Frequently Asked Questions
Are my teeth really bad?
Patients always think their teeth are in worse condition than they really are. We can help you identify which teeth are in need of treatment and how to improve home-care to make sure you are happy with your smile.
What causes cavities?
There are several factors that contribute to dental decay. While we may not be able to tell you specifically what causes your cavities, we can help educate you on common cavity causes and how to help minimize your risk for dental decay.
How do I stop grinding my teeth?
You can only control your grinding when you are aware you are doing it. When you are asleep your body will naturally revert back to a grinding habit. To alleviate the symptoms and damage due to clenching and grinding, we can provide you with a customized splint.
What can I do to reduce the sensitivity in my teeth?
Root exposure, cavities, clanching, grinding, and gum disease can all cause tooth sensitivity. We can help identify the source of your sensitivity and provide you with the necessary tools to control and eliminate your sensitivity and pain.
My teeth don’t look as white as they used to. What can I do?
There are two options. One would be to bleach your teeth. Two would be to have porcelain veneers done to cover any stain that may not lighten with bleach.
I tend to have dry mouth, what can I do to help make it better?
Medications, diet, autoimmune disorders, salivary stones, and other factors can reduce your saliva flow. Chronic dry mouth can cause decay to develop more quickly. We can prescribe saliva stimulants and replacements to help you manage your dry mouth and reduce your cavities risk.
Can teeth cause headaches and ear pain?
Absolutely. Untreated clenching and grinding as well as decay can cause chronic migraine headaches, referred ear pain, and neck and shoulder pain. We can evaluate your TMJ for any dysfunction and recommend treatment based on your symptoms.
Do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
We evaluate each patient to determine if there is room for them to come in.
What age should I bring my child to the dentist?
We recommend a dental exam at age 3 to look at any teeth and identify decay. You can always bring your child in for a “fun visit” to make them more comfortable with the dental setting.
Why do I have bad breath when I brush and floss all the time?
Dental decay and gum disease can cause bad breath, but you make acid reflux or another common problem that is related to the sinuses or throat.
FRONT OFFICE QUESTIONS:
How much does my insurance cover?
It all depends on your plan coverage. We can call and get the break down of benefits when you come for your first visit with us.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes, we offer Care Credit.
Why can’t I go back to the treatment room with my child?
Because it is a safety hazard.
Why do I need x-rays?
To properly diagnose any treatment you may need.
What do I need to do to become a patient at your office?
Just give us a call.
Why do we need to have an exam before we get our cleaning?
There are many types of cleaning that people need. In order to insure you are getting the proper treatment we need to do an exam to see what is need for you.
Does my insurance cover bleaching?
No they do not, it is considered a cosmetic service.
Do I have to pay at time of service?
Your portion that insurance does not cover is due at time of service.
How long will the appointment take?
It all depends on what you are having done, each appointment it different.
Do you put people to sleep?
We do not put people to sleep, but we do offer conscious sedation.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes we are, give us a call today.
What can you do if my child is apprehensive?
We have nitrous (laughing gas) that we can give them.
Do you do dentures and partials?
Yes, we make a variety of custom fit dentures and partials.
How soon can I get into see you?
Normally within a few days to a week.
Does someone speak Spanish?
Yes, we have a couple of team members that speak Spanish.