Frequently asked questions

We provide in our office most treatments required to restore, maintain and beautify teeth, bone and gum tissue for adults and children. We plan for and quarterback on behalf of our patients, any needed procedures referred to specialists. The specialists we use for root canal treatment, extractions, implant placement, bone augmentation, gum grafting and orthodontic treatment have spent many years honing their craft and deliver exceptional treatment to our patients.

While we are not in-network with any dental insurance companies, the majority of our patient's insurance plans do provide coverage for procedures done in our office. As a service to our patients, we handle all of the insurance claim process to ensure you receive the maximum benefit for the dental services we provide.

We have chosen to practice in an environment where the relationship between dentist/hygienist and patient is not intruded upon by a third party insurance company. Being out of network allows us to take the time necessary with each patient and each procedure, to carry out the treatment calmly and conscientiously. We feel this is the most predictable path to an esthetic, durable and comfortable treatment result.

Yes. We wish to make the highest level of dental care affordable to all and for that purpose, we offer payment plans through Care Credit.

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. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

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.

Flossing of the teeth 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.

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.

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.

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