Robson Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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It is normal to have many questions about your and your family's dental health, and we are happy to answer them.

We have compiled a list of some of our more frequently asked questions to help you find answers to questions you may have. If we do not answer your questions here, don't hesitate to contact Robson Family Dental.


Of course, At Robson Family Dental, we see patients of all ages. 

Establishing a good oral health care routine with your children will set them up for a lifetime of dental success.

A fundamental part of proper oral care is routine visits to the dentist. The twice-a-year visits allow the dentist to monitor your child's oral health, catch issues that may arise early, and help teach your child proper oral hygiene.

two young girls smiling and huggingWhen Should I Bring My Child In For Their First Appointment?

It is never too early to start your children off right and increase their chances of avoiding dental issues in the future.

Schedule your child's first dental appointment with your local Southeast Grand Rapids dentist after their first tooth grows in, or they reach one year of age, whichever comes first. 

Even if their dental visits have been inconsistent, it is never too late to get their oral health back on track.

Bring the Whole Family to Our Grand Rapids Office

Dr. Robson will see the whole family. Having a dentist that will care for all your family's dental needs makes the process of staying on top of your family's oral hygiene easier. Robson Family Dental Serves the greater East Grand Rapids area, including Ada, Kentwood, Forest Hill, and Cascade.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are tooth restoration and replacement options, but they work together. A dental crown resembles the visible portion of your tooth but is hollow and made from a durable material like porcelain ceramic. Your dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, uses a tooth crown to finish root canal therapy or cap a seriously damaged tooth. But to function, sufficient tooth structure must be left to serve as your crown’s foundation.

dental crowns Dental Bridge for Tooth Replacement

A dental bridge consists of an underlying framework to replace one or two missing teeth in a row where your natural teeth on either side are healthy enough to support it. This teeth replacement appliance incorporates dental crowns in two ways: as replacements for the missing teeth and to support the anchor teeth on either side if they need extra security.

Dental Crowns Grand Rapids, MI Last Many Years

Because dental crowns and bridges utilize high-quality restorations, usually composed of lab-made porcelain, they are both durable and attractive. So if you follow a few maintenance tips, you can extend the average five to ten-year lifespan by many years.

  1. Maintain regular dentist check-ups
  2. Avoid chewing ice or other foods like hard candy
  3. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in dangerous activities
  4. If you suffer from bruxism, i.e., teeth grinding while you sleep, wear a nightguard
  5. Don’t use your teeth to loosen knots or hold items

To learn more about teeth replacement options, the team at Robson Family Dental is accepting new patients. As a result, we can serve the dental needs of people in the East Grand Rapids, MI, area, including Ada, Kentwood, Forest Hill, and Cascade.

Dental crowns are an excellent option for restoring a tooth with extensive decay or a fracture beyond what a filling can repair. This restoration tends to last for around seven to twelve years with an excellent brushing and flossing routine and regular checkups with Dr. Robson. 

Your implant dentist in Grand Rapids may also use a dental crown as a restoration for  a single-tooth dental implant, as well as for these situations:

  • A severely fractured tooth
  • An oddly shaped tooth
  • To strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment
  • To replace an old, large filling that's broken down

Unless you're getting an implant, the process for completing a dental crown is straightforward and as follows:

  • At the first appointment, Dr. Robson prepares your tooth for restoration and creates temporary versions for you to wear.
  • We send impressions of your tooth to a dental lab that handcrafts your new crown over the next few weeks.
  • When the final crown is ready, you return to Robson Family Dental to have your permanent crown placed.
  • Now you're ready to eat and chew with your new tooth and share your smile with the world!

If you're looking for the best dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, to restore your smile, contact Robson Famly Dental at (616) 942-9595.

Dental Implants

For one of the newest and most advanced tooth replacement options today, dental implants would likely top the list. This option stands in for your natural tooth from top to bottom. The base is an artificial tooth root made from titanium, which is biocompatible. After your dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, surgically places it in your jaw. The implant screw fuses to the surrounding bone.

dental implants in grand rapidsDental Implants Can Replace a Tooth or Multiple Teeth

Another benefit of a dental implant is that it can support numerous restoration options. For a single tooth replacement, your dentist can supply a porcelain crown. But if you need to replace multiple missing teeth, we can provide an implant-retained bridge or denture.

A dental implant can support two different restorations because while your artificial root is largely standardized, its design includes a connector between the implant screw and the final appliance. So after your healing process is complete, your implant dentist will fit the correct connector, called an abutment, for the final restoration.

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This factor also makes dental implants in Grand Rapids, MI, cost-effective over the long run. Even if the dental crown or bridge becomes worn or damaged, the underlying foundation will remain strong by virtue of its implantation. This is because the natural act of chewing promotes bone regeneration in your jaw, and any restoration that uses a dental implant mimics that pressure.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

A denture in Grand Rapids might be a good solution for your smile if you're struggling with losing multiple teeth. Here's an overview of the types of dentures we offer at Robson Family Dental.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture fills in the gaps when you're missing multiple teeth but still have quite a few healthy teeth. With a partial, artificial porcelain teeth attach to an appliance that anchors to your healthy teeth with metal clasps. Like a puzzle piece, your partial fills in the gaps, completes your smile, and restores function.

Full or Complete Dentures

This option is for patients who need to replace all of their teeth. A denture is made of acrylic and designed to restore your smile and fill in your facial structure. Traditional removable dentures rely on suction to your jawbone to stay in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Our dentist in East Grand Rapids can strategically place a few dental implants to support a complete denture. The denture snaps into the implants, keeping them secure and preventing movement or slippage when you talk, laugh, or eat. 

If you want to learn more about dentures and if they might suit your needs, contact Robson Family Dental today to schedule an evaluation.

Periodontal Treatment

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and it is the only stage of periodontal disease that is reversible. Because of the condition's time-sensitive nature, we recommend that any patient with gingivitis seek treatment as soon as possible.

It occurs when bacterial biofilm builds up on the teeth. The build-up starts to interfere with the gum's ability to protect the teeth and makes it easier for more bacteria to get in under the gums.

man getting periodontal treatment in Grand RapidsCommon Symptoms of Gingivitis 

Some of the symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Heavy tartar build-up around teeth 
  • Receding gumline
  • Tenderness or soreness in gums, especially while brushing or flossing
  • Bleeding caused by flossing
  • Redness and swelling in gums

If gingivitis is left untreated, it progresses to more advanced stages of periodontal disease, called periodontitis. It can cause permanent damage to the gums, teeth, and jawbone as it advances. At that point, treatment is still possible to mitigate the issues and help prevent further damage. 

If you have gingivitis scheduling a time to come in and meet with Dr. Robson to have your gingivitis treated is the best choice for your dental health.

Local Southeast Grand Rapids Gingivitis Treatment

If you would like a dentist to conduct an examination or need treatment for gingivitis, look no farther than your local Southeast Grand Rapids family dentist. We can provide treatment for gingivitis and help patients recover their oral health.

Root Canal Treatment

Patients dread the often-maligned root canal procedure fearing that it is a painful experience.

The truth is the exact opposite. An active infection causes the pain that patients typically associate with the root canal procedure.

woman sitting in dental chair after a root canal in grand rapidsWhat to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure will typically relieve most, or all of the pain caused by the infected root and allow healing to begin!

And as for the procedure itself, we carefully apply a local anesthetic that will numb the tooth and surrounding gums and jaw area for your comfort. You may feel pressure, but the root canal procedure should feel no different than a dental filling.

There may be some post-operation soreness around the root canal site, but the throbbing pain caused by the infection stops for most patients immediately. Your discomfort will gradually decrease over the coming days as your body's natural healing takes over.

For patients with anxiety about visiting the dentist, we also have sedation options you can discuss with Dr. Robson.

Professional East Grand Rapid Root Canals

If you are experiencing pain and think you need a root canal, seeking treatment as soon as possible is essential. The pain will not go away on its own. An infected root can pose a severe health risk to your oral health without treatment. Contact Robson Family Dentistry today and schedule a time to meet with Dr. Robson and see how we can help relieve your pain.

At Robson Family Dentistry, we do what we can to accommodate emergency root canals. If scheduling permits, we can see patients same day to help them relieve their pain.

man smiling after getting gentle root canal in grand rapidsSometimes a root infection will strike out of nowhere. The onset of pain from an infected tooth root can be crippling to the point where it prevents the patient from going about their daily lives. Activities like sleeping, eating, and working can become difficult or impossible.

In situations like these, patients need relief as soon as possible.

Without a root canal, the pain will persist and can worsen. Getting in to see a dentist is a big priority! With a root canal procedure, the dentist can help stop the pain and save the tooth.

Same-Day Root Canal Services

Robson Family Dentistry is proud to provide root canal services as quickly as possible so you can get back to your regular routine and feeling like yourself again.

If you are in pain and need to see a dentist, we will do everything to accommodate a same-day root canal procedure.

We serve East Grand Rapids, including its neighbors in Kentwood, Ada, Forest Hill, and Cascade. If you have any questions or would like to know if we can see you today, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.

Contact us at (616) 942-9595, and we will be happy to help.

Teeth Whitening

At Robson Family Dental, we offer two options for professional teeth whitening in Grand Rapids, MI, that deliver effective results. An in-office teeth whitening treatment is efficient and ideal for patients looking for immediate results, especially if you have an upcoming event like a vacation or wedding to attend. Customized take-home teeth whitening kits are easy to use in the comfort of your own home when it's convenient for your schedule.

While teeth whitening delivers excellent results and brighter smiles, you will need to update your bleaching over time. Exactly how long your brighter smile lasts really depends on your diet and lifestyle habits.

For example, smoking cigarettes or tobacco use tends to dull teeth faster and can cause stubborn brown or yellow staining.

Certain foods and beverages also impact the brightness of your smile. Here are some culprits to be aware of:

  • Coffee and black tea
  • Red wine
  • Dark berries like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries
  • Soy sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Curries

You don't have to avoid these foods and drinks altogether, but brushing your teeth 30 minutes after consumption helps maintain a whiter smile. 

Would you like to learn more about your options for professional teeth whitening? Contact your dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, at (616) 942-9595 for more information.


Tooth Extractions

It's difficult to answer a question about the cost of tooth extraction in Grand Rapids without knowing the patient's specific needs. The best way to determine precisely how much your procedure will cost is to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Robson so he can create a personalized treatment plan for you.

For example, someone who needs more than one tooth removed will have a higher cost than someone having a single tooth removed. Price also depends on which teeth need we need to extract. For example, molars in the back of your mouth have three roots and are more complicated to extract than a smaller tooth with one root.

During your evaluation, Dr. Robson will take x-rays of your teeth and create a treatment plan that lets you know how many teeth you need removed, the cost, and your recovery process. If you need teeth extracted that are not wisdom teeth, he will also discuss options for tooth replacement with you.

Without tooth replacement, teeth will gradually shift and move out of alignment, which can cause painful problems with your jaw joint. 

Contact your trusted dentist in Grand Rapids at (616) 942-9595 to schedule your evaluation and learn more about tooth extraction.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Sometimes cavities result from poor luck; some patients might naturally have teeth that are more prone to cavities for one reason or another.

woman smiling after having a tooth fillingMore often than that, cavities result from poor oral hygiene and poor dietary choices. Patients can help prevent cavities in their mouth by taking proper care of their oral health and visiting their dentist regularly.

Here are some tips for preventing cavities:

  • Brush twice a day 
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Limit intake of sugary and acidic foods 
  • Twice-a-year visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings

What If I Already Have Cavity?

If you have a cavity, you'll want to see Dr. Robson for a tooth-colored filling to help protect the rest of the tooth and stop the cavity from doing more damage to the tooth.

Contact Our Grand Rapids Dental Office

At Robson Family Dental, we are here to help you get your oral health back on track. Getting cavities taken care of is essential to keeping your teeth healthy and strong over your lifetime. We proudly serve the greater East Grand Rapids area, including Ada, Kentwood, Forest Hill, and Cascade.

Contact us today to schedule a time to meet with us so that we can address your dental needs.


A veneer is a cosmetic dental appliance that the dentist places right on the tooth, a bit like a dental crown.

This requires a thin layer of enamel to be removed from the tooth so that the veneer can rest on the tooth correctly. Veneers are a permanent dental procedure.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

illustration of dental veneer

The benefits of veneers are enormous. Veneers can reshape a patient's smile in a big way, and the procedure is minimally invasive. 

Veneers can correct the appearance many flaws and imperfections in a patient's smile:

  • Pits in the surface enamel
  • Cracks or chips on the tooth
  • Discolored enamel
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Unsightly bite patterns

The overall effect of a complete set of veneers is a 'movie-star' smile that looks practically perfect. The dentist can shape the veneers to fit naturally in the patient's mouth, in harmony with each patient's unique anatomy. The veneers are more stain-resistant than the natural enamel, making it so that the patient's smile stays bright white much longer.

Most patients in good dental health are good candidates for veneers. Patients with a teeth-grinding habit may need to wear a nightguard to protect their dentistry and their natural teeth.

Grand Rapids Veneer Specialist

If you would like to know more about veneers or explore your dental options further, contact us with any questions or schedule a time to come into our dental office for a consultation. 

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