FAQs

Proudly Serving Patients in Gillette, WY & Surrounding Areas

Educating you on your dental health is a large part of our practice here at Pronghorn Family Dentistry in Gillette, WY. We feel that it is important to provide you with the information you need to be proactive about your dental health and to care for your teeth at home as well as at the dentist office. Our team is available to answer all of your questions and concerns.


Are you accepting new patients?

We happily welcome new patients to our practice! If you have any questions about new patient procedures, please give us a call.


When is the best time for a child to start seeing a dentist?

We suggest bringing your child to the dentist for regular dental visits at age one. This is because early detection of tooth decay is the best prevention for future problems. These visits also let your child become used to going to the dentist, so that we can create a happy and positive experience. This will lead your child to be a great dental patient for a lifetime!


What is periodontal disease?

Periodontitis is a disease of the gum tissue and bone surrounding and supporting the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is the serious and advanced state of gum disease, and can include jaw bone loss as well. It develops when gingivitis, or the early stage of periodontal disease, is left untreated.


How do I know if I am brushing and flossing correctly?

If you are not sure about your brushing and techniques, feel free to ask us at your next visit. We would be happy to show you the correct way to keep those pearly whites healthy! Brushing and flossing properly is essential to taking good care of your teeth.


What is the purpose of fluoride?

Plaque, bacteria and sugars expose your teeth to acid, which attacks the tooth enamel and breaks down the minerals in your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay if these minerals are not replaced. Fluoride, which can be found in various foods as well as tap water, helps strengthen your teeth against demineralization.


What is the difference between an amalgam and a composite filling?

Amalgam fillings are traditional silver fillings, while composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings retain more of the original tooth structure and strength, while amalgam fillings are more durable and less expensive. We will work with you to determine the filling option that is best for you.