Will It hurt?
Regardless of how simple or involved the treatment, we all worry about if it will be painful. In my 29+ years of practicing dentistry I have found that it doesn’t matter how simple or complex the treatment we need, we do not want it to hurt. When necessary we can use nitrous oxide for a patient at no charge. If during a procedure you feel uncomfortable simply raise your left hand and we will stop immediately and get you comfortable.
What is the advantage of doing my required treatment Now?
Decay is an inflammation caused by bacteria that is probably doing the same damage to other teeth. Most problems get worse when they are not treated in a timely manner. This applies to gingival (gum) infection, as well as tooth decay. So treating the problem now is in your best interest.
Do you take my insurance?
We participate with the following plans:
- Delta Dental Premier
- Delta Dental Advantage
- Horizon BC & BS of NJ Option Plan
- Cigna Discount Network
- Horizon Option Plan
- Cigna Dental PPO
We work with all dental PPO plans that have out of network benefits. Our existing patients have the following companies:
- Met Life
- United Concordia
- Assurant Employee Benefits
- National Elevator Union
- BC & BS all States
- Principle Financial Group
- United Healthcare Dental
- The Guardian Dental
We are a small office and we do NOT accept Medicaid or any HMO dental plans.
Dental insurance plans are confusing; the easiest way to understand how your particular plan works in our office is to contact Anne. Anne has over 25 years of insurance experience. Call 856 939-0771 or email Anne@njsmilesbydesign.com
When I have a cavity, won't I have warning signs to alert me?
It would be very helpful to your dental team and you the patient if a tooth that was decaying would turn your favorite color to alert you. In this case it wouldn't be necessary to take x-rays and all treatment would be completed at the earliest sign of decay. Unfortunately this does not happen. Each individual has their own level of sensitivity and warning signs. After a few visits with us, we will have a fairly strong opinion on your ability to diagnosis a cavity at a good time, before it becomes more involved and costly (wait...that's bad for business)! Ask us what your level of sensitivity is.
Does using a waterpik replace the need to floss?
For the majority of us....No. Flossing is still the best way to remove plaque and debris from under the gums and between the teeth where brushing doesn't reach. Although if you are not a flosser and have tried to become one over the years but simply aren't any good at it, a waterpik is an excellent alternative to remove harmful bacteria from under your gums.
What do I do if I have Periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Your hygienist is expertly trained in treating this disease. A thorough scaling of the entire mouth is always recommended as the first line of defense against this disease. This usually takes two visits to complete. During these visits you are trained in the use of homecare tools and techniques in order to fight the disease. And as always, follow-up care is critical! Frequent periodontal maintenance visits are your key to success!
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
The average person should get their teeth cleaned every 6 months. Though if you have signs of inflammation and bleeding of your gums your hygienist will recommend a professional cleaning every 3 or 4 months in order to treat any signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.
What can I do about my sensitive teeth?
Most people who suffer from chronic tooth sensitivity will find relief in over-the-counter sensitive formula toothpastes. These toothpastes are designed to deliver a medicament that will seal those exposed parts of the tooth that is causing the sensitivity. If this does not give you relief discuss it with us and we will offer you in office desensitizing procedures.
Should I be using an electric toothbrush?
YES! The technology of electric toothbrushes far surpass what you can do at home with a traditional manual toothbrush. The secret is the vibration of the toothbrush with pulsating action of the bristles that provides your gums with a gingival massage in which stimulates the tissue and increases the blood circulation to this tissue. The result is healthy gums!