Technology

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Our office employs many types of new technology.  These technologies benefit the patient by offering improved diagnosis and care.

 



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Insurance:

Your dental benefits are based on the agreement your employer negotiated with your insurance carrier. Please review the insurance benefit booklet provided by your employer to better understand the benefits they make available as part of your insurance coverage. The patient payment portion covered for procedures varies depending on the coverage provided by your employer. An estimate of the amount covered by your insurance company will be provided at the time of your treatment, based on the information they provide to us. The estimate is never a guarantee of benefits or the amount that will be paid. We will file all insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients. This does not however, transfer the responsibility of your financial obligation to the insurance company. If the amount paid by the insurance company is less than or greater than the estimate, then you will be billed the difference or issued a credit on the account in the event of an overpayment. Please let us know if you have questions about our financial policies or financing options prior to your treatment.

Post-Op Instructions

General Guidelines for all procedures:Do not chew on hard, sticky or chewy foods for a least 24 hours.  Never chew on ice.  Avoid aggressive chewing and sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies that can loosen or damage a restoration.  Carefully follow all guidelines provided by the doctor and their staff and most importantly practice good oral hygiene.  Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below.  Please click on the below topics for detailed instructions.  In the event of an emergency, please call our office.  If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

Periodontal Post-Op Instructions

 

General Guidelines for all procedures:

Do not chew on hard, sticky or chewy foods for a least 24 hours.  Never chew on ice. Avoid aggressive chewing and sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies that can loosen or damage a restoration.  Carefully follow all guidelines provided by the doctor and their staff and most importantly practice good oral hygiene.  Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below. Please click on the below topics for detailed instructions.  In the event of an emergency, please call our office.  If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

 

 

Pedodontic After Care

 

Preventive:

A thorough cleaning may produce some bleeding and tenderness or discomfort around the gums.  If this persists 2-3 days after the cleaning , you may rinse with warm salt water 2-3 times per day.  For discomfort you may also give your child Children’s Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed for the age and weight of your child.

After most fluoride treatments, patients should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to increase the fluoride’s direct contact with the teeth.

After a sealant is placed, your child may feel the coating on their teeth. The feeling subsides within 24 hours. After the sealant appointment your child should refrain from eating and sticky or chewy foods for 24 hours.

Restorative:

Following Anesthesia: Monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the appointment.  It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.  Remind your child to refrain from biting, picking, scratching, sucking, or playing with the numb areas.

Operative Care/Fillings:  Some tooth and gum tissue manipulation was necessary to perform the procedure and may result in sensitivity or discomfort.  Should this occur, you may give your child Children’s Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed for the age and weight of your child. If sensitivity or discomfort continues for more than 24 hours, please contact our office.
Pulp treatment (aka Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canals):  If your child is experiencing sensitivity after this treatment, you may give your child Children’s Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed for the age and weight of your child.  If sensitivity or discomfort continues for more than 24 hours, please contact our office.
Extractions:  Please instruct you child not to rinse, spit, or drink through a straw.  Have them keep fingers and tongue away from the area.  If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for thirty minutes.  Repeat every thirty minutes until the area is no longer bleeding.  Maintain a soft diet for a day or two, or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again.  Avoid strenuous exercise and physical activity for the rest of the day after the extraction.  For discomfort use Children’s Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age and weight of your child.  If sensitivity or discomfort continues for more than 24 hours, please contact our office.

 

Orthodontic After Care:

 

Having braces should not cause any major changes in your day to day activities.  You can still dine out, sing, play a musical instrument, or have pictures taken.  With proper care and maintenance you can maintain your way to a healthier smile.

If you are playing a wind instrument, several companies make mouth guards and lip protectors, although you may or may not need them.

For certain sports it is a good idea to wear a mouth guard. Ask us about recommendations based on your specific needs when you come in for your next appointment.

When making your dining choice, choose softer foods and avoid foods that a particularly hard, chewy, crunchy or sticky.  Cut or tear pizza and sandwiches before eating them rather than trying to bite through them.  Chopping up items like apples or carrots before eating them is a good idea.  When your braces are adjusted, your teeth may be a little more sensitive, so choosing softer food like pasta, soups or a healthy smoothie can be a good choice.  Please avoid chewing gum and chewing ice.

Carefully follow all instructions you were given regarding your care at the office.  Specific steps may vary depending on the type of braces you have.  Be sure to brush thoroughly after any meal or snack .  It is important to keep your teeth and braces as clean as possible to avoid issues.  Also, rinse with water or mouthwash after brushing.  It’s a good idea to carry a travel toothbrush when you will be away from home.  Before going to bed a night be sure to brush thoroughly and floss carefully.  It may take a little extra time but this is an important step in maintaining your oral hygiene on your way to a better smile and healthier teeth.

After you have properly brushed and flossed, your braces should look clean and shiny, making it easy to see the edges of the braces.  Use a soft rounded-bristle toothbrush that is in good condition.  Tooth brushes will wear out faster and need to be replaced more often when wearing braces, so be sure to keep some spare toothbrushes on hand.  When brushing you should also brush your tongue and rinse thoroughly when done.

Flossing is an important part of good oral hygiene.  With braces it may take a little more time and practice, and a floss threader may be helpful to get the floss under the archwire.  Make sure you clean along and under the gum lines with floss each night before going to bed.

Finally, dental wax can be very helpful with any areas that are irritating your mouth or gums.  This can be especially helpful at night when sleeping when your mouth may get drier than during the day time when you can regularly hydrate.