We encourage our patients and parents to ask questions and are eager to provide information, including photographs and literature, to help clarify dental procedures.
Listed below are just some of the questions frequently asked:
- What type of Restorative materials are available? Dr. Rob offers a variety of restorative options. Our office is Amalgam (silver) free and we offer both traditional and fluoride free/BPA free options. We understand every patient has different concerns and we are willing to accommodate specific needs.
- When should I bring my child in for their first visit? Decay can occur as soon as teeth appear in the mouth, therefore, we recommend scheduling a visit for your child by 12 months of age. This gives Dr. Rob the opportunity to assess your child’s growth and development, examine teeth for decay and evaluate the mouth for any injuries or other problems.
Important topics such as fluoride supplements, thumb sucking and pacifier habits, and proper home care will be discussed. Early introduction to the dental office and staff will help your child feel more comfortable about future visits.
- What are sealants? A sealant is a material that is applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth (permanent molars and premolars) to keep out food and bacteria (plaque). The back teeth have naturally occurring pits and fissures that can trap plaque, resulting in decay. Sealants are an effective way to minimize the risk of decay on the tooth’s chewing surface. Flossing is essential to help prevent decay between the teeth.
- Why does my child need a fluoride supplement if they already use toothpaste with fluoride? Fluoride supplements (chewable tablets or liquid) benefit the forming teeth by helping to make the enamel more resistant to decay-causing acid.
The fluoride found in toothpaste, mouth rinses and applied in a dental office benefits the teeth that have already erupted.
- Why does my child need to have baby teeth restored (filled) if they are going to lose them anyway? Although primary (baby) teeth are eventually replaced by permanent teeth, they can remain in the mouth until 12 years of age. If tooth decay is left unattended, the bacteria can spread to adjacent teeth, other areas of the mouth, and even other areas of the body.
- Why does my child need x-rays? Dental x-rays provide a wealth of information regarding a patient’s oral health and aid in the evaluation of areas that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Radiographs can reveal conditions such as interproximal (between the teeth) decay, developmental abnormalities, tumors and bone infections, to name just a few.
Our office utilizes digital radiography which, diagnostically, is more definitive than conventional x-rays and exposes the patient to lower doses of radiation.
- What is moderate sedation (conscious sedation)? Moderate sedation is a procedure that is recommended for treatment of patients who are either very young and cooperation is a concern and/or those with high anxiety. The sedation medication is intended to help the patient with fear management.
- Do you accept insurance? We are an out-of-network provider, but our fees typically fall within most insurance company’s “usual, customary and reasonable” (UCR) rates.
We gladly submit dental claims electronically (including request for predetermination of benefits) for all patients who have dental insurance. Electronic submission typically expedites reimbursement and/or information to the member.