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Dental Frequently Asked Questions: John C. Udouj, DMD

What sets your office apart from other dental practices in the Fort Smith Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas?


Innovated & transforming dentistry makes Dr. Udouj’s practice distinctive. His thorough training allows him to perform an array of dental treatments in a beautiful, state of the art facility. Dr. Udouj is committed to integrity and quality without compromise. He and his caring team provide extra comforts to make your visit enjoyable. We strive to help increase your self-confidence and overall quality of life by being dedicated to excellence and keeping up with the latest technology to make your treatment quick and effective.


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What is does TMJ stand for and how do I know if I have TMJ symptoms?


It is an acronym for the “temporomandibular joint”. There are many different symptoms of an unbalanced jaw alignment, including headaches, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, ringing in the ears, jaw popping, and dizziness. Dr. Udouj performs a digital K7 EMG & jaw tracking scan of your head to determine how your bite, jawbone, and its associated muscles are lining up. He also uses special computerized diagnostic equipment to determine the health and comfort of your jaw muscles.


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Is there a dental treatment that will help my spouse stop snoring and get better rest?


An evaluation with Dr. Udouj can determine the cause of snoring. In some cases, a person may actually stop breathing for short periods during the night – a condition called sleep apnea. In other cases, snoring can be caused by enlarged anatomical structures within the mouth and throat. In the latter situation, we can prescribe and fit a special appliance which helps hold the mouth and throat open during relaxed sleep which prevents snoring.


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What is “smile analysis” and “smile design?”


In smile analysis, we look at all of the factors that impact final results: the shape, size, and position of your teeth; your smile line; the shape of your face; and your overall facial appearance. We use our diagnostic findings, photographs, and computer images, and consider your desires and physical limitations to make sure that we’re all in agreement as to the objectives, approach, and outcome.

After this analysis, Dr. Udouj will use his expertise to establish the form, position, color, and shape of your new smile. Our goal is to bring about an attractive, youthful balance to your teeth, lips, gum line, and facial structure.


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How can I have attractive front teeth without wearing braces?


For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. In other cases, it may be necessary to use “invisible” braces. We’d be happy to consult with you about a treatment plan that will accomplish your objectives.


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Do you accept my insurance plan or offer payment options?


Our goal is to assist you in maximizing your insurance benefits. We are happy to file and mail your forms to accelerate your reimbursements. We accept all major credit cards, cash, or check. We also offer customized financing to meet your needs depending on credit approval. Please feel free to call our office if you need further information, Connie will be glad to help you.


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