Here are a few of the commonly asked questions we have heard in the past, but if you have a question that we have not answered here, please feel free to email or call us to find out more.
During your first visit, our goal is to get to know you, review your medical history, clearly understand your dental health, and listen to your concerns. A detailed charting of your teeth, gums, and related structures is done, as well as a screening for oral cancer. X-rays will be taken as necessary to complete the exam. Treatment recommendations are based on a common goal of achieving maximum comfort, function, health and aesthetics.
Upon initial examination x-rays are taken to check for cavities in-between teeth and to check the level and quality of the bone, which supports the teeth. X-rays also help to see if there is any pathology at the roots of the teeth. X-rays are taken for diagnostic purposes and are usually done once a year.
Promoting good dental health begins early. The key to a successful first dental visit for children is to create a positive, non-threatening dental office experience. We recommend bringing children in to observe a parent or sibling’s dental visit. This way the child will know what to expect during their visit. Children are most receptive to their first dental visit between the ages of 2 – 3 years.
The strictest regimens of disinfection and sterilization are conducted for the safety of each patient and the dental team. All operatory surfaces are disinfected with a tuberculocidal disinfectant, which will kill all known viruses and bacterial spores. All instruments are autoclaved for total sterility for each use. Disposable items, which are for single patient use, are utilized whenever possible. Our dental chairs have self contained water systems using distilled, bottled water for every patient. We regularly flush the lines with disinfectant to maintain the ADA’s recommendations for dental unit water line cleanliness.
Bleeding gums can be caused by improper or rough brushing, using a hard-bristled toothbrush, and plaque and/or tartar buildup below the gum line. Most of the time chronic gum disease is usually the problem. If you find your gums are bleeding, it is best to contact our office for an evaluation appointment.
When bacteria accumulate because of poor oral hygiene or gum disease, or when saliva is lacking, bad breath can result. Saliva is necessary to wash away food particles and bacteria. Some medications and disorders can lead to a dry mouth. Sometimes a sinus infection, postnasal drip or other respiratory tract infection can cause bad breath. If bad breath is persistent, contact our office to determine whether the cause is of dental origin. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath.
We understand how anxious people can be about visiting the dentist. We strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. If necessary, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a prescription sedative prior to treatment. When you come in for your evaluation, let us know how you are feeling, and we will put you completely at ease.
Yes we do. To us, referring a family member or friend to our dental practice is the highest compliment you can give us. Thank you! We always look forward to providing the same excellent care and service to your friends and family.
Just call us and follow the prompts for dialing the emergency number. Dr. Bhaskar is always on-call and available to assist you day and night. We understand emergencies can happen, and we are here to take care of you when you need help.
We accept most dental insurances and will gladly file a dental claim for you. We are well versed in your insurance coverage for a particular procedure, and are more than happy to discuss your plan details with you before any treatment that is planned. Your insurance co-pay is due at the time of your visit, but we will be happy to help you structure a payment plan to pay out any remaining charges. We accept cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard. We are also pleased to offer financing plans, if needed.
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