Dental FAQ's Toledo, OH

Do you accept new patients?

Hires Dental Care in Toledo, OH is currently accepting new patients. Contact our family dentist office at 419.210.8139 to schedule your visit.

 Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes. We work with many different dental insurance plans and we are a Delta Dental and Cigna premier provider. Our staff will be happy to complete a benefits analysis for you and help you maximize any insurance benefits you have. At this time, we are unable to accept Medicaid, Paramount Advantage, Buckeye Health Plan, or any state-managed care networks.

 Does Hires Dental Care see children?

Yes, we are a family dentist and see children as well as adults. We suggest bringing children to our Toledo dentist office for our free “happy visit”. They get to meet the dentist, tour our office, get a prize out of the machine, and ask questions. Children need routine care just like adults; we recommend that children ages 3 and up see the dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and exam. This will help prevent tooth decay and other common childhood dental problems.

I have a fear of going to the dentist. Is it really necessary for me to go if my teeth aren’t hurting?

We understand that many patients have apprehensions about visiting the dentist – even for a routine check-up. Whether you are intimidated by the sights and sounds of the dental office or uneasy due to a negative dental experience in the past, rest assured that your comfort is our number one priority. Advances in modern dentistry have grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, making the office experience much more pleasant for patients. Please contact us at any time to find out more about ways we can help you ease your anxiety and feel more at ease during your appointment.

It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the dentist. What do I need to do?

You’re not alone! Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, it’s never too late to get back into the routine. Here at Hires Dental Care, we have been taking care of people just like you for over 40 years – take advantage of our experience! All you need to do is make that call and schedule your appointment (419.210.8139). We offer a friendly, relaxed, judgment-free environment.

Why should I have my teeth cleaned twice a year?

Plaque builds up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. This cement-like substance is removed by the hygienist at your regular cleaning visits. A six-month interval not only serves to keep your mouth healthy and clean, it allows potential problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.

In some instances a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay, a 3 or 4 month interval may be needed. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment.

What are some signs I should see a dentist?

  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing, or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away

I have diabetes. Will this affect my dental health?

Research has established that people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. If blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you may be more likely to develop gum disease and could potentially lose teeth. Like all infections, gum disease can be a factor in causing blood sugar levels to rise and make diabetes harder to control. Be sure to see Dr. Hires or one of our associates regularly for check-ups.

I just found out I am pregnant , how will this affect my mouth?

About half of women who are pregnant experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. This condition can be uncomfortable and cause swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. A more advanced oral health condition called periodontal disease may affect the health of your baby. Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease and preterm, low birth-weight babies. In fact, pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that’s born too early and too small. Seeing a dentist while pregnant is very important, so make your appointment today!

I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?

Patients who wear dentures no longer have to worry about dental decay, but they may have concerns with ill fitting appliances or mouth sores. Annual visits to the dentist (or sooner if soreness is present) is recommended. Our dentists will perform an oral cancer screening, thoroughly examine your gums, and evaluate your dentures to ensure proper fit. Regular visits will help you avoid more complicated problems down the road — even with dentures.

I have a cavity that needs a filling. But why doesn’t my tooth hurt?

Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they reach more advanced stages, so don’t wait for things to hurt! It is best to get a thorough dental exam to diagnose and treat problems early. Waiting often makes problems more difficult and more expensive to fix.

Does it hurt to get a filling?

Under normal circumstances, getting a filling will not cause pain. We will first numb the area with a topical cream so that you won’t feel the anesthesia injection. During the procedure, you may feel slight pressure as the dentist works on your tooth. Most of our patients say that the procedure was quicker and more comfortable than they anticipated!

How much radiation do I get from a dental x-ray and how does it compare to other medical procedures?

Hires Dental Care uses non-film, digital x-rays, which reduces radiation by 90%. Comparatively, a traditional chest CT-scan exposes a patient to 2,800 times the radiation as a digital dental x-ray, and a mammogram gives off around 60 times as much radiation. Surprisingly, you can get the same amount of radiation as one of our dental x-rays from eating about 50 bananas!

What if my tooth gets knocked out or I have a dental emergency?

First, locate the tooth, teeth, or pieces of the tooth and gently rinse off obvious dirt or debris with warm water.  Avoid touching the root as much as possible.  Place and transport the tooth in milk or in some of the person’s own saliva (the injured person can even hold the tooth inside their mouth). Bring the injured person and tooth to our dental office and we will examine the situation and proceed with the best course of action. Ideally, the tooth will be re-implanted. If you have a dental emergency after regular business hours, please call us. We will be able to get you the help that you need.

Do you place implants?

Hires Dental Care is one of the few dentists in Toledo to offer complete care for dental implants. Dr. Hires has extensive training in implant dentistry and has been performing implant surgeries for over 25 years. We offer a range of dental implant services, from single tooth to implant-supported dentures.

At Hires Dental Care, every step of the implant process is completed in-house – saving you travel time to different offices and the hassle of receiving several different bills. Having just one doctor work on your case from start-to-finish, means that your treatment and implant will be more precise and reliable.

 Do you offer cosmetic dentistry?

Yes, our dentists have completed extensive post-graduate training in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Our cosmetic dentistry treatment plans are designed to meet your individual needs, goals and budget. We offer:

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New Patients 419.365.2217

Current Patients 419.475.6673

Fax: 419.475.0082



Mon - Thurs : 8 am - 8 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Saturdays: 8 am - 12 pm (we are open one Saturday a month; please call for dates)

Call by 11am, Monday - Friday for a same-day emergency appointment.