Do you accept my insurance?
We accept all dental PPO and traditional plans, as well as Medicaid. You are only responsible for what your insurance doesn’t cover, not the entire bill. If you owe anything for treatment, this will be explained to you before any work is performed. We handle all the paperwork. If you have any other specific questions pertaining to your insurance or no insurance, please feel free to call us so we can better answer you.
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a very thin layer of natural-looking, composite or porcelain material that is applied to your tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers can cover teeth that are chipped, stained, uneven or even slightly crooked.
Veneers can usually completed in just a few visits, providing you a quick and easy way to give you a beautiful new smile.
What’s the difference between laser whitening and tray whitening? Which is best?
The type of teeth whitening that’s right for you depends mostly on how much time you have. For immediate results, one-hour Zoom! Whitening is your best choice. If you don’t mind waiting a few weeks—and don’t mind wearing a tray for several hours each night—in-home tray whitening could be a better choice. We provide both types of treatment, but costs vary.
If you’re considering teeth whitening but aren’t sure which method is right for you, please call our office for a free consultation. We’ll be glad to explain the differences between the whitening systems and help you determine what would work best for your situation.
Do you accept emergencies?
We do accept patients who have dental emergencies. Please call our office and let us know what your problem is so that we can schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. If you have an emergency after our normal office hours, please call our office and the answering machine will refer you to a number where you can get assistance.
What is plaque?
Plaque is the accumulation of bacteria microorganisms and their products, which sticks to the tooth surfaces. Dental plaque is soft and easily removed by brushing and flossing the teeth. Accumulation of plaque can lead to gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease, as well as tooth decay.
What is calculus (tartar)?
Calculus is dental plaque that has mineralized. Calculus can form when plaque is not removed from the tooth surfaces. This plaque becomes old and eventually forms into calculus. Calculus can form above or below the gum line. The bacteria that stick to calculus can cause gum disease (gingivitis) or periodontal disease. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. A dental hygienist checks for calculus formation when you visit the dental office. It is removed with special instruments designed to adapt to the tooth surface affected without causing trauma to the soft gums.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Some common features associated with gingivitis are red and swollen gums, and the presence of bleeding while brushing and flossing. The cause of gingivitis is the bacteria in dental plaque. This disease is reversible with good oral hygiene practices.
Can I have periodontal disease even if I don’t notice any symptoms?
Yes. Periodontal disease affects three out of four adults at some time in their lives. It doesn’t necessarily hurt and you may not even be aware that you have it until an advanced stage. That’s why scheduling routine visits with your dentist is important.
How is periodontal disease diagnosed?
If you have healthy gums, they fit snugly around your teeth. With periodontal disease, the supporting bone and gum are destroyed, forming pockets around your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist can determine whether or not you have periodontal disease by measuring the depth of pockets. A periodontal probe, a dental instrument that is used like a ruler, is inserted into the pocket. The probe measures the depth of the pocket from the crest of the gingiva to the base of the pocket. A healthy sulcus ranges between 0 to 3 millimeters in depth. Spaces with a depth of more than 4 millimeters are called pockets and are evidence of periodontal disease and a depth greater than 6 millimeters indicates advanced periodontal disease. If your gum disease is left untreated, you may need surgery.
Can I afford cosmetic dentistry?
Yes. We will gladly work with you to find the best payment option that fits comfortably in your budget.