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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about dentistry and dental health.

General dentistry
Q: What causes oral cancer?
A: Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combing tobacco uses with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer.

Q: How can I prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
A: The key to prevention is a good home oral care routine and regular hygiene visits to your dentist. Using products that contain Fluoride can also help teeth become more resistant to decay.

Q: What causes sensitive teeth?
A: Gum recession or trauma from our bite are the two most common causes of sensitive teeth.  Both are related an can be treated easily.  Please let us know if sensitive teeth are interfering with your lifestyle.

Q: I grind my teeth when I sleep. What can be done about teeth grinding?
A: Most people grind or clench their teeth at night.  It often is an unconscious event that is triggered by your Central Nervous System (CNS). You probably will never stop the habit, therefore the  goal of therapy is to manage the condition and the symptoms.  An appliance can be customized so that both the teeth and the joint can be protected and styabilized. This wiil protect you from the wear and tear of these destructive forces.

Cosmetic dentistry
Q: What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
A: Also known as “esthetic dentistry,” cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that implements many different procedures to improve the beauty of your smile. Some common cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening or bleaching, bonding, and veneers.

Q: What is the difference between Invisalign and regular metal braces?
A:  Invisalign offers patients an option in tooth movement. They are clear, therefore you don’t have to hide your smile as you go through treatment. They are also removable and make brushing and flossing much easier throughout treatment.

Hygiene & preventative dental care
Q: How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
A: Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health.

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
A: For the best care of your oral health and to ensure any problems are detected early, we recommend and exam and cleaning twice a year most patients.

Dental insurance
Q: Do you accept my dental insurance?
A: Although, we are not contracted or “In Network”, we accept most PPO insurance and will file with your provider. Our wonderful staff is here to help you understand your plan and to assist you in maximizing  your benefits.

Q: How much will my dental insurance pay toward my treatment?
A:  Dental insurance plans vary widely. We do our best to estimate the portion our patients’ insurance company will pay towards treatment and process any claims needed.  Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for knowing the various scenarios in which your insurance company does or does not pay for service.

Q: Why would my insurance company not cover my treatment?
A: All insurance plans are diferent. In fact, plan benefits vary greatly even within the same company.  Limits of coverage exist and certain treatments are excluded.  Our fucus is to provide you with quality comprehensive dentistry the provides optimum health.  We are are concerned with you and do not make our recommendations based on the limitations of an insurance policy.