FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

We have compiled a list of FAQs about dental care and dental office policy. And, of course, our staff is always willing to answer any other questions you might have.

Are x-rays necessary and how often do I need them taken?

Dental x-rays taken at appropriate intervals are a valuable diagnostic tool. There are many problems which may go undetected without the aid of these x-rays. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you follow the professional advice of your dentist who will assess the frequency needed to obtain a set of decay-detecting bitewing x-rays or full mouth series of diagnostic film.

What can you do for patients who are anxious about dental visits?

Our entire staff, including hygienists, can monitor nitrous oxide sedation to relax anxious patients during treatment. There are no special accommodations needed following the use of nitrous oxide so patients are permitted to drive after their appointment.

How often should I visit the dentist for a dental exam and professional cleaning?

For most patients, the ADA recommends a dental cleaning twice a year. Regular checkups in combination with good dental hygiene habits will help patients keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

At what age do you recommend children have their first dental visit?

We love to see children and recommend they have their first dental visit with us by the age of three. We like the first dental visit to be a fun and informative experience. It is our goal to make your child’s first visit a positive experience and set the foundation for a lifetime of great dental health.

What are sealants and would my child benefit from them?

Sealants are a protective coating placed in the pits and fissures of posterior teeth (molars). By sealing these pits and fissures, it aids in preventing decay from getting started. We can determine if sealants are indicated for your child following a thorough exam.

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 always cause pain. If you notice red, puffy or bleeding gums, it may be an indication you have gum disease. For this reason, we recommend you schedule regular examinations to assess the health of your teeth and gum tissues.

What payment options are available for my dental treatment?

For our patient’s convenience, we have arranged third party financing through Care Credit to help receive more extensive treatment in a timely manner. If needed, we offer individualized payment plans to our established patients. We also accept cash, checks and most major credit cards.