For most patients, yes, basic preventive care (including checkups and cleanings) is covered 100% by insurance. In-depth periodontal (“deep”) cleaning may be covered in part between 50%-80%, depending on your coverage. Our team will confirm your benefits and help you understand your insurance coverage to make the most of the coverage you’re owed.
You can expect to book a preventive visit for a cleaning or checkup every six months. This helps our team diagnose problems as they arise and give prompt treatment recommendations to keep your oral health on the right track.
It can depend on your overall oral health, as well as your dental or medical history. However, the American Dental Association recommends visiting your trusted local dentist every six months. If you need further treatment or follow-up visits, our team will schedule them at your convenience.
No, cleaning should be a comfortable experience. Dental cleanings are handled by trained dental hygienists who gently yet effectively clean, floss, and polish your teeth. This process is generally quite painless. Patients who have gingivitis may experience some tenderness or bleeding in their gums during their procedure. However, our team will do everything we can to prevent any discomfort you may experience.
The total cost of your treatment will depend on your case and unique needs. That said, we strive to provide affordable dental care at transparent prices, including all emergency services. Our office also offers flexible financing options and a dental membership plan to help you cover all out-of-pocket expenses.
Our team does everything we can to accommodate the needs of emergency patients. We try to leave room in our schedule for emergency patients and offer same-day or next-day appointments to get you in as quickly as possible. Walk-ins are accepted as scheduling permits. We can’t guarantee appointment times, so be sure to call us in case of an accident or emergency.
Dental emergencies can sometimes be frightening, happening when we least expect them. We understand your first instinct may be to go to the hospital for emergency care. However, unless you’re experiencing severe symptoms of uncontrolled bleeding or swelling, you should contact your local dentist right away. Emergency rooms are not set up to treat dental emergencies or injuries. Be sure to call your dentist for the care you need.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s important to replace them as soon as you can. Missing teeth can impact your oral health as well as your overall physical well-being, causing problems biting, chewing, and eating properly. You also have a greater chance of developing gum disease, TMJ, crooked teeth, and other issues if you go without replacing your missing teeth.
If you choose a crown or bridge, your replacement tooth will last 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. If you receive an implant denture, you can expect it to last 5-10 years. The implant itself fuses to your jawbone and can provide a stable foundation for your replacement tooth for the rest of your life with good oral hygiene and at-home care.
If you choose dental implants, you will require a minor surgical procedure to place the implants in your jaw. Following your procedure, it’s normal to experience some pain and swelling while your mouth heals. Our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and prescribed pain relievers (as needed) to help you manage any discomfort you may experience.
Many dental plans may cover a portion of your procedure. We will verify all benefits prior to treatment and help you make the most of your insurance coverage.
The full cost of your implant procedure will depend on your overall treatment needs, such as the extent of restoration required to complete your smile. Your dentist will perform a complete dental exam to assess your unique needs. Next, our team will provide you with a complete breakdown of all costs and payment options during your consultation.
Dental implants are made from titanium. Dental professions choose this metal because it’s biocompatible, which means it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. This can prevent or reverse the bone loss that occurs when you lose one or more teeth.
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to help patients straighten their teeth for a healthier bite and confident smile. They are recommended to treat a wide range of orthodontic cases in teen and adult patients. Your dentist recommends Invisalign to treat many conditions, such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and gapped or irregularly spaced teeth.
Invisalign orthodontic aligners are transparent and are barely noticeable when you speak or smile. The aligners are also removable, so you can enjoy your favorite meals and snacks without damaging your aligners or impacting your treatment. This makes Invisalign an excellent choice for busy adults or teens involved in sports activities in which metal braces present challenges.
We recommend Invisalign Teen to help our younger patients enjoy the benefits of a straight, healthy smile. This treatment option uses a blue indicator dot on the aligner, so you and their dentist know if your child is wearing their aligners properly. The aligners are removable so your teen can enjoy contact sports and other physical activities without the fear of impeding their treatment plan or damaging their aligners.
The cost of Invisalign treatment is typically covered in part by most dental insurance plans. Your out-of-pocket expenses will depend on your plan and stated benefits. We’ll be sure to confirm your benefits to help you make the most of your coverage.
Invisalign is a flexible treatment that can be tailored to your needs. We’ll have to perform a full assessment of your teeth during your consultation so we can provide you with a breakdown of all treatment costs. That said, Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces, making it affordable for most patients.
Yes, over-the-counter whitening treatments are available at most stores and pharmacies. However, these treatments contain weaker bleaching gels than those available at your dentist’s office. This is why over-the-counter and at-home whitening treatments take many uses over days or weeks to provide visible results. A session with your dentist at Norcross Dental Associates can provide instant results that may take weeks and multiple treatments to achieve.
Yes, teeth whitening is a very safe procedure. It’s also very common! Millions of people whitening their smiles with their dentists every year. At our practice, we use specially formulated peroxide-based bleaching treatments that brighten teeth without causing irritation to your sensitive teeth or gums.
Generally, no. Teeth whitening is a very comfortable treatment experience for most patients. You may experience some temporary sensitivity in your teeth after whitening. However, your dentist will take every precaution to reduce or prevent any discomfort you may feel.
Veneers are a permanent cosmetic procedure. They require a thin layer of enamel to be removed from your teeth before the veneers are bonded to the tooth structure. For this reason, only a trained cosmetic dental expert can make repairs or adjustments to your veneers.
Porcelain veneers typically last 10-15 years before needing to be repaired or replaced. Be sure to keep up with your regular checkups and cleaning to keep your veneers in the best condition possible.
Generally, no, veneers are not a painful procedure. Patients who receive 2-4 veneers experience little to no discomfort during or after placement. However, patients who receive 8-10 veneers may experience some sensitivity or tenderness. Your dentist will take every precaution during your veneer preparation and administer local anesthetic as needed to ensure your comfort.
You can expect getting your porcelain veneers to take 3-4 weeks. You will visit our office 2-3 times over the course of your treatment, from your initial consultation to the final fitting and application.
Our dentists place high-quality veneers made from dental porcelain. This material is chosen for its durability, strength, and lifelike appearance.
We take an active role in helping teach patients on how to maintain good dental health and how to achieve a beautiful, healthy, long-lasting smile.