Serving the Albuquerque area with exceptional, considerate dental care for over 30 years
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my first visit consist of?
Your first visit will consist of a new patient exam with one of our providers, X-rays will be taken, and a periodontal evaluation with one of our hygienists. A cleaning will not always be done the same day as your initial visit.
How often will I need to have a cleaning?
The length of time between cleanings depends on the type and extent of cleaning that is best for you. It is usually anywhere between 3 and 6 months.
Do I need to file my own insurance claims?
As a courtesy to you, our office will file your insurance claims.
How do I know if I am eligible for treatment with my insurance?
It is always the patient’s responsibility to know his or her own eligibility status. However, our office will check your eligibility the day before your exam.
Will I receive a reminder of my appointment?
We will give you a reminder call 2 days before your appointment in order to confirm your exam.
What is Tooth Whitening (Bleaching)? Tooth whitening is a safe and cost effective way to help develop a beautiful, healthy smile. Flouride is used as part of the process, helping to reduce the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.
If properly maintained, the whitening process can last for years. Beverages such as coffee, tea, sodas, and red wine will reduce the lasting effect.
What are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed directly on your natural teeth to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface.
What are Crowns? Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth, often used to improve the strength or appearance of the tooth. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth.
What is the Difference between a White and Silver Filling? Silver fillings (Amalgam) are made from a metal alloy. The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold experienced by the mouth. These qualities allowed very little bacteria to enter a tooth, which helps the tooth stay healthy and strong.
White fillings (composites) are typically made of plastic or glass polymers. White fillings are created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure, as opposed to having silver coloring.
Why are my teeth sensitive? Sensitive teeth are often a result of the gums having slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. Toothpastes, gels, and some dental procedures can be used to curb the effects of the gum recession.
What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. Our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol for Home Care will prevent the Periodontal Disease.
What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal Disease is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. The condition will worsen if not treated properly, causing symptoms to appear which may include: bad breath, receding gums, sensitivity to acidic foods, abscesses, tooth pain, tooth loss.
How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease? Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that requires immediate attention. Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.
What is a Dental Implant? A dental implant is a fabricated replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Usually made from titanium, this screw-like implant is inserted through the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. After a period of a few months, the implant and the bone fuse together, creating an anchor onto which the new tooth can be placed.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants look and function like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth.
Dental implants are easily maintained by routine visits to your dental office.
Dental implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
Dental implants replace the need for a removable full or partial denture.
Dental implants focus only on the tooth/teeth that are missing.