Visiting your dentist is never the first item on anyone’s plate. Unfortunately, it’s a necessity that allows us to continue to improve our oral health over time. Before visiting any dentist, there are some basic questions that you should ask him or her to better educate yourself in case their are additional procedures that you are needing besides your annual examinations.
What is the difference between a basic cleaning and a deep cleaning?
This is probably the most frequent question that we get asked here at our office. Simply put, a deep cleaning is needed when you have deposits of calculus trapped underneath your gum tissue. This combined with bone tissue loss around your teeth justify a deep cleaning. If you are just dealing with tartar buildup on the crowns of your teeth, a basic cleaning will most of the time suffice.
How much do you charge for your basic services?
It’s always prudent to know how much dental procedures will cost. In general, expect to pay the following amount for different procedures:
- Tooth Filling: $200/tooth
- Dental Crown: $1,000
- Root Canal: $800
- Dental Bridge: $3,000 (if missing one tooth)
- Dentures $3,000 (for upper and lower dentures)
- Dental Implants: $3,500 (per tooth)
- Deep Cleaning: $600
- Basic Cleaning: $99
- General Exam and Consultation: $99
- X-rays: $99
- Wisdom Teeth Removal: $3,000 (for all four wisdom teeth with sedation)
Do you accept my dental insurance?
This is always a great question to ask the dental office. There are three main forms of dental insurance: DHMO, PPO, and Medicaid plans. Some dentist will accept all three forms of insurance, while others do not accept dental insurance at all. Find out what kind of plan you have before scheduling with your dental team of choice.
What steps can I take to improve my oral health?
This is a great question because depending on the status of your gum tissue and dentition, the answer may be different for each individual. In most cases, the dentist will normally recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day. The use of mouthwash will also be recommend as it can prevent dental decay and gum disease.
What’s the best option to replace my missing tooth?
With the advent of dental implants, most people have swayed away dental bridges for their tooth replacement needs. But not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implant. First let’s delve into what implants and bridges are:
Dental Implants: These are titanium rods that look like small screws that are inserted into your jawbone. Because they are composed of titanium, they freely fuse with your bone tissue after a few months. After the fusion, a dental crown is constructed that is screwed into this rod. The big benefit of dental implants over bridges is two-fold: one, your adjacent teeth do not need to be grinded down, and you are able to floss regularly as if you never had a missing tooth to begin with.
Dental Bridges: A dental bridge uses your two adjacent teeth next to the missing space, and uses them as anchors to hold a false tooth (called a pontic) where your missing tooth previously was. Dental bridges are now normally considered when there is not enough bone tissue to hold a dental implant in place, or when there are health issues that makes it impossible to place a dental implant. Some of these habits and conditions include smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and bleeding disorders.
Since the inception of our dental practice there have been thousands of questions that pop up from our patients in regards to different procedures, finances, and the like. These questions top our list as the most frequently asked questions we get asked at our clinic. We hope they help you find the answers you have been looking for.