Supportive Oral and Reconstructive Surgery,
Dental Implants and Implant Crowns, Invisalign and General Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an implant?

An implant is a metal "screw-like" fixture that is placed in your jawbone that acts as an anchor for a crown, bridge, partial or denture.

Who is a candidate?

Anyone in reasonable health that wants to replace missing teeth is a candidate. Adequate space and bone is necessary for proper placement.

Are you an implant specialist?

No, there is no such thing, but I have taken several credentialling programs and classes. It is my experience in doing implants that makes me different than other general dentists.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Every insurance and plan is different. We will be happy to file a pre-estimate prior to treatment to see if your insurance company pays benefits towards the implant procedure.

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Do you offer laser tooth whitening?

No. We offer a tray method, which allows you to have a longer lasting whiter smile from the comfort of your own home. This system allows you to "touch-up" as necessary and often involves less sensitivity as compared to laser systems.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Some of the signs of gum disease (or perio disease) are red, puffy gums with bleeding. You may also have gum disease if you are experiencing persistent bad breath, new spacing in teeth, loose teeth, pus around the teeth, receding gums and tenderness or discomfort. People with the following health factors are considered to be at higher risk for gum disease.

  • Diabetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Smokers
  • Genetics
  • Improper fitting dental appliances

Why is it important to floss daily?

Toothbrushes can only reach the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing is the best way to clean the areas between your teeth that brushing cannot reach. These areas are susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

How often should I have a cleaning treatment and exam?

At least twice a year, though we may recommend a patient come for more frequent visits due to medical conditions or to improve their oral hygiene habits or conditions. More frequent cleaning treatment is always recommended for patients that have a history of or currently have perio disease.

What do I do if my denture or partial denture breaks?

Contact the office immediately. Never use glue or over the counter adhesives as it could negatively affect the repair of your denture or partial denture.