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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

We have collected some of our most frequently asked questions from patients on this page. Simply click each of the questions to expand the answer! If you have a particular inquiry not outlined on this page, do not hesitate to reach out to our State College dental office. Our friendly team is always happy to help! When you're ready to make an appointment, simply call us or complete our convenient online form.

What if it’s been a long time since I visited the dentist?

Even if it’s been years since you had a checkup and cleaning, we hope you will feel comfortable calling to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marks and our team. We will never make you feel bad or guilty for letting your dental care slide — the important thing is that you are taking care of it right now.

How can Dr. Marks help my migraines?

Oftentimes, migraines result from an improper alignment of the temporomandibular joints. We can help! Learn more about TMJ therapy and how it can help you improve your quality of life.

What is metal-free dentistry?

Although the American Dental Association’s official stance is that amalgam fillings are safe, we take no chances with your health. Our State College family dental office uses composite resin fillings that contain no mercury to treat cavities. Not only does Dr. Marks feel that these tooth-colored fillings are safer and stronger because they bond directly to your existing tooth, and they offer aesthetic advantages over their metal counterparts. In addition, our dental office provides durable and beautiful all-porcelain crowns milled by our on-site CEREC machine.

I want to straighten my teeth, but I don’t want to wear braces. Do I have another choice?

In some cases, you have a choice to straighten your teeth that doesn’t involve braces. Patients who visit Donald Marks Family Dentistry can opt for porcelain veneers. Sometimes referred to as instant braces, porcelain veneers take 2-3 visits to prepare, fit, and bond to the teeth.

Do you offer Children’s Dentistry?

Yes, we provide dental checkups and age-appropriate hygiene treatments for children as young as two. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a "well visit" with a parent by age one to make sure that your little one’s teeth are erupting as they should. There are early interventions for dental developmental problems!

What can you do to help my snoring?

Oral appliance therapy for snoring/obstructive sleep apnea can improve breathing during sleep by keeping the tongue and jaw in a slightly forward position during nighttime hours. Oral appliance therapy has effectively treated countless patients. We work closely with primary care physicians, ENTs and other specialists to deliver the best care for your case. A dental appliance may be useful when a CPAP has little to no effect. In addition, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine now reports that the oral appliance is the first line of treatment for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Do you take dental benefits?

Yes! We are happy to accept a number of dental benefits. Please get in touch with our dental office to learn the details.

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