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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are you accepting new patients?
A: Yes. New patients are always welcome.
Q: Do you accept my insurance?
A: We do accept all traditional and PPO dental plans. We are an “In-Network” provider for the following insurances:
- Aetna Dental PPO
- Assurant PPO
- Cigna Dental PPO
- Connection Dental PPO
- Delta Dental PPO/ Premier
- United Concordia Dental PPO
Q: Can you do something about the sound of the drill?
A: Yes! And we have! If you have a new cavity a dental laser can be used in place of the drill to remove the decay. It is quick, quiet, and in some cases you do not need to be numb because there is no heat or vibration to cause pain. Our patients really love it. For younger patients who are experiencing their first cavity, it is a great way to go; no noise, no needle, and no pain. It won’t work for all cavities, but we do use it for all the ones we can.
Q: I am having pain in my jaw. What can it be?
A: The reason can range from TMJ (joint) problems, wisdom teeth, to even something as simple as your bite being off. With any dental issue it is always better to see us immediately to keep the problem from worsening.
Q: I have heard there are correlations between periodontal disease and other health issues. Is that true?
A: Yes. The American Academy of Periodontology/ AAP (www.perio.org) has recently found direct correlation between several diseases and periodontal disease. Some of which are:
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Certain Cancers
Gum disease is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, warning signs of gum disease include the following:
- Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of partial and dentures
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms give us a call right away so we can address the issue immediately.
Q: What is the difference between a cleaning & periodontal maintenance?
A: *Cleaning: Your typical 6 month cleaning is what we call a “Healthy Mouth” cleaning. Which simply means that the patient gums do not bleed, don’t have bad breath, have any bone loss and/ or tooth mobility.
*Periodontal maintenance: Perio maintenance is just as it sounds. They are more frequent, in depth recalls to help maintain your current periodontal state. These recalls are due to you having “pockets” between your bone, tooth and gums that exceed 3mm. Any “pocket” that exceeds 3mm is difficult to reach with brushing and flossing alone. Left unattended can cause bone loss, tooth mobility, gum bleeding and other health related issues.
Q: At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?
A: We recommend at the latest by their 2nd birthday. This will help establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Q: Are baby teeth really important?
A: Absolutely! Baby teeth hold the place for your child’s adult teeth. If they loose a baby tooth too early, teeth will shift and then there may not be room for the adult teeth. This can cause the need of dental braces.
Q: My entire family has dentures. Is tooth lose genetic?
A: NO! Bad teeth are not genetic at all. Dentistry has come a long way and people are able to keep their teeth their entire life. Your natural set will always be the BEST set you will ever have.
Q: It is cheaper to just pull a tooth instead of saving it. Why would I save it?
A: Your real teeth are going to be the best set you will ever have. Yes, having a tooth pulled will be cheaper initially. BUT in the long run, you would spend more money pulling your tooth than if you were to save it. Options of replacing missing teeth for a useful chewing condition include implants, bridges, partials, and dentures. All of those in the long run will run you 3 to 5 times the amount of money then if you had kept the tooth in question.
- Teeth naturally shift and move to where they are touching. If you we to remove a tooth, the remaining teeth will shift and move causing them to tilt forward/backward and /or drift down. This will not only cause your bite to become off but can also lead to bone loss due to food getting impacted between the tooth and the bone and the angle of the tooth making it difficult to clean around. Which then in return is the reason for the loss of addition teeth.
- Your back teeth are very important! When you lose a molar and/or multiple ones, it can lead to you using your front teeth for chewing. They were not designed for that! There have been medical findings in people missing back teeth are more likely to have digestive issues due to the improper breakdown of the food prior to swallowing.
- Partials, dentures, and bridges are man made replacements. They are not as good and a natural tooth and do need to be replaced over time.
- Bridge- (depending on the length) makes two teeth do the work for 3 or more teeth.
- Partials- most consist of a metal base and clasp. Changes the taste of foods and your chewing abilities
- Dentures- Over time the use of a denture will cause the jaw bone to wear done…leading to a new set, which could possibly not fit as well due to less bone to work with. Food may get caught underneath. You may have difficulty with biting into an apple or eating corn on the cob. They may feel like a mouthful. They will look beautiful and natural, but eating and speaking could be issues.
- Lower dentures are the most difficult to become adjusted to. Unless combined with dental implants, your tongue and cheeks only hold in lower dentures. Patients have to practice speaking with them.
It is always best to save your teeth. Some teeth do get to the point of being unsavable. If that does occur, a dental implant is honestly the best route to replace it. Majorities of dental insurances do cover dental implants now. It depends on the dental plan you have.