Shipp Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

The entire team at Shipp Family Dentistry believes in making sure your time with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We strive to provide every member of your family with an atmosphere where they are comfortable asking questions and learning about taking care of their oral health.

We firmly believe that good oral health is important for the well-being of the entire body. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Columbus, MS dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp enjoys educating his patients and talking about how they can best take care of their oral health. We never want you to feel rushed; instead, we want to make sure your questions are answered so you fully understand why specific treatments might be recommended.

Some of the questions you have may already have been asked by other patients. We’ve compiled a list of those questions here, for your convenience. If you have questions that are not answered here, we invite you to give us a call or bring them to your appointment. Don’t worry about your question sounding silly; the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

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Piece Of Paper With Question Mark | Dentist Columbus MSWe Work With You and Your Insurance

We are a premier provider for Delta Dental, and we will happily file claims with other insurance companies, even if we are not a provider. We have found that we can get better reimbursements for our patients by filing the claim ourselves. We want to do whatever we can to ensure you get the maximum out of the dental insurance benefits you paid for!

Because getting needed dental treatment shouldn’t be put off because of finances, we are pleased to offer other payment options as well. We accept cash, checks, and credit and debit cards.

Third-Party Financing

We also offer third-party financing through CareCredit. You can apply online and receive a credit decision in just a few minutes. CareCredit provides no- and low-cost interest rates to pay for your dental and other medical treatment needs. Your entire family is eligible to use CareCredit for their treatment needs as well, and you do not have to re-apply. CareCredit is a great way to make dental and medical expenses affordable because you can make a monthly payment that fits your budget. We don’t want you to put off needed treatment, and CareCredit means you do not have to.

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If you'd like to discuss your payment options or financing options, contact our office today! We want to help you get the best dental care possible.

Financial Folders | Dentist Columbus MSWe Work With You to Ensure You Benefit

Some dental insurance plans will cover preventive and diagnostic care at 100 percent or close to it. Often, additional services will be covered at discounted rates.

When you are a patient at our office, we will work with you and your insurance company to ensure you get the most benefit out of your dental insurance coverage. We will be upfront about treatment costs so you can take into account your insurance coverage as well as your out-of-pocket expenses.

We are pleased to be a premier provider for Delta Dental. If you have specific questions about Delta Dental, we invite you to give us a call.

We will also bill other insurance companies and do our best to help you maximize your benefits. Please note, however, that we do not take Medicaid.

Third-Party Financing Options

Because we don’t want our patients to put off needed treatment for the sake of finances, we are pleased to accept third-party financing options with CareCredit. The application process is easy and quick, and you’ll have a decision in just moments. You can use CareCredit for your entire family; no re-application is necessary. CareCredit offers an affordable way to spread out the cost of treatment so you can make monthly payments that fit within your budget.

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If you have questions about financing or want to discuss your dental insurance options, call our office today! 

Cosmetic Dentistry

a woman smiles in front of a white backdropColumbus, MS cosmetic dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp can talk to you about many treatments, depending on the current state of your teeth as well as the goals for your smile. The best first step is to make an appointment for a consultation.

We offer the following cosmetic treatments:

Teeth Whitening

If your teeth and gums are healthy but your smile is not as white as you’d like, professional teeth whitening can make your teeth several shades whiter. This safe, affordable procedure is one of the most common cosmetic treatments we offer.

Porcelain Veneers

The chances are that Hollywood actor’s smile you admire so much is picture perfect because of porcelain veneers. But you don’t need to be a star to benefit from this treatment. These ultra-thin shell-like covers mask a multitude of problems with your teeth, including gaps and misalignment, as well as teeth that are stained or in need of reshaping.

Dental Crowns

If you have a damaged, broken, or oddly shaped tooth, a dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over the tooth. Dental crowns look natural and give you full function of the tooth.

Dental Implants

Nothing beats a dental implant for replacing a missing tooth. Not only does a dental implant restore your ability to chew properly, but it will also protect the remaining teeth in your mouth by filling in the gap left behind by a missing tooth.

Crowns and Bridges

Man Eating An Apple | Columbus MS | Dental Crowns Save Your Decayed or Broken Teeth

When a tooth has become severely damaged due to injury or decay, a crown is usually necessary to restore it.

Without a crown, the tooth is highly susceptible to breaking. If it breaks down too far, a root canal might be necessary, or in the worst case, a tooth might not be able to be saved. A dental crown is a good thing because it protects your tooth!

The crown surrounds the entire tooth to prevent breakage in a way that a filling cannot. Often referred to as a “cap,” a crown is placed over a prepared tooth structure then cemented in place. It restores not only the form of the tooth but its function as well.

Crowns are usually called for in the following situations:

  • There is an area of substantial decay on a tooth that is beyond a simple filling.
  • A tooth has become cracked.
  • A root canal has been performed, and the remaining tooth structure needs a crown to protect it.
  • A tooth is severely worn down.

With proper care that includes regular brushing and flossing and twice yearly trips to the dentist, a dental crown can last for many years. 

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If you're due for a check-up or cleaning, or you're experiencing dental pain, contact our Columbus, MS office today to book your appointment! 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the healthiest, most stable tooth replacement available today. However, getting an implant isn’t quite as simple as walking into our Columbus, MO dental office and walking out with a new tooth!

How Long Does The Dental Implant Process Take?

The process of getting a dental implant—from start to finish—usually takes anywhere from six to eight months.

First, the implant is placed surgically in your jawbone in a procedure that takes about an hour. The next step is the healing process, which requires your patience. During this time, your dental implant is fusing with bone and tissue that surround it and gaining the strength needed to support an artificial tooth. After healing is complete, the implant acts as an artificial tooth root, and when it is restored with a dental crown or denture, it mimics the form, function, and appearance of a natural tooth.

If you need a tooth extracted, it’s possible in some cases to place a dental implant the same day. However, most patients at Shipp Family Dentistry will need to wait three to four months for the extraction site to heal before we can place the dental implant.

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You probably have lots of questions about dental implants in Columbus, MO, and Dr. Patrick Shipp would be happy to answer them. Please call us at (662) 329-3431 to book an appointment to get started.

If you have missing teeth, you never had more excellent options for replacing them. Dental bridges and full and partial dentures are popular, but the best tooth replacement is dental implants because they are the option that best supports your oral health.

How are Dental Implants different than Dentures?

Dental implants in Columbus, MO are different from bridges and dentures because they sit in your jaw, not on your jaw. A dental implant is designed to be an artificial replacement for the lost tooth root. It is a very small post that looks like a tiny screw and is positioned surgically in your jaw. The threads of the implant provide more surface area so that as the implant heals in your jaw, surrounding bone and tissue fuse to it securely.

Once the implant heals over several months, it acts just as your natural tooth root did. This is what makes dental implants unique because your dentist in Columbus, MO can then attach to the root a functioning restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture.

Your new tooth will look natural, and you’ll be able to chew all your favorite foods comfortably again. Also, a dental implant provides stimulation for the bone in your jaw so that it naturally regenerates itself and prevents the collapse of facial features that’s common with tooth loss.

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If you have missing teeth, call our Columbus, MO dental office to learn more about dental implants and how they can change your life.

A dental implant is a cylindrical titanium post that is positioned surgically in your jawbone. Because titanium is readily accepted by the body, as the implant post heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue that surround it. This process is called osseointegration, and it's during this time that your implant gains its strength and stability.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that fills a space that can replace one, two, or sometimes three to four teeth. The bridge places an artificial tooth in the open space and attaches to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. The drawback of using bridges is that they require us to alter healthy teeth to accommodate the dental crowns.

After the implant heals, it acts just as your natural tooth root did and helps minimize bone loss that commonly occurs after you lose a tooth. A dental bridge that sits on top of your gums completes your smile but does nothing to prevent the bone loss that can ultimately lead to additional tooth loss.

Contact Our Columbus, Mississippi Dental Office

There are still plenty of cases where a dental bridge would be an excellent choice, but dental implants offer so many benefits that they have become the tooth replacement of choice. If you’re thinking about tooth replacement and want to learn more about dental implants in Columbus, MO, please call Shipp Family Dentistry.

Implants are a surgery that requires special training and high quality equipment to perform these procedures. 

 

Emergency Dental Care

same-day dentist appointments | columbus, ms | shipp family dentistryAt Shipp Family Dentistry, we work hard to accommodate dental emergencies in Columbus, MS. And we always try to accommodate urgent treatment on the same day. However, in order to respect other scheduled appointments, we are not always able to perform non-urgent treatment on the same day—though we always try!

If you have a toothache or signs of a dental emergency in Columbus, MS, we want you to get in touch with our dental office as soon as possible.

Signs of a dental emergency may include any of the following:

  • Toothache
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Tooth knocked out
  • Facial or jaw swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Fever

If you’re looking for a same-day appointment and you do not have a dental emergency, we still recommend contacting our Columbus, MS dental office. We could have an opening or a cancelation appointment that you can fill, and we always look forward to seeing our patients and taking care of their dental needs.

Contact Shipp Family Dentistry

If you need a same-day appointment, call Shipp Family Dentistry today to book your exam! If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, or if you’re unsure whether your situation is an emergency, get in touch with us. We don’t want to leave you in pain.

Dental Emergency Services | Columbus, MSMost of us will experience a dental emergency at least once in our lifetime. It can be a terrible toothache at the worst possible moment or a soccer ball to the mouth during a big game.

At Shipp Family Dentistry, we make time for emergency services in Columbus, MS.

A dental emergency may include:

  • A broken or lost tooth
  • A broken filling or restoration
  • A severe toothache
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Bleeding

When you’re in doubt, call us! The compassionate team at Shipp Family Dentistry can quickly determine whether you should be seen immediately. Without question, we do not want to leave you in pain.

If you have suffered trauma to your face or jaw, however, we want you to visit the nearest hospital first and contact us from there.

During your emergency treatment, we concentrate on easing your pain and saving your tooth or teeth. If you have lost a tooth, try to put it back in the socket after cleaning it with water. And don't touch the root or disturb any attached tissue. In many cases, we can replace a tooth if we see you within one or two hours!

Contact Us for Emergency Services in Columbus, MS

Contact Shipp Family Dentistry immediately if you exhibit any signs of a dental emergency.

dental emergency columbus ms | shipp family dentistry If you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency in Columbus, MS, our dental team pulls together to get you in front of our emergency dentist as soon as possible. During your dental emergency, we aim to eliminate your pain and stabilize your situation.

Dental emergencies in Columbus, MS may include:

  • Toothache or severe tooth sensitivity
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Broken restoration—denture, bridge, crown, etc.
  • Tooth knocked loose or knocked out
  • Facial swelling
  • Jaw swelling
  • Bleeding that is more significant than a few drops of blood
  • Fever accompanied by swelling and oral pain

In some situations, we stabilize your emergency, treat your pain, and schedule another appointment to complete your dental work.

At Shipp Family Dentistry, your pain and wellness are our top priority during your dental emergency.

If you’re unable to determine whether your situation is an emergency, contact a member of our dental team. Our emergency dentist can assess your symptoms and make the best determination.

Contact Our Columbus, MS Dental Office

Don’t suffer through a dental emergency or hope that your symptoms will improve. When you’re in pain, our dental team is here for you. Contact us at the first sign of a dental emergency in Columbus, MS.

A cracked tooth is similar to losing a filling. You may or may not experience pain right away, but call us so we can take care of you before the tooth hurts or breaks further. 

It is important that you have your cracked tooth in Columbus evaluated as soon as you can, even if it's not causing you immediate pain. This is because a cracked tooth can result in many future problems if it is left untreated, such as:

  • A tooth infection - A cracked tooth allows bacteria into the inner layers and the nerve of your tooth
  • A broken tooth - A crack or fracture in your tooth will only progress with time and could result in your tooth breaking
  • Tooth loss - A severely cracked tooth may not be salvageable and could require a tooth extraction

Treatment for a cracked tooth may run the gamut of a filling, dental crown, root canal, or tooth extraction. Columbus dentist, Dr. Patrick Shipp, will evaluate your cracked tooth and recommend the best treatment for your needs. 

Contact Shipp Family Dentistry today for more information on how we can help you with your cracked tooth, or to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Shipp.

dental emergency in columbus msLosing a dental filling can be scary, and sometimes painful. If the lost filling has caused the inner layer (dentin), or the nerve of your tooth to be exposed, your tooth may become sensitive to temperature or the pressure of biting. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity due to your lost filling, it is time to call your emergency dentist in Columbus, MS.

Not all lost fillings are emergent; however, you should always contact our office right away so that we can evaluate your situation over the phone and determine if you need immediate attention. If your lost filling is an emergency, we will help you be seen by the dentist as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, dental restorations do have a life expectancy and will need to be replaced at some point. However, when you are consistent about visiting your dentist in Columbus every six months. Dr. Shipp can often detect problems with your fillings early on. Then you can treat your tooth before a lost filling becomes a problem, and you can avoid the discomfort of a missing restoration.

Call Shipp Family Dentistry During A Dental Emergency

If you have a lost filling, sensitive tooth, or even if it's just time for your next dental checkup, call your team at Shipp Family Dentistry today to schedule your next appointment.

General Dentistry

Man Wondering | General Dentist | Columbus MSNo Pain Doesn't Always Mean No Tooth Decay

Tooth decay always starts out small, and you usually have no idea it is there until a dentist’s x-ray identifies the tiniest bit of decay. A filling is the first line of treatment to repair small cavities and stop them from becoming big ones. If you wait until your tooth starts to hurt, then you may require more extensive and costly treatment such as a root canal.

Gum disease is similar in that it often starts out with no signs or symptoms. But the truth is that it is present in over half the adult population. Many of these people have no idea they even have it. Most people also don’t know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Treatment for gum disease in its more advanced stages usually requires deep cleanings (scaling and root planning).

Be Preventative When It Comes to Your Health

When it comes to dentistry, treating small problems before they become big ones is always more comfortable—and less expensive. Usually, by the time something hurts in your mouth, you no longer have a small problem. Regular trips to the dentist can help keep your oral health in check and keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

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If you're due for a check-up and cleaning, call our Columbus, MS office today to schedule your appointment today.

Pediatric Dentistry

Mom Reading To Her Small Children | Children's Dentist Columbus MSWe Follow the ADA's Recommendations

The American Dental Association recommends that a child see a dentist when his or her first tooth appears, or around the age of one. Not only will we take the opportunity to see a child that age to acclimate him or her to the dentist office, but we will also do a quick check to see if there is any sign of decay or developmental issues.

We also like to spend some time with parents to ensure that they understand the best way to approach home care for their children. It can be a challenge to brush the teeth of wriggling toddler, and we will have some tips to make the process a bit easier.

We will also spend some time talking about the importance of a healthy diet when it comes to your child’s oral health.

Spend Time Preparing Your Child for Their First Appointment

Regardless of whether you think your child will be fearful of the dentist, it’s always a good idea to give kids a chance to process the expectation of what it will be like to visit the dentist. Bring your children with you to your appointments to get them accustomed to the sounds and smells of the dentist’s office. Talk about what will happen when they visit. Knowing what to expect can alleviate potential fears.

Schedule Your Child's First Appointment Today

If it's time for your child's first appointment, call our Columbus, MS office today to schedule their visit! We look forward to meeting your family. 

Preventive Dentistry

Toothpaste with Fluoride 

Person brushing teeth using toothpaste with fluoride | dentist in columbusA fluoride containing toothpaste is the recommended toothpaste for everyone. If you are not sure which toothpaste to purchase at the store, we recommend looking for the ADA seal of acceptance on the toothpaste package. This seal tells you that toothpaste has proven to meet the safety and effectiveness standards to help fight plaque and strengthen teeth for preventing decay

In addition to using toothpaste with fluoride, make sure to see your dentist for regular exams and dental cleanings in Columbus, MS. For more information, give our office a call today at (662) 329-3431. 

Woman Wondering | Seeing Your Dentist | Columbus MS Twice-Yearly Cleanings

Most people require only two visits to the dentist each year for examinations and cleanings. These visits allow us to check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease and conduct an oral cancer screening. We will also take x-rays once a year in most cases.

Twice-yearly teeth cleanings give us a chance to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth and along the gum line. Even the most diligent home care cannot remove the hard tartar that builds up on your teeth. The only way to remove it is with unique dental instruments.

Prevent Gum Disease

We will also check your mouth for any signs of gum disease. Gum disease in its early stages, known as gingivitis, is reversible if it is caught early. Gum disease is often present with no symptoms, so the only way to see if you have it is by going to the dentist.

Those who already have gum disease in its advanced stages may need to come to the dentist every few months for deep cleaning. Deep cleanings enable us to monitor the gum disease. When left unchecked and untreated, gum disease usually leads to tooth loss. We will treat it aggressively to help make sure this does not happen.

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If you're due for check-up and cleaning, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

Patient with sensitive teeth in Columbus 39705Tooth sensitivity can be caused by multiple reasons that include: Tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, and exposed tooth root. All of these cause exposure of the inner layer of the tooth called dentin. Dentin has microscopic pores that allow cold, hot, acidic and sweet foods to reach the nerves in the teeth causing sensitivity to occur. Dentin is normally protected by hard enamel, but once this protective layer is removed the pores become exposed causing sensitivity.

What Helps Tooth Sensitivity

A dentist can tell you which source is causing the sensitivity in your teeth, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. If you are dealing with tooth sensitivity, we suggest you contact Shipp Family Dentistry in Columbus, MS.  When you come in for a comprehensive exam and dental cleaning, our 39705 dentist will determine the best treatment for tooth sensitivity. 

To schedule your next appointment at Shipp Family Dentistry, go online or give us a call at (662) 329-3431. 

Plaque is a sticky film in our mouths that is fast growing. Dental cleaning tools in Columbus dentist officePlaque can lead to gingivitis and dental decay. Good home care can keep the level of plaque very low but over time plaque can hardened to form calculus (tartar) and we cannot remove it with regular brushing and flossing. 

Dental Exam & Cleaning in Columbus, MS

Dentists recommend scheduling dental cleanings every 6 months to prevent accumulation of plaque, and also to inspect for other oral health issues. Routine dental cleaning appointments help to catch potential oral health issues early before they become serious. If you have questions or would like to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact Shipp Family Dentistry in Columbus

Dental X-Rays in ColumbusDental X-Ray in Columbus, MS

X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool that allows a dentist to detect potential disease or damage to teeth and jaw bones that are not visible during a routine dental exam.

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In response to the ADA and CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners has mandated that all dental practices in the state cease all non-emergent dental care. Patients with a true dental emergency will still be provided care by appointment. Our team will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. New and existing patients are also welcome to call or email to schedule future appointments. Thank you so much for your understanding.