Common Questions

  • Today’s modern dentistry has many options to replace missing teeth.  Teeth can be replaced with bridges, partial dentures, full dentures, ‘snap on’ appliances and implants.  Our doctors can provide you with the information on each option and which one would be best suited to you.

  • Metal fillings can and do cause staining and darkening of natural tooth structure and can contribute to cracking and fracturing of teeth. We have the materials and technology to provide tooth colored restorations that can replace the old dark fillings.  They look very natural and can actually strengthen teeth!

  • You should plan on about 90 minutes for your first visit at Chico Creek Dental.  We will take a set of x-rays that will include every tooth in your mouth, have you fill out a thorough health history report and review it with you. The doctor will review your x-rays, your health history and then conduct a full visual and video exam of your mouth.  The assistant will then review any findings with you and schedule an appointment to begin your treatment.  We will also schedule an appointment for you with the Hygienist to have a periodontal evaluation and/or cleaning.

  • A dental benefit plan helps you pay for the cost of your dental care. Generally, a dental benefit plan is a contract between your employer, or plan sponsor, and a third party (insurance company). These contracts vary widely. There are many ways in which dental plans are designed and how reimbursement levels are determined. You need to know how your dental plan is designed – and its limitations.

  • Your plan purchaser makes the final decision on “maximum levels” of reimbursement through the contract with the insurance company. Even though the cost of dental care has significantly increased over the years, the average maximum level (typically, $1000 per year) of insurance reimbursements has remained the same since the late 1960’s. Many plans offer higher maximums that are comparable to rising dental care costs.

  • These are offices that your insurance company may want you to choose because they have contracted with your insurance provider to provide services at a reduced rate and a care structure that complies with the lower reimbursement fees. In other words, these providers cost your insurance company less but may not necessarily provide you with the best options for treatment. Your dental plan may only allow benefits for the least expensive treatment for a condition. For example, your dentist may recommend a crown, but your insurance may only offer reimbursement for a large filling. As with other choices in life – such as purchasing medical or automobile insurance, or buying a home – the least expensive alternative is not always the best option.

  • Your dental plan may not cover certain procedures, or preventative treatments such as sealants and fluoride treatments that can save you money later. This does not mean these treatments are unnecessary. Your dentist can help you decide what type of treatment is best for you. The treatment coordinator may be able to help explain dental plan issues to you.

  • Intravenous sedation is very effective in eliminating fear and anxiety caused by sound, sight, smell and other factors associated with dental treatment. It is a safe and pleasant way to accomplish treatment and enables us to perform more work at each visit, which minimizes the number of appointments needed.

  • No, you will need a ride home.  In the event you are stopped by a law officer, because of the drugs used, you would be considered driving under the influence and could be arrested.

  • The level of sedation can be adjusted for each patient.  The majority of patient’s response to the drugs is that of a light sleep.  The patient is still able to breathe on their own and has all of their protective safety reflexes in place.  The drugs create an amnesia effect and most patients don’t remember their appointment the next day!