Q: Do we still accept new patients?
A: We always welcome new patients, and we look forward in meeting you and assisting you with your dental needs and desires. If you have specific questions that are not addressed elsewhere, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Q: What do I need to bring for my first visit?
A: Please bring your insurance information, radiographs and dental records from your previous dentist, if available. For younger patients, we do request guardian to be present for their first visit.
Q: What should I expect for my first visit?
A: Generally, we will reserve one hour for your first visit where examination will be completed and appropriate radiographs and intra-oral photographs will be taken for evaluation and assessment. In addition, routine dental cleaning will be performed. A significant portion of the visit will involve discussing current oral condition and addressing any concerns. Finally, a mutually accepted treatment plan will be established along with a timeline of the treatment.
Q: How do I know how much is my copayment?
A: We will provide a copy of your estimated cost for your treatment plan. We are here to assist you with any of your financial questions, and we will gladly pre-authorize your treatment with your insurance carrier if requested. However, you are expected to take care of your copayment at the time of treatment and any other fee that is not covered under your insurance benefit.
Q: What if I do not have any dental insurance?
A: Dental insurance does financially subsidize your treatment plan. However, we do not and will not determine and establish your treatment plan based on your dental insurance benefits; rather it will be based on your needs and desires. Furthermore, depending on the type of treatment, we will provide discounted fees to those without dental insurance.
Q: Do we work with children and when should a child be seen by a dentist?
A: According to the American Pediatric Dental Association, a child should be seen by a dentist at one year old. We do encourage parents to bring their children to our practice during their own routine dental visit such as examination and cleaning. This allows the child to get familiar with the practice and the environment so that he/she will feel more comfortable for his/her own treatment.
Q: Do we do braces and when should a child be seen for an orthodontic evaluation?
A: Depending on the skeletal and dentitional growth pattern of a child, he may have an orthodontic evaluation and treatment as early as six years old. It is important to develop the dental arches during the developmental stages so that we can minimize dental crowding as often seen in adulthood. We also provide orthodontic treatment for adults either through Invisalign or traditional system.
Q: Do we do root canal therapy?
A: In short, we do perform root canal therapy when required for biological integrity and stability. Please see endodontic procedure section for more detail.
Q: Do we place implants?
A: We currently restore implants and works closely with our caring periodontist for the placement of implants according to the established treatment plan.
Q: Do we extract wisdom teeth?
A: Although on occasion we will perform single unimpacted wisdom tooth extraction, we routinely refer extractions of all wisdom teeth especially those that are impacted to our caring oral surgeons that we affiliate with.