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Quarry Hill Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Quarry Hill Family Dental, Dr. Jarrett and her staff want to be a resource for you when you have any questions regarding you or your family’s oral health. We understand how important it is for you to be able to communicate your dental concerns and find answers to your dental questions.  

Below you will find many of the common questions we hear from our patients.  If you have any further questions, please contact our office, and we will be happy to answer them for you.

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Our office can accept and process almost any dental insurance.  To best serve the Rochester, MN area Dr. Jarrett is an in-network provider at our office with several dental insurance companies.  We are a currently in-network for the following insurance networks: 

  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Delta Dental State 216
  • Cigna
  • HealthPartners
  • Rochester Public Schools (eligible provider)

This means we are an in-network provider with many of the insurance companies used by the top employers in the area. If you have questions about your specific plan and what is covered at our office, our team will gladly answer your questions. 

If you have Metlife, Ameritas, Sun Life Financial, DenteMax, or one of the many other dental insurances, we are happy to file claims for you and accept payment directly from those insurance companies.  Even though we may be out-of-network for these networks, many patients have found that our fees are within or close to the “allowed fees” for many of these companies. The result is minimal or no out of pocket expense for their routine dental care at Quarry Hill Family Dental.    

Please visit our financial page or call our office with any questions about your dental insurance plan.  We will gladly assist in calling your insurance company and learning more about your plan for you to help provide an estimate for any dental treatment.

Children’s Dentistry

Before any teeth have erupted, Dr. Jarrett recommends wiping your child’s gums with a soft wet washcloth before bed. The goal of this is to clean out their gums and to provide a healthy mouth even before teeth have started to come in. Even before any teeth have erupted, this is an important part of having good oral hygiene.  

After their first tooth arrives, it is a good time to start brushing with a small soft toothbrush. Often your child’s first tooth will arrive between 9 and 15 months. While it may seem insignificant when they only have one or a few teeth, it is important to start brushing correctly. It also does not matter what type of foods they are eating at that age. Starting to brush their teeth right away when they are young helps establish a healthy habit, which will make it becomes a regular part of their daytime routine by the time they are a toddler. When your child starts to get older and is only eating solid foods, it is recommended to start brushing their teeth in the morning and after eating any sugary foods.

Often a difficult but essential part of helping your child have a healthy mouth is to avoid letting them have sugary snacks or drinks. Drinks such as juice or soda already have high sugar content, but when they are put into sippy cups and drunk over a long period, it can have even more of an effect on their developing teeth. Although they will eventually lose their baby teeth, the cavities on those teeth can negatively affect their permanent teeth which are developing in their gums.     

From first-hand experience, Dr. Jarrett knows the difficulty you can face when trying to brush young children’s teeth. While it is not always a pleasant experience for either you or your child, it is essential to find a way to brush your child’s teeth every day to prevent cavities. When Dr. Jarrett’s oldest son started to refuse to let her brush his teeth, she quickly understood the difficulties many parents face.
 
If your child is old enough to talk and you can communicate with them, try to explain in simple terms what you are doing and why it is important.  You can talk about how they need to brush the “sugar bugs” off their teeth to keep them healthy.  Singing a fun song or having a goofy dance when you’re done may get them more excited and become willing to let you try.

Our team understands it can be a real struggle for children that are in the difficult 1 to 3-year-old range where communication can be a challenge. These are the times when you may just have to make them let you brush their teeth. Dr. Jarrett can talk you through how to use one of the several techniques she has learned that will safely allow you to brush their teeth.  One of Dr. Jarrett’s pediatric dental professors once said how it would be so much easier if plaque smelled like a poopy diaper. Then no matter how difficult it was to brush a child’s teeth, we would all do whatever we had to to get those teeth clean!

children's dentistry | rochester mnIt is always a good idea to let your child brush their teeth by themselves from an early age to help develop good habits and techniques. But while this is important, it is even more critical for you to brush their teeth afterward. Developing a routine where you both take a turn brushing their teeth will help keep your child’s teeth healthy while also allowing them to gain self-confidence. Dr. Jarrett recommends continuing this until they are 7 or 8 years old to make sure all the plaque is removed. It is imperative to help your child develop good oral hygiene habits from an early age.

While family should make their own educated decision about when to use fluoridated toothpaste, Dr. Jarrett recommends and uses it on her children starting at a young age. Until your child is two years old, you can use the tiniest smear of fluoridated toothpaste. You can alternate days using fluoridated and non-fluoridated toothpaste until they get older.  

After the age of two, a very small pea-size amount is recommended. No matter your child’s age, it is crucial that you help your child avoid swallowing large amounts of any toothpaste.  So if they are old enough encourage them to spit while you brush. Or if they are unable to spit, you should wipe their mouth with a damp cloth after they brush.

children's dentistry | rochester mnThe American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends having your child visit a dentist six months after your child has their first tooth or by their first birthday. The first visit is important for both examining your child’s mouth and talking about how to start good oral hygiene habits for your child. We have found if visiting the dentist at a young age has become routine for them when they reach the ages of 3 to 5, they are much more cooperative because they know there is nothing to be afraid of. Our entire clinical team has a tremendous amount of experience working with children and enjoys helping build your child’s confidence to sit through a dental appointment. 

At your child’s first appointment, Dr. Jarrett and her team will make sure to provide a positive experience. For children that are under 2 years old, we may only do a lap exam, where you hold your child in your lap facing you and lean their head back, allowing Dr. Jarrett to examine their mouth and apply fluoride varnish when necessary. For older children, our goal is to have them sit in the chair by themselves and let our team polish their teeth. We will build onto each visit and soon your child may even be excited to visit our office so they can lay back and watch a movie while getting their teeth cleaned.

Pediatric dental care in Rochester, MN begins with helping your child feel relaxed and comfortable at the dentist. Our team and our dentist love to build relationships with the children we treat, and we work hard to make sure they enjoy their time in our dental office.

The children we treat love coming to our dental office, and we think your child will love it here too.

For children, the benefits of seeing a family dentist in Rochester, MN include:

  • All your family’s dental records are in one location.
  • Our dentist is better able to notice traits that may run in your family if he sees the entire family.
  • A family dentist is able to continue treating your child into adulthood.
  • A child may feel more grown up and excited when seeing the same dentist as older family members—especially mom and dad.

At Quarry Family Dental, you’ll find a warm and friendly team—a group of compassionate dental professionals who enjoy meeting and interacting with families and instilling healthy dental habits in children through education and a little fun.  

We invite you to schedule dental exams for yourself and your children today. Our team is also available to answer any questions that you may have about family and pediatric dentistry in Rochester, MN.

Cleanings and Exams

It is important to stay on a regular schedule with your preventative cleanings and exams to help develop the best oral health and to avoid the need for emergency dental care. At Quarry Hill Family Dental, there is no set standard for every patient. Our team will base the interval we would like you to come in on your dental history and current oral health. Dr. Jarrett will then make a recommendation to be seen at our office every 3, 4, 6, or 12 months.

If you have the beginning signs of gum disease, Dr. Jarrett will often recommend having more than two cleanings in a year until your gum health increases. By seeing us more frequently, we can help prevent you from developing gum disease that can cause irreversible damage.  

If you wear full dentures and have no teeth remaining, it is still essential to maintain regular checkups at our office. During your exams Dr. Jarrett performs an oral cancer screening, checks for sore spots in your mouth, and cleans your denture to make sure it is in proper working order. Not only do these visits help protect your oral health, but they will also help maintain your denture so it continues to fit well and functions as it’s supposed to. 


When used properly, both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque from your teeth. The most significant difference between the two is the ease of use of an electric toothbrush.

  • Benefits of using an electric toothbrush include:
  • Built-in timers that help you brush each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds
  • Built-in sensors so you don’t brush too hard
  • Easier to brush in hard-to-reach places
  • Less physical effort required to remove plaque 

Depending on your age and physical health, an electric toothbrush can make a significant impact on your oral hygiene. Dr. Jarrett has seen how, for both young children and those who are having a more difficult time physically, an electric toothbrush helps them maintain a healthy and cavity free mouth.  

If you are considering purchasing an electric toothbrush, we recommend buying one of the less expensive ones to start. All the major brands offer a less expensive version that still provides many benefits.  By purchasing a less expensive brush to start, it is easier to decide to see how a certain brand works and if you actually like using electric over manual.  

When you are using an electric toothbrush, it is important to remember to switch our the head every few months.  Many brands sell packs of heads at a reduced price so that it may be beneficial for multiple family members to all use the same brand of electric toothbrush.

Our office does not sell or endorse any specific brand of electric toothbrush.  But Dr. Jarrett and our team have used many of the top brands so if you have further questions, please ask at your next appointment.

One of the most difficult but essential habits to establish for many people is daily flossing. It is important to floss because a toothbrush cannot remove the plaque between your teeth. Regardless of whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, only floss can reach these areas. This is also one of the reasons why a common place where cavities form is between your teeth where floss can't reach.  Plaque can easily “hide” there and start to develop into tartar which then leads to decay. 

Another critical reason to floss is to help maintain healthy gums. When you floss, it cleans your gums by removing the plaque and bacteria that get stuck between your gums and teeth.  If these are continually left in this area, it can cause gingivitis which is an inflammation of your gums. Gingivitis can then lead to gum disease which can have irreversible effects on your oral health.

If you have a difficult time getting yourself to floss using traditional floss, another option is to use floss picks. For many people, these make the process easier and help them clean those tough to reach areas. During your next appointment, ask one of our team members for a sample pack of floss picks to try at home!

Extractions

dental extractions | rochester mnMost of us don’t like to think about having a tooth extracted, but sometimes it is necessary for our oral and systemic health. An extraction in Rochester, MN begins with a consultation by our dentist. If you’re a good candidate for extraction, our office works hard to make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during the process.

Reasons you may need a dental extraction include:

  • Wisdom teeth—useless back teeth that come in later than other teeth and are often troublesome
  • Overcrowding—to make way for orthodontics to straighten your smile
  • Failed root canal
  • Extreme decay
  • Extreme gum disease

Our compassionate and gentle dentist in Rochester, MN can help with tooth replacement options following your dental extraction.

Tooth replacement options include:

  • Crowns and bridges—a replacement tooth suspended between two crowns that are placed over adjacent teeth
  • Partial dentures for multiple extractions
  • A dental implant to permanently take the place of your natural tooth

If you need a dental extraction in Rochester, MN, our top dentist is here to help with that extraction and ready to provide a solution to your tooth loss.

If you have any questions about dental extractions or tooth replacement options, get in touch with our caring team today. At Quarry Hill Family Dental, we are always here for you.

dental extractions | rochester mnFollowing your extraction, the staff at Quarry Hill Family Dental will provide specific instructions to help the extraction site heal. The amount of discomfort and pain you may feel can vary a lot depending on how difficult the extraction was. Some common things to avoid doing after your extraction include: 

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco for 48 hours
  • Using a straw 
  • Lifting heavy objects or exercising for 48 hours

After your extraction, you may have some soreness, oozing, and small bleeding around the extraction area for a day or two. Our team will provide you with some sterile gauze to use if this occurs. For any soreness, if you are able to take both Ibuprofen and Tylenol Dr. Jarrett recommends alternating between taking each one every four hours to control the pain. By alternating every four hours their ability to help control the pain will greatly increase.  

If after four to five days you start to experience an intense pain you may have what is called a “dry socket.” This happens when the clot becomes dislodged and delays healing. During the previous days after the extraction, you may have felt no pain or discomfort at all. If you believe this has occurred, please call our office and Dr. Jarrett can help heal the area by applying some medication that will shorten the healing time.

Root Canal Therapy

As with all dental conditions, a dental exam in our Rochester, MN dental office will determine the best course of treatment to resolve any pain or dental conditions that occur. However, there are a few symptoms that might point to the need for a root canal procedure.

Swelling – root infections cause inflammation, like any other type of infection. Swelling can occur in the gums, jaw, face, or even the neck depending on the location of the infected tooth.

Pain – It’s normal to have pain with an infection. It might start out as mild discomfort and slowly escalate into the type of pain that keeps you awake at night or keeps you from being productive at work. It’s important to remember that dental pain is always an indication that there is trouble brewing and you should call your Rochester, MN emergency dentist right away for root canal evaluation.

Hot and cold sensitivity – Sensitivity, especially to heat, can also point to an infection. 

Gum sore – A small bump or hole in the gums, called a fistula, might form near the infected tooth.

If you suspect you need a root canal in Rochester, MN, Contact Quarry Hill Family Dental. We reserve time for patients in pain, so you don’t have to wait.

If you had a root canal in the past, you probably remember it taking multiple appointments and perhaps a long recovery time. As with all areas of medicine, dentistry technology has advanced dramatically over the last couple of decades. With the introduction of rotary endodontics into our Rochester, MN dental office, root canals are faster and more comfortable than ever.

Rather than using small handheld files to manually clean out infected canals, rotary endodontics relies on electric handpieces with tiny flexible titanium tips to gently remove bacteria without damaging the tooth. Not only is it fast, but it’s also far more comfortable, and it takes only one appointment to complete root canal therapy in our Rochester, MN dental office.

Naturally, we make sure that you are completely numb before starting your procedure. Most people find that they feel dramatically better once we numb the tooth. It’s fairly normal to feel a little sensitive for a few days as the infection heals and swelling dissipates. In many cases, we recommend a dental crown to cover the root canal tooth to protect it from damage.

To learn more about modern root canal treatment in Rochester, MN, contact Quarry Hill Family Dental.

dental crown | root canal | rochester mnA root canal in Rochester, MN is tooth-saving therapy that relies on removing the infected pulp deep within your tooth. This is more complex than a simple dental filling, and our dentist in Rochester, MN takes the right steps to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the process.

However, because it is a more complex therapy than a simple dental filling, your tooth may require something more substantial than a filling following your root canal therapy, especially if the tooth is weak and vulnerable to breakage.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over the weakened tooth to help prevent loss and breakage. Dental crowns in our Rochester, MN dental office are colored and designed to match your smile. No one will guess that you even have a dental crown.  

Signs that you may need root canal therapy include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum pain
  • A blister on your gum
  • Increased pain when chewing

If you have one or more of these symptoms, it is essential to contact our dental office sooner rather than later. A root infection can spread, compromise your tooth, and even lead to tooth loss.

We invite you to contact our dental office to schedule an exam with our dentist in Rochester, MN today.

You have probably heard of the term “root canal” and probably not in a positive light. In the past, root canals were complex procedures that could be lengthy. Today, we perform root canals in our Rochester, MN dental office using the latest technology and instruments to ensure your comfort and improve the outcome.

So, what is root canal therapy, anyway?

Infections can develop anywhere inside the body – your teeth included. When a tooth infection develops in or near the root of the tooth, it can become inflamed and painful. Often, infections worsen over time, especially without some type of professional intervention like a trip to your Rochester, MN root canal dentist.

A root canal procedure can actually save your tooth from requiring extraction. Since the pain that accompanies a root infection can be severe, we recommend you contact our dental office at the first sign of discomfort.

As with all treatments, we ensure that you are completely comfortable for your root canal in our Rochester dentist office and use plenty of local anesthetic to see you through. Once your root canal is complete, you will feel better and better each day until you have completely healed.

Dr. Molly Jarett will often recommend a dental crown to protect your tooth and smile.

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