Payment Options & F.A.Q.s

Payment options

For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks, CareCredit©, and most major credit cards. We also take a number of different insurance options. Please inquire as to whether we will accept your insurance company. Payment is expected at the time services are performed. Feel free to contact our office If your treatment plan requires more comprehensive dental work and you want to discuss financial arrangements.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?
A: The major reason for bad breath is microbial deposits on the back of the tongue. Simply brushing your tongue can significantly reduce bad breath. 

Q: How often should I brush and floss?
A: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to bed at night. Flossing daily after brushing can help increase your oral health and reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth. 

Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
A: There has been some concern about the safety of silver fillings, but dentists have been using this for over 100 years to fill teeth. There are no measureable health risks to patients who have silver fillings. However, if you are concerned about the safety, we do offer a number of other options for you to choose from. 

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
A: Twice a year you should have your teeth checked and clean, should you have gum problems, you may be asked to visit us more often. 

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
A: It is usually painless in the early stages, so it is possible to have periodontal disease without knowing it or having symptoms. The best way to tell is to schedule regular checkups with periodontal examinations. 

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?
A: Brushing does not clean between teeth, nor can it reach areas that are highly susceptible to decay and disease. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line.

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?
A: Cosmetic dentistry can whiten and brighten your teeth, fill in gaps, and make your teeth appear straighter, giving you greater feelings of confidence. 

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?
A: Veneers are very thin shells that are individually crafted to cover the front teeth. They can really improve the look of your smile. 

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?
A: Teeth whitening or bleaching is a non-invasive dental treatment that can make your smile look better. 

Q: What are my options if I have missing teeth?
A: We have many different restoration options for missing teeth including removable and fixed bridges, implants, and dentures. 

Q: What can be done about old, unattractive, or discolored fillings?
A: We can check your fillings and evaluate whether they are defective and need replacement. Should you want fillings replaced for cosmetic reasons, we will evaluate and speak with you about your options. 

Q: What does heart disease and other medical conditions have to do with periodontal (gum) disease?
A: Periodontal disease can affect your overall health. Numerous studies have suggested that there is a correlation between gum disease and major medical conditions due to bacteria entering the bloodstream or lungs. 

Q: When are sealants recommended?
A: Sealants are recommended for molars and for any teeth with deep grooves on the chewing surfaces. 

Q: What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
A: Locate the tooth and only handle it by the crown. Do not use any soap or chemicals to clean it. If it is dirty or has debris, clean it with your own saliva or with whole milk. Get to a dentist within 30 minutes so we can try to reimplant it for you. Try to replace the tooth back in its socket immediately. Gently bite down on gauze, a wet tea bag or on your own teeth to keep the tooth in place. Apply a cold compress to the mouth for pain and swelling as needed. If the tooth cannot be placed back into the socket, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of your saliva or whole milk. You can also place the tooth under your tongue or between your lower lip and gums. Keep the tooth moist at all times. 

Q: Why straighten teeth?
A: Straighter teeth are better for chewing, biting, and speaking in addition to boosting confidence. 

Links to other resources

General Dental Websites
The following links provide some good general information on dentistry.

Academy of General Dentistry
The AGD’s consumer information section provides information on more than 50 oral dental health topics.

Provides information for the general public including dental care articles, dental insurance information, and information for students interested in dentistry.

Contains a wide variety of dental health information, including articles on women's dental health issues, child dental care information, halitosis (bad breath) section, and new dental product information.

Oral Health Care & Products
Links to sites providing helpful information on oral health and home care products patients can use to maintain optimum oral health.

Trusted resource for dental health information and oral care products.

One of the world's most trusted brands in dental products.

Oral-B
Oral-B developed this learning center for dental health education to promote oral care habits that are essential to the lifelong health of teeth and gums. The site includes information and advice for children, adults, and dental health teachers.

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