Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Do Dr. Gadbois and Ramsey do cosmetic dentistry?
- Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
- Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
- What if I have an emergency?
- What does "painless dentistry" mean?
- What should I expect during my appointment?
- How often should I see a dentist?
1. What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Do Dr. Gadbois and Ramsey do cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a label applied to dental procedures that are primarially done to improve a patient's smile and appearance. These procedures can be elective or part of necessary restorative care for that patient. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty in the field of dentistry.
2. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
Studies have shown that the most effective whitening system currently available is the take-home system many dentists have recommended for years. This simple system offers greater whitening power and longer-lasting results than anything else on the market. It is the first choice in whitening, and the method we use. Ask us if you are a candidate for a whiter, younger, looking smile.
3. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. We also offer low interest rate payment plans through various providers.
4. What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into 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.
5. What does "painless dentistry" mean?
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, or if anesthetic is required, use topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is always complimentary. Oral Conscious Sedation is also available as an option to help eliminate any dental anxiety you may have. Dental care can then be performed while you have little or no recall of the dental appointment, just by taking a pill.
6. What should I expect during my appointment?
One of our Doctors will review with you the information you provide regarding your medical and dental history, and address your concerns and goals. We will then examine your teeth and gums for any problems you may have related to your teeth or gum disease. Radiographs that are necessary to better identify and understand your individual care will be taken at this time. We will also evaluate your TMJ (jaw joint), check for pathology such as oral cancer, and evaluate your bite. Based on this information we will review your dental profile and discuss a diagnosis with you. We will provide you with options for your treatment, the fees involved, 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.
7. How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year. Patients with periodontal disease, extensive restorations, or orthodontic braces are often seen more frequently when necessary.
Dr.'s Gadbois and Ramsey both have a passion to deliver the best care that they can provide for you. Part of that care is to help you look and feel your best. We believe that ALL dentistry should be cosmetic dentistry, meaning it should always look the best that it can. We use tooth colored filling materials, and pay careful attention to the shade, shape, and alignment of your dental restorations so that your smile looks great. Our goal is for all of our dentistry to look and feel natural, so that you look your best.
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