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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I see a “pimple like” bump on the side of the gum area, what is that?

Most likely it is an abscess caused by infection. It may or may not have pain associated with it. You should see a dentist as soon as possible.

What Insurance do you take?

We accept all private and employer-based dental insurance plans. We are a participating provider with ODS, WDS, Advantage and Delta. When contacting us, please have your dental insurance information available. We will contact your insurance company to receive a breakdown of your benefits.  We understand that Insurance can be difficult to understand. Our front office is highly knowledgeable and happy to help explain your dental benefits. We will work with your insurance to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.

Payment and Copayments:

Payments – Payment is due at the time treatment is provided.
Insurance Copayments - Deductibles and co-insurance payments are due at the time treatment is provided.

Does Your Office Offer Payment Plans?

If there is a need for payment plan options, please discuss this with one of our office staff so we can set up an affordable plan for you and your family. 

My child has permanent teeth growing in behind the baby teeth. What do I do?

This is actually quite common and not a serious problem usually. Give your child about another month to wiggle the teeth out. If the teeth have not come out then we suggest you contact us for an appointment to have them removed.

Do you do braces in your office?

We do orthodontic treatment on a limited basis, meaning we treat the less complicated orthodontic patients. Please contact us for further information.

My child fell last week. Now the tooth is turning dark, what should I do?

It is likely the tooth has suffered nerve damage and needs to be evaluated. Your child should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

At what age do you recommend my child’s first check-up?

As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, in order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

Will I be with my child during the appointment?

Generally if your child is four years old or older we request parents to remain in the reception area. This allows us an opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with your child.

Up to what age do you recommend my child take fluoride?

It is generally recommended to continue fluoride supplements until 16 years old.

How often do you recommend my child have a cleaning and check up?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order to check for dental disease and to evaluate the growth and development of the teeth and jaws.

Is it necessary to do Root Canals on baby teeth when they will be falling out?

Yes it is often necessary but extraction is always an option. The procedure is called a Pulpotomy and can best be described as a partial root canal. Unlike a root canal on a permanent tooth, pulpotomies are relatively simple and less costly.  Baby teeth preserve the space for the adult teeth to erupt properly. If the baby tooth is lost too early, the other teeth begin to shift and can block the adult teeth from erupting. Speech and chewing food properly can also become a problem if too many teeth are missing. If a baby tooth is lost too early, an appliance called a space maintainer is often placed in the area to keep the other teeth from shifting into the open space.

My child will not let me brush his/her teeth! What do I do?

This is a very difficult situation.  Depending on the reason your child does not want his/her teeth brushed, different approaches may be attempted.

If your child seems afraid to have their teeth brushed, perhaps trying to ease them into brushing will help. Maybe on the first day you show them their tooth brush and let them play with it. The next day, you show them how you use your toothbrush on your own teeth and maybe touch their toothbrush to their tooth. Continue to progress further each day and hopefully within a few days, tooth brushing will be easy.

If your child is still too apprehensive or refuses to have their teeth brushed, then the task is much more difficult. Each household will have to decide how far they are willing to pursue the task of brushing.

  1. If your child bites down on the tooth brush, try holding a second brush in between the teeth so it is not possible to close the mouth completely. Taping 4-5 popsicle sticks together can accomplish the same purpose.
  2. Try brushing your child’s teeth with only warm water. Some children’s teeth are very temperature sensitive.
  3. Try different flavors of tooth paste or try brushing without tooth paste. Some children do not like tooth paste. Later you can try adding tooth paste with the brushing.
  4. Ask someone to help you (Spouse, Sibling, Friend) brush your child’s teeth.

Please call our office if you would like additional information.

 

1201 SE 223rd Ave, Ste 240
Gresham, Oregon 97030
503-666-9800