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Q: When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?

A: According to the American Dental Association, you should bring your child to see us by their first birthday.

Q: Do I have to take care of my child’s baby teeth? They’re just going to fall out.

A: Yes. Your child’s baby teeth act as guides for their permanent teeth, but just as important, they allow your child to bite, chew, and speak clearly during their early life.

Q: Do all people lose their teeth as they get older?

A: Absolutely not. You can keep your natural teeth throughout your life if you have good dental hygiene habits and come in for cleanings and exams regularly.

Q: Should my child have sealants?

A: When your child has premolars and permanent molars, we can put sealants on. If we do it as soon as they come in, they can protect your age 6-14 child from unnecessary cavities. According to the ADA, dental sealants reduce the risk of decay in molars by nearly 80%!

Q: Do You Offer Teeth Whitening?

A: This is an effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results, and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, a mold of your teeth will be taken, and then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays will be custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom.  You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.

Q: What does a dental implant procedure entail?
A: A small titanium implant is placed in the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant will fuse with the bone over a period of months. During this time, a temporary crown covers the area. Once the implant has healed, we will place a permanent crown.
Q: How do you check for oral cancer during my dental exam?
A: When we perform your routine dental examination, we visually check your tongue, gums, and mouth for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Identifying oral cancer early allows for immediate treatment and improved outcomes.
Q: Can adults use Invisalign® braces?
A: Invisalign® can be used by teens to adults. Make an appointment, and we can talk about whether this is a good option for you.
Family Dentistry in Independence, MO
Family Dentistry in Independence, MO

Suchman & Darnall Family Dentistry
3907 S Crackerneck Rd
Independence, MO 64055






Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM