Q: What is a deductible and when do I have to pay this amount?
A: The deductible is an annual amount that must be paid by patients with insurance. Dependent upon the specific insurance plan this amount is due when a patient typically has basic or major restorative dental services performed.
Q: Why do I have a co-pay due at some visits but not during other visits?
A: Most insurance companies cover preventative services at 100% while other services are covered at a lower percentage. Dependent upon your specific insurance coverage the patient is responsible for the percentage of a service that is not covered by the insurance company. This amount is the co-pay that is due on the day services are rendered.
Q: What is a root canal?
A: Root canal therapy is performed when a tooth has a very deep cavity or when a tooth has experienced trauma. There is soft tissue inside of the tooth known as the pulp. During a root canal a small hole is made on the biting surface of the tooth and the pulp is removed completely. This should eliminate pain and any feeling from the tooth.
Q: What is the difference between the types of material that can be used for a filling?
A: Amalgam (silver) fillings are composed of a metallic material and are typically used on the back teeth. Composite (tooth colored) fillings are composed of a hard plastic. This type of material is often the preferred method for restorations. Finally, the cast gold restoration is the most durable material used for fillings.
Q: What are the differences between in office chair side whitening and home whitening trays?
A: Chairside whitening takes about 1 ½ hours in the office and the results are instant. Home whitening trays take about 1 week to 3 weeks for results. They must be used between 30mins to 1 hour each day to receive the greatest results. We actually recommend the home whitening trays to our patients because they are able to conveniently whiten at their own pace. The patient can also use the extra whitening gel that they will have to touch up at a later time.
Q: What is a crown?
A: A crown is also referred to as a “cap”. When a tooth is not strong enough to support itself we reinforce it with a covering. This covering looks just like a tooth and can be made out of porcelain, metal, or gold. We then cement it permanently in the mouth over the tooth.
Q: What are lumineers? What is the difference between lumineer and traditional veneers?
A: A lumineer is a thin sheet of porcelain that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Compared to veneers, lumineers don’t require that a large amount of the tooth will be grinded down; therefore the healthy tooth structure is preserved compared to traditional veneers.