Frequently Asked Questions
How does gum disease affect the body?
It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.
Do I need X-rays?
To provide optimal care, we take bitewing (cavity detecting) X-rays once a year and a panoramic (full mouth) X-ray every three years. Because we use a digital system, our patients are exposed to about 90-percent less X-ray radiation than with a traditional radiograph. X-rays and intra-oral photographs help us track your oral health and address problems early, when conservative dentistry can correct most issues. If you haven’t had a checkup and X-rays in a while, call us for an appointment.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We follow strict guidelines set by the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, OSHA, and the KANSAS DENTAL BOARD. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes, we accept most major dental insurance policies. Please bring your insurance card when you come in for your appointment, so we can determine your benefits at that time.
What payment methods do you accept?
We offer a variety of payment options. We accept cash, checks, major credit cards, and debit cards. We provide a cash courtesy (discount) for those who prefer to pay for their treatment at the time of service. If you have insurance, we will also file your insurance claim for you and can give you an estimate on your portion.
We are also pleased to offer CareCredit to our patients. CareCredit is the leader in patient/client financing, and has helped more than 1 million patients/clients get the treatment. CareCredit offers low monthly payments with no upfront costs, annual fees, or prepayment penalties to fit comfortably into almost every budget.
Our staff will work with you to set up financial arrangements.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and coworkers that we give you every time you visit.
Does my insurance cover that?
Dental insurance is diverse. Some policies cover only a small percentage of fees, while others cover 50 percent or greater. The more you or your employer pays for premiums, the better the coverage, in most cases. For the most part, dental insurance covers some restorative and preventive procedures. Cosmetic treatment is not usually covered. If you have questions about your insurance, our office administrator can help you determine your level of coverage when you visit us for your appointment.
What should I do if I have an after-hours dental emergency?
Call our office at 316.684.4921 and leave a message detailing the nature of your dental emergency and your contact information. We will call you back as soon as possible.