Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ Category: Dental Appointments
No. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients under the age of 18 to their dental appointments.
Absolutely! Please let us know in advance if you need any special arrangements.
We do recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first appointment in our office. This is so you can have time to resolve any insurance issues and complete your new patient paperwork if you did not do it online.
FAQ Category: Treatment
With today’s technologies and advancements, root canal therapy is generally a very comfortable procedure for most patients. The root canal procedure involves removing the nerves and disinfecting the canals in your roots and putting in a permanent filling material. This procedure generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete depending on the tooth being worked on. Keep in mind additional procedures such as a permanent filling and a crown may be required after your root canal procedure.
A dental crown or a dental cap is a material that is made to cover your tooth. It is meant to prevent your tooth from fracture or may be the only option to save your tooth if your tooth is found to have extensive decay or damage. It involves making your natural tooth a little smaller so that a crown can be placed and your bite will still feel normal. A tooth that has been recommended for a crown is very likely not a good candidate for a filling. Doing a filling instead of a crown may further compromise the tooth, causing it to fracture or could result in your filling falling out in a very short amount of time.
Most modern crowns do not have any metal and are designed to match the shade of your natural tooth.
A patient that has been recommended for a deep cleaning most likely has some form of periodontal (gum) disease. These patients usually require a more extensive cleaning that involves going under the gums to remove the build-up and bacteria that is causing them to lose bone.
A dental bridge attaches to natural teeth. A dental implant stands alone and does require treatment of the teeth adjacent to the missing space. Some patients a better candidate for a bridge and some patients are better candidates for a dental implant.
Sometimes, we may decide to send your crown to a dental lab. This may be required if a different material is required for your treatment that we cannot make in the office. For example, we cannot make gold crowns in the office. Your crowns/ veneers can also be sent to a lab if a professional ceramist is required to get the best esthetic outcome.
If you are getting a same day crown made in our office, you can expect to be here from 90-minutes to 2 hours. This may sometimes take longer depending on the complexity of your case.
It may take 4-6 weeks to get your dentures fabricated. There are generally 5 steps involved in the denture making process. We work with a dental lab to ensure your dentures are made with the highest quality materials. We do not cut corners!
Generally, yes! It is possible to fabricate your dentures prior to your extractions. Once your extractions have been completed, you can start using your dentures the same day! These are called immediate dentures. Schedule a consult with our office to find our if you will be a good candidate for this option.
FAQ Category: Tooth Pain/Dental Emergencies
If you are experiencing a toothache, we recommend contacting our dental office ASAP. If you are not able to reach a dentist, taking a combination of over-the-counter Tylenol and Motrin for tooth pain is recommended. If this is not effective, we recommend making an appointment with your dentist for an evaluation. Some patients find Orajel to be effective for dental pain. Please use all medications as directed.
If you have been seen in our office before and you are experiencing a dental emergency after hours, please send a TEXT message to (910) 302-5718 to reach the dentist on call. This number only receives text messages and not phone calls. Please do not try to call this number.
It is normal to experience some level of pain/ discomfort following most dental procedures. If you have been prescribed medications please take them as directed. If you have not been prescribed medications, you may take Tylenol and/ or Motrin. If you are experiencing extreme pain/ discomfort, swelling that you are not comfortable with or have more questions please contact our office immediately. If after hours, please send a TEXT message to (910) 302-5718 to reach the dentist on call.
FAQ Category: Cost
The exam, x-ray and extraction of one tooth may range from $250 - $500. This will vary depending on the difficulty of the extraction and the type of x-ray necessary. If you have dental insurance, you may only have to pay a small out of pocket expense.
A root canal may range from $700-1200 depending on the type of tooth being treated. Keep in mind you may require additional procedures such as a permanent filling and a crown after your root canal procedure. Your dental insurance may help cover the cost of your root canal procedure.
The cost of a dental implant to replace one missing tooth may range from $3,500 - $5,000. Cost may vary based on which tooth is being replaced and additional procedures that may be necessary. Dental insurance may help cover the cost of your dental implant.
FAQ Category: Billing/Insurance
It is not uncommon to have a balance even if you have dental insurance coverage. Here are some reasons to consider:
- Your insurance company may not fully pay what was estimated
- You may still owe a co-pay or a deductible
- Your insurance company may have denied a portion of or all of your treatment
- Your insurance benefits may be maxed out
- You may have a waiting period that has not been met
- Your treatment may have been downgraded by your insurance company
Yes, it is the patient’s responsibility to pay any portion of the bill their insurance company did not pay in-full or has denied.