Twickenham Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Cook

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Dr. Brian Cook knows that patients who are more involved with their dental care tend to experience fewer problems and better oral health. Patient education plays a large part in the services and treatments we offer, and answering your questions is part of that. 

Anytime you have a question, don't hesitate to call us. There is a lot to know about your oral health care, and you deserve to have all the information you need to make confident, informed decisions. Our dental team is experienced and knowledgeable and always happy to find the answers you need.

Here are a few of the questions our patients ask most frequently, but you may have others you don't see here. Please call us at (256) 539-4079, and we'll be happy to assist you.

 

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Professional teeth whitening in Huntsville, AL means allowing our prescription-strength whitening gel to penetrate your tooth enamel and break down stain molecules. While this can create tooth sensitivity at times, it does nothing to harm your teeth and has a long track record of safety. Additionally, Dr. Brian Cook will not prescribe a teeth whitening treatment unless your oral health suggests a safe whitening experience. Woman smiling after teeth whitening in Huntsville

It’s important to remember that tooth sensitivity is temporary, but you reduce the likelihood of sensitivity by following the instructions provided by our dental office and not using over-the-counter products. When you use store-bought systems, you are not under the discretion of a dental professional. And the treatment may be abrasive and lead to tooth sensitivity.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Huntsville, AL

At Twickenham Family Dental, we use KöR and ZOOM! teeth whitening in Huntsville, AL because we have found that these systems offer great results for our patients and rarely cause tooth sensitivity.

If you have any questions about professional teeth whitening treatments in Huntsville, AL, or if you’re ready to schedule a teeth whitening consult, we invite you to contact our dental team today.

We serve patients in Madison, Meridianville, Moores Mill, New Market, New Hope, Lacey's Spring, Arab, Hazel Green, Gurly, and all surrounding locations.

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, your root canal in Huntsville, AL will take some time to complete, but it will not be especially painful.Woman getting root canal in Huntsville al

Painful root canals are the ones performed when the patient has an active root infection. In our dental office, our Huntsville, AL dentist, Dr. Brian Cook, addresses the infection before beginning your root canal therapy. During therapy, you can let Dr. Cook know if you are uncomfortable, and he will address the problem immediately.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving treatment performed on a root-infected tooth. Your Huntsville, AL dentist makes sure the area is numb, and then he removes the infected root and pulp. He follows this therapy with an antibacterial agent to promote healing and a temporary filling to close off the area. At your next appointment, Dr. Cook may recommend a tooth crown in Huntsville, AL if the root infection compromised the stability of your tooth.

A dental crown is a cover that fits over an existing tooth. It is shaped and shaded to match your surrounding teeth, absorbs bite impact, and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worry.  

We serve patients in Madison, Meridianville, Moores Mill, New Market, New Hope, Lacey's Spring, Arab, Hazel Green, Gurly, and all surrounding locations.

If you’re a new patient or have recently moved to the Huntsville area, we’re excited to get to know you and your family! We strive to be a premier provider of family dentistry in northern Alabama. 

Our dental office is located at 604 Davis Circle SW in the Davis Circle Complex office park. We’re near the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library as well as numerous shops, restaurants, and professional businesses. 

You’ll find our dental practice a short drive south of Big Spring Park and the Huntsville Museum of Art, and we’re open for convenient hours Monday through Friday. This can help you fit dentistry into your busy schedule. 

If you ever need additional directions to our dental office or are having trouble finding us using Google Maps or your car’s navigation system, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (256) 539-4079. Our dental team members are extremely familiar with Huntsville and the surrounding communities and can provide you with detailed instructions on how to find our building.

Prevention dentistry is a multi-pronged approach to optimal oral health over the long-term, and dental x-rays in Huntsville, AL play an essential role.

Preventive dentistry includes a great oral health routine at home—generally brushing and flossing twice daily and reducing sugar and acidic intake through foods and drinks. Additionally, you should see your dentist twice per year for exams, cleanings, and x-rays as needed.  These recommendations also reflect guidelines put forward by the American Dental Association.

At Twickenham Family Dental, we take x-rays to allow your Huntsville, AL dentist to see between teeth, the area where most cavities begin. And our x-rays are designed to spot small problems before they become costly or painful issues down the line—including deep cavities, root infections, oral infections, and dental emergencies.

In our Huntsville, AL dental office, we implement digital sensors that emit minimal radiation to ensure our patient's safety, and we only take x-rays as needed.

A preventive dentistry schedule in Huntsville that includes digital x-rays is your best course of action for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

We encourage you to schedule your dental exam today.

We serve patients in Huntsville, Madison, Meridianville, Moores Mill, New Market, New Hope, Lacey's Spring, Arab, Hazel Green, Gurly, and all surrounding locations.

Absolutely! Placing a dental implant at our Huntsville dental office is such a predictable procedure that most patients don't miss any time out of their usual activities. Women smiling and drawing on a whiteboard

Our 3-D digital imaging technology makes it possible to plan the precise placement of your dental implant for a comfortable, efficient procedure. Your procedure will go smoothly because there are no surprises, and Dr. Cook knows what to expect before he begins.

We’re committed to using the latest and best technology at our dental office to improve treatment outcomes and your overall experience. Surgical guides are the latest advancement in dental implant planning technology. Using 3-D cone beam imaging and digital impressions, Dr. Cook creates a surgical guide that ensures your implant is placed in the optimal position the first time.

How Long Does it Take to Get Dental Implants?

Placing your dental implant takes about an hour, and most of our patients are happy to report little to no discomfort. Any lingering soreness is easy to treat with over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen.

Success rates with dental implants are very high, but we can improve on them even more by using 3-D surgical guides to plan your surgery. If you are thinking about getting dental implants in Huntsville, AL, please call Twickenham Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

Dental Emergencies

If you need root canal treatment, it is always an urgent matter. A root canal treatment means you have a root infection or tooth trauma. Without intervention, the infection can spread, and you can lose your tooth and other teeth.

Sometimes a root infection does not cause pain. This happens if the infection is just starting or if the nerve is dead. Other times our Huntsville patients will report a toothache, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, and a blister on the gum.

Whether your root infection or trauma is painful or comes without symptoms, it should be treated as soon as possible.

If our emergency dentist in Huntsville finds that you need root canal treatment, we make sure the area is numb before beginning work.

Once the tooth is numb, your dentist extracts the infected pulp and root from the tooth. We then use a temporary filling to promote healing. At a later appointment, your dentist either places a tooth-colored filling or a dental crown—the latter if the tooth is weakened by infection.

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we believe that if you are in pain, or if your oral health is at risk, that it is always a dental emergency.

If you notice signs of a root infection, contact our dental team as soon as possible.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Many of our Huntsville patients take excellent care of their teeth. They visit the dentist regularly for dental exams and professional teeth cleanings, and they never skip brushing and flossing. Yet they are not happy with the appearance of their teeth—slightly twisted or crooked.

Fortunately, our cosmetic dentist in Huntsville, AL can conceal a variety of tooth flaws, including crooked teeth.

The first step is an appointment in our dental office. You and Dr. Cook will discuss your smile goals and determine which cosmetic options are right for you. Considerations include the state of your oral health—including your gums—your budget, and your lifestyle. At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we want to provide you with a beautiful smile that functions as it should.

In our dental office, we use porcelain veneers to conceal smile flaws. These are thin shells that go over the front of your teeth, giving the illusion of a perfectly symmetrical smile. Veneers were a long-time secret of celebrities, but now they are available in our Huntsville, AL dental office.

Veneers in Huntsville also conceal discoloration, gaps between teeth, shape issues, and worn teeth.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Today

We look forward to helping you realize your best smile with our quality cosmetic dentistry in Huntsville, AL.

If you've lived your life with chipped or broken teeth, stained or yellowed teeth, or even spaces or gaps between your teeth, we have good news for you! Porcelain veneers might be just the solution you're looking for.

Dr. Cook may recommend dental veneers in Huntsville to cover cosmetic imperfections and create the smile you've always wanted.

A veneer is a thin sliver of porcelain designed to fit over your tooth and blend seamlessly with your smile. You can use them to repair one or a few teeth, or better yet, they can redesign your smile by changing the shade, shape, or size of your teeth to create a uniform appearance.

Porcelain veneers are durable and stain-resistant, which means they can last for many years without losing their brightness. They are also simple to take care of as you'll be able to brush and floss as usual.

If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers in Huntsville, we encourage you to schedule a smile evaluation with Dr. Cook. During this visit, he'll discuss your smile goals with you and let you know which dental procedures can help you get the look you want to achieve. 

Your new smile is just a phone call away! Give Twickenham Family Dentistry a call today to schedule your dental appointment. 

General Dentistry

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many dental offices were asked to cease non-emergency dental visits and surgeries. Currently, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the CDC are recommending dental teams and dental offices that reopen adapt a sterilization protocol to keep staff and patients safe. 

Twickenham Family Dentistry is fully open for standard dental services like:

  • Preventive dentistry
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • Children's dentistry
  • Sleep apnea and TMJ treatment
  • Dental extractions
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dentures
  • Cosmetic dentistry

Patients Are Safe within Our Sterilized Dentist Office

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, our entire dental staff works hard to keep our office sterilized and clean. We prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following strict guidelines, like:

  • Disinfect all surfaces between patients
  • Sterilize and cover all non-disposable instruments between appointments
  • Throw out disposable equipment and protective wear
  • All dental staff wears protective gear that does not leave our dental clinic
  • Appointments are spaced out, so patients are not in contact
  • Before appointments, our staff will call to ask about your health

What Are Non-Emergency Dental Procedures?

While dentists are available for emergency dental issues, we can now assist patients with prevention and maintenance, like:

  • Dental cleaning and exams
  • Digital x-rays
  • Cavities
  • Tooth extractions
  • Fixing cosmetic issues
  • Adjusting dentures

Call Us to Schedule Your Dental Cleaning

It's essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean, so we can avoid scary dental emergencies. Patients can rest assured knowing we follow strict sterilization protocols as laid out by the ADA and CDC. We invite patients to call and ask us about our guidelines that keep you safe. 

If you need root canal treatment, it is always an urgent matter. A root canal treatment means you have a root infection or tooth trauma. Without intervention, the infection can spread, and you can lose your tooth and other teeth.

Sometimes a root infection does not cause pain. This happens if the infection is just starting or if the nerve is dead. Other times our Huntsville patients will report a toothache, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, and a blister on the gum.

Whether your root infection or trauma is painful or comes without symptoms, it should be treated as soon as possible.

If our emergency dentist in Huntsville finds that you need root canal treatment, we make sure the area is numb before beginning work.

Once the tooth is numb, your dentist extracts the infected pulp and root from the tooth. We then use a temporary filling to promote healing. At a later appointment, your dentist either places a tooth-colored filling or a dental crown—the latter if the tooth is weakened by infection.

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we believe that if you are in pain, or if your oral health is at risk, that it is always a dental emergency.

If you notice signs of a root infection, contact our dental team as soon as possible.

We are happy to assist our patients and keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. 

Insurance Plans We Accept

At Twickenham Family Dentistry we accept many dental insurance PPO plans, including:

  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna
  • MetLife
  • Southland
  • Ameritas
  • Tricare

If we are not in-network with your insurance, we will still submit claims on your behalf. We do not accept fee lists with out-of-network carriers.

Our Patient Appreciation Plan

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we understand that many patients forego necessary and basic dental procedures due to financial concerns. We believe that everyone should have access to dental care, which is why we created the Patient Appreciation Plan.

We hope to help everyone have access to necessary preventive dental care along with restorative and cosmetic treatments. Our plan allows patients to access dental cleanings, exams, children's dentistry, and other dental services. 

This is not an insurance plan, and fees are determined by a straight discount from our dental office’s set fee schedule, not by an insurance company.

Call Us to Arrange a Dental Cleaning

If it's been a while since your last dental cleaning and exam, give us a call today so we can put you on the calendar. Every dental check-up is an opportunity for Dr. Brian K. Cook to check your teeth and gums for signs of decay, infection, disease, or another dental issue. 

Sedation Dentistry

Our goal at Twickenham Family Dentistry is to provide the kind of gentle, comfortable care that eliminates the need for sedation. But we are always happy to offer mild nitrous oxide sedation for our Huntsville, AL patients who want to relax completely during their procedure. Young woman receiving nitrous oxide at Huntsville dentist

Nitrous oxide is a safe gas that’s mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small nasal mask. As you do, you’ll start to feel a wave of relaxation and a comforting sense of well-being. You won’t go to sleep, and you will be conscious enough to communicate with your dental care team. We will monitor you carefully and adjust the mixture as needed to keep you comfortable.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Our busy patients appreciate nitrous oxide because they know they'll leave our Huntsville dental office feeling refreshed and ready to get back to their busy day. That’s because we only administer nitrous oxide for the duration of your procedure. When Dr. Cook completes with your treatment, we switch the mixture to pure oxygen that you inhale as the effects quickly dissipate.

Nitrous oxide is perfect if you have dental anxiety or have a lengthy procedure planned. It’s also safe and mild and very useful for children who can’t sit still in the dental chair.

If you think nitrous oxide could benefit you at your next appointment, please call our Huntsville dental office to let us know. 

Teeth Whitening

If you've considered making improvements to your smile, teeth whitening in Huntsville, AL is an excellent place to start. It can dramatically enhance aesthetics and renew your confidence--prompting your to laugh with ease.

However, many patients wonder if professional teeth whitening is safe for their teeth.

The answer is - yes! Modern dentistry has created teeth bleaching systems that don't harm tooth enamel, and even reduce or eliminate the sensitivity that many patients experience while whitening their teeth. All of this while still achieving exceptional results.

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, Dr. Cook offers both the KöR and ZOOM teeth whitening systems. KöR is highly effective with proven results in removing stubborn stains like those left from tetracycline. ZOOM works quickly for patients who need immediate teeth whitening results for a wedding, vacation, or other significant events.

If you're not sure which option would be right for your needs, we encourage you to contact your dental team in Huntsville at (256) 539-4079 to schedule an evaluation with the dentist. We'll take that time to discuss concerns about your smile with you so we can help you achieve your goals with the method that best fits your lifestyle and budget.

 

Tooth Extractions

Yes!

Wisdom teeth are the four teeth located in the very back of your mouth. They typically come through between the ages of 17 and 24, making them the last of your molars to join the fun.

With all your other teeth already happily in place, wisdom teeth can make an awkward appearance to a party that may not be able to accommodate them. 

When there isn't enough space for your wisdom teeth, they can become impacted or shift the neighboring teeth and alter the alignment of your smile. None of these are suitable for your oral health and can lead to tooth loss. 

The Pain of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Your wisdom tooth is ready to emerge, but it doesn't; when it remains under the gumline, it is impacted. When it only arises half-way, it is a partially impacted wisdom tooth. 

In both scenarios, the wisdom tooth will come in at an angle because there is no room in the mouth. This can create a host of issues, including:

  • Damage to neighboring teeth or the bone
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Pain
  • Increased risk of bacterial infection at the gumline
  • Increased risk of a cyst developing around the impacted tooth

We Can Remove Your Wisdom Tooth and Relieve Pain

If you need a wisdom tooth removed, please call Twickenham Family Dentistry immediately. We know how stressful the thought of a dental extraction can be, which is why we offer sedation dentistry to help ease anxiety. 

Our Huntsville, AL restorative dentists will ensure that patients will not feel pain during the procedure, and we invite them to relax while we treat their dental health. 

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