Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept new patients?

Yes, new patients of all ages are welcome.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes, we accept most dental insurance plans, although we are not a PPO provider. Our friendly business staff is happy to make inquiries with regard to your insurance coverage and will try to answer any questions you might have.  We also file insurance claims for you for services rendered.

I don't have dental insurance - how can I pay for my treatment?

We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover.  We also have a financing program available, and will work with you as much as possible to help you achieve your dental goals.

How long is an initial visit?

New adult patients are scheduled with a doctor to allow adequate time to fully examine your dentition. The initial appointment includes medical history review, examination for decay, oral cancer screening, periodontal exam, x-rays as well as intraoral photographs and study casts if indicated. A second consultation visit (at no additional charge) may be required in very complex cases to discuss treatment options, answer questions and help the patient decide among the options available.

Do I need to let the dentist know all of my medical conditions and medications?

Yes, it is important to thoroughly fill out the health history form at your initial visit and disclose all health information to the dentist.  Certain medical circumstances such as heart conditions, joint replacement and diabetes affect treatment as do medications such as blood thinners and chemotherapy drugs.  And remember, our records need to be updated when there is a change in medical conditions or medications.

What is a crown?

A crown is a protective covering over a tooth that has been weakened - either by decay, a large filling or a root canal.  The crown is precisely fitted to the trimmed tooth and permanently cemented in place.  Modern crowns are made of very durable ceramic materials.  

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a replacement "root" that literally takes the place of your real tooth.  An implant is a titanium fixture that is anchored into the jawbone, which provides a stable foundation for a replacement (restored) tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.  We offer both placement and restoration of implants, so there is no need to travel between our office and a specialist's office for this procedure.

Why do I need a root canal? My tooth doesn't hurt...

Sometimes the nerves in teeth can't recover from injury or infection, and they will start to die - a process which can cause severe pain and swelling.  You may need a root canal if the doctor determines that your tooth is in danger of deep infection or if your nerve is dead or dying.  The doctor will discuss all options with you - for more in-depth explanation on root canal therapy, please refer to the services page of this website.

Do you extract teeth?

We extract teeth for patients only after a thorough examination to determine what kind of extraction is needed and to minimize any risk to the patient.  Our doctors provide routine extractions and surgical extractions, including extraction of wisdom teeth.

I haven't seen a dentist for years and I'm afraid my teeth are past hope...

Take heart!  Your teeth may not be as bad as you fear; but, realistically, not all teeth can be saved. Whatever the situation, the doctors will work with you to develop a realistic solution. A restored, healthy mouth will improve your quality of life. Make an appointment for an evaluation to see how we can help you have the smile you want to show the world.