What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an extremely healthy way to replace teeth that you’ve lost. When you lose teeth, the roots of those teeth go with them, and when there are no roots, the bone and gum tissue that surrounded the root is not supported anymore. When the bone and gum tissue have no roots to keep them healthy, they begin to deteriorate. There are a number of things that can happen when bone and tissue start to deteriorate, including a change in appearance and the shifting of natural teeth that you have remaining.
When you choose to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you are making a choice that you won’t regret because it is the healthiest choice that you can make! Dental implants replace the roots of your teeth and make sure that bone and gum tissue don’t deteriorate. This will ensure that your appearance stays in tact and that your smile is looking gorgeous for everyone to see!
How Will Same-Day Crowns Benefit Me?
The main benefit that you will experience when you have a crown placed using the CEREC same-day crown system is that you will have more time on your hands to do what you want. By this, we mean that you will only have to come in for one appointment to have your crown placed. At other practices, you will have to make multiple appointments to have just one crown placed.
Another major benefit that you will experience with having same-day crowns placed at Clear Lake Dental Care is that the crowns will be of the highest quality. While some other practices will use amalgam or other types of metals to forge your crowns, we will use high-quality porcelain! You’ll be extremely happy when you have your crown placed in just one visit!
How Is Invisalign Different From Traditional Metal Braces?
While traditional metal braces come with pesky brackets and wires that are bonded to your teeth, Invisalign straightens your teeth using clear aligners that resemble a retainer. No one will be able to tell that you are having orthodontic treatment, and cleaning your teeth will be much easier! Cleaning your teeth will be easier because you’ll be able to remove your Invisalign aligners to eat and clean your teeth.
What should I expect during my new patient consultation?
This is a very informative appointment. We will take all necessary x-rays, photos, and a 3D scan in order to gather all the information the doctor will need for an exam. You will meet with one of our awesome treatment coordinators who will be with you throughout your appointment. You will be educated on the health of your mouth and informed if any treatment is recommended. You will be encouraged to ask any questions you can think of. Our goal is for this appointment to be the start of a long term patient / doctor relationship.
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Only if you have not completed your paperwork online. If you have not been able to complete the paperwork, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to do so. Also, please bring a photo ID and a copy of your insurance card with you.
Do you accept all insurances?
If you have a PPO dental plan, you should be able to choose any dental office. We are considered out of network with most insurances but typically dental benefits are very similar whether you see an in-network provider or not. Our front office team will verify your benefits prior to your appointment.
Am I required to have x-rays taken?
Yes, as a new patient x-rays are required for finding dental problems that cannot be seen in a visual exam. Finding dental issues at an early stage can save time, money and often unnecessary discomfort. X-rays can also detect infections, growths and other abnormalities within the mouth that cannot be seen by a visual examination.
Do you accept patients with no insurance?
Yes, many of our patients do not have dental coverage. We will inform you of all fees before any services are provided. We also have payment plans available if you would like to finance your dental treatment.
Do you treat children?
Yes. Clear Lake Dental Care welcomes young patients from the age of 9 and up. All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during an office visit.
I’m really nervous. What can you do to ease my anxiety?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Dental anxiety is quite common which is why we offer several sedation options. Be sure to inform our team if you’re nervous. We will explain all of the sedation options to see what the best fit is for you.
If I need a root canal or extraction, will I be referred to another office?
It’s not very likely you will be referred out. One of the benefits to being a patient at Clear Lake Dental Care is the fact that we offer a wide range of services. On the rare occasions we do have to refer our patients to a specialist, we will help you with the referral process.
Do I have to see a surgeon to have my implant placed and then have your office make the crown?
No, that’s one of the unique things about our office. Our dentists have extensive training and experience in placing and restoring implants. It’s much more convenient to have every step of your implant procedure completed at the same office.
How much do dental implants cost?
There are many factors that contribute to the cost of dental implant services. Some examples of these factors include: the number of teeth being replaced, whether or not the teeth have already been extracted, if any grafting is required, etc. On average the fee to replace a single tooth with an implant is approximately $3,600. Don’t worry, if you want to replace all of your teeth with implants, it is not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth. You can schedule an implant consultation to get a more accurate fee for your specific situation.
If I don’t have good credit, will I be able to finance my dental treatment?
Typically, yes. We work with a third party financing company, Compassionate Financing, who has more lenient approval requirements. Your treatment coordinator will be happy to discuss all the details during your appointment.
I’ve been told that I have periodontal disease but can’t I just get a regular cleaning?
Periodontal disease should not be taken lightly. It is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and possible tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer. If a patient with periodontal disease does not have the proper treatment done and only has a regular cleaning, the infection will continue to spread and destroy the bone. Our hygienist will determine the health of your gums and educate you on the type of cleaning that is recommended for you. We truly have your best interest at heart and want to see you keep your teeth as long as possible!
What’s the difference between a crown and a veneer?
A dental crown covers the entire tooth. It’s typically made of porcelain, or porcelain along with other restorative materials. Veneers are also made of porcelain but they only cover one side of the tooth’s surface instead of fitting around the entire tooth. Typically veneers are used to correct cosmetic concerns.