WHAT IS THE SOONEST I COULD GET AN APPOINTMENT IN YOUR OFFICE?
DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE?
HOW LONG DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT LAST?
WHAT ARE CROWNS?
HOW MUCH DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT COST?
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SMILE?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE AND SILVER FILLING?
Silver fillings are called amalgam fillings and they have been used in dentistry for many years; however, over the last decade the dental community have started to use more white fillings, which are called composites. Composite fillings look and feel more natural and have been shown to be safer for the patient.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease can take you by surprise if you do not visit your dentist on a regular basis. Some people have signs that will warn you of periodontal disease and some people do not. Some of the signs include bleeding upon brushing and flossing, bad breath, spontaneous bleeding of the gums and pain. If not taken care of, periodontal disease will lead to bone loss and eventually tooth loss.
HOW DO YOU TREAT PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
At our office, we take periodontal disease seriously and start immediate treatment. Our patients go through a series of cleanings, scaling and root planing, laser therapy and the use of local antibiotics. Once a diagnosis of periodontal disease has been made then we recommend patients to visit our office every 3 months for regular cleanings. If the periodontal disease is past a certain stage we refer patients directly to the periodontist. Some patients with periodontal disease may require surgery to stop the progression of the disease.
WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?
Gingivitis is caused when plaque and bacteria enter the gums and cause irritation. Often times bleeding occurs upon brushing with gingivitis and needs professional hygiene treatment. Our hygienist will instruct you on how often you need professional treatment and will go over proper brushing and flossing techniques. Gingivitis, when left untreated, will lead to periodontal disease.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE AND TOOTH DECAY?
The prevention of gum disease and tooth decay starts with good home care and regular dental check-ups. Daily brushing and flossing are imperative to good oral health. Visiting your dentist every 6 months is also recommended to keep good oral health.
WHY ARE MY TEETH SENSITIVE?
Sensitive teeth usually occur as we get older. Often times we tend to brush too hard and our gums get receded. Once recession has occurred the dentin is exposed, which is the sensitive part of a tooth. You can manage your sensitivity at home by using special toothpastes. If that does not alleviate the pain then there are some dental procedures that can help manage the sensitivity.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER ALL THE EXPENSES?
It is hard to determine if your insurance will cover all of the expenses. First, you need to determine if you have PPO or HMO insurance. Then you need to determine which procedures your insurance does and does not cover. Often times, insurance does not cover the full costs of treatments. Our dentists do a full diagnosis based on your dental needs and our office will inform you on what procedures are covered and which ones are not covered.
HOW MUCH IS MY DENTAL TREATMENT GOING TO COST?
The cost of your dental treatment will depend on multiple different factors. Some factors include insurance coverage, amount of work needed, and complexity of your diagnosis.