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Frequently Asked Questions

Our patients ask us questions every day, so we thought we’d include just a few of the most common ones right here on our website. Simply click on the question to reveal the answer below. Don’t see your particular question here? No worries, just contact us today and we’ll be happy to give you all the answers you need. There is no such thing as a silly question, so feel free to ask anything!

How often should I see my dentist?

Dr. Patrick Carroll and Dr. Deborah Shoemaker recommend that patients of all ages should come in for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. This will not only keep your teeth clean, but it will also give our team the chance to catch small dental issues early and treat them quickly.      

One of my teeth is chipped/broken. Can you help?

We can! We have a wide variety of restorative services that are specifically for fixing problems just like yours. For a slightly damaged tooth, we may suggest a simple filling, but for something more serious, we might choose to use a dental crown.

Can you replace my missing teeth?

We certainly can! Some traditional treatments we offer include dental bridges and dentures, but for a more permanent solution, we can also help you get dental implants. Dental implants are the one treatment that can rebuild your teeth from the root up, and they offer the most benefits when it comes to security, longevity, AND aesthetics.

My dentures slip all the time, can you make them stop?

Yes, we can offer you something called an implant-retained denture. These look just like regular dentures, but instead of using natural suction or denture adhesive, they are held in place using strong and durable dental implants. Compared to regular dentures, they look better, fit better, and allow you to eat a wider variety of healthy foods with ease.

What can you do about my ugly smile?

Don’t be so hard on yourself! After we’ve made your teeth as healthy as they can be, we can offer you a wide array of cosmetic treatments. With them, we can enhance just about every aspect of your smile, whether you just want whiter teeth or a complete smile makeover.

Why is my jaw sore all of the time?

Your jaw joint (known as the TMJ) can become strained and misaligned just like the other joints in your body, and this can cause a variety of dental and overall health problems (such as teeth grinding and chronic headaches!). Both of our doctors are specially trained to treat these kinds of issues, so if you suffer from a stiff or sore jaw, come see us and we’ll be able to help you!

Will you take my dental insurance?

We accept a wide variety of dental insurance plans, and we can even help you get flexible financing if needed. We’ll make the process of using your benefits as simple as possible, and you can always call our office and ask any questions you have about your particular plan.

7513 New Lagrange Rd., Louisville, KY 40222 USA
Dr. Patrick M Carroll Dr. Patrick Carroll at Smiles by Carroll in Louisville, KY offers Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. (502) 423-7868 (502) 327-7446 mail@smilesbycarroll.com