How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.
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 in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
What should I expect during my appointment?
One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, take X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, 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.
Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you. We accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard, Discover, Visa and American Express.
For our uninsured patients, we happy to offer our own in-house VIP Virtual Voucher Plan. This plan provides a considerable discount by prepaying for preventive and perio cleaning services. Please direct your questions to our business team.
Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
There are several methods available for bleaching the teeth: in office, overnight or daily. In office bleaching is done in one session which generally lasts one and a half to two hours. For overnight bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a tray that fits your bite. Each day you fill the tray 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. Disposable pre-filled trays are also available for purchase. (They make great gifts!)
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.