Andrew Katerakis DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Listed below are some of the questions we hear most often, and we understand that you probably have one or two of your own. If so, please don't hesitate to contact us at (937) 335-7754, and we will be happy to assist you.

General Dentistry

We are pleased to welcome children to our dental practice starting at age three because, at this stage, they typically have all their baby teeth. It's crucial to protect baby or primary teeth from decay, even though they will eventually be lost.

The Role Baby Teeth Play

Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth developing underneath them in the jawbone. As the roots of baby teeth dissolve or resorb, the crown of the permanent tooth starts to form in the space.

If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the space starts to close, and permanent teeth no longer have an opening. They can come in at odd angles, leading to tooth misalignment and the eventual need for orthodontic treatment.

Dental Care As Your Child Grows

As your child grows and their dental needs change, we'll be there for them every step of the way. Prevention is a crucial part of children's dentistry, and we recommend exams and cleanings every six months as we do for adults. 

Our hygienist will also work with you and your child to provide nutritional guidance and reinforce good oral hygiene habits. We also offer dental sealants and fluoride applications to keep their teeth strong and healthy.

Schedule Your Child's First Dental Visit

If it's time for your toddler's first dental visit, or you have an older child who's due for an exam and teeth cleaning, please call us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to welcoming them to our Troy, OH, dental office!

Your first visit to our Troy, OH, dental office sets the stage for all future visits, and our goal is to provide a relaxed, efficient, and informative appointment. 

Your Comprehensive Dental Exam

We value that each patient is unique, and it's important to us to get to know the person behind the smile. Dr. Katerakis will talk to you about your oral health goals and ask if there's anything specific that you would like us to address.

Next, he performs a comprehensive dental examination, including gum charting, necessary x-rays, and an oral cancer screening. Dr. Katerakis uses intraoral cameras and digital x-rays during your exam so you can see what he sees and better understand your oral health needs.

Teeth Cleaning with Our Hygienist

You will also meet with our dental hygienist for a thorough teeth cleaning and see if any gum disease is present. If so, we may schedule you for a second appointment when we have time to perform a thorough periodontal cleaning to prevent gum disease from advancing. 

If Dr. Katerakis recommends treatment, he will explain what's involved, and our dental team will review costs and insurance benefits with you. We will get you on the schedule as appropriate and start you on your journey to a healthy, long-lasting smile.

We Would Love to Welcome You!

We are always excited to meet new patients and show them how seamlessly we blend a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional dentistry.

If you are looking for a new dental home, we would love to welcome you! Please call us at (937) 335-7754 to get started!

If Dr. Katerakis recommends treatment, you can be confident that he will explain why and how it will benefit your long-term oral health. We are passionate about keeping our patients informed about their dental needs and honestly recommending the ideal dental treatment as if the patient was family.

We Include You in Decision-Making

Dr. Katerakis uses technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so you can visualize the problem and understand why treatment is necessary and how it will benefit you. If there are treatment options, we will explain them, answer your questions, and help you choose the one that best fits your unique needs.

Our team will inform you of the costs involved, financing options, and how your benefits apply if you’re insured. We can also make it easier for you to manage the cost of dental care by planning your treatment in stages to fit your budget. You always have control over whether or not you want treatment and how it should proceed.

We believe the more informed our patients are, the more confident they can be about their treatment decisions. 

Is It Time for Your Next Exam and Cleaning?

If you are looking for a dentist in Troy, OH, who will work with your needs and provide honest treatment recommendations, please call Andrew Katerakis DDS, for an appointment.

Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Andrew Katerakis has been performing root canal treatment for his patients since 2012. He is very comfortable with the procedure and works efficiently to minimize your time in the dental chair.

What's the Purpose of a Root Canal?

A tooth is composed of a protective outer layer of enamel, a softer layer beneath called dentin, and the pulp chamber at the tooth's center. The pulp chamber houses nerves, blood vessels, and tissues that keep the tooth healthy and alive. 

If bacteria reach the pulp area through a crack, deep decay, or dental trauma, they cause an infection or abscess. An infection can be extremely painful, and the only way to relieve your discomfort and save the tooth is with root canal treatment. The only other option is to remove the tooth, which is always a last resort.

What Happens during Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment at our Troy, OH, dental office is performed under local anesthesia so that you won't feel any pain. Dr. Katerakis carefully removes every trace of the infected or inflamed tissue, then fills and seals the tooth with a temporary filling to protect it.

We let the tooth heal for about two weeks and then have you return to our dental office so Dr. Katerakis can protect the tooth with a crown or final filling.

Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

If you have a severe toothache or other symptoms like inflamed or swollen gums or jaw pain or swelling, we recommend calling us at (937) 335-7754 and scheduling an emergency appointment.

We will see you the same day to provide pain relief and stabilize your situation until we can schedule treatment for our next available appointment.

Tooth Extraction

While our goal is to preserve teeth for as long as possible, sometimes removing one is the best move for your general oral health and well-being. We offer comfortable tooth extraction at our Troy, OH, dental office when we can't save a tooth by any other means.

Why We Recommend Tooth Extraction

Some examples of when Dr. Katerakis would recommend tooth extraction are:

  • An abscessed or infected tooth that we can't save with root canal treatment
  • A tooth that's so severely decayed it's unsalvageable
  • A tooth that has become loose due to gum disease
  • A wisdom tooth that is crowding neighboring teeth
  • A tooth that's broken or cracked in a way that we can't restore it

Our dentist in Troy, OH, may also recommend removing one or more teeth to prepare for orthodontics or denture therapy.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

Before your procedure, Dr. Katerakis numbs the tooth using very powerful local anesthetics that block sensations so that you won't feel any pain during your procedure.

We will send you home with aftercare instructions, and following them carefully will keep you comfortable and help you avoid any complications.

Do You Need Tooth Extraction?

Are you in pain and think your tooth needs to be removed? We offer emergency tooth extractions at our Troy, OH, dental office and take care of you promptly. Please call us so we can help you.

Your comfort is our priority, and we offer amenities like neck pillows, blankets, and Bluetooth headphones in all our treatment rooms. Our dental team has decades of combined experience and is passionate about helping our patients have comfortable, stress-free appointments. They are sensitive to our patients' concerns, and their cheerful and positive attitude immediately helps them relax.

Gentle Dentistry in a Relaxed Environment.

Dr. Katerakis is a caring dentist with an upbeat, easygoing personality that puts his patients at ease from the moment they meet him. His caring approach extends to treatment, where he works efficiently and always checks in with patients to ensure that they are comfortable and doing well.

Our potent local anesthetics work quickly to numb the tooth we're treating so you won't feel any pain. We use a bite block that supports your jaw during treatment, so you won't experience jaw fatigue or soreness from keeping your mouth open for long periods. 

Schedule with Us to See What We Offer!

Dr. Katerakis and our professional team would love to meet you and show you how we can provide the best dental experience you've ever had. Please call our Troy, OH, dental office to get started!

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