Do you take my insurance?
We accept private and traditional insurance. That means that if you can choose any dentist (not from a list or a book), then we can utilize your insurance benefits. We have software at our office that allows us to research any insurance and be able to tell you if we can help and what the benefits and limits are.
What cosmetic procedures can be done?
We offer home bleaching and in-office laser bleaching. Both are simple and painless and achieve great results. Veneers can be done to close spaces, change color, straighten teeth, and take usually two appointments. Tooth colored bonding can also be done in certain situations, as well as white fillings. Also, we can do porcelain crowns when full-coverage is indicated.
Will you “knock me out” to do my work?
No, we do not use general anesthesia. However, we do offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as needed. We have TVs in the operatories with VCRs for videos. Our staff is very gentle and conscious of your overall comfort.
Do I need my silver fillings replaced?
Depending on their condition, some will be suggested for replacement. The fillings will start to leak, and they do wear with time. Replacing them before they break, or get decay again is a wise idea. The newer bonded fillings look better, function well, and in some cases will be stronger than the previous filling.
Do I need a root canal and why?
The nerve of the tooth can become necrotic for many reasons. If decay, infection, or trauma affect the tooth, it can cause the nerve of the tooth to die. The only way to save the tooth is to remove the infected nerve tissue by means of a root canal. They can usually be treated in one to two visits, and should be followed by a crown for strength.
Why do I need a deep cleaning or scraping?
When plaque builds up on the teeth and is not cleaned off, it becomes hard. If it is located below the gum line, it cannot be cleaned with normal methods. Our hygienist must get under the gums to remove all of the build-up. This is a deep cleaning. It will take more than one visit and is vital to controlling periodontal disease and saving your teeth.
Do you offer financing or longer payment plans?
We do offer Care Credit. If you qualify, payments can be made monthly with no interest for 3 or 6 months. They can finance up to $25,000. It takes 15-20 minutes to get approval. We do accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for payment.
Do you see children?
We do see kids of all ages. If a child would be better served with a specialist, we will refer them to one. We do recommend that children receive sealants for protection, and that they get fluoride with every cleaning.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Some teeth are sensitive because of cracks, fractures, or decay. Others are because of gum recession, toothbrush abrasion, and gum disease. If the gums recede and the root surface of a tooth is exposed, there is a good chance that the tooth will be more sensitive to cold, air, and even touching or brushing. This can be improved with fluoride, gels, filings or crowns.
Do I need my wisdom teeth out?
We recommend removal of wisdom teeth for many reasons. However, if there is no problem and they are healthy and functional, they serve as useful teeth. Some of the reasons for extraction are: infection, decay, pain, relation to second molars, orthodontics, or recurrent gum infections. We can remove most third molars, but we will refer to an oral surgeon if I.V. sedation is required, or if there is a great risk for complication.
Why do I need x-rays?
X-rays allow us to give a more accurate and thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and bone. They are very safe, and contain low doses of radiation. Without them, we cannot give an exact prognosis or treatment plan.