FAQ

Why should I visit the dentist regularly?

Tooth decay doesn’t only involve your mouth – oral disease trickle down and affect all of your body. Seeing your dentist often will prevent silent killers from infecting your teeth and your body.
Oral care helps teeth resist decay and deterioration. Your breath will be fresher. Strong, healthy teeth improve your smile, your appearance and your self-esteem. Thoroughly cleaned teeth make a more attractive smile, as surface stains are removed. Good oral habits and regular dental visit can keep your mouth free from gum disease. Gum disease can deteriorate your oral tissues, your teeth and your bones.
Routine dental care will keep your teeth well throughout your life, and your smile will be more vibrant and youthful.

If I believe my teeth are healthy, should I still see a dentist?

You could have an oral problem even if your teeth feel normal, so routine appointments ensure that your health isn’t at risk. Your dentist and hygienists will keep your teeth clean and healthy, and therefore your smile stays bright and beautiful.
You don’t have to be embarrassed by imperfections in your smile. We can fix chipped teeth and even replace missing teeth. Porcelain veneers or Lumineers will give you a picture perfect smile. We offer our customers cosmetic dentistry options to make them excited about showing their best smiles. Straight, strong teeth will look brighter and more attractive with professional tooth whitening.

How do I maintain my oral care at home?

Floss your teeth every day, and brush you teeth at least twice a day. Brush your tongue to keep bacteria at bay and freshen your breath. Use fluoride toothpaste and discuss fluoride mouthwashes with your dentist. Fluoride is known to prevent dental caries. Visit your dentist every six months, and be diligent. Keep a balanced diet, and don’t consume too much sugar. Lingering sugar in your mouth directly causes cavities. Remember that tobacco can discolor teeth and possibly increase your changes of developing oral cancer.

What are cavities?

Simply put, cavities are holes in your teeth. Cavities are totally preventable. Meticulous oral care – flossing and brushing – will keep plaque from collection on your teeth. When plaque builds up, it reacts with sugars lingering in your mouth. This reaction creates acids that attack your teeth. The acids wear down the tooth’s enamel and form holes, or cavities. Cavities sometimes cause patients pain, and if they aren’t treated they can progress to more serious issues.

What's a filling?

If you have a cavity, your dentist will want to remove the decayed portion from your tooth.A filling literally “fills” the space in your tooth. Your dentist will apply a synthetic material to your teeth – usually gold, alloy or ceramic. Patients sometimes prefer ceramic fillings since the color more closely resembles your natural teeth. Talk with your dentist about your options for fillings.

What is periodontal (gum) disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Typically, periodontal disease occures when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens, often due to poor brushing habits. The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis. As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, as well as tooth loss.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

The following are signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact your dentist if you experience any of these:

  • gums that bleed while brushing
  • red, swollen or tender gums
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • pus between your teeth and gums
  • loose teeth
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • a change in the fit of partial dentures

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting you dentist regularly. Also make sure to eat a healthy diet to get the required vitamins and minerals necessary for your teeth.

What are the different types of teeth whitening options?

Below are the three most popular teeth whitening options available today.

In-office teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening works by producing a significant color change in your teeth in short amount of time, usally within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist’s office applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.

Over the counter whitening
Over the counter teeth whitening kits are store-bought and use a lower concentration gel than both in-office bleachin and take-home kits purchased from your doctor. While they are cheaper, they typically are less effective than methods that can be performed by your dentist because of the low concentration gel. Additionally, over the counter trays are not custom fit for your teeth, which can result in irritation to your gums while wearing the trays.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening usually lasts from one to three years before darkening of the teeth is noticed. Additionally, once your teeth have been initially whitened, typically only “touch ups” are required to maintain the whiteness.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Bring your ID and Insurance or Medicaid cards.  If you are expecting, you must provide medical clearance in order for the dentist to see you.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, Cash and check.  We also offer financing options through Carecredit.

What insurance companies do you accept?

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Careington
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • DenteMax
  • Humana
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • MetLife
  • Physicians Mutual
  • United Concordia

We also accept Medicaid and NC Health Choice.

I can’t make it to my child’s appointment, can a family member bring him?

Yes but you must provide a notarized letter authorizing your family member to bring your child and obtain treatment information.

I can’t make it to my appointment, what should I do?

Emergencies happen! Simply call our office 24 hours prior to your schedule time to reschedule your appointment.