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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.
A common question…with a not so straightforward answer.
Dental insurance is a benefit, usually provided by an employer, to decrease the cost of your out-of-pocket expenses. When a dentist is considered “in-network”, they have agreed to accept the terms of the contract with the insurance company, including their fees. Usually these fees are a negotiated price, typically lower than the traditional fee of the office. This fee is based on the plan the employer (or customer) purchases. When purchasing an insurance plan, employers usually look at the amount of benefit and the cost of the premiums for the employer and/or employee.
Some services are not covered, but does not mean they are not necessary. The insurance may decrease your out-of-pocket expense, but not cover it completely. As a trusted dental provider, we base treatment off of the best decision for your dental health. Some plans may state they cover preventative services (cleanings, x-rays, etc.) 100%, but the office fee may be more than the allowable fee of the insurance company. Even though you may have a balance with these services, it will always be less than the total amount, which saves you money in the end.
Here is a link for a glossary on dental clinical and insurance terms that can help you navigate your insurance.
Here at our office, we will file a claim with any insurance carrier, but we are only contracted with a few. Please call our office or send us a message on our contact page for any questions about your particular insurance!
It is important to create a positive image about the dentist for your child before they even step into the office. Your child may be nervous or apprehensive, but with your guidance and these tips you can make their first and future dental appointments a success!
1. DO make your child comfortable with their teeth and brushing.
The preparation for the first visit really starts at home. Help your child brush or even brush with them as a group activity. Find books, crafts, activities, or songs that will help you introduce them to their teeth and the dentist. The more comfortable and familiar they are with their teeth the easier your child’s first visit will be.
2. DO have a positive attitude about the dentist.
Children are very perceptive of our attitudes and energy. When we are relaxed, our children will be too. Being prepared also makes them relaxed. Spend time talking about the dental visit in a positive way. Never say, “They won’t hurt you” or “You won’t get a shot”, or even passively make threats “If you do not behave, they will give you a shot.” These statements may seem harmless, but create ideas in the child’s mind of distrust and harm. Instead use positive statements like “The dentist will count your teeth”, “We are going to show the dentist how good you brush”, or “They have lots of cool things to show you here.”
3. DO find a great dental office that you trust.
We encourage finding a dental office that you as parent as well as your child will feel comfortable at. Find an office that is convenient for your family, has compassionate, caring staff and doctors, and provides a kid friendly atmosphere.
It may be a good idea to bring your child to your regular checkup. This way they can get used to the sights and sounds of the office. This will only be successful if you as the parent can be helpful and positive during your own appointment.
At our office, we provide care to all ages! We pride ourselves on providing excellent care and making first visits FUN! Sometimes the best care means we may need to refer your child to a pediatric specialist to provide sedation or additional behavior reassurance. If you have any questions or would like suggestions, please call our office at 765-932-2738 or send us an email on our contact page.
For most patients, we recommend twice-yearly visits for cleanings and examinations. If you are currently being treated for a particular concern, we may recommend that you visit us more often.
We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding using tooth-colored composite, and even orthodontic treatments like Invisalign.
All our dentistry is done with an eye toward esthetics. We know that it's important that your teeth are both healthy and attractive.
If you'd like to find out which of our services can help you meet your goals, call our office to schedule your consultation.
The toothpaste aisle is daunting sometimes with so many choices!
When it comes to toothpaste, there are a few ingredients that we recommend, but personal preference is the bottom line. You should buy what you will use!
Below are some ingredients and recommendations we have when standing in the toothpaste aisle.
1. Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means the toothpaste has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
2. It is important for your toothpaste to contain fluoride. Fluoride is a cavity preventer. Look for sodium fluoride or monofluoride phosphate (MFP).
3. Tarter control toothpastes contain pyrophosphate. It can help minimize the build up of dental plaque, but does not remove if it’s already there. If the hygienist thinks produce a high amount of tarter in between appointments, tarter control toothpaste may be for you.
4. Whitening toothpaste removes surface stain, but does not change the actual color of your teeth. If you have questions about whitening your teeth, please ask about our whitening techniques here at the office.
5. All toothpastes have abrasives to remove debris and surface stains. Some of these are silica, calcium carbonate, and aluminum oxide. Too much abrasiveness is bad, but ADA-accepted toothpastes lie within reasonable limits.
6. Triclosan is an antimicrobial added to some toothpaste. It can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Research is still being done on this ingredient.
7. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth can help combat sensitivity to hot, cold, air, and touch over time of use. Look for toothpastes that contain potassium nitrate. Sensodyne is an example of sensitive toothpaste.
8. If you have a high acid diet (wine, juices, sodas), toothpastes that remineralize might be effective for you. Pronamel is an example of this type of toothpaste.
9. Some individuals might have an allergy to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and some evidence suggests this ingredient may increase canker sore frequency. Consider an SLS-free toothpaste if you suspect this is true for you.
X-rays are a dentist's most important diagnostic tool. Often, problems start inside your teeth or beneath the gumline. By the time the problem is visible to the naked eye, it can be painful and more difficult to treat. Using x-rays taken on a regular basis, we can catch problems early and treat them quickly and comfortably.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are full coverage restorations of teeth, and different from a filling.
Four most common reasons we recommend a crown:
- Broken tooth: If you break a tooth, sometimes you are fortunate enough we might recommend only a crown. Other times when teeth break it may be deep enough you may need a root canal before a restoration or the tooth cannot be restored and needs extracted. Crowns are much stronger than a conventional filling and are often recommended on teeth that are at risk for fracture as well (example: large fillings or a patient who grinds)
- Large filling: If your tooth has a large filling, we may recommend you consider a crown to preserve your tooth over time. More and more tooth structure needs to be removed every time you get a cavity in order to properly restore your tooth with a traditional filling. If there is very little natural tooth structure left, the filling will not bond to the tooth and will fail. Crowns are much stronger than a very large filling.
- After a root canal procedure: If you have had a root canal, we like to place a permanent restoration after that procedure. Options can vary, but a crown is a common restoration we will suggest to provide strength to the tooth.
- Aesthetic purposes: In the event your teeth are misshapen, discolored, or aesthetically unpleasing, we may recommended crowns or veneers to help achieve a pleasing, aesthetic smile. These types of procedures are usually cosmetic and not covered by dental benefit plans.
Dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options:
- Dental implants appear the most life-like and natural.
- The actual implant piece of the dental implant is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal.
- Dental implants are the most secure and stable.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss, keeping your jaw tissue healthy and preventing changes in the shape of your face.
- With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dentures & Partials
It is important to care for your dentures just like you would care for your natural teeth. Proper hygiene of your dentures prevents diseases such as fungal infections.
If you are able, we encourage patients to remove your denture at some point in the day to give your mouth a break from the denture. At this time, you can soak your denture in warm water. Effervescent tablets are common and can be used to soak your denture for additional cleaning or stain removal. DO NOT use bleach or boiling water as it may deform and harm the acrylic of the denture. You may use a soft toothbrush or denture brush to remove debris before or after soaking.
It is suggested to clean your dentures over a sink full of water to prevent breakage if dropped. Keep your dentures out of reach of pets and children who may cause damage.
It is important to have your dentures adjusted if you feel sore spots or occlusion problems. Maintenance and examination of your dentures on a regular basis help catch fine cracks or damage.
If you are unable to remove your denture because they are fixed with implants, it is important to rinse and use proper flushing and flossing techniques described to you by your dentist or hygienist. Keeping up with your hygiene routines prevents any infection or failure of implants.
A complete denture is a dental prosthesis for your mouth in which all of the teeth have been removed. This can be worn on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both upper and lower. A complete denture is worn to replace the missing teeth and re-establish esthetics and functionality.
A partial denture is a dental prosthesis for your mouth in which only some teeth are missing. A partial denture is designed with various types of hooks and attachments that go around the teeth to hold it in place. A partial denture can be made from metal or acrylic-type material, and is a decision you and your dentist make based on your case.
Both types of dentures can be removable or fixed in the mouth with implants. It is good to consider these options when speaking to your dentist about what type of denture is good for you.
A dental extraction poses many questions regarding the future of your smile and your oral health. Unless you have a wisdom tooth extracted, we recommend replacing a missing tooth. This will prevent your teeth from shifting and causing additional problems with your oral health. When your teeth shift, it can expose roots and cause problems with your bite. When you replace a missing tooth, you prevent the shifting that occurs with tooth loss.
Additionally, replacing missing teeth makes it easier to chew and to smile confidently.
We offer a number of options to meet your needs:
- Fixed dental bridge – We can replace a missing tooth with an artificial tooth anchored by two dental crowns. We will match your dental bridge to your existing teeth for an esthetic result.
- Partial denture – If you are missing multiple teeth, we can replace multiple teeth at once with a partial denture. Partial dentures come in either a metal base or a lightweight acrylic base. We will discuss which option will work best for you.
- Complete denture – If you are facing dental extractions of all of your teeth on your upper or lower arch, a complete denture will replace all of your teeth at once. Our dentures are highly esthetic and fit comfortably.
Root Canal Therapy
Understanding the process can often remove a great deal of the fear surrounding dental procedures. During a root canal, the goals of treatment are to stop the infection, prevent further damage, and relieve your pain.
We begin by making sure that you are numb and comfortable. The next step is to open your tooth. We then use special instruments to carefully and thoroughly clean out the infection from your tooth and remove the infected or damaged nerve. If necessary, we may place an antibiotic treatment to prevent re-infection.
The cavity in your tooth will be filled and sealed, and a crown may be placed. You may experience some soreness following the procedure as part of your body’s natural reaction to any type of perceived injury, but this will quickly fade and you will feel much better.
Staining of teeth can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic staining is below the surface of the tooth and is harder to remove. Extrinsic staining is stain on the surface of the tooth such as residue from food or drink and build-up that covers the tooth enamel.
Intrinsic stain may require teeth whitening either in-office or at-home whitening products. This type of stain is not removed with whitening toothpaste.
Extrinsic stain removal will respond well with regular dental cleanings and brushing teeth with whitening toothpaste.
If you choose to use whitening toothpaste, make sure your product has a fluoride or anti-cavity containing ingredient. Without this ingredient, you are more prone to cavities.