Frequently Asked Questions About Dentistry

How often do I need to get cleanings?

Dental Office Equipment in Tarpon Springs, FL - Tarpon DentalCleanings and checkups are recommended twice a year if you have very minimal dental issues and a healthy mouth.  If you have a lot of existing dental work or have problems with gum disease you may need to get them up to four times a year.  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I am very nervous about getting Dental work. Does your office offer anything for nervous patients?

Our team is accustomed to dealing with particularly apprehensive and nervous patients, so you can expect our full compassion and support during your experience with us here at Tarpon Dental.   If you suffer from Dental anxiety you may have the choice to receive nitrous oxide or a mild oral sedative that can help you become detached from the negative feelings you may have.  Feel free to call us to see if you are a candidate for anxiety free dentistry.

What types of insurance do you accept?

We accept most dental insurances.  Please call our office and we would be happy to do a complimentary benefits check for you and your family.

Does my insurance pay for everything?

Benefits for your insurance plan are set by your employer and can vary from plan to plan.  Most likely there will always be a portion of out of pocket expense.  Our Patient Financial Coordinator would be happy to discuss several payment options including interest free financing.  The first step is in knowing what you need and then making it fit to your time and budget.  Call our office to make an appointment.

How long do dental restorations last?

A common misconception is that dental restorations last forever but unfortunately this is rarely true. With time dental restorations will break down or become loose, allowing decay to enter the area around the restoration and become problematic. Although you can’t expect your fillings, bridges, and crowns to last forever, you can do your part to make them last as long as possible. Maintain great oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to keep those restorations in great condition for as long as possible.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a dentist. What will your staff say to me?

We don’t focus on the past; we’re more concerned about improving your oral health today and for the future.  Our patients are all treated with the utmost respect and we will never make you feel bad or embarrassed if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time.  Our goal is to make you feel good about visiting the dentist.  Your treatment plan is based on what you want done and moves at a pace that you feel comfortable with.  We hope that our friendly staff and comfortable, relaxing atmosphere will motivate you to continue visiting us for regular checkups, so that you can achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for life.

Are Dental implants right for me?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.  They are used for single tooth replacement and for multiple tooth replacement.  If you want to learn more about implants schedule a complimentary implant consultation with Dr. Amin and she will be happy to go over your options.

Are dental Implants expensive?

The cost of dental implants can vary widely depending on the number of teeth missing, the condition of the bone and gums and the aesthetic goals.While treatment isn’t inexpensive, we urge patients to consider not just the dollars and cents of the treatment – but the value that dental implants can provide in terms of the improvement to dental health and quality of life.  When considering longevity of other options the cost of dental implants can be less over a lifetime.

Why do I need Dental x-rays?

Our practice believes in comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning for lifelong health of teeth. In order to aide us as part of our New Patient Evaluation it is essential to acquire a full set of x-rays for every patient.  X-rays help us diagnose many diseases and dental defects that are not able to be seen by the naked eye.   These may include such things as decay under old fillings, teeth trapped below the gums, cavities between the teeth, bone loss as a result of gum disease and changes in either jaw bone structure which can be affected by many systemic diseases.

Do you keep current with the newest dental technology?

We take pride in our modern, technologically advanced office.  From computers in each operatory and paperless charts to high tech cavity detection cameras and digital xrays we strive to keep up and surpass current industry standards.  For your safety we follow all OSHA guidelines and have closed water bottle systems in all of our treatment rooms.  Continuing education is a vital part of providing the quality dental care you deserve.  Come and see our technologically office today!

Don’t See Your Question Here?

Call us today at (727) 937-4285 to speak to our Patient Coordinator.  We can even schedule a complimentary consultation for you to speak with Dr. Amin directly.