What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, ATM cards, cash, and personal checks.
Will you file my insurance claims?
For your convenience, we file insurance claims for our patients.
What can I expect during my first visit?
At your first dental visit, you will meet our friendly dental team. We will take diagnostic x-rays, intraoral photos, do a complete periodontal exam, followed by an initial professional cleaning by our Registered Dental Hygienist. Dr. Jamison will complete a thorough examination of your bite, gums, teeth, and will discuss your dental concerns with you.
How long does a cleaning and check up take?
A typical professional cleaning and check up takes about an hour. For new patients it will be about 90 minutes. A new patient exam is longer because we take the time to evaluate and discuss your dental concerns. We take a complete set of diagnostic X-rays, intraoral photos, do a complete periodontal exam, as well as perform an oral cancer screening
What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept payment from most PPO and indemnity plans. Please call our office to make an appointment and we will answer any questions you may have.
Does your office have a payment plan option?
For our patients’ convenience we have arranged an extended payment plan through a third party, which helps our patients receive their treatment in a timely manner.
What is the difference between a deep cleaning and a normal cleaning?
The question often comes up as to why just a “normal cleaning” cannot be done now and why does a “deep” cleaning even need to be done. The difference between the two types of cleanings is the state of periodontal health, which is the health of the bone and gums that support the teeth. The health of the bone and gums is directly linked to the amount of plaque (soft) and calculus/tartar (hard) on your teeth. It is fairly common for most people to develop some calculus between their cleaning visits. This occurs to various degrees to those who are routine with their dental cleanings, but the longer you go without removal of the deposits the larger the calculus grows. When the deposits are not removed, they cause an inflammatory response much like when you get a splinter in your skin. This response or localized infection causes the bone to move away from the irritant (calculus) and ultimately causes bone loss and a periodontal pocket. The deep pocket that forms can cause more entrapment of food and debris and the bone loss continues……
A normal cleaning is for individuals that have deposits only at or above the gumline. These individuals may have gingivitis due to lack of flossing or improper brushing technique (or other contributing factors such as crowded teeth, poor restorations, medications, hormones) but do not have bone loss. A deep cleaning is necessary if calculus is detected under the gumline (subgingival) and there are signs of bone loss. A deep cleaning removes the deposits that form on the surface of the tooth’s root (upward). Our goal is to stop further loss and maintain healthy gingiva free of periodontal pockets (and bleeding).
How often should I go to the dentist?
After the initial deep cleaning (also called scaling and root planing), patients are seen for periodontal maintenance visits which generally occur every 3-4 months due to their risk of developing subgingival calculus once again. A patient who is not on a periodontal maintenance schedule is recommended to come in every 6 months for regular checkups and cleanings.
What should I do in case of a dental emergency?
For dental emergencies during office hours, please call our office to schedule an appointment. After office hours, we provide an emergency number that will allow you to contact the dentist on-call.
Does your office see children?
We happily welcome children of all ages to our practice.