Q: What can I expect during my first appointment?
A: Dr. Kaveh and one of our highly trained hygienists will assess your oral health and thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and the bone around them. This includes observing the way your teeth fit together and the way your jaw works. We will perform an oral cancer exam, record any existing conditions, and take any necessary x-rays. We will listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. Once we have gathered this information, Dr. Kaveh will create your treatment plan based on your concerns, values, and budget.
For more details on what to expect at your first visit, see our section dedicated to this topic!
Q: What are my financial options for dental treatment?
A: We are financially flexible. We strive to be clear and comprehensive in all aspects of care. This way, we can discuss the big picture for your dental health and you will be able to plan well for the long term. We approach your investment to quality dental care in an empathetic manner. Even before discussing finances, we spend time determining the causes of dental problems which may be prevented and diagnose treatment options which, when completed, will reduce future costs. Our approach is dedicated to increasing the predictability of your dental health and financial stability truly benefits all. Some of your options for making payments include:
~ 5% reduction of any non-insurance portions if pre-paid in full by cash or check the week prior to the appointment
~ Monthly payments which may be interest-free for one year
Specifics of our financial options are clear and easy to understand. We are creative in customizing a way for you to be able to benefit from the best dental care.
Q: Do you accept dental insurance?
A: Yes, we do accept Dental Insurance. We offer many services to help our patients with their dental benefits. These include verifying your coverage by calling your employer’s dental benefit provider, receiving estimates from that company, learning and disclosing specific parameters of coverage, tracking estimates of yearly benefit allowance, filing your insurance claims, waiting for the portion of payment expected from your insurance company, and protecting our patient’s best interest by promoting better treatment options. We accept Delta, Ameritas, Humana, WEA, and most dental benefit companies.
Q: What if I don’t have dental insurance?
A: Almost half of our patients do not participate in an employer-sponsored dental benefit plan. We are accustomed to working with our patients to find something that works for them to achieve optimal dental health for the long term.
Feel free to call our Madison office at (608) 227-7000 with further questions regarding dental insurance and our payment options or to set up a 10 minute no-charge consultation to discuss your needs.
Q: At what age should I being my child in for a first visit?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation is “first visit by first birthday”. Your child should visit a dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Q: Can I get rid of these ugly, black fillings?
A: Yes. “Silver fillings,” also know as Mercury Amalgam, are being done less often these days. There are many ways to restore teeth with materials that blend beautifully with the natural color of your teeth.
NOTE: FURTHER INFO COMING ON HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES/TREATMENT
Q: How can I whiten stained, yellow teeth?
A: Dental bleaching (also known as dental whitening) is one of the most popular cosmetic services available today. It is a simple and affordable treatment that can give you a bright, white smile. To learn more about dental bleaching see our section on whitening and think about joining our “lifetime whitening club”.
NOTE: FURTHER INFO COMING ABOUT SENSITIVITY TO WHITENING TEETH
Q: I have a single dark tooth, can it be whitened?
A: This is a common problem usually caused by a dead tooth pulp. Often this is the result of past trauma to the tooth. It is common for this to happen without pain. The pulp is made of nerve and blood vessels, and when they die the cells break down and stain the tooth from the inside. Usually treatment begins with root canal therapy, after which a bleaching procedure may be used or a tooth-colored porcelain restoration may be placed over the tooth.
Q: My old crowns show a dark line at the gums. What can I do about it?
A: Many patients have this complaint because, until recently, crowns were done with porcelain fused over a dark metal framework which provided strength. Unfortunately, it is difficult to mask the dark color of the metal which is what causes the dark line around your gums. Today we have the benefit of being able to use ceramic (porcelain) strong enough to replace the metal that used to be under crowns. This means no darkness at the gumline!
Q: My teeth are broken down and worn. I really need a dental miracle! Is there any hope for me?
A: If you have teeth that are worn, shifted, missing, broken, or a combination of these, then a full-mouth reconstruction may be the answer. This has the potential to reconstruct and restore your smile and ability to function. It is also important to address the cause of the problem in order to protect your investment.