“I don’t have a toothache and my mouth feels healthy. Why do I have to schedule regular cleanings and check-ups?”
This is actually a good question! Often times, gum disease which is generally painless, can develop without your knowing it. When caught early, the damage can be minimal. The same applies to catching decay at an early stage.
“If it’s not broken, why fix it?”
A great many dental problems don’t produce discomfort. By allowing a problem to continue, the disease progresses. This can create a more painful and expensive situation to correct.
“I’m missing my back molars but I don’t have any problems eating my food. Why is the dentist recommending that I replace those back teeth?”
When back teeth are missing, it requires chewing food with the front teeth. The front teeth are meant to cut and tear through food. By using the front teeth to chew, they can chip, break or become loose, in which case, they can then be at risk for major treatment or loss.
“I brush and floss my teeth every day. Why would I still have gum disease?”
Brushing and flossing are important, but even with that, calcified deposits can attach to the teeth causing gingivitis and more advanced periodontal disease. If left untreated, this can cause the possible loss of teeth.
“The dentist says I need a crown on my tooth that has had a filling for a long time. Why can’t he just put another filling in it?”
Many teeth have large fillings which chip around the edges. When this happens, decay forms under the filling. By removing the filling and decay, there often times is not enough tooth left to hold a filling securely in place. A crown fits over the tooth and prevents breakage and new decay from forming.
“How much will it cost?”
Your cost will depend on your specific dental plan and your particular coverage. Our insurance staff member will check your plan to determine your out-of-pocket costs. You will be provided with a Treatment Plan outlining your benefits and out-of-pocket costs.

Please Note: Our doctors do not discuss fees with patients.

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