If I need a crown do I need a root canal?
This is a very common question. A root canal is a procedure that is done to remove bacteria from inside the tooth. The roots of the tooth remain, but the canal that goes through them is cleaned and sealed. Crowns are a type of restoration that helps to strengthen weakened teeth and a separate procedure from root canals. Sometimes both are necessary, however, it we are simply dealing with a weakened tooth, a crown can be completed without doing a root canal first.
Can I do all treatment together?
In more complex cases, we are often able to complete many procedures in a single visit. There are exceptions, but if your preference is to have the fewest number of appointments, please let us know at your examination appointment and we will figure out the best way to optimize your treatment.
How much will it cost?
Once we have completed an examination and created the treatment plan that works best for the patient, we will discuss the fees and appointments necessary to complete your treatment. While there can be occasional unexpected events, we strive to have our patients informed prior to starting treatment.
Is it covered by my insurance?
For those patients that are fortunate enough to have dental benefits, there is an extremely wide range of what is covered from plan to plan. We will assist in getting the information you require to make the most informed dental decision possible.
Is it going to hurt?
This is one of the main reasons why people don’t come to the dentist – fear of pain. The good news is that anesthetic (freezing) has improved considerably allowing us to treat our patients comfortably. We also put a gel on the gums before freezing to minimize that initial sensation. If there is a time during a procedure where things are uncomfortable, it’s as simple as letting us know and we will stop working and reassess your needs.
Flossing – do or don’t?
Flossing is the most widely known method of cleaning in between teeth. Our hygienists can easily spot those who are not getting in between teeth as gums are more inflamed. In addition, cavities can also form between teeth when plaque is allowed to sit undisturbed on your teeth.
There are effective alternatives to flossing such as water piks and other devices that clean in between. So the answer is that whether it is flossing, or something else, you should absolutely be cleaning between your teeth.
Do you offer financing?
We recognize that receiving dental treatment can be expensive and that insurance plans rarely cover all of your needs. On a case by case basis we will try to find a payment solution that will work, please don’t hesitate to ask during your examination treatment planning appointment!
What about getting dental care during the COVID pandemic?
Since the global pandemic begin in 2020, we have learned a lot about safely providing care to keep patients, staff and family members safe. Prior to arriving to the dental office for your appointment, you will be asked screening questions to help us best prepare for your appointment, and we will review these again the day of your appointment to make sure nothing has changed. Staff members will be masked throughout your appointment, and our treatment rooms are supplemented with extra HEPA filtration to aid with air turnover rate. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out!