Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes patients have questions about dental care or dental office policies. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions we hope that by reviewing some of these, you will have a better feeling about our dental office. Our doctors and staff are always willing and ready to answer any questions that you may have.
How often should I visit the dentist for a dental exam and professional cleaning?
For most patients, the American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning twice a year. Regular checkups in combination with good home care will help our patients keep their teeth and gum tissues as healthy as possible. If patients have been diagnosed with periodontal disease more frequent visits are necessary to keep the patient healthy.
Are X-rays necessary and how often do I need them taken?
We feel that dental x-rays taken at appropriate intervals are a valuable diagnostic tool. There are many dental problems which may go undetected without the aid of x-rays. We generally recommend a set of decay detecting bitewing x-rays on an annual basis and a full series of diagnostic films on a 3-5 years basis.
Do you offer options for whitening teeth?
Yes, we enjoy assisting our patients enhance their smiles. We offer a tray whitening system that you can use in the comfort of your own home. We also offer Zoom Whitening for those patients that need immediate results for that special occasion. Please ask us about the possibilities.
What are sealants and would my child benefit from them?
Sealants are protective coatings that are placed in the pits and fissures of posterior teeth. By sealing the pits and fissures of the posterior teeth we can often prevent decay from getting started. Following a thorough exam the dentist can determine if sealants are indicated for your child.
What is gum disease and how do I know if I have it?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth. If left untreated it can progress to the point of tooth loss. Gum disease often does not cause pain. If you notice red, puffy or bleeding gums it may be an indication that you have gum disease. A thorough examination by your dentist can determine the health of your teeth and gum tissues.
Are payment options available for my dental treatment?
Yes, we accept many types of dental insurance and we will assist you in processing your dental claims. We also accept cash, checks and most major credit cards. Our office also offers interest free financing through Care Credit.
What if I need to change a previously scheduled appointment?
We will make every effort to accommodate you in the event you need to reschedule an appointment; however, we would appreciate the courtesy of being informed at least 48 hours in advance. We reserve the right to charge your account a missed appointment fee if appointments are not cancelled with sufficient notice.