Dental FAQs

Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. 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.

Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

A. One of our team members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, make 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 the diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. If needed, our financial coordinator is happy to assist you further in this regard.

During hygiene visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, clean your teeth, and make plans for treatment as needed. Any pain or problems you may be experiencing should be brought up during this time. We are here to help answer any questions you may have pertaining to your overall dental health.

Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic whenever possible and alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.

Q. What if I have a dental emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If after business hours, over the weekend, or during the holidays, please call the office and follow the prompts to have a doctor paged.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept multiple dental insurance plans and will process your claim on your behalf after the co-payment has been received. In addition, we offer low interest rates and accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.

Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

A. We offer several take home whitening options including custom trays and take home professional strength whitening strips.

For take home whitening trays, we make an impression of your teeth and create custom trays that fit comfortably in your mouth. Each day you fill the trays with a small amount of whitening gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day.

Other over-the-counter daily whitening products are available, but it is important to only use a whitening product if 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 whitening program.