Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Do you take my insurance?

Our office will help you to receive maximum ‘out-of-network’ insurance benefits for any treatment. We accept all dental insurance, but are considered out-of-network.  Our team is happy to submit claims for our patients. Oakton Family Dentistry is a fee for service office, which means our patients pay for their services on the day the services are provided. We do not know in advance what services (if any) YOUR insurance company will cover and we can only estimate your cost based on what other patients’ insurance companies have done in the past. All insurance companies vary on what they will or will not cover. We make sure our patients understand the cost of every procedure before we start.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check and most major credit cards.  We offer cash discounts and even “pay today courtesy” discounts on complex treatment.  Ask a team member for details!

Do you offer in-house financing?

Yes, we will work with you to come up with a payment plan that works best for you.

I have a gap between my front teeth. What are my options for correcting this?

Gaps between teeth (especially gaps that show in your smile) can take away from the beauty of your smile. Depending on the size of the gap, there are several options. For extremely large gaps, orthodontics (Invisalign) is usually recommended. For small to moderate gaps, bonding or porcelain veneers may be the best solution for you. Our doctors will discuss your options with you and together we will customize an ideal treatment plan to give you the gorgeous smile you deserve.

I have a lot of old fillings (silver) in my mouth that have been there for a while. One is sensitive and the others are just ugly. What are my options?

Old silver fillings leak, causing decay to re-enter the tooth (which may or may not cause sensitivity). Not to mention they are unsightly. Options for silver filling replacement include direct composites (tooth- colored fillings) or porcelain inlays and onlays, all of which provide an optimal aesthetic and healthy result.

What is the black line I see around the gum line of my crowns (or other people’s crowns)?

The black coloring likely indicates that there is metal underneath the white porcelain part of the crown. The black or gray line you see around the crown was probably not there when the crown was placed. Over time, chronic inflammation of the gum tissue causes it to bleed easily and perhaps recede from the metal, exposing it. It is no longer necessary to have metal in crowns or that unattractive dark line. Oakton Family Dentistry uses all-porcelain restorations.

I have some bonding and a crown on my front tooth and I would like to whiten my teeth. What are my options for whitening my smile?

Teeth-whitening procedures are just as they sound. They whiten teeth. The bonding and crown will not whiten and will appear darker after your teeth become whiter. However, this should not keep you from having the white smile you desire. It may be very simple to upgrade your bonding and crown after your whitening procedure. Chances are the new bonding and crown will be better looking as well. When you visit our office, our doctors will work with you to customize a treatment plan to achieve a gorgeous white smile!

I hate the dentist. How is your office different?

A lot of people haven’t enjoyed going to the dentist, until now. The Oakton Family Dentistry team strives to make going to the dentist a pleasure! With pleasant music, Bose noise-canceling headphones, blankets and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), this isn’t your standard dental office. Come see for yourself!

Do those over-the-counter whitening products such as strips, toothpaste, and mouthwash really work?

There are many options for whitening that can be found at your local grocery store. But do they work? The short answer is: sort of. Toothpaste uses abrasive particles that help scrub stain from teeth. Whitening gels, like strips, contain formulas that whiten teeth from the inside, but these products are less concentrated than those prescribed from your dentist. Results from these products will vary depending on how stained your teeth are, the type of stain and your overall oral health. It doesn’t hurt to try these products, and some people will get pretty go results. But don’t expect a dramatic difference. If you’re looking for significant color change that has a long-lasting result, you’re best bet is to see your dentist, who can recommend the latest whitening technologies.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is essentially invisible braces. Invisalign® straightens your teeth using a series of thin, clear trays (aligners). Each tray is worn for around two weeks before changing to the next tray in the series. Treatment usually takes between six months and one year. Since the trays are virtually invisible, most people won’t notice you’re straightening your teeth – unless you tell them. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted without the hassle of braces.

I recently had a tooth removed. Do I need to replace it, and if so, what should I do?

Yes, you need to replace it. In most cases replacing a missing tooth is important to prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting. Shifting teeth create areas that are difficult to keep clean and can lead to gum problems and teeth decay. Also, when teeth shift and no longer fit together properly, causes excessive wear, headaches, and many other problems.

Ideally, dental implants or bridges replace missing teeth. Dental implants replace the root of the tooth. Implants are made of titanium and are placed in the bone. After healing, a crown is placed on the implant. Implants don’t decay and typically last a long time. Implants are the best restoration in cases where the neighboring teeth are healthy and properly aligned.

A bridge may be the best option if the neighboring teeth are unhealthy. Replacing a tooth with a bridge involves reshaping neighboring teeth to which the bridge will attach. The cost of a three-tooth bridge will probably come close to the combined cost of the implant placement and implant crown.

Obviously, many considerations are taken into account with each patient when deciding how to replace a missing tooth. Ask your dentist what he or she would do if they were in your situation. That will help you with your own decision.

How much does an implant cost?

This is a difficult question to answer. Truth is, everyone’s circumstance is different, so the cost of dental implants vary depending on treatment needs.

Ok, so what factors increase or decrease the cost?

While we don’t want to advise you on specific costs, we can help you better understand the factors that go into dental implants.

  • Multiple tooth replacements vs. single tooth replacement
  • Laboratory cost
  • The amount of reconstruction necessary to successfully complete the procedure
  • Tooth location
  • The need for us to collaborate with other dental specialists

The best way to get an accurate idea of what your dental implants will cost is to come in for a free consultation to discuss what your implant treatment would entail.
We understand covering the cost of dental treatment can be a challenge for some, please talk to our financial coordinator to discuss different financial options. Don’t let the cost of treatment keep you from getting all the facts. A new healthier, happier smile may be closer than you think.