Often there are questions that you may have about treatment, or insurance coverage, but either forget, or don’t have the time to fully explain your question. Here is your opportunity to ask those questions. It could be anything from “When should I bring in my child for their first dental visit?” to “Will my insurance cover dental implants?”.
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If your question is of general interest, you might see it showing up on the FAQ’s section of this page soon.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some prior questions that we have answered.
- When should I bring in my child for their first dental visit?
- Generally we suggest that you bring your child in around age three and a half. Prior to that, they are welcome to come in to have us look inside their mouth and squirt water in their mouth and introduce them to counting their teeth and the suction. If you have dental concerns, however, you are certainly welcome to bring them in sooner. We work with some excellent specialists in cases for patients that require a little more attention or might be anxious. The pediatric dentists have more distractions and special training in dealing with our special little patients, allowing their visits to be more of an adventure.
- My little boy is six years old and it looks like he has two sets of teeth on the bottom, one behind the other, is that ok?
- In the “mixed dentition” stage, we sometimes see the “baby” teeth not falling out in time to make room for the adult teeth. If this stage lasts for more than six months, then we would probably recommend “assisting” the baby teeth in coming out so that the adult teeth don’t get crowded or grow out of line. Sometimes, we will help the baby teeth come out earlier to make room for the adult teeth, simply because there isn’t enough room.
- Do you do teeth whitening? If so, how does it differ from the stuff we see on TV?
- We do two different types of bleaching currently at our office. The first one involves taking an impression and making custom fitted splints for the patient to wear the bleaching agent in at home. The second method involves isolating the teeth with a plastic material and painting a bleaching agent over them. The advantage of this “in-office” technique, is that we can treat areas that have “streaks” or dark spots and lighten up just certain areas of the teeth. This is especially helpful for patients with tetracycline stains. The advantage of the home technique is that you can do it at your own convenience. We also do a POWER LASER BLEACHING technique which combines both techniques and provides for the whitest teeth possible.
- Do you use nitrous oxide?
- Yes. We have it available for those patients who request it either for anxiety or to help them relax more during treatment. Nitrous offers a quick and safe way for patients to relax during long treatments especially.
- How come my teeth seem to stain more than other people’s teeth?
- There are several factors that are involved in the “speed” that people’s teeth stain. In addition to genetics, there are factors such as smoking, diet (coffee, tea, red wines, colas) that can stain teeth quickly. If you rinse with water after you have any of those items just mentioned, it can radically help reduce the amount of stain. How frequently you brush, have a professional cleaning, as well as your saliva build-up can effect the deposits on you teeth as well.
- Do you sterilize your hand pieces?
- Absolutely, in fact, not only do we sterilize all of our metal instruments after every procedure, we also use disposable products for everything that we can such as suction tips, syringe tips, bibs, gloves, masks and covers. We have our sterilizer tested weekly to make sure that it is working properly and that it in fact is killing all the germs. Even though this procedure takes a heavy and expensive toll on the hand pieces, we will continue to do it. We do everything possible to exceed OSHA standards to protect both our staff as well as our patients.
- How many teeth do we have as adults?
- Most adults will develop 32 teeth. Around age 17 to 23 years, the wisdom teeth come in and often they are crowded, impacted or come in crooked and therefore, we will remove them to make more room for the 2nd molar which is a more important teat
- Do you provide braces?
- Our office is certified to provide the ENVISAGING care which is the clear alternative to metal braces. This technique can be used for as much as 80% of traditional braces. the procedure is actually FASTER in many cases than traditional braces, because, with traditional braces the orthodontist is “tweaking” one or two areas at a time, whereas with ENVISAGING, we are working on the entire arch and aligning everything to fit into the grand program for faster results. The most ideal candidates are those who had braces in the past and their teeth have relapsed, as well as those with primarily concerns about minor crowding and rotation. If there are spaces of larger than 5mm or severe tipping or skeletal discrepancies where one arch is much larger or smaller than the other, then ENVISAGING is not going to be the best alternative. The typical case of ENVISAGING takes between 12-14 months to complete. More on this in our orthodontic section.
- How much are dental IMPLANTS?
- First thing to realize is that dental implants need two phases. The first phase is the surgical phase where the implant fixture is placed into the bone. There must be enough bone thickness and height to support the implant. If not, then we are looking at doing bone augmentation prior to the implant surgery. Once the implant is placed, then there is a restorative phase, where the patient is fitted for a crown. Typically, these crowns are on specially fit abatements and they are precision milled byte the company to secure tightly to the fixture which has integrated into the bone. So, there is a surgical fee, and a restorative fee. There are so many options on type of implants, how many you are doing at once, whether we need to place bone augmentation prior, or use a surgical stint to guide the implant placement, and what type of temporary crown or bridge will the patient be wearing in the meantime, that it would bee unwise to percent a fee without the big picture. We will be happy to provide consultations regarding the placement of implants. More on that can also be found in the implant section of our web site.