FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do you practice dentistry on children at your office?

Yes! We love to see children at DeForest Dental Services! Dr. Burger and her team pride themselves in creating a kid-friendly environment and positive experience for every child who walks through our door. We know coming to the dentist can be a little scary, especially for your first visit. We have many ways to distract and entertain including books, cartoons, stuffed animals and toys!


When is the appropriate age for a first dental checkup?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age one or within six months after the first tooth erupts. At your child’s first visit, we will review cavity prevention, tooth development, home care, diet education, fluoride options and answer any questions you may have. Around the age of 2.5 to 3 years old, we begin doing traditional cleanings and exams. Making sure your child is comfortable and healthy is our number one goal – a good experience lasts a lifetime!


What do you have to offer the anxious or nervous dental patient?

We offer two methods of sedation: nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and conscious sedation. Neither type of sedation requires needles – which is great because this is often where the fear begins! Please check out our sedation page to find out more information.


What happens if my temporary crown falls off or breaks while we are awaiting the permanent crown?

Don’t worry! This is not an emergency! Please call the office at your earliest convenience and let us know. We will get you in as soon as we can to “re-cement” or “re-make” depending on your needs. If it happens at night or when you are traveling and the temporary crown is still intact, “temporary cement” can be found at your nearest pharmacy to “re-cement” it yourself (toothpaste is also an acceptable substitute for cement). It should fit on the tooth like a key fits into a lock. If you have any issues do not hesitate to call!


Is there really a link between the mouth and the rest of the body?

Absolutely! Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) agree that there is a strong correlation between your mouth and the rest of your body. This is why it is so important to have routine check-ups (twice a year) to prevent bigger issues. Absence of dental care can lead to much more significant systemic medical problems and can also exacerbate symptoms of chronic medical issues such as diabetes or heart disease.


Is smoking really that bad for me?

Yes! Smoking (or using other tobacco products) commonly leads to issues such as periodontitis (gum disease), tooth loss, mouth ulcerations, and oral cancer. Over forty percent of smokers over the age of 65 are toothless! If you would like more information on how to quit call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (Wisconsin Quit Line) or call us and we can help you move forward with your goals.


Why do you prefer resin (tooth-colored) fillings over amalgam (silver) fillings?

Please check out our Resin Fillings page to read more about this preference.


I’m concerned about radiation.  Are the dental x-rays you provide safe?

We have digital radiography in our office – the safest x-rays in the dental field. It significantly reduces radiation from traditional radiographs and also allows the doctor to diagnose on a clearer image where enhancements can be made. Whenever x-rays are necessary, we will review the results in detail with you so you are educated and aware of what is present within your mouth!