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What can I expect at my first visit as a new patient?
As a new patient, it is important to arrive to your appointment a few minutes early to fill out your medical and dental history for both the hygienist and doctor to reference. When in the chair, new patients can expect to take a full mouth set of x-rays if necessary, a cleaning with the hygienist, and a comprehensive exam with the doctor. If the hygienist or doctor find signs of periodontal disease, patients may need to schedule additional time with the hygienist.
Are digital dental x-rays safer than traditional film X-rays?
Yes! Digital dental x-rays use less radiation than traditional x-rays. Radiation exposure during a full mouth set of x-rays can be compared to spending 1 hour on an airplane.
What are the benefits of white composite fillings vs. silver amalgam fillings?
Not only do composite (white) fillings look more natural than amalgam (silver) fillings, but they last longer and are better for the tooth. The dentist doesn’t have to drill as much healthy tooth structure away because the composite resin can fit into smaller spaces while adhering to the tooth.
When should I take my child to the dentist for their first check-up?
Between ages 2 and 3, we recommend the child come in at their parent’s appointment for their first visit to get acclimated to the dental office atmosphere. This allows the hygienist and doctor to familiarize the child with the different tools and sounds they can can expect during their first hygiene visit. The hygienist will also provide the child and their parent with oral hygiene instruction.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents can help their child to brush their teeth once in the morning and once before bed time and to floss once daily. It is important to help your child maintain a healthy diet as well. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks is helpful in the prevention of tooth decay (soda, juice, sweets, etc).
What insurance plans are accepted at your office?View All FAQ's
We are “in-network” with Delta Dental Premier, Cigna PPO, and Healthpartners, however we accept most insurance plans. Some insurance plans require that patients see providers who are in their network, so it is important to familiarize yourself with your insurance plan to ensure you receive coverage at the dental office you choose.