Do you have questions? We have answers! Below are some of the most common questions that our patients ask. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for here, please feel free to contact our office and we will be more than happy to help.
Does Aesthetic Smile Design accept referrals for new patients?
Absolutely. Our existing patients often recommend us to their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and other acquaintances. We consider this the highest honor we could receive. Your trust in our quality of care inspires us to continue striving for excellence every single day. Our practice has a sterling reputation, and that comes from our patient’s dazzling smiles and high level of satisfaction. We truly appreciate your support and confidence in us. Thank you.
Where can I find more information about dental crowns, inlays, onlays, or partials?
We have designed this website to be helpful and informative. You can find basic information, and some in-depth articles here. If you would like further information, please give us a call or stop by our office. Any member of our knowledgeable, friendly team will be happy to answer your questions.
How can I improve the appearance of my front teeth without having to wear braces?
Modern dentistry has a wide variety of solutions that do not involve unattractive metal braces. Depending on the nature of your concerns, and the severity of the problem, your dentist may recommend enamel contouring, porcelain veneers, bonding, or another procedure. Please visit us for a consultation so that we can examine your smile and discuss the most convenient, effective options.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an oral infection. It originates with bacteria and other microorganisms in plaque and tartar, which colonize around the teeth. If not treated, the infection can spread, destroying gum and bone tissue, and eventually causing your teeth to loosen and fall out. Gum disease has also been associated with a host of serious systemic diseases, including diabetes and coronary disease. This is one of the many reasons that regular dental care is vital to your overall health. Prevention is the best medicine, and early detection and treatment is the next-best.
I occasionally get a sharp pain in my tooth when chewing. What causes this and how can I stop it?
Typically, dental pain when chewing is the result of a crack or fracture in the tooth, often one too fine to see with the naked eye. The tooth can be repaired, and the pain stopped, with an inlay, onlay, crown, or occasionally a more complex treatment. Please contact our office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible to correct the problem before further damage occurs.
There is so much new technology and materials in dentistry. How do you stay up-to-date on it all?
Dr. Edeer is dedicated to providing quality, progressive dental care and giving his patients the full benefit of the latest developments. In addition to his extensive training and experience, he invests a considerable amount of time in continuing education of all sorts, allowing him to stay abreast of the latest technology and discoveries. In fact, our entire team views education as a lifelong endeavor to be constantly updated and enhanced.
How long will I be numb after my appointment is over?
Each patient is different, but local anesthetic typically fades within three to five hours. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us so that we can evaluate the situation and ensure there are no problems.
How soon will I be able to eat after having a cavity filled?
We advise waiting a minimum of one hour. If possible, it is best to wait until the numbness has worn off, to avoid the risk of biting your lip or cheek. If you eat sooner than that, please choose soft foods and use caution.
Why does my dental checkup include screening for oral cancer?
The simple answer is, because we care about your health and wellbeing. Oral cancer may not receive as much media attention as some cancers, but it is no less serious, and incidents are on the rise. Like other forms of cancer, early detection is vital to successful treatment. The oral cancer survival rate is approximately 80 to 90 percent with early detection. Therefore, we include cancer screening in every dental checkup.
- Sadly, almost 70 percent of oral cancers are in the advanced stages (stage three or stage four) when discovered.
- Every year, about 30 thousand new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed.
- Oral cancer can be deadly. It kills more people every year than cervical cancer or skin cancer does.
- The average five-year survival rate is currently a dismal 18 percent, largely due to delays in detection.
- If all oral cancers were detected in the early stages, that survival rate would rise to 80 percent or greater.
- Every time you visit Aesthetic Smile Design for a hygienist appointment, we will perform an extraoral and an intraoral exam.
What are your financing and payment options?
We accept most dental insurance, and we will be happy to help with billing. Please note your copayment (or full payment for procedures not covered under insurance) is due at the time services are rendered. For your convenience, we will accept payment by personal check, cash, or most major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. We also work with a third party company that provides financing, because we do not believe that anything should stand between you and the healthy, attractive smile that you deserve. If you are interested in applying for financing, please discuss it with our office staff in advance of your treatment. We will be happy to assist you in any way possible.
I am considering major dental work, and I am concerned about the cost. What are the details of your financing options?
We do not provide financing directly through our office, but we are partnered with a reputable third party provider. They accept affordable monthly payments, making it easy to fit your treatment into your budget. We will be happy to discuss your options, help you apply for financing, and work with you to design a solution that makes dental care affordable and convenient.
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If you haven’t found the answers you need here on our website, please give us a call at (862) 766-6363 and inquire from us. We’ll be happy to help.