DeChellis & Stonestreet Dentistry
A Great Dentist
(330) 726-8060
Youngstown, OH 44512

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

If you are looking for a new dental home in the Boardman or Columbiana areas, you probably have a number of questions you need answered before making a decision.

We welcome your questions! Here are some of the most common ones we hear, but if yours is not listed, you can email us or – better yet – just give us a call!


The safety of our patients is our number one priority!

You can safely seek dental care with us without having to be concerned about exposure to diseases or illness.

We take courses from OSHA each year in order to stay on top of the latest sterilization and sanitation techniques. These classes are a great way to learn about new products and techniques designed to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses.  

Infection control is an area in which we take much pride. We wash our dental instruments in an ultrasonic cleaner, covered in a sanitizing solution to remove both debris and bacteria. Next, we sterilize our instruments in an autoclave between every patient. We place instruments inside sealable pouches, place them inside the autoclave, and the autoclave heats to a temperature that kills any bacteria.

On the outside of each pouch is a sterilization indicator that darkens once the instruments reach a safe heat. The instruments stay inside these bags, which are sterile, until we need to use them.

We train our team in proper sanitation techniques to protect our patients and themselves. They wash their hands between patients and dozens of other times throughout the day. We wear protective gloves, masks, and eyewear in order to provide you with the most sanitary environment possible.

If you have questions about your safety in our office, let us know. We can show you the steps we use to keep you safe and healthy.

At DeChellis & Stonestreet Dentistry, we believe in providing a great value for our patients. That includes a yearly survey of the prices in our region to make sure that our prices are falling within the average.

We offer a high level of quality in our Boardman and Columbiana dental offices. We never skimp on quality care or the materials we use because we know your smile is a valuable asset in your life. You deserve the best!

Our dentists seek continuing education to regularly update their skills and techniques and to learn about the latest and greatest that modern dentistry has to offer. That means we are constantly bringing you the leading-edge care you deserve.

We understand that families need to stay within a budget. We work with most major insurance companies so you can get the most out of your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. We submit your claims and provide any necessary documentation to make sure that your claims are processed smoothly.

If you need dental care but prefer to make your payments over time, CareCredit offers both interest-free and long-term payment options to make your treatment affordable.

If you ever have questions regarding the necessity of your recommended dental treatment, just give our Boardman or Columbiana dental office a call. We are always happy to help!

Yes, we screen every patient during cleaning and exams for oral cancer both visually and with manual palpation. We also offer advanced oral cancer screening with the Velscope to aid in early oral cancer detection.

You should be seen at least twice per year for cleaning and examinations. Some people more prone to gum disease, staining, and build up around the teeth may need to come more often.

X-rays allow us to see in between your teeth and under the gums. We can use them to monitor the health of your teeth and the supporting bone. We can catch cavities, broken fillings, and gum disease in early stages before they become more advanced and more expensive to treat.

Many dental insurance companies are now covering some of the cost of dental implants.

Our dentists have over fifty years of experience in successfully completing treatments for patients in a pleasant, easy. and efficient manner. We utilize the best anesthetics available – far better than Novocain from long ago! Modern dentistry is constantly making advances for successful and comfortable treatment.

Additionally, we understand that each patient responds differently to anesthetic. That is why we take a complete medical history of each patient. Knowing your health issues and medication list will help us make sure you have a comfortable experience, even for extensive treatment.

Delivering anesthetic is something that our doctors do gently. We use special techniques to make sure your experience is a positive one. We can even use topical anesthetic to make your experience more comfortable.

Don’t let your fear of pain keep you from seeking the dental care you need. Often, putting off treatment can lead to serious oral health conditions.

We are here to help. When you tell us about your concerns, we can put your mind at ease. 

When you come to our Boardman, Ohio, or Columbiana, Ohio, dental offices, we will always take every step possible to ensure a comfortable and positive experience.

Contact us today to schedule your next dental exam with one of our gentle and experienced dentists.

Children's Dentistry

Sealants are a protective coating that covers the deep grooves in permanent teeth to help prevent cavities. These are most often recommended for 6-year and 12-year molars in children as soon as these teeth come into the mouth and before cavities have had a chance to grow in the teeth.

We strive to make the first visit fun and not scary. We will review your child’s medical history, go for a ride in the dental chair, count their teeth, and demonstrate proper brushing for mom and dad. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Yes! Even if you do not have dental insurance we offer convenient, low-cost monthly payments through Care Credit. The best part is there is no interest!


We check your fillings at every cleaning appointment to make sure they are still strong and not breaking down. If we notice your silver filling starting to crack or break down we will recommend replacing it with a newer tooth color filling or crown.

Often time’s insurance will pay for at least a portion of your cosmetic treatments depending on the condition of your teeth. We evaluate each patient individually, make a recommendation for the desired cosmetic treatment, and give a pre-treatment estimate of cost including what we expect insurance to cover.

Crowns and Bridges

Dentistry is constantly changing, improving the care we are able to provide our patients. Technology also makes the treatment we provide more accurate and convenient so you can enjoy health and longevity when it comes to your smile.

Our doctors take far beyond the required minimum continuing education hours in order to provide our patients with the best care and the newest advances in dentistry. Some of our additional training and experience includes learning more about mini implants, root canal therapy, and dental extractions. Often, when you choose our Columbiana or Boardman dental office, we can complete most treatment without the need for a referral to a specialist.

We also have an in-house denture lab so that our patients who have missing teeth can enjoy the highest quality and best fit possible.

Our digital x-rays allow us to see what we cannot detect with the naked eye alone with up to 90 percent less radiation, making them the safest possible!

For comfort and accuracy, we also take digital impressions. We can avoid using the gooey, imperfect impression material of the past when it comes to restorations that require precision measurements such as crowns and veneers.

Contact us to schedule your next dental exam and enjoy all the modern techniques and equipment our dental offices have to offer.

Come in and have it evaluated to see if the crown is still healthy. We will check the edges all around the crown to make sure it has a tight fit and make sure that food is not getting stuck between your teeth. We will take an x-ray of the crown to make sure the parts of the crown between the teeth and below the gumline are healthy. If there is a problem, we will let you know if your crown needs repaired or replaced.

A crown, or cap as it is called by many, is a covering which goes over a tooth to protect and strengthen the tooth. Often times a tooth will need a crown if a tooth is broken, has previously had a filling which broke, or if it has had a root canal. A crown can also help to correct the alignment of a misaligned tooth or correct the shape of a malformed tooth to blend in naturally with your smile.

A crown, or cap as it is called by many, is a covering which is fixed in place over a single tooth to protect and strengthen that tooth. A bridge, on the other hand, treats multiple teeth. It is one way to replace missing teeth by connecting a series of crowns together and attaching to teeth in front of and behind a gap to fill the gap.

If you have decay and we have recommended a crown instead of a filling, you might have some questions as to why this type of restoration is necessary.

We get it! We want you to understand your conditions as well as the treatment options available so you can make a good decision regarding your oral health.

In cases of decay, the proper restoration really depends on how quickly we are able to diagnose and treat your condition. If it has been awhile since you have visited the dentist, conditions such as decay and gum disease can progress quickly. That is why we recommend regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings at least every six months.

Small instances of decay are often able to be treated using tooth-colored fillings. We will remove decay and fill the cavity in your tooth, polishing it to bring it to a beautiful shine. In cases of deep decay that can affect the structure of your tooth, however, a dental crown may be a more appropriate treatment. A dental crown protects and strengthens your tooth by completely covering it like a protective helmet. That way, it absorbs some of the force from chewing.

If you have questions about your recommended treatment, contact our Boardman or Columbiana dental office to schedule your next exam. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile!

Dental Extractions

There are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. The most common need for an extraction comes from a tooth which is infected or broken beyond the point of fixing. However, some other reasons for extracting a tooth or teeth include impacted wisdom teeth, traumatic injury, loose teeth from gum disease, and retained primary teeth (baby teeth) which did not fall out.

We are using the most modern anesthetics available to numb the entire area where we are working so you do not feel any pain. This is far superior to the old Novocaine. Our doctors take their time making sure you are comfortable during each step of the procedure. If you begin to feel anything we will stop the procedure immediately until you are comfortable.

Dental Implants

The best way to replace missing teeth is often with dental implants. They are the best replacement of lost teeth available today because they look great and last a long time. Dental implants can last for years or even decades when properly cared for and they blend into your smile so they are not noticeable.

Dental implants have many advantages. They look just like real teeth. They are strong and long-lasting. They are much easier to clean around than bridges. They allow you to eat and talk normally. They keep the bone from wearing away where the tooth was lost.

Dental implants are the best and most permanent replacement option that involved more time and specialized parts. Up front dental implants may cost more, but typically cost far less over the span of a lifetime compared to constantly replacing bridgework or partial dentures.

Missing teeth can cause many health problems. Replacing missing teeth can prevent problems like bone loss in the jaws, premature wrinkles, gaps in the smile, problems with speech and nutrition/eating, nearby teeth shifting and break down in a short amount of time.


Dentures are one way to get an instant smile makeover if you have many teeth that are very loose or broken down beyond the point of repair.

Yes, it is important to come in yearly for a checkup and oral cancer screening. We can also clean and inspect your dentures to make sure the fit is still good. 

Dentures should be removed every night and soaked in water or cleaner. They can be scrubbed with a soft denture brush. Do not soak your dentures in bleach or non-denture cleaners as this will cause them to discolor.

Emergency Dentistry

Yes, we welcome you to call or email us for same-day and next day appointments.

We can see you on the same day in an emergency Monday-Friday. Our doctors are available by phone or to provide treatment after hours in emergency situations for active patients of record.

Preventive Dentistry

Your teeth are unlike any other part of your body.

While pain is often the first indication that something is wrong in other parts of your body, your teeth may not hurt until something is seriously wrong.

Because the nerve inside your tooth is protected by dentin, a bone-like substance, and completely surrounded by enamel, the hardest substance in your body, dental conditions can often show no painful symptoms until the condition puts your tooth at risk.

Regular dental exams, x-rays, and professional dental cleanings are great ways to insure your smile! If dental conditions do arise, we can often detect them early using a dental exam or digital x-rays. In cases of decay, we can often provide treatment before the risk of tooth loss occurs.

If you wait until you have pain or other symptoms, it may be too late to save your tooth or you could require more complex treatment such as a dental crown instead of a filling, or root canal therapy combined with a dental crown. If we had caught your condition sooner, a simple filling may have done the trick! The only way to diagnose your dental conditions early, when they are easier to treat, is with regular dental exams. 

Contact our Boardman or Columbiana dental office today to schedule a dental exam.

Root Canal Treatment

There are many things that may cause a tooth to need a root canal. Some of the more common causes include teeth that are badly broken down, infected or abscessed teeth, teeth with deep fillings or crowns, teeth that were bumped or knocked out from trauma, cracked teeth, and cysts around teeth.

Root canals are performed by numbing the tooth very well, making a small opening in the top of the tooth, and cleaning out the infected nerve inside of the tooth. The root stays in place and a hollow tube or “canal” is left in the tooth at the end which is then filled with an inert filling material.

No! You will be numb during your root canal so it does not hurt. Many times patients will say the tooth feels instantly better after the procedure once the pressure is relieved.

Teeth Whitening

There are multiple options for whitening your teeth including take-home professional whitening strips or take home trays and whitening gel. We also offer an in-office whitening varnish which can whiten up to 4 shades in 45 minutes.

Darkly colored food and drinks and food colorings can cause your teeth to stain. Common drinks include Coffee, tea, soda, and wine. Common foods include dark berries, acidic foods, and sweets.

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