- How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
- My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
- Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials…Where can I learn more about these procedures?
- What are my options to replace missing teeth?
- What is a cosmetic dentist?
- I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
- What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
- Do you accept referrals?
- Do you accept dental insurance?
- Does my insurance cover that?
- How can I pay for my dental care?
How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find early signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing incorrectly or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and brushing and flossing techniques for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so Call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials…Where can I learn more about these procedures?
Our services page is a great resource for learning about dental procedures. If you have questions about these or other dental procedures, don’t hesitate to call us. We would be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and implant restorations to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our services page, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition utilizing wax mock-ups or study models of your mouth, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
What is a cosmetic dentist?
Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, so any general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. To choose a good cosmetic dentist, review the doctor’s before-and-after photos of actual cases – especially close-ups, ask about his or her postgraduate education in cosmetic dentistry. Also make sure that you feel confident and comfortable in the office by starting with a free consult, which we offer.
I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
An appointment. Your smile and your goals are unique. We offer a wide range of cosmetic services, and after your consultation, you’ll know which services will deliver the smile of your dreams.
What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit 80-percent less radiation. Detailed images are immediately available for view on a chairside monitor in the operatory. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and specialists, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they’re earth friendly.
Do you accept referrals?
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes! We will be happy to file your claim if your insurance company allows. Please prepare to pay your copayment or deductible at your appointment. Some procedures require a deposit, as well. We will always let you know what to expect financially before treatment begins.
Does my insurance cover that?
Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. For the most part, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. If you have questions, give us a call. We’ll be happy to tell you what your insurance will cover or help you apply for CareCredit financing.
How can I pay for my dental care?
We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and we work with CareCredit, a patient financing company that extends no-interest and low-interest long-term loans up to 60 months. Many patients can get the cosmetic dentistry they want with CareCredit. You can apply for CareCredit online, or call us for assistance.