How do I know when it is time for a checkup?
Our office adheres to the American Dental Association’s recommendation that all people with good oral health visit the dentist for a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months. In some cases, more frequent checkups and cleanings are necessary. We will schedule your next visit before you leave your appointment, so you’ll know exactly when to come see us again. Since six months is a long time, we’ll also contact you to remind you about your visit about a week prior to the appointment.
How do you look out for the safety of your patients?
Very well, actually! In addition to following guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA, we use disposable products as often as possible. Between each patient visit, we thoroughly clean treatment rooms and sterilize reusable instruments in an autoclave. Because we value safety, we have invested in a digital radiograph, which emits about 80-percent less radiation that a traditional X-ray machine. We also use intraoral cameras and digital photography for close-up images, which promotes accurate diagnoses. If you have questions about our safety and sterilization methods, call us. We'll answer your questions with enthusiasm because we love dentistry and our patients.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
You'll need to first schedule a consultation. Dr. Slone or Dr. Christina will assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers a comfortable, natural looking, easy-to-care-for choice.
After my root canal, will I experience sensitivity to hot and cold?
After a successful root canal, patients may experience some sensitivity. The sensation should subside over time. If after a week or two you still have problems, call us so that we can evaluate the situation and help you find relief!
Why do I have bad breath? Can you help?
Halitosis, which we know as “bad breath,” usually originates with bacteria, and it affects about 60 million Americans. Dental problems like gum disease, plaque buildup, and tooth decay greatly contribute to bad breath. Oral bacteria put off a smelly byproduct, called volatile sulfur compounds or VSCs. By removing the bad bacteria with regular daily homecare and six-month cleanings, you’ll go a long way to preventing halitosis. Please note, some mouthwashes dry the mouth and only create a worse problem. Should your condition persist, ask Dr. Slone or Dr. Christina about professional-strength products to fight the VSCs.
Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.
How can improve my smile?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and/or replacement teeth. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile.
Will you care for my entire family?
Absolutely. We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child – or you, for that matter – would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer to a trusted colleague. Some children deal with dental appointments better at a pedodontist's office, that's what a children's dentist is called. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced periodontitis or problematic root canals, to specialist for optimal care. As a general dentist office, our preventive, restorative, prosthetic, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.
My teeth are stained. Can you help?
Yes. We offer whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically at home or in our office. Call for an appointment today!
How can I pay for my dental work?
Nothing should stand between you and your health. To make paying for dental care easy, we keep our fees reasonable and provide lasting, quality dental work. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card – American Express, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover. We also work with CareCredit, a trusted name in patient financing, that offers payment plans extending up to 24 months.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes. We will be happy to file your out-of-network claim, and we are providers for some plans. Call our office for details about your particular dental insurance plan.
Does my insurance cover that?
Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. For the most part, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. We accept CareCredit to make cosmetic dentistry affordable for all of his patients. If you have questions, give us a call. We'll be happy to tell you what your insurance will cover.
Where are you located?
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