Frequently Asked Questions
A: Radiographs help us to detect various potential problems early in their development, when they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Tooth decay, infection, bone loss and other pathologies can be halted and reversed (or the damage minimalized) if we catch them early enough.
At Riverstone Dental, we offer digital radiographs. Digital radiographs use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-Rays. You will find that in our dental practice, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety and comfort.
Q: How can Riverstone Dental help make my dental treatment affordable? What options do you have for payment?
A: Helping to make your dental care financially comfortable and affordable is important and we proudly offer a variety of options:
- Cash or personal checks
- VISA/MasterCard/Discover/American Express
- 6 or 12 month - Monthly payment plans (interest deferred if paid in full during the time period given) as well as low interest and extended payment plans through CareCredit.
We are happy to estimate fees and insurance reimbursement before starting recommended treatments and will gladly file insurance forms for you.
Optimal, comprehensive dentistry is what we practice, and we do not base our treatment recommendations on what insurance will or will not pay. We base our recommendations on what is best for you. Any treatment that you choose to receive which is not covered by your insurance is your financial responsibility.
Q: I really do not like visiting the dentist. How does Riverstone Dental help me relax during my visit?
A: Many people are uncomfortable with visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest priority and our office is designed so that you can have a relaxing dental visit. For entertainment and comfort, enjoy neck pillows, blankets and music through our iPods during your appointment. Nitrous oxide is also offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
A: Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly.
We utilize a fluoride varnish for several reasons:
1) It stays on your teeth for up to 7 days after application
2) It hardens almost immediately to your tooth, which prevents you from swallowing it.
Also, if your decay risk is high, we may prescribe prescription fluoride toothpaste. Our fluoride treatment products carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
A: By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist at Riverstone Dental places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has integrated with the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures. Riverstone Dental offers both the placement of implant abutments and the porcelain crowns that attach to the abutments.
A: You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. At Riverstone Dental, we can offer you porcelain veneers, at-home whitening, enamel recontouring, bonding and porcelain crowns and bridges. Drs. Taylor and Sigler will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a smile evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.
A: A crown is a dental restoration that fits over your natural tooth to restore its shape, size and function. If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is likely either to correct a broken tooth or to heal a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay) and cannot be repaired with a filling. Sometimes, decay is removed leaving some healthy tooth structure, but not enough to hold a filling. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.
A: If a broken tooth is not hurting it doesn’t mean you should ignore it. A broken tooth could progress, or may have other cracks present that if left untreated could progress and cause future problems. If you don’t treat a broken tooth, you may need a root canal, extraction, or other advanced treatment that might have been avoided. For a broken tooth, just like other dental or health conditions, early treatment yields more predictable and favorable results.
A: Eighty-five percent of adults have some form of periodontal disease, and many don’t know they have it. Periodontal disease is often referred to as the “silent disease” because it has no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage of development. Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often times bleeding during brushing or flossing. If treated in a timely manner, these conditions can be reversed, preventing periodontal disease from developing. Advanced periodontal disease, periodontitis, is much more difficult to treat.
Periodontitis affects your gums, bone and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out on their own or must be extracted. If you don’t catch periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.
According to Caesy Dental Education, “Ailments associated with periodontal disease include respiratory disease, pneumonia, strokes, ulcers, difficult-to-control diabetes, low birth weight babies, and infective endocarditis, a dangerous infection of the heart valves. Researchers recently discovered that this chronic infection in your mouth creates an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the blood stream. These bacteria – Streptococcus sangguis – may cause blood clots that can block your arteries and even trigger a heart attack.”
A: We find that most children do best if their first dental visit comes at about 3 years of age. This visit is a chance to introduce the child to the sights and sounds of a dentist’s office. We want your child to enjoy the dentist’s office and to learn good dental care habits. It’s important to prevent cavities and other developmental problems, as they can cause pain and can jeopardize future dental health. At your child’s first visit, a hygienist will provide preventive therapy and the dentist will evaluate your child’s oral health and give you advice for at-home care.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Be honest about going to the dentist. – Tell your child what to expect. But try not to transfer any negative thoughts or fears. Today’s dentistry is much more comfortable than it may have been when you were little.
- Set a good example. – Model good brushing and flossing habits at home, and think about making a game of it. Also, consider bringing your child to one of your dental visits, so they can see exactly what a visit to the dentist is like.
- Find books and other educational materials about dental care. – Many books and children’s shows talk about the dentist. These can be very helpful in teaching your child and alleviating any fears.
A: A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids and guarding against disease-causing bacteria.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to efficiently extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.