Frequenty Asked Questions

  1. Do I really need a cleaning and check-up every six months?
  2. My gums bleed when I brush.  Should I worry?
  3. Does your practice see children?
  4. Do you accept my insurance?
  5. Does my insurance cover that?
  6. How can you make and place a custom crown in just one visit?
  7. My smile shows lots of dark fillings and the edges of metal-porcelain crowns.  Can I get my all-white smile back?
  8. Why are dental lasers used?  Do they hurt?
  9. How does gum disease affect the body and general health?
  10. What do you do to maintain a safe and sterilized environment?
  11. What are my options to replace missing teeth?
  12. What is digital x-ray and how is it different from traditional –rays?
  13. What causes oral cancer?
  14. What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
  15. Do you accept referrals?

 

 

  1. Do I really need a cleaning and check-up every six months?
    Patients with healthy teeth and gums do not need to come more often than every six months.  We will clean your teeth, removing harmful bacteria.  We will also assess your oral health, check for dental disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and other potentially serious problems.  By identifying problems in an early stage, corrections can usually be made with conservative treatment.
    Patients with active oral disease should come more often.
  2. My gums bleed when I brush.  Should I worry?
    Swollen and bleeding gums generally indicate early signs of periodontal disease or gum disease.  Because these symptoms are usually mild, many people ignore them and allow the disease process to progress.  Gum disease is the number one reason for adult tooth loss and adult dental decay.  If your gums bleed when you brush, you should call us for an appointment to have your oral condition checked and treated.
  3. Does your practice see children?
    As a family and children’s dental practice, we treat people of all ages.  We encourage moms and dads to bring in their little loved ones shortly after their 3rd birthday.  This first visit helps build a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy oral habits and regular dental visits.  Short and easy appointments as toddlers helps make children far less apprehensive as they get older.
  4. Do you accept my insurance?
    Dental care can get expensive, so we help patients maximize their insurance benefits.  Our office files many in-network claims as well as out-of-network claims.  We will file your claims and accept assignment of benefits.  You will be asked to pay any deductible and co-pay.  If your insurance pays you directly, we will be happy to file your claim, and you will be asked to pay us in full at your time of service.
  5. Does my insurance cover that?
    Dental insurance is diverse.  Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50% greater.  The more your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases.  Generally speaking, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures.  Cosmetic procedures and treatment are generally not covered.  We will gladly assist you in determining what procedures and treatments your insurance covers.
  6. How can you make and place a custom crown in just one visit?
    With modern dentistry, anything's possible. Okay, not anything. But one-visit crowns are a reality that can make your life a little bit easier. We use CEREC technology to create 3D images of dentition, then with in-office computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), we mill a custom, permanent, lifelike crown. Learn more about CEREC in our patient library, then call to experience this amazing innovation first hand!
  7. My smile shows lots of dark fillings and the edges of metal-porcelain crowns.  Can I get my all-white smile back?
    Absolutely!   We work with fine dental materials that look just like nature’s own.  Small fillings might be able to be replaced with composite material, while larger ones and the metal crowns might be replaced with CEREC crowns.  After we examine your mouth and assess your oral condition, we can recommend the treatment that best suits your needs.
  8. Why are dental lasers used?  Do they hurt?
    Dental lasers offer precision and reduced healing time for gum procedures.  For patients with ‘gummy smiles,’ dental soft tissue lasers to remove excess gum tissue with no discomfort and reduced healing time to reveal the bigger, brighter smile that was hidden underneath. Sometimes we use lasers to remove diseased and damaged gum tissues, promoting growth of healthy tissues, with no bleeding.  Hard tissue dental lasers are sometimes used to cut away tooth decay so that a filling can be placed—all with no or little anesthesia—and no discomfort!
  9. How does gum disease affect the body and general health?
    Gum disease is caused by bacteria living in the mouth, destroying gum tissues and teeth.  This can be associated with and lead to a stroke, heart attack, cardiovascular problem, diabetic complications and pregnancy complications.  Conservative estimates report that up to 80% of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.  Call for an appointment to allow us to access your oral health.
  10. What do you do to maintain a safe and sterilized environment?
    Your safety is important to us, so we sterilize our reusable instruments in an autoclave and use disposable products as much as possible.  Each operatory is cleaned thoroughly and disinfected between patient visits—chairs, units and counter surfaces.  We adhere strictly to guidelines set by the CDC and OSHA and perform weekly tests on our sterilization equipment.
  11. What are my options to replace missing teeth?
    We offer fixed bridgework, removable partials, dentures and implant restorations to replace missing teeth.  Call for a consultation appointment.  With x-rays, intraoral photos and models of your mouth, we can access your oral condition and help you decide which replacement option will best suit your needs.
  12. What is digital x-ray and how is it different from traditional –rays?
    When compared to traditional x-rays, digital x-rays emit 80% less radiation.  Detail images are immediately available for review.  Digital x-ray images as well as digital photographic images can be transferred to your insurance carrier quickly and without loss.  Digital x-rays require no harsh chemicals for developing, so they are earth-friendly.  
  13. What causes oral cancer?
    Tobacco (of all types) is the most common cause of oral cancer.  Combining tobacco with heavy drinking can also lead to the development of oral cancer.  Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation or the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of oral cancer.
  14. What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
    Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth, cheek or throat; and any discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.
  15. Do you accept referrals?
    Yes.  We always welcome new patients to our dental practice.