Here is a common list of questions we received from our patients. If you have any other questions, please feel free give us a call.
What insurances do you take?
We do take a lot of insurances and we are in network with:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna Dental PPO
Delta Dental PPO and Premier
Lincoln Financial Group
United Health Care
Do you accept Principle Dental?
Yes, but we are not in the network.
What type of payment options do I have?
For payment, we accept credit cards, cash, and checks. All payments must be received at the time of your appointment.
Do you offer any dental financing?
Yes, we accept CareCredit.
Visit CareCredit.com for more information.
How often should I go to the dentist for a checkup?
Many people do not go to the dentist on a regular basis, unless something is wrong. It is important that you visit the dentist twice a year. It generally ends up costing you more money and requiring you to get more difficult procedures if you do not get regular checkups at the dentist. Dentists can detect cavities years before you feel any symptoms; tooth decay doesn’t hurt until it gets close to the tooth’s nerve. At that point, a more complex procedure is necessary, often consisting of a root canal, a post, buildup, and a crown. The goal of visiting the dentist regularly is to prevent decay, tooth loss, gum disease, and the need for more serious procedures.
How do I maintain healthy teeth and gums?
It is important to establish a brushing and flossing routine in order to keep your mouth healthy; brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing your teeth prevents cavities, and flossing can help reach the areas between your teeth and under your gum line. Regular visits to your dentist will also help you maintain your dental health.
Why is flossing important?
Flossing is important because it reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria often lives in places that your toothbrush can’t reach, such as the spaces in between your teeth. We are happy to show you the proper way to floss – just ask at your next appointment!
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease or gingivitis, is the primary cause of tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque. If you do not brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, this plaque will build up. The disease will attack your gums and the bones where your teeth rest. The bone will eventually dissolve, which will slowly cause your teeth to become loose and then fall out. The first sign of gum disease is bleeding and tender gums. The best way to catch gum disease in its early stages is to visit your dentist on a regular basis. The only way to remove plaque from under your gums is through regular professional cleanings.
Do I need to get dental x-rays?
It is important to get routine x-rays from your dentist, as there are a number of dental problems and diseases that cannot be detected by the naked eye. A dental x-ray may reveal decay between your teeth or below old fillings, gum disease (and potentially bone loss due to gum disease), cysts, abscesses, changes in jaw bone structure, tumors, and other abnormalities.
Why do I have sensitive teeth, and how do I treat them?
If you have sensitive teeth, you may notice temporary pain in your mouth when brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking. Your teeth may feel sensitive during such activities because the enamel has worn down or the roots of your teeth are exposed. You may also experience sensitivity due to a cavity, a chipped tooth, a crack toothed (which could be caused by grinding your teeth, often at night), or a new filling. In order to help avoid tooth sensitivity, it is important that you floss daily and brush twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. There are a number of treatment options for sensitive teeth. Desensitizing toothpaste can be a very effective treatment for sensitive teeth. Fluoride may also be used to help strengthen the enamel. In some cases, the application of bonding resin, a surgical gum graft, or a root canal may be necessary to treat sensitive teeth. Speak with your dentist at your next appointment for more information on how to prevent, maintain, or treat sensitive teeth.
What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency during business hours, please call our office and you will be seen immediately or at your earliest convenience. If you experience a dental emergency after our office is closed, please call our office to be connected to our emergency service. From there, we will make arrangements for your urgent care.
Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?
An electric toothbrush is often more effective than a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can rotate between 3,000 and 7,500 times a minute; sonic toothbrushes can make 30,000-40,000 strokes per minute. When you brush your teeth manually, you generally only make about 300 strokes per minute. If a manual toothbrush is used properly and for an appropriate amount of time (at least two to three minutes), they can still be just as effective as an electric toothbrush. While electric toothbrushes aren’t always necessary, they can certainly be beneficial. Ask your dentist if an electric toothbrush is right for you.
What should I do if I have bad breath?
Bad breath, known as halitosis, may be an unpleasant and potentially embarrassing condition. There are a number of causes of bad breath, but in a healthy person, the major reason is due to microbial deposits that generally live on the rear of the tongue. By simply brushing your tongue, you may reduce your bad breath by up to 70 percent. Other causes of bad breath include certain foods, morning time due to a slowdown in saliva flow, which allows bacteria to grow, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, cavities, dry mouth, use of tobacco products, certain medical conditions, dehydration or hunger, and chemicals called ketones that generally are released in the breath when someone goes on a diet, due to the body burning fat.
In order to prevent bad breath, visit your dentists regularly in order to rule out a number of dental-related causes, as well as to help treat any dental issues that could eventually lead to bad breath. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene, stop the use of tobacco, drink water regularly, and use mouthwash.
Are silver (amalgam) fillings safe?
Silver (amalgam) fillings are created by combining copper, silver, tin, and zinc, which are bound together using elemental mercury. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), almost 76% of dentists use amalgam fillings. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have found no link between amalgam fillings containing mercury and any medical disorder. The Center for Disease Control, the FDA, and the World Health Organization support the use of amalgam fillings and consider them safe. The U.S. Public Health Service says that the only reason not to use silver fillings is when someone has an allergy to any component of this type of filling; the ADA has reported fewer than 100 incidents of such an allergy.
How do I treat stained or discolored teeth?
Stained or discolored teeth can be treated using teeth whitening; this will help to create a brighter, whiter smile. There are a number of ways to go about whitening your teeth. Over the counter products and professional whitening are two options when considering how to treat your stained or discolored teeth. (http://www.saugusdentalcenter.com/services/teeth-whitening/) In general, tooth enamel wears away as we age, which creates a dark or yellow coloring on your teeth. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea, or wine could also contribute to the discoloration of teeth. Fluoride and other medications could lead to discoloration as well. Certain stains are harder to remove using a regular tooth whitening system, so porcelain veneers or crowns may be used to cover up stains. Ask your dentist if teeth whitening or another method of treatment is right for you.
What are porcelain veneers and how can they help my smile?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of tooth-shaped porcelain that is crafted specifically to cover the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are extremely durable and will not stain, making them a very common approach for anyone wanting to restore or enhance their smile. Porcelain veneers may be used to restore or correct discolored or stained teeth that do not respond well to teeth whitening, uneven or unwanted spaces between teeth, chipped or worn teeth, teeth crowding, and teeth that are either too large, too small, or misshapen in any other way. Porcelain veneers are created by taking an impression of your teeth and then custom-making them to fit your individual needs and smile. Veneers are fitted and bonded to the surface of a tooth and can noticeably improve your smile.