Frequently Asked Questions
Since our opening in 1976 patients have asked questions about their treatment options. This is a very small list of questions that patients have asked us over the years. Please note that the information below is given as information only and not as professional advice. These are abbreviated simple answers to many times extremely involved treatments. Please consult your dental professional for such advice.
These are frequently asked questions and answers
I work and would like to know if you have appointments after work?
Horizon Dental Group offers early morning 7:00am, lunch 11:30-1:00pm, after work open until 5:00pm and Saturdays (by appointment).
Can I divide up my work into phases?
We will give our patient a comprehensive treatment plan but always focus on areas which are sensitive, sharp or painful to our patients.
Does my insurance cover my treatment?
At Horizon Dental Group our treatment counselors will assist you to obtain maximum benefits from your insurance company. Dental charges will be discussed with you upfront no hidden charges. No surprises.
I have no insurance can I make payments?
We offer Care Credit, medical financing and other loan programs which in some cases no interest for the first 6 and up to 12 months.
Do I need dental x-rays?
Dental x-rays provide your dentist with information needed to determine the condition of your teeth including roots surrounding bone and other vital structures. Dental x-rays help to evaluate if patient may need Orthodontic care and make comprehensive treatment plans involving root canals, dental implants and difficult tooth removals. X-rays can also locate dental tumors which can be further tested for malignancy. X-rays produce minimum radiation which is very small.
I need all my remaining teeth removed how long will I be without replacement?
Since our lab is on site we deliver the patient with new teeth immediately after surgery is done to remove broken, infected, mis-placed and non functioning teeth.
I am not happy with the appearance when I smile, Can I do anything about this?
Today, with the new materials and techniques such as bonding, veneers, porcelain crowns, as well as implants or full mouth partials dentures, we can dramatically change your smile and make you more attractive and happy about your smile.
Why do my gums bleed and I have bad breath even though I brush and floss daily?
Excessive amounts of calcium build-up(tartar) crowding and missing teeth are some of the most common causes of bleeding gums and/or bad breath. Our team of trained professionals can show you how and what to do to eliminate these problems.
How early do I bring my children in for their 1st check-up?
Your child should visit the dentist usually between 6 and 12 months of age. Children actually have their first tooth in as early as 6 months, sometimes sooner.
Baby teeth fall out anyway are they really important?
Baby teeth are very important! They hold space in jaws for permanent teeth that are developing under the gum; they are used by the child up to 12 years of age for chewing of child's food.
What are Dental Sealants?
A sealant is a clear protective coating for teeth. It is painted on the chewing surface of the back teeth where most cavities form here. Back teeth (pre-molars and molars) have grooves and crevices where food can get stuck in and cause cavities. Sealants are painless to apply and can last up to 15 years.
When should we start using toothpaste?
As soon as possible!! As soon as teeth come in usually 3-6 months for kids they should begin using a fluoridated toothpaste. Toothpaste needs to be spit out not swallowed. Please select a toothbrush that is small enough to fit into your child's mouth.