What are your hours of operation?
Deidra Kokel, DDS is opened Monday through Thursday from 7AM to 7PM and on Fridays from 7AM to 3PM. Please call to book an appointment that is convenient for your schedule.
What do I do in an emergency?
At our office we always have emergency coverage. In an after hours dental emergency you may call the office and our message will direct you to the dentist who is on call that night or weekend. Please use the phone number that is on the recording and if not answered immediately leave a detailed message for the dentist on call. He or she will respond as soon as possible, to help with your dental emergency.
How many times should I see a dentist in a year?
Well the best answer is…it all depends. We recommend, as does the ADA, seeing a dentist twice every year for a routine cleaning and exam. At times in your life, there may be pain in your teeth, gums or mouth. If you feel pain that will not go away, develop swelling in your mouth or gums, or just feel something isn’t quite right, trust your gut instinct and contact our office. We can help you decide if you need to see us and can schedule an evaluation to see what may be taking place. Your dental health is our priority and we want to make sure your smile is taken care of.
What do I do if my child knocks out a tooth?
Call us immediately, time is of the essence. The sooner you see a dentist, the more likely we can save the tooth. Store the tooth in your cheek or floor of your mouth. If this is not possible, place the tooth in milk until you get to the office.
When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends having a dentist take a look at your child’s mouth no later than age 1. By age 3, your child should have his or her first cleaning.
When do I start brushing my child’s teeth?
As soon as you see a tooth you should start cleaning it. Use a clean, wet washcloth for the earliest teeth. Use a baby toothbrush when molars appear.
If my child is in braces, do they still need to go to the regular dentist?
Yes! Brushing adequately with braces is difficult for most youngsters, so professional cleanings are vitally important to maintaining your child’s oral health during this time. Your orthodontist does not check for cavities or gum disease. That is the dentist’s job!
Can I avoid getting shots for numbing? What about my child?
Don’t worry, thanks to advances in laser dentistry, for 75% of patients including children, Dr. Deidra Bird Kokel can remove decay without the need for anesthesia. This means there is no shot and no drill, plus there’s no numb lip to slow down your smile.
Is it normal for gums to bleed?
Bleeding gums can be an early sign of gum disease. It’s best to let us take a look. Gum disease is preventable, if caught early. Once gum disease begins to destroy the bone around a tooth, it cannot be cured (meaning the bone will never regenerate). Once the bone is gone, it is gone for good.
Can you improve the look of my teeth?
Yes! We have options to address the color of your teeth as well as a variety of ways to improve teeth that are chipped, decayed, missing, crooked and just about any other way you can think of. Come in for a consultation!
Where is your office located?
Deidra Kokel, DDS is located in Leesburg, VA at 17-C Fort Evans Road NE.