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Your Questions Answered!

Holly Klock - Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 

Your oral health is our number one concern! Sometimes we put off going to the dentist for a multitude of different reasons. Whether it be fears and phobias, cost of visits, laziness, or just simply forgetfulness, we all go through it. Here at Maestri Family Dentistry, we want to make sure all of our patients feel welcome, feel comfortable, and are confident in their oral health. Still though, you may have questions about your visit or about our care. We sat down with Dr. Maestri and team to discuss a few of the common questions received from patients on a regular basis.

1. Do you accept our insurance?

We accept all private dental insurances at Maestri Family Dentistry. Benefits are verified prior to arrival, and claims are filed as a courtesy to our patients.

2. How much is a cleaning?

Individual patient needs vary, and may include preventative hygiene procedures, or active periodontal therapy. The course of treatment is determined through a comprehensive oral examination, which includes but is not limited to necessary radiographs (x-rays), intraoral photographs, a hard and soft tissue assessment, and an oral cancer screening.

3. Do you offer anything to ease dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is unfortunately a common dilemma for many patients. We strive to identify the source of anxiety and provide helpful solutions, such as conscious sedation, and sensory adaptation tools; a few of these include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, and noise cancelling headphones.

4. Why is going to the dentist important?

Frequent visits to your dentist ensure discoveries of silent epidemics that would otherwise go undetected. The Center for Disease Control states that periodontitis (Gum Disease) affects 50% of the population, and rises to 70% after 65 years of age. Gum disease causes bleeding, redness, swelling, and loss of jaw bone, which ultimately can result in tooth loss if untreated. Caries, or tooth decay, will also result in tooth loss and can only be detected by radiographs (x-rays) in its earliest stage. Neglecting your gums and teeth will only result in more extensive, expensive, and invasive dentistry and or hygiene therapies. Studies also indicate a strong link between oral disease and heart disease. Do not assume your mouth is healthy due to the absence of pain. Dental pain will not manifest until the latest stages of disease, meaning a wider, costly, and invasive treatment for the patient.

Are there any other questions that you'd like answered before your first or next visit with our office? Let us know! We are happy to help make each experience a better one for you. 


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