Q. What payment options do I have?

A. We offer a number of payment options and understand that some patients are concerned about the ability to pay for services. In privacy, will discuss the payment plan best suited for you and assist you with all the arrangements. We accept most insurance plans and gladly process your claim free of charge. Please bring insurance information with you on your first visit. For your convenience, we accept payments made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Q. Which type of toothbrush should I use?

A. The bristle and the size of the head is the most important factor when choosing a toothbrush. Soft toothbrush heads are recommend over medium or hard brushes because of the irritation and possible recession of the gums that may occur. Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings!

Q. Is one toothpaste better than others?

A. As long as it contains fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay, there is no one brand better that the other.

Q. How often should I floss?

A. You should floss once a day to keep your gums healthy and to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Q. What’s the difference between a “crown” and a “cap?

A. The restoration material that crowns are made of is gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Most dentists refer to the restorations as crowns and patients tend to refer to the tooth-colored ones as “caps” and the gold and stainless steel ones as “crowns”.

Q. What is the difference between a “bridge and a “partial denture”?

A. A bridge is a permanent attachment to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture can easily be removed as it attached by clasps to the teeth.

Q. What about “silver” fillings versus “white” fillings?

A. We prefer white or tooth-colored fillings because they tend to bond to the tooth structure. This helps strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings are less sensitive to temperature and overall look better. Please note, white fillings cannot be used in every situation. If a tooth is badly broken down, a crown will be used.

Q. Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

A. No, not every tooth needing a crown also needs a root canal.

 

Watkins Family Dental

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