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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a medical professional who specializes in restoring or replacing teeth. Prosthodontists complete the same training as any dentist, plus additional training in advanced restorative care. Dr. Schumacher is a board certified prosthodontist.

How often should I visit Dr. Schumacher for a checkup and cleaning?

We recommend visiting our practice every six months for routine care. Regular checkups and cleanings are essential for keeping teeth and gums clean. Not only do these appointments give us an opportunity to remove plaque, they also give us a chance to look for issues that require our attention.

What is a same-day crown?

A same-day crown is a crown designed, milled, and placed all in one appointment using the revolutionary CEREC milling unit. Compare this with the process of placing a traditional crown, which takes at least two visits. Using CEREC, there’s no need for a temporary crown or follow-up visit. Your entire procedure is completed in a single visit.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign is a cosmetic braces system designed to help patients who need to make minor smile adjustments. For patients with advanced orthodontic needs, traditional braces may be the best solution. If you’re not sure which is right for you, we can help you understand your options during a consultation at our Wakefield dental office.

Do you offer cosmetic dentistry?

Our practice offers a range of today’s most popular cosmetic services, from in-office and take-home teeth whitening to porcelain veneers and tooth-colored fillings. Before starting any procedure, Dr. Schumacher works with you on a treatment plan built around your specific needs and goals.

Do you offer dental implants?

Our office is proud to offer full-service implant dentistry to patients in and around Wakefield. Because implant dentistry involves a surgical procedure, many dentists refer patients to a specialist for that part of treatment. Schumacher Dental is equipped to complete every stage of implant dentistry.

What is full-mouth reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is an advanced service that combines multiple services into one comprehensive treatment plan. Patients who have been affected by disease, tooth loss, or serious injury benefit from this approach to care. And as a board certified prosthodontist, Dr. Schumacher has the expertise and training to create beautiful results. Schedule your consultation with us today.

Can you help me treat sleep apnea or snoring?

For patients who struggle with sleep apnea or snoring, a full night’s rest is possible with oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance is a mouthguard that repositions patients’ tongues or lower jaws so they’re able to sleep without snoring or the cycles of interrupted sleep that come with sleep apnea.

What is a nightguard?

A nightguard is an oral appliance designed to prevent damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching. For patients with bruxism, teeth grinding is a daily problem. Wearing a nightguard protects the patient’s teeth and jaw from excessive wear and tear.

What should I do if I’m experiencing a dental emergency?

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our Wakefield office right away. We always do everything we can to help patients meet their urgent needs that same day, if possible. We also offer you tips for managing your emergency until we can see you.