FAQ

  • Q: Do you take dental insurance?

     Yes

  • Q: are you taking new patients?

    Yes. We welcome new patients.

    Please call our office (9544724656) or request an appointment on line by clicking here

  • Q: do you see children?

    Yes, we have seen beautiful 3 year olds and up.

  • Q: do you see emergencies?

    Yes. Please call our office (9544724656)

  • Q: do you offer payment plans?

    Yes. We encourage you to call our office (9544724656) or request an appointment on line. Money should not be an obstacle when it comes to your health.

  • Q: is one toothpaste better than others?

    Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride. For some patients with sensitive teeth, we may recommend a specific toothpaste to alleviate sensitivity.

  • Q: how often should i floss?

    Flossing of the teeth at least once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

  • Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?

    These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".

  • Q: what about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?

    Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.

  • Q: which type of toothbrush should i use?

    The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. In our opinion only Rotadent has micro filament brush tips designed to reach underneath the gum line and in-between the teeth. It's 90,000 filament sweeps per second and it's MicroAccess Technology makes it the best tooth brush, especially for patients with periodontal disease or braces.

    It is recommended that you brush after every meal, or at least twice a day. But regardless of how often you brush, you should always dedicate time to visit your dentist regularly.

  • Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?

    Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

     

    How do I take care of my denture?

    Handling a denture requires care. It's a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in case you accidentally drop the denture. Brush the denture each day to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing your denture helps prevent the appliance from becoming permanently stained. It's best to use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures. A denture brush has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture.

    Your dentist can recommend a denture cleaner. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

    Some people use hand soap or mild dish washing liquid to clean their dentures, which are both acceptable. Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures.

    Clean your dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic or bending the attachments.

    A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution. Your dentist can recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.

  • Q: what is endodontic treatment?

    Known for most people as: ROOT CANAL “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment or Root Canal, treats the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment.

  • Q: why do i have to repeat the root canal treatment?

    New trauma, deep decay, or a loose, cracked or broken filling can cause new infection in your tooth. In some cases, the dentist may discover additional very narrow or curved canals that could not be treated during the initial procedure.

     

  • Q: do i need to have a root canal just  because i need a crown?

    No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

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