and our phoneline is open 24 hours a day for calls of this nature.

What should I do after my filling placement/new crown/tooth extraction?

We offer detailed post-operative instructions here on our website for a variety of procedures. Our team will also go over this information with you immediately following your appointment so that you know what to expect and how you can relieve any uncomfortable symptoms in the immediate aftermath.

Being at the dentist’s office make me nervous. Can you help?

Here in Fort Worth, patient comfort is always one of our team’s top priorities. Many people experience dental-related anxiety, so you don’t have to feel alone. Several amenities are available at our office to make the experience more pleasurable, such as music, in-operatory TV screens, and more. Oral conscious sedation is also available to calm your nerves and help you reach a more relaxed state throughout procedures.

Will it take two appointments to get my new dental crown?

Not necessarily. Dr. Pointer offers CEREC technology, which simplifies the steps of restorative care – including design, milling, and final placement – down to just one appointment. This means that you’ll be able to walk into our practice with an ailing tooth and walk out with attractive, permanent results.