Questions About Your Dental Care
- Can I complete the new patient forms before my first appointment?
- Which dental insurance or discount plans do you accept?
- What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
- What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
- Do you do teeth whitening/bleaching?
- How can jagged teeth be corrected?
- How often should digital x-rays be taken?
- What are dental sealants? Are they really necessary?
- What can be done for missing teeth?
Can I complete the new patient forms before my first appointment?
Yes. Fill out online with your smartphone or computer promptly, when you click submit after filling out your information, it will come back to our computer.
Which dental insurance or discount plans do you accept?
Details about plans are listed on our office policies page.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
Call our office any time you have an emergency, even if it's after regular hours. If the office is closed, there will be a recording with instructions on what to do and who to contact in case of an emergency.
What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Every patient is important to us and we schedule carefully to set aside the time everyone needs to receive the best treatment possible. However, we understand that there may be times when you must change your appointment. If you need to reschedule, please call our office no later than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment. We ask that you try to avoid last-minute cancellations whenever possible.
Do you offer teeth whitening?
We want you to look your best and whitening your teeth is one way we do that. However, some people can experience a slight increase in tooth sensitivity during the process, so we recommend using sensitivity toothpaste for a week prior to starting and during the whitening process. We offer in-office and take-home whitening options depending on what works best for you.
How can jagged teeth be corrected?
In some cases, simply reshaping (contouring) the front teeth may produce a dramatic result to correct jagged, chipped or slightly uneven teeth. We utilize sanding discs and creativity, to create a natural look with existing teeth. In other cases, an additional cosmetic consultation may be needed to determine if additional treatments like bonding or veneers would create a better long term outcome.
How often should digital x-rays be taken?
In order to help us identify any underlying conditions and perform a complete examination for new patients, we take a full set of digital x-rays on your first visit; if you have had a full set taken within the last year at another dental office, we ask that you have those digital x-rays transferred to us. Depending on your overall health in general and oral health in particular, you may only need digital x-rays once a year but some people will require them more frequently depending on their continued treatment, diet, oral hygiene, and/or health-related issues.
What are dental sealants? Are they really necessary?
Dental sealants are a preventive dentistry measure that protects molars from developing cavities. They are a polymer resin that is brushed on the chewing surface of your adult teeth and then bonded to the tooth surface with high intensity light.
Because your teeth have many grooves on the chewing surface, food particles and bacteria can accumulate in these grooves. As the bacteria consume the food particles, they release an acid which destroys tooth enamel. The end result is a cavity. The sealant acts as a protective coating of the pits and grooves. They fill the deep grooves with acid-resistant resin, deny the bacteria a place to live and render the tooth surface more cleanable. This process is considerably less expensive than filling a cavity.
What can be done for missing teeth?
There are multiple options for replacing missing teeth: removable partial, removable or retained dentures, fixed bridge, or dental implant(s). Every patient’s situation is different, and we will discuss all your treatment options during your visit.