Shipp Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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!

General Dentistry

Our Columbus dentist, Dr. Patrick Shipp, and every member of our treatment team always take the time to consider and discuss treatment options with our patients.

Our goal is to provide accessible, affordable dentistry that enables you to achieve your oral health goals. Patient education is the foundation for all that we do.

We know that the more information you have, the easier it will be for you to make appropriate decisions about your cosmetic, general, preventive, and restorative dental treatments. At Shipp Family Dentistry, we believe in the importance of listening to our patients. We think the concerns of the patient come first.

Fully understanding your treatment options is a big part of making treatment decisions. We want to earn your loyalty and trust, and we will always treat you with kindness and respect while providing the best quality care we can.

We will offer our most honest recommendations and suggestions for dental treatment. We also encourage you to perform independent research if it helps you feel more comfortable with your decision. You will always have the choice between multiple treatments as well as no treatment at all if you decide not to pursue dental care at that time. 

If there is ever anything we can do to help make your decisions easier, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

At Shipp Family Dentistry, we are always accepting new patients, so even if you’ve never been here before, our Columbus, MS dentist is happy to see you. We can also schedule dental appointments for existing patients at any time. 

To make a dental appointment that best fits your busy schedule, please call our dentist office at (662) 329-3431 to speak to a helpful member of our clinical team. You can also feel free to use our online scheduling form, found here. 

It’s your job to stay current with your oral health care, so we try to make it as convenient as possible for you to do so. We are open five days a week, so you can find a time to fit a dental appointment into your busy schedule.

Although it might take us a few weeks to schedule you for a preventive dental exam, we do our best to immediately treat dental emergencies. Serious dental injuries can cause lifelong damage if you don’t seek treatment right after they happen, so don’t wait to contact us if you’re in pain. 

If you have a broken tooth, toothache, or another dental emergency, please call our Columbus, MS dental office right away at (662) 329-3431.

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 planing).

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.

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Shipp Family Dentistry is open for dental care in Columbus, MS. At this time, we are accepting new and returning patients. Please contact our office over the phone or online to schedule your next appointment.