FAQ

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 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, 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 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.

What does “painless dentistry” mean?

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

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.

Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept all major credit cards. Please visit our Financial & Insurance page for more information.

What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

A cosmetic dentist is an accredited general dentist who has completed four years of dental studies at an accredited institute and earned either a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree or Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

If you are unsatisfied with your current smile because your teeth are discolored, crooked, chipped or missing, then you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is ideal of patients looking for a beautiful smile with immediate results.

Are cosmetic dental procedures painful?

Thanks to the advancements in today’s technology, we are able to deliver the highest quality of cosmetic dental care available while at the same time, reducing much of the discomfort associated with cosmetic dental procedures.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will perform a comprehensive oral exam, including an examination of your teeth and gums, an oral cancer screening, take X-rays of your teeth and a thorough cleaning. Then together, you and the doctor will work together to develop a customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and desires. We utilize the most state-of-the-art technology available to ensure you receive optimum results.

How long will my new and improved smile last?

The materials we use to restore smiles are actually stronger than the natural tooth and prove to be more resistant to normal wear and tear, such as staining. Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits and regularly visiting your dentist will help your new and improved smile last for years to come.