FAQ

What if you don't provide a specific procedure in your office?

We have a great team of specialists at our disposal that will be able to handle everyones needs including braces and extensive wisdom teeth extractions. We perform some wisdom teeth extractions directly at our office.

My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Just because your teeth don’t hurt doesn’t mean that you aren’t having a problem. Just like when some one has a heart attack. You don’t necessarily have any indications before you have a heart attack. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful.

What if I'm not available for a dentist appointment during regular business hours?

We offer additional appointment times outside of regular business hours. Call us today to make an appointment that fits into your schedule.

Can you see me today?

Yes. We will make every effort to work around your schedule. Because we don’t over-schedule our patients, we are generally able to see you within a reasonable time frame.

Are x-rays really necessary?

There are many diseases and dental problems which cannot be seen by the naked eye. These may include decay under old fillings, teeth trapped below the gums, cavities between the teeth, bone loss as a result of gum disease, and changes in bone structure which can be affected by many systemic diseases.

X-rays can detect these problems and are, therefore, a useful and important diagnostic tool! We also use the newest technologies for X-rays with low dose digital X-rays. Digital X-rays have 1/10 the radiation of conventional X-rays.

What is the difference between “periodontal maintenance’ and a “prophy” or “regular cleaning”?

Periodontal maintenance is needed when you have periodontal disease. These periodontal maintenance appointments are for the ongoing treatment of disease. This will help to keep your periodontal disease under control and stop the loss of your jaw bone. A prophy or regular cleaning is only for the treatment of healthy teeth and gums.

Are silver fillings safe?

Silver fillings are also called amalgams. They are a combination of multiple metal including silver and mercury. Recently in the news there has been concern that the mercury leaks into the body and causes problems. There have been many studies conducted by the FDA and the ADA that have proven it safe. So not only are they safe but they are a great restorative material and sometimes is the recommended treatment. It is not recommended to remove them just because you don’t want the metal in your mouth. The removal of a filling that isn’t having a problem can sometimes lead to problems of its own.

My teeth are crooked! What are my options?

Numerous other cosmetic dentistry techniques exist that can provide “instant orthodontics” that require no braces at all. Composite bonding and the application of porcelain veneers are both conservative ways to mask the appearance of crooked teeth. Be aware that these cosmetic approaches cannot address orthodontic issues such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, and therefore are not suitable for every patient. One of the best options for teeth that are crooked is braces. It does take more time than other options but it is a great long term fix that doesn’t involve having to prepare your teeth.

If I am missing one or more teeth, what are my options?

Patients today have an array of options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants all have their advantages and disadvantages, though modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry has come to favor dental implants because they look and function just like real teeth and require no special care.

If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, we urge you to seek treatment. Adjacent teeth can shift into the gap left by a lost tooth; in addition, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss, hygiene problems, difficulties with speaking and eating, and much more. Today’s dental restorations are better than ever, and they can give you a strong bite and a beautiful smile

How is a dental implant different from a dental bridge?

A dental implant literally replaces a missing tooth. A dental implant simulates the root of a tooth to which the cosmetic dentist attaches a cosmetic tooth. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is non-surgical and uses the adjacent teeth to support a new cosmetic tooth. A dental implant is not invasive to surrounding teeth (especially desirable if they are healthy and in good condition). By simulating the root, it engages the bone and keeps it healthy. Because a dental implant is an individual tooth it is also easier to floss. A dental bridge can often be a great choice if the adjacent teeth are in need of restorations.

What's the difference between a 'bridge' and a 'partial denture'?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient.

Can I replace my dentures with permanent teeth once again?

Yes, by using implants which can replace missing teeth with permanently fixed restorations.

What's the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?

Complete dentures are called “conventional” or “immediate” according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth and immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements within the mouth and makes the molds of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit.

An advantage of immediate dentures is that during the healing period, the wearer does not have to be without teeth. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing. This is typically within the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require relining or a new pair made to ensure a proper fit. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed and often do not need any other treatment for years.

With so many over-the-counter, do-it-yourself teeth whitening products on the market, why should I consider doing a whitening procedure at my dentist's office?

At-home treatments can be effective, but the safest, most convenient and longest lasting method for maximum whitening is a dentist prescribed whitening procedure. Your dentist’s professional knowledge allows him or her to choose the treatment option that’s appropriate for your teeth, and then carefully monitor your gums’ reaction to the product. For example, your dentist can tell you if bleaching isn’t the right option for you, as in the case of patients with gum disease (which your dentist can check for) or crowns. He or she can also reduce or eliminate sensitivity (often caused by over-the-counter treatments,) prevent over-bleaching, and fit you for whitening trays to ensure they cover your teeth entirely. Finally, the professional results of a dentist prescribed treatment will last longer than those of an over-the-counter product.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months-old and no later than one year-old. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

I have a toothache and my face is swollen, but I want to wait and see if it gets better.

This is serious situation that needs attention. Antibiotics and pain meds are needed and you should see a dentist ASAP. Do not put it off. Most toothaches progress quickly and you may end up with a much more serious situation than if you had sought care earlier. Do not put heat on a swollen face- it will only swell more.

Will your office file my insurance for me?

Yes. We will be glad to file your insurance claims forms for you.

Does insurance cover the cost of sealants?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of sealants for children. We can check with your dental insurance carrier to determine if sealants are covered under your plan. Sealants are relatively inexpensive and are often helpful even if your plan excludes coverage.