What type of dental insurance does your office accept?
Our office is in-network for Delta, Anthem, and Cigna, but we accept patients who have other carriers, if their policies offer out-of-network benefits.
What is the procedure for getting a dental crown?
If we determine you need a dental crown, we start by taking an impression of your existing tooth, which we then use as a mold for the resin to make your temporary crown. We remove any decay from your existing tooth and prepare that tooth to support the permanent, tooth-colored crown. A second impression is then taken which will be used to fabricate your permanent crown. We outfit you with a temporary crown, and the custom-made permanent crown is usually ready within about three weeks. Most crown procedures can be completed in two office visits.
Do you accept patients who don’t have dental insurance?
Yes. We ask that our self-pay patients be prepared to pay for service at the time of their appointment. We also accept Care Credit.
How often do I need to have my teeth cleaned?
The answer to that question varies, depending on your overall dental health and other factors. Most dental insurance providers will cover two cleanings per year. The American Dental Association says patients should consult with their dentist to determine how frequently they need cleanings and checkups.
What’s the difference between composite bonding and veneers?
Veneers are layered porcelain, ranging from very thin to somewhat thick, which can be affixed to the teeth to make them appear whiter, longer, or more even. Composite bonding is the process of applying tooth-colored resin to a tooth to create a whiter or more even appearance, or to repair chips in teeth. Porcelain veneers are long-lasting and generally the best choice for people who want to change the appearance of all or several of their teeth.
What’s the difference between dentures and dental implants?
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement, held in place by a single screw anchored in the jawbone. These artificial teeth are made to match the color of existing teeth, so they blend in and look natural. Partial dentures or full dentures also mimic the look of natural teeth, and they are removable. A combination of approaches – such as dental implants that support partial dentures – may be the right solution for some patients. Jaw bone tissue must be healthy in order to support the anchoring screws that hold implants. Of all tooth replacement solutions, only a dental implant prevents bone loss.
What is Botox?
Botox is the familiar name of Botulinum toxin type A. This is the same toxin that causes food poisoning, but it is not harmful when injected into the skin in small doses. Medical professionals have been using it for the past 15 years to safely and effectively smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Are Botox injections painful?
Most patients describe Botox injections as feeling like a slight pinch – there may be some soreness or inflammation around the injection site, but that usually resolves within a day or so. (Lip-plumping injections, however, can cause pain, so we typically administer an analgesic before that procedure).
Is a dental bridge the same as dentures?
A dental bridge is a specific type of denture in which an artificial tooth is supported by two crowns that fit over teeth on either side. The crowns are secured to the existing teeth, so unlike dentures, a bridge is not removable.