Q: Are you able to claim my dental insurance?
A: Yes, we are able to claim most dental insurance electronically. Keep in mind that payment for treatments are always patients’ responsibility. A dental plan is a means to help you pay for your dental treatment, but it should not dictate your treatment plan.
Q: Why do I need a dental examination first?
A: A dental examination is essential for an accurate diagnosis and most appropriate course of treatment. It may also uncover underlying conditions that were not obvious otherwise.
Q: How often do I need a hygiene appointment?
A: Typically, every 6 months for an adult with individual variations due to different clinical conditions.
Q: Why do I need x-rays at recall appointment if I don’t have problems?
A: Dentists sometimes use x-rays to help detect oral problems before they show symptoms. In other words, we are more likely to catch a problem before it gets serious or severe. Much like annual body checks (blood tests, etc.) doctors perform on patients.
Q: I don’t feel like I have a cavity and I don’t have a toothache. Why do I need a filling?
A: Very often, when a cavity is in its early stage, the patient does not have any symptoms. However, it will show radiographic and clinical signs which a dentist is trained to diagnose. By the time a tooth starts hurting, the cavity may have progressed beyond repair by just a filling.
Q: Does everyone need to have their wisdom teeth extracted?
A: No. Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted; however, there are several instances when they should be done. It is best to consult with a dentist.
Q: Is a dental implant more expensive than a bridge?
A: A single tooth implant plus a crown (to fully replace a tooth)costs about 20% more than a bridge. Keep in mind, though, that an implant functions more similarly to a real tooth than a bridge and typically lasts longer, so it actually provides more value and costs less to the patient in the long run.