At Ace Family Dental & Cosmetic Dentist, we are dedicated to providing top-quality dental care and ensuring that our patients have a comfortable and positive experience during their visits. Dental health is an integral part of overall well-being, and we strive to address any concerns or questions you may have. Here we aim to provide you with comprehensive information about our practice, services, and policies.

Please take a moment to read through the commonly asked questions and their answers. Our dentists and office team have spent a lot of time to put together this FAQ. If you have any additional inquiries or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, radiant smile.

 

Dental Emergency

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a situation involving severe pain, discomfort, swelling, or trauma that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency outside of regular office hours?

If you experiencing swelling in the mouth and having trouble swallowing or breathing, go to the emergency room or urgent care immediately to receive antibiotics as soon as possible. Call our dental office back during business hours and we will help to assist further.

How can I prevent dental emergencies from happening?

The best way to prevent dental emergencies would be to have exams and dental cleanings on a regular basis. This way issues can be addressed when they are minor problems such as a small filling instead of the issue worsening and requiring more involved treatment to resolve. Practicing good oral hygiene and taking the advice of your dentist. This includes wearing mouth guards during sporting activities, wearing occlusal night guards to prevent further teeth wear from grinding, flossing, and brushing twice a day.

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Veneers

Do you do Veneers?

Yes, veneers cosmetic services are available at our dental office There are several types, colors, and forms of veneers available that can be personalized to your smile.

How long will veneer teeth last?

When properly cared for, dental veneers last a long time. Veneers can last up to 10-15 years if built of sturdy ceramic material and meticulously maintained with proper oral hygiene and certain slight modifications in biting and chewing food.

How much do veneers cost for a full mouth?

The cost of dental veneers varies depending on the condition of your teeth, and the materials used.  If you are considering dental veneers, schedule an appointment and we will give you a quote and answer your questions.

Is veneer cheaper than crown?

Veneers may or may not be less expensive than crowns. It is mostly determined by the manufacturer, the material, the dental expert and technician involved, and the specifications of your teeth.

Are veneers worth the money?

Absolutely! This technique-sensitive discipline of cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and unpleasant teeth with minimal shaping, trimming, and perfect color matching.

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Exam

Why can’t I just receive treatment without an exam/x-rays?

X-rays serve as a vital tool in the correct diagnosis of a dental issue. The oral cavity is small and only a small portion of the tooth (the crown) is visible. In order to get an insight into the depth of the cavity, the condition of the nerve supply inside the tooth, the tooth roots, and any surrounding gum infections, an X-ray is ideal.

How long does an exam appointment take?

A dental exam appointment can take anywhere between 60-90 minutes, depending upon the severity of the dental issues and the patient’s queries. It might take longer if the patient has dental anxiety.

What x-rays do you take during an exam?

A dental exam may need multiple single-shot X-rays that cover a few teeth or a full mouth X-ray with the panoramic view of the entire jaws, with all the erupted and impacted teeth, the jaw joint (TMJ), and the essential nerve canal positions. Both serve as ideal tools for treatment planning and patient education.

I got my X-rays taken recently at another office. Can I send them over?

Yes, you can if they are less than 6 months old! Sometimes the transferred images may lose clarity. Hence the dentist may request a repeat of the X-rays.

Am I getting an exam with my cleaning today?

Yes, this goes without saying. Scheduled teeth cleaning appointments are also accompanied by a thorough dental exam.

What to expect during a dental exam?

During the dental examination, your dentist or dental hygienist will:

  • Assess your overall health and the condition of your oral hygiene
  • Evaluate the likelihood of cavities, infections, and gum ailments
  • Examine whether you require a filling, crowns, implants, etc
  • Inspect the alignment of your bite and the condition of your jaws
  • Illustrate correct methods for brushing your teeth or cleaning the dentures
  • Will suggest fluoride therapy if needed
  • Capture dental X-rays or, if deemed essential, perform alternative diagnostic procedures

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Crowns

How do you prepare for a dental crown appointment?

Before having dental crowns, make sure you undergo a full dental examination. Clear up any concerns you have about the operation, temporary crown alternatives, dietary restrictions, and money with the dentist. To keep yourself comfortable throughout the session, wear loose clothing and have a light meal.

What happens at a dental crown appointment?

During a dental crown appointment, the dentist will conduct the following:

  • Anesthetize the region or utilize conscious sedation
  • Clean the decay or assess the completed RCT
  • Shape the teeth
  • Take impressions
  • Put a temporary crown
Do you cut your gum for a crown?

Minor gum cutting or contouring is recommended if the existing tooth structure is insufficient to support the retention of your dental crown. The surgery is not painful and can be conducted as a minor surgery or with a laser.

How uncomfortable is getting a crown?

A crown is by far the least painful dental operation and is entirely performed under local anesthetic. It is a quick and easy process.

Does it hurt?

The dental crown surgery is quick and easy and is performed under local anesthetic. As a result, it is painless.

Are there some before and after photos?

Yes, please visit our before and after photo gallery.

How long do crowns last?

Dental crowns can endure up to 15 years with proper oral hygiene, competent crown fabrication, and high quality.

What are the benefits and risks of a dental crown?

Dental crown advantages:

  • is used to repair missing teeth
  • creating smiles
  • improved chewing efficiency
What are the benefits and risks of a dental crown?

Dental crown advantages:

  • is used to repair missing teeth
  • creating smiles
  • improved chewing efficiency

Among the risks are:

  • minor sensitivity
  • mandatory consistent brushing and flossing of teeth
  • increased risk of gum infection if not maintained

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Filling

Will the filling material be metal?

No. Composite.

When are dental fillings necessary?

Dental fillings are necessary when a cavity is present and needs to be treated. Fillings are also necessary to repair damaged teeth, such as teeth that have been chipped or cracked. In some cases, dental fillings may be recommended for preventive purposes. For example, a dentist may recommend a filling to seal a deep groove or fissure in a tooth to prevent decay from developing.

How are dental fillings done?

Remove the decay and bond the composite to replace the missing tooth structure.

Which dental fillings are best?

Composite fillings are more esthetic. Amalgam fillings are strong materials but are less esthetic and can expand and cause cracks. Also, there are environmental concerns regarding the use of mercury which is a component of amalgam. Hence we only use composite fillings.

Are dental fillings safe?

Yes, dental fillings are safe for most people. All types of dental fillings have been approved by the FDA. Our Dentists do only composite fillings and no amalgam fillings to avoid any mercury toxicity.

How much are dental fillings without insurance?

The cost of a filling depends on how many surfaces of the tooth need to be filled. Check our specials and take advantage of the low price.

Can dental fillings fall out?

Yes. typically when there is decay around a filling. Also, if you are a heavy bruxer, anterior fillings are more likely to come out.

Do dental fillings need to be replaced?

Depends. Sometimes bacteria can get around the filling causing decay. Fillings can crack or wear down and may need to be replaced.

Why do dental fillings hurt?

The filling can be high in occlusion causing slight trauma to the ligaments surrounding the tooth. When removing decay, it can cause slight inflammation to the nerves within a tooth that normally recedes on its own.

When can I eat after getting a dental filling?

Immediately but must be careful because you are still numb and can possibly bite your cheek.

How come I may have sensitivity after getting a new filling?

Shrinkage of the composite material once it hardens putting stress on the natural tooth structure. large cavities that are close to the nerve.

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Braces

Do you have an orthodontist in the office?

Our general dentist is trained in clear aligner therapy and would be happy to help. However, if you still require an orthodontist, we shall refer you.

What retainers/liners do you provide?

We offer SureSmile liners.

How many trays do I need?

We will need to clinically examine you and then suggest the ideal number of trays.

How do clear aligners work?

The clear aligners when worn 22 hours a day, snugly wrap around the tooth and minutely move it as per the plan, through the day. The forces for teeth movements are minor yet consistent.

Who qualifies to wear clear aligners?

Clear aligners can be worn by both teenagers and adults with any form of teeth malalignment.

How long does treatment last?

The treatment duration varies from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the teeth malalignment.

How long can you remove your aligners at a time?

The aligners must be removed only for meals and for brushing your teeth to achieve optimal results.

How do I clean my clear aligners?

You can use a soft toothbrush and gentle liquid soap to brush the aligners and clean them. It is advisable to have 2 toothbrushes for your teeth and the aligners.

Do you need to attend appointments in person?

Not as frequently as in the case of braces. Visit the dentist for mid-treatment follow-ups when the number of aligners (usually 6) is over.

What happens when I complete my treatment?

After the completion of the treatment, you will be advised to wear retainers for sustaining the tooth positions.

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Implants

Do you do implants here?

Yes. Dental implant surgeries are done at our dental office. Implants are performed by our dentists Dr.Rakesh or Oral Surgeon Dr. Shin.

What is the cost of a dental implant?

Dental implants are priced as per their material, type, and surgery specifics. Your Dentist will suggest a treatment plan that’s best for your jaws. Meanwhile, look at our specials on the website, and don’t miss out on offers.

How long is the process for an implant?

The dental implant procedure is divided into three phases. After the implant-fixing surgery, you are advised to wait for a period of 3-4 months for complete healing. Following this measurements will be taken and an implant crown will be delivered to you in anything between 3-7 days. In certain complex implant cases, a healing period of 6 months may also be advised.

Am I eligible for an implant?

The eligibility for dental implants entirely depends on your overall health and the health of your jaw bones. However, with newer advanced technologies like bone grafting and basal implants, we can now offer dental implant solutions to all bone types. However, if you are a chronic smoker or have uncontrolled diabetes/or similar health complications, then we may reconsider the option. Your overall health and the quality of your jaw bones determine your candidacy for dental implants. However, thanks to newly advanced technologies such as bone grafting and basal implants, we can now provide dental implant solutions to patients with all bone types. We may further explore this option if you are a chronic smoker, have uncontrolled diabetes, or have other severe health concerns.

Do I need a bone graft in order to get an implant?

Depending on your clinical situation, your Dentist may recommend a bone graft for dental implants. A bone graft will augment the bone and ensure therapeutic success in cases of recent tooth extraction, poor bone quality, or insufficient bone height or width in the jaw.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws or posts that are embedded into your jaws and serve as the root or the base for ceramic crowns/bridges or dentures. The implant procedure is a minor painless surgery done under local anesthesia.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implant surgery is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia. You will not feel any pain during the surgery. Your Dentist will prescribe you adequate medication for the mild discomfort that is expected after any dental procedure. Follow the post-procedure instructions closely to prevent painful complications.

How many years do dental implants last?

Dental implants technically last 10-30 years or even more. However, in cases of severe gum/bone infections, poor oral hygiene, grinding and clenching of teeth, and overall co-morbidities, there are chances of an implant failing. Studies show that dental implants have a high success rate with only a 5-10% failure rate.

Are dental implants worth the money?

Yes, dental implants are totally worth the money, here is why:

  • You will get your life back and will be back to enjoying the food you want to eat.
  • They’re made of titanium alloy, a biocompatible, inert, and valuable metal.
  • The implants are coated and treated with other substances to make them integrate into your bones.
  • Dental implants are by far the closest substitute to a natural tooth; it has a root and a crown portion and look lifelike.
  • Dental implant bridges do not require the grinding of healthy natural teeth for support.
  • They almost last a lifetime.
  • They have minimal documented failure rates and feel like a part of your body.
  • They are technique-sensitive and are performed by the best practitioners in dentistry.
  • They employ technology and AI precision to mimic your natural tooth to the best possible limit.
What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth root prosthesis that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Its three basic components are the implant (titanium post), abutment (connection), and crown (artificial tooth). Implants work and feel like natural teeth, enhancing dental health and esthetics. A dental implant process typically consists of three stages: surgical implant placement, gum former attachment, and implant crown attachment.

Does a missing tooth need to be replaced?

Yes, a missing tooth needs immediate replacement. Here are the consequences of ignoring the missing tooth in your mouth:

  • No matter what you eat, the food will tend to get wedged into the missing space. This may cause gum irritation and cavities.
  • The remaining natural teeth are overworked while chewing, making them weak and unhealthy over time.
  • The teeth adjacent to the missing space tend to bend towards the missing area, causing crooked malaligned teeth.
  • The opposing teeth to the missing space will tend to erupt further causing obstruction in chewing.
  • The jawbone in the region of the missing teeth undergoes severe deformity and bone loss with time.
How do dental implants work?

Implant placement is a painless procedure:

Your Dentist examines your 3D CBCT scan to determine the quality and quantity of bone.

Your Dentist will numb your gums in the area of operation and make a little incision in your gums during the treatment.

This is done after a series of tiny drills to prepare the implant location.

The implant is then screwed into the bone.

It takes roughly 4 months to fuse with bone.

Following integration, an impression is obtained in order to build the dental crown.

A unique dental crown is created and fitted.

To avoid difficulties, it is critical to wait for the implant to fully integrate into the bone before placing the crown.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes. The titanium used to make dental implants is biocompatible, inert, and a precious alloy. Similar material is also used in the making of artificial joint replacements, spinal fixators, and bone fixators. Yes. Titanium is a biocompatible, inert, and expensive alloy that is utilized to produce dental implants. Artificial joint replacements, spinal fixators, and bone fixators are also made from a similar material.

How many visits are involved in the whole process?

The dental implant process typically involves 4-5 appointments:

Implant placement: The implant is surgically positioned in the bone. Sutures are usually placed, and a follow-up is scheduled for suture removal after 2 weeks.

Gum former placement: Around 3-4 months later, a gum former might be affixed to the implant. This shapes the gums to make them ready to receive the crown.

Impression taking: After two more weeks, during the 4th visit, an impression (physical measurements or digital scans) is captured. This is sent to the dental lab for crown fabrication.

Crown Delivery: At the 5th visit, the crafted dental crown is delivered and adjusted as needed.” “The dental implant procedure usually entails 4-5 appointments:

Implant surgery: The implant is surgically implanted in the bone. Sutures are routinely applied, and a follow-up appointment for suture removal is planned after 2 weeks.

Gum former placement: A gum former may be attached to the implant 3-4 months later. This moulds the gums in preparation for the crown.

Taking an impression: After two weeks, on the fourth visit, an impression (physical measurements or digital scans) is taken. This is forwarded to the dental laboratory for crown manufacturing.

Crown Delivery: The designed dental crown is affixed and altered as needed at the fifth visit.

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Smile Makeover

Does an open bite affect a smile?

Yes! An open bite causes protruding teeth and prevents your lips from closing entirely, distorting your smile.

Does fixing an open bite change face shape?

Fixing an open bite can significantly straighten the middle portion of your face, which includes your lip profile. This is useful for people who have protruding teeth and lips that are constantly separated.

What does it mean to open up your bite?

Scientifically, opening the bite involves elevating the vertical height of your face by straightening the proclined teeth. It is performed in accordance with your face shape, tooth alignment, and jaw-joint physiology.

How is an open bite correction?

To fix an open bite, we must align the upper and lower front teeth. Treatment options include braces, clear aligners, and surgery.

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a tailored treatment plan designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. To give you the smile you’ve always wanted, it usually entails a combination of cosmetic dentistry operations such as teeth whitening, veneers, and Invisalign.

How long does a smile makeover take?

The time it takes to complete a smile makeover depends on the treatments involved, but it usually takes several weeks to a few months.

Am I a good candidate for a smile makeover?

Anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their smile should consider a smile makeover. However, it is best to contact a cosmetic dentist to establish if a smile makeover is correct for you.

What treatments are included in a smile makeover?

A smile makeover includes any dental procedure that improves facial beauty, such as dental crowns, bridges, implant crowns, veneers, dentures, inlays, onlays, tooth bonding, teeth whitening, and oral prophylaxis.

Who is a good candidate for a smile makeover?

If you have disfigured teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth, a gummy smile, or other cosmetic flaws, you are a good candidate for a smile makeover.

Is a smile makeover really beneficial?

Smile makeovers can completely transform your facial esthetics into your ideal smile. Visit our website to view some of the most amazing smile changes that have improved the lives of so many of our patients.

How many veneers do you need for a smile makeover?

A veneer is unique and tailored to fit a particular tooth. The dentist will advise you on the exact amount of veneers you require based on your needs.

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Partials/Dentures

Do you do dentures/partials same day?

No. Complete or partial dentures cannot be made on the same day. It will take around 5 appointments and 3 weeks.

It’s been 2 weeks. Why haven’t you called me regarding my dental case?

We are extremely sorry about the delay. However, you have probably not heard from us because we have not received your work models from the technician. We will update you when we get the case back from the lab.

I received my final denture, but it’s a bit uncomfortable. Can I come in?

Yes! Please visit us for a quick exam and minor adjustments.

My dentures broke in half. Can I come back in to put it back together?

Please see us and let us examine your dentures. If denture repair is possible, we’ll do it; or else we will suggest a new pair.

I’ve had my dentures for 10 years but they no longer fit me. Do I need new ones?

Yes! Dentures as well as the underlying bone wear away over time. Eventually, a pair of new-fitting dentures are the best.

What is the disadvantage of partial dentures?

Disadvantages of partial dentures:

  • food entrapment
  • might apply a heavy load on the supporting teeth
  • the supporting teeth may eventually develop decay, become loose, etc.
  • a partial denture has to be cleaned meticulously
What is the most comfortable type of partial denture?

The most comfortable partial denture is the cast partial denture with a paper-thin, snugly fitting metal base. For those of you who want to avoid metal in the mouth, flexible partial dentures are the next best option. Yes! Dentures as well as the underlying bone wear away over time. Eventually, a pair of new-fitting dentures are the best.

How long does it take your mouth to get used to a partial denture?

The time taken by you to get adjusted to your new dentures depends on your self-motivation, usage, and oral health. it could take a few days to a month’s time to get used to it.

Can you fix my partial?

We will be happy to hear about your partial denture issues. If it is a minor issue, we will definitely attempt to repair it.

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Wisdom Teeth

What is the cost of extracting a Wisdom tooth?

The wisdom tooth extraction price can vary depending on the complexity of the case. If you are considering extracting a wisdom tooth, schedule an appointment with our dentist and we will give you a quote and answer your questions.

Are patients sedated during wisdom teeth extractions?

Most patients voluntarily choose conscious sedation for wisdom teeth extraction to avoid severe dental anxiety and stress.

Does insurance cover sedation? If not, how much is it out of pocket?

No, dental insurance does not cover sedation. If you are considering sedation for a procedure, schedule an appointment with our dentist and we will give you a quote and answer your questions.

Do I need to get my wisdom teeth extracted?

Well, it is advisable to get the wisdom tooth extracted before it begins to cause an issue. They are placed too far back in the mouth and are difficult to clean. Apart from that if the tooth is partially erupted, and you have mild pain and sensitivity in that region, it is better to get it removed.

Can I get all my wisdom teeth extracted at once?

Yes, it is possible, and Dr. Shin prefers doing it. After all, why go through the process multiple times? However, in the case of impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth, the surgery may get extensive and prolonged.

Do you have an Oral Surgeon in the office?

I would like an appointment with them. Dr. Shin is our oral surgeon, however, he only works a few days a week. He normally comes here about twice a month. As a result, we schedule your initial exam with one of our general dentists first. Following that, we put you on Dr. Shin’s schedule.

How many wisdom teeth need to be removed?

There are only 4 wisdom teeth or the third molars. So we can extract both upper and lower wisdom on one side at each appointment or do all four together.

What type of anesthesia will I receive?

We advise only local anesthesia; or on-request conscious sedation.

How complicated do you expect the procedure to be?

If the wisdom tooth is partially erupted and too far back, then accessibility and visibility might be an issue. This may require the surgeon to use additional instruments to remove the tooth. However, you can rest assured that you will not feel a thing, due to the anesthesia.

How long is the procedure likely to last?

A single wisdom tooth removal takes 20-25 minutes. However, if we getting all your wisdom teeth removed at once, be prepared for a longer 90 minutes appointment.

Have the impacted wisdom teeth caused damage to other teeth?

Yes! Quite possible that the inflamed gums and food entrapments near the partially erupted wisdom tooth may initiate cavities and gum infections in the adjacent teeth.

Is there a risk that I might have nerve damage?

We do all the necessary investigations to check the positions and the proximity of the nerve prior to the wisdom teeth removal, like CBCT scans. In case there are chances of mild nerve injury, we inform the patient prior. Also, these nerve injuries are transient and will soon be cured.

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Cleaning

Can I get a cleaning today?

Yes sure if we can accommodate you on same day. However, the dentist will first examine your gums, and the dental hygienist will examine your gum depths, to determine if we need to schedule a longer appointment for you, and also advise deep cleaning if needed.

Do you do deep cleanings?

We perform different dental cleaning therapies including prophylaxis (commonly called a “regular” cleaning), gingival scaling (for gingivitis), and scaling and root planing (commonly called “deep cleaning”).

Why can’t I do my deep cleaning in one appointment?

Usually, you have to be numbed up for a “deep cleaning” so that you are comfortable during the cleaning appointment. We can do the entire mouth in a single visit depending on your dental insurance.

I’m a new patient. Can I schedule an appointment for a cleaning?

During your first visit, we have to collect records such as x-rays, periodontal evaluation to determine the type of cleaning therapy you need, and an exam with the Dentist to determine if you have any restorative needs. If time allows, you may be able to get the cleaning on the same visit. If more time is needed to give you the proper treatment, then we will find the perfect time for you to return. Our goal is to give you the best care based on your needs.

Can I schedule my next cleaning with the same hygienist?

Yes when possible, we try to accommodate this request.

I was told I need a deep cleaning, but I don’t want to pay for it. Can I just get a regular cleaning?

Our office is dedicated to giving our patients the most optimal care. If you require more extensive therapy, that therapy will be beneficial for you long term. We pride ourselves on providing the best care and treatment options for each patient individually.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

The standard is visiting the dentist every 6 months for an exam and dental cleaning (if you are healthy). Some patients are required to come more frequently based on their needs such as having a periodontal disease or an accumulation of heavy plaque and tartar buildup.

What should I do to improve my overall dental health?

Practicing proper home care is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing slowly and thoroughly twice daily especially at night, flossing with string by wrapping the floss against the sides of the tooth, and incorporating a mouthwash into your daily regimen will help minimize periodontal infections.

What would you recommend for my diet?

Avoid foods that are high in sugars, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods.

Do I grind my teeth?

The most telling signs of teeth grinding include headaches, disrupted sleep, increased tooth sensitivity, TMJ discomfort, and consistent jaw, ear, or neck pain, especially right after waking up. The teeth may have clinical signs of grinding such as flattening of the chewing surface or increased recession at the gumline like wedges or notches.

How do I know if I really need a deep cleaning?

The first signs of periodontal infection are bleeding gums, gums that are sore, bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. We would need to complete a full periodontal evaluation to determine if a “deep cleaning” is necessary. You can also see our video explanation “When do you need deep cleaning?

What causes you to need a deep cleaning?

Some contributing factors to periodontal disease are poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, poor diet, stress, hereditary, autoimmune disorders, and crooked teeth to name a few.

What are the disadvantages of deep cleaning teeth?

The disadvantages of deep cleaning teeth can include nerve damage and potential infections if you have a compromised immune system. The cleaning might cause pain and sensitivity in the treatment areas and it doesn’t guarantee the reattachment of your gums to the teeth. The cleaning might even cause further gum recession once the swelling is reduced.

Is there a way to avoid deep cleaning?

Practicing proper home care is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing slowly and thoroughly twice daily especially at night, flossing with string by wrapping the floss against the sides of the tooth, and incorporating a mouthwash into your daily regimen will help minimize periodontal infections.

What is typically included in a deep cleaning?

During the Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy (“deep cleaning”), hard and soft deposits are removed, the pockets are irrigated with an antimicrobial agent and fluoride is applied to the teeth. The patient will also go home with a bottle of antimicrobial mouthwash and sensitive toothpaste. Following the hygienist’s recommendations and post-op instructions is imperative for healing during the first few weeks after the procedure.

How long does it take for gums to reattach after deep cleaning?

On average, it takes about 5 – 7 days for your gums to heal after deep cleaning. During this period, it’s possible to experience minor gum soreness, swelling, and tooth sensitivity.

Can teeth become loose after deep cleaning?

Teeth become loose if the foundation or bone is compromised. Bacteria, plaque tartar, and some systemic diseases such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases can contribute to bone loss. Sometimes there is an excessive amount of tartar buildup that may appear to be stabilizing the teeth but once removed, the teeth can seem to be more mobile and may need further evaluation from the dentist.

Why are my gums so sore and sensitive all of a sudden?

Sore gums can be a sign that you brush your teeth too hard. Other times, braces or dentures can irritate your gums. Hormone changes related to your period, pregnancy, or menopause can also lead to swollen, painful gums. Gum pain can be a sign of a more serious problem like gum disease.

Why is my tooth sensitive to hot and cold?

Sensitivity to hot and cold foods is often a warning sign that a cavity is forming and that it’s time to make an appointment to see your dentist.

How much is an exam?

Our dentist can examine all of your teeth and gum health for $99.

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Root Canal

Can a dentist complete a root canal in a single day?

Yes! The single-sitting root canal is a fairly common procedure. It reduces the number of appointments and improves patient comfort.

Should I have a root canal or remove the tooth?

Each case is different. The dentist will evaluate how much tooth structure is remaining and make a decision on what treatment has the most predictable result. There are times when a cavity or tooth has fractured below the gumline and may be best to remove and replace it with a dental implant or a dental bridge. The decision will be made by evaluating the tooth, and x-rays, and explaining to the patient the pros and cons of each option.

How safe is RCT?

Root canals are safe. It is a procedure where the nerve of the tooth is removed with tiny files. The canals going down to the end of the root are disinfected and sealed with a biologically compatible material called gutta percha, so the tooth can not get re-infected.

Do you have an endodontist in the office?

No, we have qualified general dentists who can perform root canals on teeth that have never previously had root canals. In some circumstances, we will refer you to a specialist who will be able to treat you outside of the office.

Why do I need a root canal? I do not feel any pain.

The dentist who examines you will determine if the tooth requires a root canal based on the clinical exam and X-rays. An infection can go undetected and only be seen on X-rays.

How do I know if you need a root canal?

The toothache often becomes unbearable and aggravates lying down. This accompanies severe hot and cold sensitivity.

What does a root canal procedure entail?

A root canal procedure cleans the tooth root and the surrounding dental infection. It then permanently fills the tooth root and replaces the tooth structure with a dental crown.

Does the root canal procedure hurt?

No! RCT is not a painful procedure as it is performed under local anesthesia. Also, the dentist will prescribe the necessary medication post-procedure.

Is nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation an option for root canals?

We can provide you with Nitrous Oxide, however, we do not sedate for root canals.

How many trips to the dentist will be required for a root canal?

A Root Canal Treatment requires one to two appointments, with the majority (95%) completed in a single sitting.

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Appointment

Do you take new patients?

Yes, we are taking new patients.

How can I schedule an appointment?

The best way is to call us and schedule an appointment for consultation. Or use the online booking appointment tool.

How much is it for my first appointment?

It costs $99.00 for the initial exam and x-rays of a non-insured patient. In order for us to access your coverage, insured patients must supply insurance information.

What are your hours?
Norcross Office Monday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: Closed
Alpharetta Office Monday: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
What is the latest appointment?

We take appointments up to 1hr before the closing time for the day.

Why choose your practice?
  • We have a team of Dentists you can rely and trust on. We offer gentle, stress-free dental care.
  • We accept the majority of PPO insurance plans.
  • Treatment plans are affordable.
  • Our membership plan provides a 20-30% discount on all services.
  • We respect appointment times and you can expect to be in and out as expected.
  • Well-trained personnel: Professionalism and friendliness.
  • The location is convenient and close to major highways.
  • Same-day appointments are available.
  • The entrance, parking lot, restroom, and seating are all wheelchair accessible.
  • Many reviewers indicate they wholeheartedly endorse our practice.
Can I get a same-day appointment and same-day treatment?

Sure, we’re here to assist. Extractions and crowns are possible on the same day, subject to appointment availability. In some cases, cleanings might be completed the same day. If your gums are unhealthy, you will need to return for another visit to ensure that adequate time is allowed to cure your disease.

Does your dental office work on children?

Yes, we are available to book your cleaning appointment; just phone the office.

I was referred to an endodontist/oral surgeon. Do you have one there?

We have an Oral Surgeon who is available 2-3 times a month. We are a general practice, and dentists diagnose, treat, and manage all aspects of your oral health care. We would be glad to make your consultation, however, if you have been referred to a specialist by another Dentist, please follow their suggestions.

I have an emergency, can the Dentist take out my tooth today?

We offer emergency appointments on the same day. The dentist must examine the x-ray to see whether you can have same-day extractions. We make every attempt to help ease your discomfort and have to work in a safe manner. Hence the dentist has to see you first and make that decision.

I have my dental records from another office concerning my treatment plan. Can you please provide a quote?

We will try our best to provide you with a price, but you will still need to see our Dentist to confirm treatment. Please send your X-rays and dental records to frontdesk@acefamilydental.com or norcross@acefamilydental.com.

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Extraction

How long does it take to heal after my extraction(s)?

The initial phase of healing in the case of tooth extractions is 7-10 days. Complete healing of the extraction site takes about 3-4 weeks.

Do I need to come back to get my sutures out?

We usually use resorbable/dissolvable sutures at our dental practice, hence you do not have to come back to get the sutures out.

Can I get my tooth pulled today?

We will not be able to promise you the tooth extraction procedure on the same day. However, we will thoroughly examine you, with X-rays first and if possible our Dentist will try to the extraction the same day. In case the extraction case has to be handled by an oral surgeon, we will schedule an appointment at a later date.

How do I do my home care after my extraction? Are there post-op instructions?

Yes! The dental assistant will walk you through the list of post-op instructions. Strictly adhere to the dietary restrictions and the hygiene protocol for better healing.

I have swelling and/or pus coming out. Can I get my wisdom extracted today?

If the wisdom tooth spot is infected with pus discharge, the oral surgeon will extract the tooth during a scheduled session under antibiotic coverage.

Is tooth extraction painful?

No! Tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia and you will be asked to take the necessary medications soon after.

What can I eat after a tooth extraction?

It is advisable to eat soft foods, at room temperature after a tooth extraction. Soups, mashed potatoes, and smoothies are the best. Avoid sticky, crunchy, and hard foods for a few days after extraction.

How should I care for my mouth after a tooth extraction?

Use an antibacterial mouthwash and maintain good oral hygiene after a tooth extraction. Do not smoke, gargle vigorously, drink alcohol, or have hot, hard, and spicy food soon after the extraction.

How long does a tooth extraction take?

The duration of a tooth extraction might range from 20 to 45 minutes.

What can I expect during the Extraction procedure?

The tooth will be luxated, made loose, pulled out, and the area will be stitched up after the dentist has first numbed the tooth’s site. Soon after, you will be instructed to chew on a gauge piece.

How much is it to get a tooth extracted?

The cost of a tooth extraction can vary depending on a number of factors, simple vs surgical, location of the tooth, and complexity of the procedure. In general, a simple tooth extraction can cost less, while a surgical extraction costs slightly higher. Wisdom teeth extractions are typically the most expensive, as they are often impacted and require more complex procedures.

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Insurance/Finance

What types of insurance do you accept?

We take most insurance if it is a PPO plan. We do not accept any Medicaid plans like CareSource, DentaQuest, Ambetter, Amerigroup, Peach State, and Wellcare.

Do you offer monthly payment arrangements?

Yes, we do offer monthly arrangements through our third-party financial companies Care Credit and Cherry.

I saw you have a membership plan. Am I eligible and how does it work?

Patients who are not covered by insurance are eligible for the membership plan. The membership plan is completed online and costs $99 for the entire year. If you have a membership plan, you can save 20-30% on any treatment. The membership plan is NOT applicable to new patient appointments and cannot be joined if the patient currently has insurance.

How much is it for a _______(extraction, root canal, etc.)?

We cannot quote you unless we first meet with you. Following the examination, the dentist will create your treatment plan, and we will be able to discuss pricing with you. We offer specials on our website that will give you an idea of how much the treatment will cost.

What financial services do you offer?

We offer CareCredit and Cherry Financial Services.

What is the difference between Care Credit & Cherry?

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that accepts monthly payments and can be used to pay for a variety of treatments and procedures. Cherry is a payment plan that requires at least a 520 credit score, a social security number, and must be at least 18 years old.

CareCredit operates in the same way as a conventional credit card, but it can also be used to cover traditional dental insurance copayments and additional dental operations that are not covered by traditional insurance plans. CareCredit provides unique financing options that may not be available with other credit cards. It has a $25,000 credit limit and provides “no-interest” promotional periods of six and twelve months for charges of $200 or more.

Do you take Ambetter insurance?

We do not accept this insurance. Our pricing is quite reasonable. Keep an eye out for our offers.

Do you take Medicaid?

We do not accept this insurance.  Use our promotions and take advantage of our low prices.

Do you take specific insurance?

We accept all PPO insurances, although insurance can be complicated. We may be unable to answer your query until we chat with you over the phone about your specific requirements. Please contact us if we can assist you further.

How much is my insurance going to pay?

At the time of your check-up, you will be given a treatment plan. We will go over the fees and set up your appointments. Although the treatment plan will estimate your insurance coverage, it is not a guarantee of payment. This estimate does not account for clauses in your insurance that may limit coverage, such as waiting periods and alternate benefits. Any estimated unpaid amount by their insurance will be held financially responsible by the patient.

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