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Dental FAQs

How do I know when it is time for a checkup?

Our office adheres to the American Dental Association’s recommendation that people with good oral health visit the dentist for a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months. In some cases, more frequent checkups and cleanings are necessary. We will schedule your next visit before you leave our office, so you’ll know exactly when to come see us again. Since six months is a long time, we’ll also contact you about your visit a week prior to the appointment.

My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?

You'll need to first schedule a consultation. Dr. Chaffee will assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers a comfortable, natural looking, easy-to-care-for choice.

What are the benefits of a digital X-ray over traditional radiographs?

Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients. Digital X-rays emit about 80 percent less radiation than traditional methods.

I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?

Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to overcome your stress. With oral sedation, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need and deserve.

How can improve my smile?

That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we will discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, Dr. Chaffee may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, or replacement teeth. Orthodontics may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a plan for your new smile.

Does my insurance cover that?

Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. For the most part, dental insurance pays for part of some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. We are providers under Amgen’s insurance coverage, as well as many others. We also work with DentalBanc to provide flexible payment plans for our patients. If you have questions, give us a call. We'll be happy to explain your insurance benefits.

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