1. Does your office accept dental insurance?
We accept all insurances, however we are only contracted with Colorado Medicaid and Delta Dental Premier.
2. If your office is not contracted with my dental insurance what is the office policy on billing and collections?
We collect payment at the time services are rendered. Then as courtesy to our patients we bill their dental insurance on their behalf. If the insurance accepts the claim and we receive the payment on the services rendered, we will reimburse the patient what the insurance paid.
3. Does your office accept payment plans?
Our prices are significantly lower than the national average, and almost 50% lower than local dentist, therefore we do not take payment plans.
4. Does your office accept Care Credit?
Yes we do accept Care Credit!
5. Is your office a T- Ride stop?
We are not a “bus stop” on their route. However under certain assistance programs through La Plata County they will make a special stop for those that are enrolled in such programs, and if they are scheduled ahead of time.
For others who are not enrolled in those specific assistance programs, we are within two “bus stops” that are approximately .2 miles away from our office.
6. Is your office handicap accessible?
Yes we are handicap accessible with ramps into our door, operatories, and bathrooms.
7. Does your office extract wisdom teeth?
We are always willing to do a simple exam to evaluate a patient’s wisdom teeth. However if certain circumstances present such as if the wisdom teeth are impacted, we will then refer you to an oral surgeon for those extractions.
8. I broke my denture and/or lost a tooth from my denture, can your office repair it?
Yes our lab tech is available Monday thru Thursday to assess the denture and see if it can be repaired without compromising the functionality of the denture. Upon assessing the repair, the lab tech will then inform you how long she will need to repair it and how much the repair will be.
9. Does your office place implants?
At this time we do not place implants. However, we do place the abutment crown to an implanted tooth. We also can recommend dentists both in Colorado and in Arizona who do place implants.
10. Does your office treat children?
We see children 15 years of age and older.
11. What should I do when my temporary crown fell off?
If it is not sensitive you can leave it off, but make sure you keep it clean by flossing and brushing well. If it is sensitive, you can place toothpaste inside of the temporary crown and place it back on, then call our office to get schedule to re-cement the temporary crown.
12. Is it normal that I’m sensitive after a filling?
Yes, you can be sensitive after a filling for several months. It can be helped by Sensodyne.
13. Should I have someone to drive me home after extractions?
Not necessarily, we do not use nitrous or other inhibiting drugs that would prevent one from driving. However, it may be very uncomfortable to drive oneself home after extractions.
14. How long do I have to heal before getting dentures?
Dr. Moore recommends 3-6 months post extractions to allow your tissue and bone to thoroughly heal to get the best denture fit.
15. Does your office do braces?
No we do not, but we would be happy to refer you to a competent orthodontist.
16. Are Dental X-Rays safe?
Exposure to all sources of radiation can damage the body’s tissues and cells and lead to cancer. The dose of radiation you would be exposed to by taking digital dental x-rays is very small. It is not any more harmful than your home appliances you use on a daily basis.
17. Does Tooth Whitening toothpaste work?
All toothpastes help remove surface stains. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach. We provide professional whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on the tooth surface as well as stains deep in the tooth.
18. I’m pregnant, can I come in for a cleaning?
Yes, oral health is very important especially during pregnancy. Prior to your visit, you must obtain written clearance from your OBGYN indicating that you can visit our office, and if it would be ok to take oral x-rays.
19. How long do dentures typically last?
Dentures typically last between 5 and 7 years. Just like natural teeth, dentures wear down and stain with age. Your mouth is constantly changing as well. To make sure your dentures fit properly, they will need adjustments from time to time and may need a reline. For best denture care we suggest seeing your dentist yearly for a denture check-up.
20. How often should I change my toothbrush?
Every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become worn and frayed. If you’ve been sick with a cold or other bacterial infection, it’s best to replace your toothbrush once you’re better.