FAQs

Payment (2)

Do you take my insurance?

We accept private and traditional insurance. That means that if you can choose any dentist (not from a list or a book), then we can utilize your insurance benefits. We have software at our office that allows us to research … Continue reading

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Do you offer financing or longer payment plans?

We do offer Care Credit. If you qualify, payments can be made monthly with no interest for 3 or 6 months. They can finance up to $25,000. It takes 15-20 minutes to get approval. We do accept cash, checks, Visa, … Continue reading

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Procedures (19)

Why do I need x-rays?

X-rays allow us to give a more accurate and thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and bone. They are very safe, and contain low doses of radiation. Without them, we cannot give an exact prognosis or treatment plan.

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Do I need my wisdom teeth out?

We recommend removal of wisdom teeth for many reasons. However, if there is no problem and they are healthy and functional, they serve as useful teeth. Some of the reasons for extraction are: infection, decay, pain, relation to second molars, … Continue reading

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Do you see children?

We do see kids of all ages. If a child would be better served with a specialist, we will refer them to one. We do recommend that children receive sealants for protection, and that they get fluoride with every cleaning.

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Why do I need a deep cleaning or scraping?

When plaque builds up on the teeth and is not cleaned off, it becomes hard. If it is located below the gum line, it cannot be cleaned with normal methods. Our hygienist must get under the gums to remove all … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between tooth-colored and silver fillings?

Silver fillings, also known as amalgam, have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, this type of filling expands and contracts with the heat and cold to stop decay but has become less common in modern dentistry. Tooth-colored fillings, … Continue reading

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Do I need a root canal and why?

The nerve of the tooth can become necrotic for many reasons. If decay, infection, or trauma affect the tooth, it can cause the nerve of the tooth to die. The only way to save the tooth is to remove the … Continue reading

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What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great teeth and gum care starts at home with daily brushing and flossing. By keeping a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

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Do I need my silver fillings replaced?

Depending on their condition, some will be suggested for replacement. The fillings will start to leak, and they do wear with time. Replacing them before they break, or get decay again is a wise idea. The newer bonded fillings look … Continue reading

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How often should radiographs be taken?

How often X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease you may be experiencing. For example, children may require X-rays more often than … Continue reading

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Will you “knock me out” to do my work?

No, we do not use general anesthesia. However, we do offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as needed. We have TVs in the operatories with VCRs for videos. Our staff is very gentle and conscious of your overall comfort.

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How do dental X-rays work?

As X-rays pass through your mouth they are mostly absorbed by teeth and bone because these tissues, which are called hard tissues, are denser than cheeks and gums, which are called soft tissues. When X-rays strike the film or a … Continue reading

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How do dental X-rays compare to other sources of radiation?

The amount of radiation that we are exposed to from dental X-rays is very small compared to our daily exposure from things like, cosmic radiation and naturally-occurring radioactive elements (for example, those producing radon). The table below compares our estimated … Continue reading

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What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are applied directly on top of your natural teeth to create an entirely new smile. In as few as two visits, our team can change or repair the size, shape and color … Continue reading

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What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is an affordable way to fill gaps in your front teeth as well as change a tooth’s color. The results of dental bonding are dramatic and immediate, and the procedure takes only a few hours.

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What are crowns?

A crown is a permanent cosmetic replica that covers an entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits.

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What if I’m pregnant and need a dental radiograph examination?

A radiograph may be needed for dental treatment that can’t wait until after the baby is born. Because untreated dental infections can pose a risk to the fetus, dental treatment may be necessary to maintain the health of the mother … Continue reading

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What are the benefits of a dental radiograph examination?

Because many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth, an X-ray examination can help reveal: small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings); infections in the bone; … Continue reading

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens dental stains and discolorations. Tooth whitening is a safe and cost effective way to create a beautiful smile. Safe, effective bleaching gel is applied to the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the … Continue reading

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Why are my teeth sensitive?

Some teeth are sensitive because of cracks, fractures, or decay. Others are because of gum recession, toothbrush abrasion, and gum disease. If the gums recede and the root surface of a tooth is exposed, there is a good chance that … Continue reading

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Cosmetics (10)

How can I improve my smile?

Today’s dentistry provides a number of ways to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include: Tooth Whitening Bonding Porcelain Veneers Porcelain Crowns We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, … Continue reading

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens dental stains and discolorations. Tooth whitening is a safe and cost effective way to create a beautiful smile. Safe, effective bleaching gel is applied to the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the … Continue reading

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Is teeth whitening right for me?

Almost anyone can achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile with professional teeth whitening. However, there are some cases where bleaching may not be effective. Dr. Michelle will examine your teeth and assess the nature of your stains to determine your … Continue reading

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How long do the results last?

Zoom! Whitening and take-home teeth whitening deliver fantastic, long-lasting results. Periodic at-home touchups will keep your smile brilliant indefinitely.

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Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?

Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity that disappears 1 to 3 days following treatment. Special ingredients in today’s modern teeth whitening products often eliminate or lessen sensitivity.

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How long does it take?

Zoom! Whitening dramatically brightens smiles in about an hour. Take-home teeth whitening often yields whiter teeth after a single application, with maximum results appearing after 10 to 14 days of continued use.

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Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes! Zoom! Whitening and take-home bleaching performed under the supervision of a dentist are completely safe, according to research and clinical studies. In fact, many dentists consider teeth whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.

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What causes dental staining and discoloration?

The most common causes include aging, foods and beverages (coffee, tea, colas, berries), tobacco, trauma, nerve degeneration, and old metal restorations. Consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride during tooth formation may also contribute to dental discoloration.

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Do I need my silver fillings replaced?

Depending on their condition, some will be suggested for replacement. The fillings will start to leak, and they do wear with time. Replacing them before they break, or get decay again is a wise idea. The newer bonded fillings look … Continue reading

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What cosmetic procedures can be done?

We offer home bleaching and in-office laser bleaching. Both are simple and painless and achieve great results. Veneers can be done to close spaces, change color, straighten teeth, and take usually two appointments. Tooth colored bonding can also be done … Continue reading

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Prevention (4)

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria surrounding the teeth enter the gums, causing irritation, inflammation and often bleeding. In order to prevent gingivitis from worsening, regular dental hygiene visits (cleaning appointments) are highly recommended. Our team will teach you proper flossing techniques … Continue reading

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What is periodontal disease?

A quiet disease with little or no symptoms at the onset, periodontal disease starts as gingivitis — but when it goes untreated, conditions worsen and noticeable symptoms appear. They include: Bad Breath Gum Recession Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods Abscesses … Continue reading

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Why do I need a deep cleaning or scraping?

When plaque builds up on the teeth and is not cleaned off, it becomes hard. If it is located below the gum line, it cannot be cleaned with normal methods. Our hygienist must get under the gums to remove all … Continue reading

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Do I need my silver fillings replaced?

Depending on their condition, some will be suggested for replacement. The fillings will start to leak, and they do wear with time. Replacing them before they break, or get decay again is a wise idea. The newer bonded fillings look … Continue reading

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