Yes, as a service to our patients we file with any insurance company, but patients are ultimately responsible for the fee. The amount covered by insurance is dependent on company plan. We cannot know this information for all of the thousands of plans available, so coverage questions must be handled between the insurance company and the patient.
Fluoridated water was one of the greatest medical advances of the 20th century. This procedure has eliminated disease and increased the quality of life for millions of Americans. Too much fluoride can be harmful, but such levels do not occur in our water supply.
A bridge, or fixed partial denture, is a way to replace missing teeth that does not come in and out of the patient's mouth. The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared as if for a crown, and then a single lab-made unit with a missing tooth can be cemented in place.
A dead or a dying tooth has the potential to cause pain and infection. A root canal removes the nerves and blood vessels from the tooth and seals the roots. This allows the patient to keep the tooth.
Cavities are not the only cause of tooth loss. Periodontal disease can also lead to premature tooth extraction. Our hygienists are trained to detect and monitor periodontal disease as well as clean the teeth above and below the gums to prevent or slow it.
Absolutely not. Silver Fillings or Amalgam have not been shown to cause any adverse health effects. In fact, in many situations Amalgam may last longer than white fillings. New fillings or fillings that need to be replaced for other reasons can often be done in white, but some teeth may need crowns to achieve this result if large areas are affected.
A dental implant is a piece of specially prepared titanium that is surgically placed in the bone beneath the gums and can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.