Do you accept referrals?
A: We're more than happy to accept referrals from other dental offices. As well as from our patients, our family and our friends. Just give us a call, and we will arrange an appointment for us to get acquainted.
Q: What different payment options do you provide?
A: Our goal is not to let expense prevent you from benefiting from the quality of care you desire and need. We can maximize your insurance benefits and make any remaining balance easily affordable. Our fees are based on the quality of the materials we use and our experience in performing your needed treatment. To facilitate our goals, we have developed the following financial options:
We will be happy to assist you with your dental benefits by filing
claims for you, and with financial arrangements. If you have any
questions regarding your insurance benefits or options available to
you, please don't hesitate to call our office.
Q: I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces. What can you do to help?
A: We have a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers or crowns is often sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.
Q: Can you tell me more
about crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays?
A: With today's technology, materials and advanced techniques, we have many options for restoring weak, broken, chipped, discolored, and/or crooked teeth, bringing them back to their original shape and function. For example, we can apply an all-porcelain crown, somewhat like a 'cap', that covers the entire outside of the problem tooth. Crowns are also helpful to cover large areas of decay after they've been filled. If you need fillings, we can use porcelain inlays instead of silver amalgam, actually strengthening the tooth and protecting it against further fracture. Similarly, we can restore cracked, discolored, crooked or otherwise unattractive front teeth to pretty, natural shapes and shades by applying paper-thin porcelain veneers to the fronts. If you're interested in finding out more about how these procedures could apply to your teeth, just talk with Dr. Roberts at your next visit.
Q: My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?
A: Bleeding gums are never a good sign! However, the condition may or may not require professional attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by improper, rough, 'scrubbing' instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and / or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.
If your problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods, or occurs every time you brush, it's likely to be the result of some level of gum disease and we recommend you set up an evaluation appointment with Dr. Roberts. We help patients control and treat all stages of gum disease.
Q: I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?
A: If your temporary crown comes off or breaks, carefully place the piece back onto the tooth using Fixodent. Then, as soon as possible, call our office to schedule an appointment for Dr. Roberts to re-apply the crown.
Q: I'm a new patient. Is there any way I can get copies of any forms that you need me to complete, prior to my visit?
A: We're happy to provide you with all the necessary new patient forms prior to your first appointment. Simply call our office and we will arrange to send them to you by mail, email or they can be printed from the website.
Q: Do you accept my dental
A: We are preferred providers for Delta Dental and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.
Q: What is a root canal and why would I need one?
A: Root Canal Treatment, (also called Endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Inside the tooth is a small chamber, which contains some minor blood vessels and small nerves. If this tissue dies or becomes infected, it is usually very tender to the touch. The infected tissue must be removed and replaced with a substance that will not become re-infected. After the root canal is completed, the tooth is crowned for long-term stability and function.
This can be a relatively painless procedure and a very reliable one, as well. This enables the professional to assist the patient in maintaining his / her dentition because the tooth would otherwise have to be removed.
Q: When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
A: In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a family dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. These early visits will help the dentist establish rapport with younger apprehensive patients and facilitate positive future dental experiences.
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used in the morning and just before bedtime.
Q: What would consist of an emergency toothache?
A: Toothaches are sometimes only a minor inconvenience, but can also be a very miserable experience. Fortunately, an unforeseen dental emergency may usually be prevented with early detection and treatment of dental disease.
Traumatic dental injuries that result from sports activities can be prevented by an athletic mouth guard that the individual should be properly fitted for.
Emergency dental care may not only relieve unnecessary suffering, but may actually save teeth. Early detection will usually prevent an emergency.
Q: What about patients who have a lot of anxiety and fear of dentistry?
A: There are many approaches to modern dentistry that may significantly reduce apprehension and anxiety before and during dental procedures. Some of these methods include the administering of Nitrous Oxide and pre-medicating the patient with anti-anxiety medication. The most effective practice of managing dental apprehension is communication.
Q: Why do Wisdom Teeth need
to be removed?
A: Wisdom teeth need to be removed when it is clear that they will not be able to come through into a useful position or because there is not enough room, and also when they are causing some pain or discomfort.
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