Frequently Asked Questions
A: Dental hygiene recalls are decided by the dentist and the hygienist based on the condition of the patients oral health. Your hygienist will evaluate your gum inflammation, tartar and plaque build-up, periodontal pocket measurement and home oral care. The frequency of your dental hygiene visits should be determined by your oral needs and not by what your dental insurance plan covers.
A: Prophylaxis is teeth cleaning for patients with periodontal pocket depth measuring between 2 to 4 mm pockets with little to no bone loss. These patients can me maintained with two to three cleanings per year.
A: Your mouth contains bacteria that can get into your bloodstream. This can happen during some dental treatments, like teeth cleanings. For most people, this doesn’t cause a problem. But if you have certain heart condition or joint replacement, bacteria in the bloodstream might put you at risk for infection. We recommend that you take an antibiotic before certain dental procedures to stop bacteria in your mouth from causing infection in your heart or join replacement.
A: There are numerous reasons why a crown was recommended to treat your tooth.
Q: What is tooth resorption?
A. You may have heard your dentist tell you that your tooth is resorbing.
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A: These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
A: We accept any dental insurance that would allow you to go to an out of network dental provider.
A: You may refer to your dental insurance card or call your human resources/insurance broker if you are unsure what type of dental plan you are enrolled with.
A: There are many different plans with different types of coverage. We can request a pre-treatment of estimate from your dental insurance to find out what your estimated patient portion will be for the treatment diagnosed.
Q: Can I make payments on my account?
A. Yes. You may apply online for a CareCredit account or you may set up an automatic monthly payment up to 3 months depending on your account balance in our office. Please call our office if you need financial assistance.
Q. Do you offer discounts?
A. Yes. We offer a 10% Senior discount to our patients who are 65 years and older.