At Palmerston Dental, we are committed to educate our patients on oral health conditions, dental procedures, and proper oral hygiene techniques. We believe that education is the key to a productive and successful patient/dental office relationship. Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns. Listed below, for your reference and to help our patients in their everyday dental care, is a list of commonly asked questions:
Q: Do you accept dental insurance?
A: We do! Every insurance carrier is different, but we will do our best to help you by submitting your dental claim for you, either online or by mail. We accept direct payments from insurance companies, in which you will be responsible to pay any remaining portion of the bill. Some insurances pay the patient directly, in which case you will pay the full portion of the bill and be reimbursed directly. As all dental benefit plans and insurance companies vary, we promise to do our best to help you with the complications of dental claim submissions.
Q: What if I don't have dental insurance?
A: We understand that even basic treatment dental costs can be overwhelming without the help of dental insurance but we believe that dental treatment should not be neglected because cost is a concern. We work with our patients to come up with affordable treatment plans and convenient financial and payment options so that even the most advanced dentistry treatments are within the reach of each of our patients.
Q: What causes a toothache?
Q: Are bleeding gums a sign of a problem?
A: Bleeding after brushing and flossing can be unsettling. It can also be a sign of an otherwise mostly silent disease - periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss. It is a build-up of bacteria from plaque and tartar that can inflame or infect gum and bone.
Periodontal disease causes deep pockets to form in tissue between the gums and teeth. This can give the appearance of puffy or receding gums. During dental exams, we routinely examine your gums. There are a number of treatments for bleeding gums and periodontal disease, including removing plaque and tartar below the gum line. These treatments, performed in a dental office, are called scaling and root planing. They allow the gum to heal and become healthy again. We recommend daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups and cleanings to help prevent periodontal disease.
Q: Do I really have to go to the dentist every six months? Do I need x-rays at each visit?
A: How often you go for a dental exams depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early. For many people, this means a dental exam every six months. Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Do I floss every day?
Do I brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and follow my dentist's instructions on how to brush properly?
Do I eat a well-balanced diet, including food from all food groups, and limit sweets and sticky foods?
Do I smoke?
Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease?
Is my overall health good?