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TigerTown Family Dentistry
Stephanie Simmons, DMD
2520 Interstate Drive
Opelika, AL 36801
Auburn • Opelika

Common Questions

common dental questionsWhy do I need xrays?
Dentists rely on dental xrays to help them see underneath the gums and between the teeth where the naked eye cannot view. By the time you can actually "see" a cavity, chances are, there is even more going on underneath the surface with the potential to develop into infection and pain. We want to help you avoid this whenever possible!

What should I do in a dental emergency?
If you experience tooth pain or discomfort, please contact our office right away to make arrangements to be seen. Dental disease is progressive by nature and delaying treatment can cause your condition to worsen and possibly result in infection or increased pain.

  • If you call after business hours, we will provide information on how to reach Dr. Simmons or Dr. Reynolds.
  • If you are unable to reach us or are out of the area, the hospital emergency room can offer assistance in dental emergency situations.
  • Download our pdfTips for Common Dental Emergencies. We recommend that you print these and keep them handy in your first aid kit.

Is thumb-sucking something I should worry about with my toddler?
Thumb-sucking is common with infants; most children stop by age 2 and it should be discouraged after age 4. Prolonged thumb-sucking can cause teeth to become crooked or crowded, leading to bite problems. We may recommend that a child with a thumb-sucking habit see a dental specialist, such as a pediatric dentist or orthodontist.

Why do I need to worry about cavities in baby teeth, aren’t they just going to fall out anyway? Baby teeth that are decayed can become infected and cause the child to have pain and swelling. When a baby tooth is lost too soon, permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to erupt in the correct location, leading to crooked or crowded teeth. Learn more about Children's Dentistry.

If you have questions about dentistry or oral health, please Contact Us. We would be glad to help!

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