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FAQ

Q: ARE WE AFFILIATED WITH SEACREST DENTAL IN MIRAMAR? 

A: WE ARE NO LONGER ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEACREST DENTAL OFFICE IN MIRAMAR BEACH. 

 

Q: WHY DO I NEED XRAYS AND AN EXAM? 

A: CAVITIES IN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH ARE NOT ALWAYS VISIBLE WHEN THE DENTIST LOOKS IN YOUR MOUTH. AN X-RAY WILL HELP THE DOCTOR LOCATE AND DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF THE CAVITY. OFTEN TIMES, IF WE CAN CATCH THE CAVITY EARLY ENOUGH, WE CAN MONITOR IT AND IF IT DOES NOT GET LARGER WE MAY NOT HAVE TO TREAT IT. X-RAYS CAN ALSO DETECT BONE CANCER, BONE LOSS, BUILDUP UNDER THE GUMS, AND INFECTIONS AT THE ROOT OF YOUR TEETH. 

 

Q: IS THE RADIATION FROM X-RAYS HARMFUL? 

A: REFER TO THIS CHART 

 

 

Q: WHY DO I NEED A DEEP CLEANING AND NOT A REGULAR CLEANING?

A:  PRIOR TO YOUR DENTAL CLEANING, YOUR DENTIST AND HYGIENIST WILL ASSESS YOUR X-RAYS FOR BONE LOSS AND BUILDUP UNDER YOUR GUMLINE. YOUR GUMS WILL ALSO BE MEASURED TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE HEALTHY, INFLAMED, OR DISEASED. IF YOUR GUMS ARE HEALTHY, A PROPHYLAXIS (PREVENTATIVE) CLEANING WILL BE PERFORMED. IF YOU HAVE GINGIVITIS, A SLIGHTLY MORE IN-DEPTH CLEANING WILL BE PERFORMED. IF YOU ARE DETERMINED TO HAVE PERIODONTAL DISEASE, AN INTENSIVE CLEANING IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE ALL BACTERIA/TARTAR UNDER THE GUMLINE TO BRING YOUR GUM TISSUES BACK TO A HEALTHIER STATE. IF NOT TREATED PROPERLY, NOT ONLY CAN BACTERIA BELOW THE GUMLINE SPREAD INTO THE BLOODSTREAM AND INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE, BUT YOU MAY LOSE SOME TEETH DUE TO BONE LOSS.

 

Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I KNOCK A TOOTH OUT? 

A: RINSE THE TOOTH OFF AND KEEP IT IN A MOIST ENVIRONMENT (GLASS OF MILK OR EVEN UNDER THE TONGUE IF THE PATIENT IS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND NOT TO SWALLOW IT) TO PREVENT IT FROM DRYING OUT. AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME (PREFERABLY WITHIN AN HOUR), GO TO YOUR DENTIST FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY CAN REIMPLANT THE TOOTH. 

 

Q: WHAT ARE PAYMENT OPTIONS? 

A: DEBIT CARD, CASH, CHECKS ($200 OR LESS), CARE CREDIT, AND ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS. 

 

Q: DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS? 

A: WE DO ACCEPT CARE CREDIT – https://www.carecredit.com/

 

Q: DO YOU ACCEPT MEDICAID OR MEDICARE? 

A: NO. 

 

Q: WHY DON’T MY DENTURES FIT LIKE THEY USED TO? 

A:  AFTER LOSING NATURAL TEETH, YOUR BONE WILL START TO CHANGE SHAPE AND CONTINUE TO DO SO OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. YOUR DENTURE MAY NEED TO BE RELINED, YOU CAN COME IN AND SEE ONE OF OUR DOCTORS TO DETERMINE IF YOU COULD BE A CANDIDATE FOR THIS!

 

Q: IF I HAVE DENTURES DO I STILL NEED TO COME IN AND SEE THE DENTIST? 

A: ABSOLUTELY! IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN YOUR ORAL HEALTH EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR NATURAL TEETH. WE CAN EVEN CLEAN YOUR DENTURE WHILE YOU’RE HERE!

 

Q: WHAT DO I DO INCASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS? 

A: CALL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM. WE DO NOT HAVE AN AFTER-HOURS NUMBER AND WE ARE NOT OPEN ON THE WEEKENDS. 

 

Q: HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH MY INSURANCE WILL COVER FOR TREATMENT? 

A: WE DO NOT ALWAYS KNOW BEFOREHAND, IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT TREATMENT WONT BE COVERED, WE CAN SUBMIT A PRE-DETERMINATION TO YOUR INSURANCE ON YOUR BEHALF. THEY WILL SEND YOU A RESPONSE VIA EMAIL OR STANDARD MAIL WITHIN 3 WEEKS. 

 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TEMP CROWN COMES OFF? 

A: YOU CAN COME IN AND SEE US DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AND WE WILL RECEMENT IT FOR YOU. IF IT IS AFTER HOURS OR DURING THE WEEKEND, YOU CAN GO TO YOUR NEAREST CONVENIENCE STORE AND PURCHASE TEMP CEMENT. YOU CAN ALSO PLACE IT BACK ON USING TOOTHPASTE!

 

 

Q: IF A BABY TOOTH GETS A CAVITY, WHY SHOULD I GET A FILLING SINCE IT IS GOING TO FALL OUT ANYWAYS? 

A: DEPENDING ON THE POSITION OF THE BABY TOOTH IN THE MOUTH, WILL DETERMINE WHAT AGE YOUR CHILD WILL LOSE THE TOOTH. IF PULLED TOO EARLY IT COULD AFFECT THE POSITIONING OF THE PERMANENT TEETH, POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN THE NEED FOR BRACES. ALSO, IF A CAVITY GOES UNTREATED AND TOUCHES THE NERVE IT COULD CAUSE IMMENSE PAIN FOR YOUR CHILD. 

 

Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY TOOTHBRUSH? 

A: YOUR TOOTHBRUSH SHOULD BE CHANGED EVERY 3 MONTHS. IF YOU HAVE AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, YOU CAN BUY REMOVABLE TOOTHBRUSH HEADS AND REPLACE THEM EVERY 3 MONTHS. MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING A SOFT BRISTLE TOOTHBRUSH TO AVOID RECESSION. 

 

Q: CAN I COME IN FOR A SECOND OPINION? 

A: YES! IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE TREATMENT SUGGESTED TO YOU, WE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A SECOND OPINION. YOU CAN EVEN HAVE YOUR X-RAYS SENT TO OUR OFFICE AND IF THEY ARE UP TO DATE THEN WE WILL NOT HAVE TO TAKE NEW ONES!

 

Q: WHY SHOULD I FLOSS? 

A: FLOSSING REMOVES BACTERIA FROM IN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH WHERE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH CAN’T REACH. IF THAT BACTERIA IS LEFT THERE IT CAN CAUSE DECAY AND HARD TARTAR (CALCULUS) BUILDUP WHICH IN THE LONG RUN CAN CAUSE GUM INFLAMMATION, BLEEDING OF THE GUMS, AND EVEN GUM DISEASE. 

 

Q: DOES MY MOUTH PEIRCING REALLY AFFECT MY TEETH? 

A: YES! PIERCINGS ON THE TONGUE OFTEN TIMES HAVE A HABIT OF FINDING THE LOWER FRONT TEETH. OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, THIS CAN CAUSE RECESSION OF YOUR GUMS. WHICH CAN LEAD TO BONE LOSS. 

 

Q: WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT SENSITIVE TEETH? 

A: IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH, WE RECOMMEND USING SENSODYNE TOOTHPASTE. AVOID ANY WHITENING TOOTHPASTE, IF POSSIBLE, AS IT IS ABRASIVE AND WILL CAUSE INCREASED SENSITIVITY. SENSODYNE HAS A LINE OF WHITENING TOOTHPASTE SO IF YOU PREFER TO USE WHITENING PASTE, OPT FOR THIS BRAND. 

 

 

Q: DO YOU OFFER SEDATION OR NITROUS? 

A: NO, WE DO NOT. IF YOU NEED TO BE ADMINISTERED NITROUS OXIDE OR SEDATION FOR TREATMENT, WE CAN REFER YOU TO THE APPROPRIATE PROVIDER. 

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