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FAQ

At what age should I bring my children to the dentist?

We suggest parents bring their children to the dental office at an early age to familiarize them with the office and the staff. We encourage parents to begin regular dental visits by the age of three.

What type of insurance policies do you accept?

We accept almost all major insurance plans, PPO and fee-for-service plans. We do not accept Medicaid or any HMO plan. Also, we work with you to provide payment plans, when necessary.

Do you do implants, and what are your thoughts on them?

The surgical procedure is performed by an oral surgeon and the restorative phase of the implant is performed by myself or my associate dentist. I believe implants are the best way to replace missing teeth provided you are a good candidate for a successful dental implant. The implants best replicate your natural teeth.

How often should I see the dentist and hygienist to get my teeth cleaned and an exam?

Most children and adults should see a dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. Patients with periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions should be seen more frequently.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide is extremely safe, is not addictive, and you are conscience during the dental procedure. It provides a very relaxed and calm feeling, and the nitrous oxide is reversed before you leave the dental office.

What is the difference between a DDS and a DMD?

DMD stands for doctor of dental medicine and DDS stands for doctor of dental surgery. Dental schools provide either a DMD or DDS degree, but the only difference is in the name.

What are signs of gum or periodontal disease?

  • Gums that are red, swollen and/or bleeding
  • Teeth are mobile
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums
Periodontal problems can be a sign of serious medical conditions such as heart disease, increased risk of stroke and diabetes.

Which toothbrush is better, a manual or electric?

There are pros and cons to both types of toothbrushes, but the one you are most comfortable with and will actually use is the best brush for you. I prefer an electric toothbrush, but it is strictly my personal preference. The main goal is to brush twice a day for a minimum of two minutes and floss.

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