FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

How often should I see a dentist?
Our office and The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. 

What should I expect during my appointment?
One of our trained professionals will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums and take digital X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. We routinely develop short term and long term goals and treatment plans for all of our patients to help you   establish a goal of lifelong dental health.   We will always discuss all of  your options for treatment and costs involved to help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, clean your teeth, and make plans for treatment as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing, and answer any questions you may have.

What does “painless dentistry” mean?
Painless Dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.

What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. If an emergency arises after regular business hours, over the weekend, or during holidays, the answering machine at the office will provide you with the phone number for the answering service which will page one of the doctors.  

Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim. We also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa.

Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
There are several methods available for bleaching your teeth. The most common method is the at-home overnight bleaching. For this method, we make an impression of your teeth and create a custom made mouthguard that fits your bite. Each day you fill the mouthguard with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight, or for a few hours during the day. The overnight bleaching process takes approximately two weeks. 

We do offer an in-office Power Bleaching procedure. This method is more expensive, but it is quicker for those patients who can’t wait to brighten their smile!   

Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth, or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth.  Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.  
A thorough examination and treatment plan at our office will help you determine which option is best for you.
 

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