Q. How often should I see a dentist?


A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

Some oral conditions require us to recommend visiting our office more frequently than twice per year.  We will determine the proper frequency for you on an individualized basis.

Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

A. Your first visit will involve meeting with one of the doctors for a complete examination of your mouth.  This examination includes a thorough inspection of all hard and soft tissues of your mouth, including your teeth, bone, gums, throat, cheeks and tongue, and an oral cancer screening.  Any other necessary diagnostic records such as x-rays or study models may be taken at this time.  This comprehensive examination is performed because we believe that in order to prevent dental disease any active disease must be evaluated and eliminated.  We use the information gathered to develop an individualized treatment plan.  In cases that are appropriate, we begin your treatment with a cleaning, however in some cases we will need to further review the information we gather and determine the appropriate course of action.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.

Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.

Q. What if I have an emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards.

Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

A. Yes!  We feel that the most predictable and effective method uses an overnight tray whitening system. For overnight bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouthguard that fits your bite. Each day you fill the mouthguard with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day. The overnight bleaching process takes approximately two weeks.

Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

A. We have many different procedures that can help these problems.

Orthodontic treatment, either with brackets and wires, or with a removable tray system such as Invisalign, can be used to close gaps between the teeth, and address many other problems related to tooth position.

Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Veneers can be positioned to close gaps. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems.  Crowns can also be made to adjust the size and position of your teeth.   Porcelain veneers, composite bonding, and crowns are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.