Do you take my insurance?
While we recognize the valuable aid insurance can be with dental treatment, our recommendations are based on medical and dental need not insurance coverage. The office staff will be happy to file claims on your behalf and do their best to maximize the use of your benefits. As with any business, we ask for payment at the time of service. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, CareCredit, checks and cash. For extended payment plans, financing can be arranged with CareCredit Corp. They offer low and/or no interest payment plans and applications can be made by phone or internet.

Why replace silver fillings?
Silver fillings have served the dental community well for a number of years. Amalgam (silver fillings contain approximately 50% mercury, 20% silver and smaller amounts of copper, tin and zinc) had been the best material available. However, over time as the metal expands and contracts, it can cause the tooth to crack and require a more costly crown. Today, composite resins allow dentists to place biocompatible fillings that expand & contract less and are kinder to the natural tooth structure. This more conservative restoration is also tooth colored for an undetectable appearance.

What is TMD?
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint. It is the joint of the jaws. When the joint is misaligned, it can cause headaches, popping or clicking, tingling hands & fingers, ringing ears and sore neck and shoulders. TMD dysfunction can be caused from traumatic injury, abuse or stress. Dr. Pater Hearn treats the TMD patient with a non-invasive, orthopedic appliance. Computerized diagnostics are used to establish the optimal jaw position. Then an orthopedic appliance is constructed and worn to retrain the muscles of the jaw. This therapy is the most cost-effective non-invasive treatment for TMD available.

Why would I need antibiotics for tooth cleaning?
When cleaning your teeth it is possible to introduce bacteria into your bloodstream. Under normal circumstances, this presents no problem, however, if you have had a joint replacement, rheumatic fever or heart problems, your physician will require you to take an antibiotic prior to your dental treatment. The antibiotic protects the weakened area and prevents a bacterial infection. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Is bleaching my teeth safe?
In today's market, several over-the-counter bleaching products are available. When used according to the manufacturer's recommendations they are safe and effective, but require multiple applications daily over periods of weeks. However, the whitening process offered by C.A.R.E. Dentistry can bring about a dramatic change in the appearance of your smile in one appointment. Laser whitening is safe, fast and affordable. Let us rejuvenate your smile!

How can xylitol taste sweet and be good for my teeth?
The acid that is produced when the bacteria in your mouth and sugar combine causes cavities. Bacteria in your mouth can't break down xylitol so no acid is produced. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in strawberries, plums and pears. Candy and gum manufacturers now use it in their products. Xylitol also encourages salivation, which washes the mouth and helps prevent cavities. Be a label reader!

What can I do about snoring?
Dental professionals can now offer relief from snoring with the use of a snore guard. A snore guard is a custom fabricated acrylic appliance (similar to an athletic mouth guard) worn during sleep to help keep your airway open. You can obtain a more restful sleep and so can your family!

Why does the dentist use a laser?
There are many advantages to using a laser over conventional instruments. First is patient comfort. The laser does not transmit heat and vibration like a dental drill. It also reduces swelling, bleeding and post-operative pain. Laser-trained dentists and hygienists can treat targeted areas while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. Laser cavity preps increase bond strength of tooth-colored restorations for longer lasting fillings. Lasers also mean fewer shots and less anesthesia, so for many procedures there are no needles and no numb lip!

When should I bring my infant to the dentist?
Dental professionals & pediatricians now recommend the first dental exam be completed no later than age 12 months. Early detection of dental problems and establishing healthy dietary habits as well as good oral hygiene are the key components to toddler care. The staff of Care Dentistry is pleased to offer "Teeth for Today & Tomorrow," a dental care program for toddlers and young children. Call today for details.