If you have questions, most likely others have had them too! Browse our list of frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us directly if you don’t find the answers you need. We’re here to help!
Do you accept new patients?
Do you accept my insurance?
Do you see children, and at what age?
Yes! We recommend your child should be seen at 1 year of age. This first visit will help your child to become acquainted with our office and establish trust with the doctor and staff. Our primary concern is making sure we do not create any potential dental anxiety and allowing your child to become comfortable within our office. Treatment outside of cleanings most often begins at age 6 or older.
Do you do all procedures in your office?
We do the vast majority of treatment in our office without having to refer you to a specialist. However, there are certain situations where you may be best served by seeing a specialist. We will make this decision on a case by case basis taking many things into consideration such as complications or other medical issues. Just know we will always make these decisions with your best interest in mind. Click here to browse our services.
Will I get my teeth cleaned on my first visit?
In most cases, yes. Some patients will only need a regular cleaning which can be done the same day but some may need a more in depth, or deep cleaning. For these cases we may take necessary X-rays and complete a comprehensive exam and treatment plan then reappoint for the deep cleaning.
Will my cleanings be covered at 100%?
It depends on your insurance plan and what type of cleaning is necessary for your individual case. Keep in mind that not all cleanings are the same and if you have buildup or periodontal pockets you may need to have a deep cleaning which is not the same type of cleaning as someone who has minimal buildup and no periodontal pockets. Click here to learn more about your financial options.
How safe are dental X-rays?
We only use digital X-rays which produce far less radiation than traditional film X-rays (up to 80% reduction for digital vs. film). We all are receiving environmental radiation as we go through our normal daily activities. As a new patient you may need a full mouth series of X-rays. The amount of radiation you receive from these dental X-rays is roughly equivalent to the same amount you will receive from environmental radiation over the course of just a few days. Another way to look at it would be that you would receive the same amount of radiation in a single cross country flight that you would receive for a full series of dental X-rays.
I am scared of the dentist. What should I do?
We understand that dental anxiety is a big hurdle for many patients. We strive to make every visit as comfortable as possible for our patients. However, some patients may still benefit from the use of Oral Conscious Sedation. Dr. Brown is licensed by the state of Tennessee to administer oral medication to sedate patients and relieve their fears and concerns. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to get the care they want and need in a state of complete relaxation. Click here to learn more about our sedation options.
How long does it take to get my crown completed?
With the technology we have in office, it usually takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. Once the tooth is prepared for a crown we take a digital scan of your teeth including the upper arch, lower arch, and your bite. We then digitally design your crown in front of you and once we have it perfected, we mill it out right there in the office. When you leave you have permanent, bonded crown in place. Gone are the days of taking an impression and wearing a temporary for two weeks. We understand the difficulty in finding time for multiple dental visits and strive to be as efficient as possible with your time.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are made of the same biocompatible metal as is used for knee and hip replacements. It is best to consider a dental implant in three parts. The first part, or the implant body, is the portion that replaces the root of your natural tooth. After healing, there is a second component called an abutment. This is the part that connects the implant body to the crown of the tooth. The third component is the crown, or the part that looks like a natural tooth. We have several video animations with explanations that we can show you during your consultation.
What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
There are several options to help you brighten your smile. We offer in-office whitening as well as take home whitening trays which come in several different strengths. We would be happy to discuss the differences and help you decide which option is best for you.
I want to straighten my teeth, what are my options?
There are several options to correct alignment or change the shape of your teeth. The most common way to straighten teeth is with aligners. With this option you would wear a series of clear aligner trays over a period of time, gradually straightening your teeth. If you are looking for a quicker alternative then crowns, veneers, or bonding may be a good option. These options are appropriate for closing minor spaces, correcting dark shades, or minor repositioning of crowded teeth.