Frequently Asked Questions
Does your office accept insurance?
Yes, we accept most dental insurance. As a courtesy we will file your insurance claim for you.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
This question will vary patient to patient. If you have a minimal history of decay/fillings, we usually recommend every 6 months. Patients with gum disease or with a high decay/plaque rate should come more frequently, either every 3 or 4 months depending on the severity of the disease. Many studies show a strong correlation between dental cleanings and prevention of heart disease and stroke.
When should I start replacing my old dentistry?
This will vary from patient to patient. Ideally, before it breaks or fails to limit the amount of work needed to restore it. Since we cannot predict when older dentistry will fail, we recommend replacing when signs of wear, breakdown or corrosion start to occur to the older restorations, especially the older silver fillings. We create a long-term treatment plan for you and together we decide what type of restoration will be needed for each suspect tooth. Once the plan is complete, you can move as slow or fast as you want to restore these teeth. As long as there is no active disease or fractured tooth or filling, you can plan your treatment at a time that is convenient for you. This may be over a number of years; if you wait until something fails or decays, you may have fewer options and lose flexibility.
What toothpaste should I use?
We recommend any toothpaste with fluoride. We always caution about using whitening or tartar control toothpastes due to abrasiveness which can cause sensitivity. Fluoride is the most important ingredient that cannot be absent when selecting a toothpaste.
Should I use an electric toothbrush?
Using an electric toothbrush allows you to reach areas we may not be able to reach using a manual toothbrush. Also most electric toothbrushes have timers which can insure that we are brushing for the recommended two minutes. Research has shown that patients tend to have better gums and less decay by using an electric toothbrush.
Should I whiten my teeth?
If you feel you would like to whiten your teeth we recommend the take home method of fabricating custom fit trays and the take home bleach. We caution those who have white fillings, crowns, or veneers in your front teeth because the natural tooth will whiten but the restorations will not.
Why do I need x-rays?
Radiographs are essential tools to identify decay and other dental problems that the naked eye cannot see. Accurate clinical diagnosis and treatment cannot be safely provided without current radiographs. New patients often have current radiographs from their previous dentist. We gladly accept those records to be used for the comprehensive exam instead of taking new ones and the fee is adjusted accordingly.