What is a cavity?
A cavity develops when a tooth decays or breaks down. If left untreated, cavities can lead to pain, fracture or even an abscess.
How can I prevent cavities?
The best way to prevent cavities is to have proper oral home care and see your dentist for regular 6 month check-ups.
What is periodontal disease or “gum disease”?
It is a serious infection of the structures around your teeth (gums and supporting bone) that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. We screen for periodontal disease during all of our comprehensive exams.
Do you offer same day service crowns?
We now offer in-house crowns that are completed in a single visit using our CEREC machine. The CEREC allows for digital scanning of the tooth without the mess of impression material. The restoration specifically designed for you is then milled from a ceramic block and cemented in place when complete. For more information, watch the following step-by-step video:
What are sealants?
Sealants are thin layers of composite dental material that protect the grooves in back teeth from getting cavities. We recommend sealants be placed shortly after the eruption of premolars and molars.
When should my child have his or her first visit?
We recommend, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, that your child visit a dentist by their first birthday. You can help make the visit enjoyable and positive. You can let your children know that we will answer all of their questions for them.
Will my insurance pay for treatment?
Our front office staff will do all they can to obtain your dental insurance benefit information and inform you of what your estimated portion will be. However, we cannot guarantee payment by your insurer.
What payment options do you offer?
We offer third party financing through Care Credit. We accept cash, check or credit cards.
Why do I need x-rays?
X-rays enable dental professionals to thoroughly diagnose any tooth decay you may have. Without X-rays we cannot detect decay in between teeth. In addition to a cleaning and an intra-oral exam, X-rays are a part of our comprehensive exam.
What about emergency care?
We will do all we can to see emergency patients during normal business hours. If you call the main number (434-237-0004), you will receive detailed instructions on what to do in case of a dental emergency. We will only treat patients of record after normal business hours. We do not prescribe drugs after hours without seeing patients in the office.
What Insurances do you accept?
We are happy to file dental claims with your primary insurance carrier and are participating providers with a number of major insurance companies such as Delta Dental and Metlife. Please call or email our office if you have a question about your specific insurance plan.