Below are some answers to frequently asked questions to help you get to know our dental office a little better. Our doctors and staff are always willing and ready to answer any questions that you may have.
How often should I visit the dentist for a dental exam and professional cleaning?
“How often should I visit the dentist?” It’s a common question. For most patients, the American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning twice a year. Regular checkups, in combination with good home care, will help our patients keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Are X-rays necessary, and how often do I need them taken?
We feel that dental X-rays taken at appropriate intervals are a valuable diagnostic tool. There are many dental problems that may go undetected without the aid of X-rays. We generally recommend a set of decay-detecting, bite-wing X-rays on an annual basis and a full series of diagnostic films every three to five years.
When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
We recommend that children have their first dental visit by the age of three, and we strive to make that first visit a fun and informative experience for them. It is our goal to make your child’s first trip to the dentist a positive experience to set the foundation for a lifetime of great dental health.
Are payment options available for my dental treatment?
Yes, we offer individualized payment plans for necessary dental treatment. In addition, we accept many types of dental insurance, and we will assist you in processing your dental claims. We also accept cash, check and most major credit cards.
Do you offer bleaching options for whitening teeth?
Yes, we enjoy helping our patients enhance their smiles. We offer professional-grade, in-office whitening as well as a individualized bleaching system that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Please ask us about the possibilities.
What are sealants and would my child benefit from them?
Sealants are a protective coating that are placed in the pits and fissures of posterior teeth. By sealing the pits and fissures, we can often prevent decay. Following a thorough exam, the dentist can determine if sealants are indicated for your child.
What is gum disease and how do I know if I have it?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth. If left untreated, it can progress to the point of tooth loss. Gum disease often does not cause pain. If you notice red, puffy or bleeding gums, it may be an indication that you have gum disease. A thorough examination by your dentist can determine the health of your teeth and gum tissues.