FAQ

Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

A. One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, take X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have or schedule a planning visit for more complex treatment.

Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you. For more information on sedation dentistry, please visit www.sedationcare.com.

Q. What if I have an emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

A. There are several methods available for bleaching the teeth: in-office, overnight or daily. Opalescence bleaching is done in our office. For at home bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouthguard that fits your bite. Each day you fill the mouthguard with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it for one hour during the day. Results are often seen within the first week. The total process takes about one month.

Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

For more information on at home bleaching, please visit www.opalescence.com.

Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

A. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.

Q: Is time an issue for you to complete necessary dental treatment?

A: Your treatment can scheduled to be done in as few appointments as possible. Some patients choose conscious sedation as a way of getting a large amount of dentistry done while sedated to reduce the discomfort and increase the amount of teeth done in one setting. See Sedation Dentistry under the heading Treatment.

Q: Is fear keeping from getting the dentistry you need?

A: Dr. Tozer and his assistants are certified in Sedation Dentistry. New and safe oral sedation means you can have your dentistry done comfortably with little or no post-operative discomfort. See Sedation Dentistry under the heading Treatment.

Q: Would you like your straight teeth back?

A: We can usually straighten them again, but this time you won’t have to wear brackets and wires using the Invisalign® Aligners.

Q: Would you like your smile back?

A: There are so many options for returning your smile back to you. Whitening, straightening with Invisalign, dental implants and crown and bridges are the major examples. All these treatments can be done right here at Dr. Tozer’s office. Call and schedule a consultation for a complete treatment plan tailored to your needs and wishes.

Q: What if I have dentures and want my own teeth back?

A: Dental Implants can be placed that a denture or bridge can be attached to. This provides you with a much more stable replacement that is much more like your own teeth.

Q: Why do I need to save a tooth?

A: There can be serious consequences from losing a tooth and not replacing it. Dr. Tozer will recommend the best treatment to save a tooth if possible and he is trained in the most current technology to replace any tooth that you have to lose.