Robson Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

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 us. 


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.

When 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sometimes 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.

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.

More 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 One?

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.

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.

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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