FAQ

Do you accept insurance?

Yes we accept many different insurance plans. Call us to see if we accept your particular insurance carrier.

Do you have any type of financing plans or payment options?

Yes we have several finacing plans available. Please see our finance and payment options page.

What Are Dental Insurance Coverage Types?

According to most dental insurance companies, dental procedures are broken down into three categories:

Preventative – Most insurance companies consider routine cleanings and examinations as preventative dental care, however, X-rays, sealants and fluoride can be deemed as preventative or basic, depending upon the specific insurance carrier.

Basic or Restorative – Basic or restorative dental treatment usually consists of fillings and simple extractions. Root canals can be considered basic or major. However, the majority of dental plans list root canals as basic.

Major – Crowns, bridges, dentures, partials, surgical extractions and dental implants are dental procedures that most dental insurance companies consider as a major procedure.

Since all dental insurance carriers are different, it is important to clarify which dental procedures fall under each specific category. This is important because some insurance plans don't cover major procedures and others have waiting periods for certain procedures. If you know that you will need major dental work that is not covered by a given plan, you should probably look elsewhere to find one that suits all of your needs.

Home Remedy for Tooth Sensitivity – When your gums have receded they usually expose the dentin part of the tooth. The enamel has worn off thus causing the sensitivity. Often referred to as “the common cold of dentistry” it is a common oral condition that affects many people.

There can be many causes some including a change of diet or medications, grinding or clenching your teeth (which in this case a nightguard would be warranted) or periodontal disease.

There is a home remedy that can alleviate this sensitivity but a visit to your dental and dental hygienist should follow.

Dab on olive oil. Olive oil can provide relief 90% of the time. The tooth must be dry and the olive oil must be warmed. Dampen a cotton swab with the oil and wave it in the air briefly to cool it. Then dab it on the tooth surface at the gum line. It will act as a sealant to protect the tooth.

As previously mentioned a trip to the dentist will further explore the reason of the tooth recession. But in the meantime, olive oil will help.

Can Mouth Bacteria Trigger Oral Cancer?

High levels of certain bacteria found in saliva are associated with the risk of oral cancer. That bacteria is more common in those that have gum disease.

There are two species of bacteria associated with gum disease. These bacteria produce fatty acids which then allow oral cancer causing viruses to grow. This discovery could lead to early saliva testing for the bacteria. When such bacteria are found the patient can be treated and monitored for signs of cancer before it develops into a malignancy.

Once again, periodontal disease is proving to be a key piece in the puzzle of maintaining a healthy body.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Dental Xrays are a valuable resource for your dentist to provide a thorough examination.

There has been much talk lately about their safety. They are not only safe but vital to your overall dental health.  Dr Andrews uses digital Xrays which eliminates excess radiation.

Without regular Xrays many diseases and caries of the teeth cannot be seen. If there is an infection and it is not detected, you could eventually lose the tooth.  If there is caries between the teeth (which in undetectable without Xrays) the tooth could eventually need a root canal and crown. Which both cost time and money.

There is also a panoramic Xray that would detect any cysts or developmental abnormalities.

Our staff here consider the safety of our patients of utmost concern. And your time and money concerns us too so we try to be as thorough as possible for your oral health.

What causes tooth loss?
A Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss.  Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth's mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults.  Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis. 
    

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. 
    
When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?
A A child should have his first dental appointment no later than his third birthday.  Many dentists recommend a child have his first appointment when his first tooth comes in. 
    
What causes oral cancer?
A Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer.  Combining tobacco use 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.   
    

What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
A Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 What is a periodontal disease?
A Periodontal disease is a serious, chronic bacterial infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. 
    

What causes periodontal disease?
A The major cause of periodontal disease is the buildup of plaque, which results from the overgrowth of the mouth's naturally occurring bacteria. In order to prevent the development of periodontal disease, an individual needs to maintain sound hygiene practices by brushing his / her teeth and flossing daily. 
    
What are the treatments for periodontal disease?
A If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root-planning (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots' surfaces).  If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone. 
    

What is gingivitis?
A Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth.  It marks the early stage of periodontal disease, and it is characterized by red, swollen gums. 

 

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.

Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.  At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities.  Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.  These include:

•Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your over all health and also your dental health.
•Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
•Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any sings of oral cancer.
•Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
•Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
•Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
•Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
•Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
•Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
•Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
•Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth.  We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.

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