Dental FAQs

Understanding your dental work empowers you with the knowledge necessary to make better decisions. We are the experts, but our patients must feel comfortable about their oral health and understand procedures we prescribe.

Like any medical procedure, questions often arise after office hours. To assist you around the clock, we have answered some common questions we often confront with our patients.

How do the doctors keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Our doctor and staff subscribe to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. They also take time on a regular basis for continuing education. As a team and as individuals, our office makes it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available. We also evaluate new dental products for an independent research company.

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Do you accept referrals?

We are happy to accept referrals from other dental offices as well as from recommendations by our patients to their family and friends. Your referrals are our best compliments!

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What different payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards  We design your treatment to fit your budget and offer a variety of payment options, including interest-free. Our financial team is dedicated to working with any size of budget to provide you with optimum dental care.

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How can I ask the doctors questions directly?

We encourage our patients to have open, direct communication with Dr. Hassan. Therefore, she is available daily to answer your questions either via e-mail or voicemail. Depending on office traffic and the complexity of your questions, she strives to respond within 24 hours.

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What makes you different from any other dental practice I can visit?

When you become a patient of our practice, we think of you as a family member, not just another set of teeth to fix and clean. Our goal is to help you obtain and then maintain the best possible oral health. So we take time to understand your dental history and evaluate the best options for your particular dental needs. Plus, we help you understand the whys and wherefores of preventive care via thorough patient education. Our advanced training and dedication to new, better techniques make us anything but the “typical” dental office.

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My gums bleed after I brush; is this something to be concerned about?

It is certainly not ideal to have bleeding gums after brushing. However, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough “scrubbing” instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods. or occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.

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I really do not like visiting the dentist; is there anything you can do to help me relax?

We understand many people have qualms about having their teeth worked on. So we strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. For entertainment and distraction, we have TVs available in all rooms so you can keep your mind on more pleasant things. And for the more complex procedures, we also offer laughing gas and local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed. If you’re very anxious, we offer conscious sedation. This is a wonderful way simply to take a pill and totally relax through your dental procedure.

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Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and partials … where can I learn more about these procedures?

Our website is designed to help you learn all you need to about the various restorative and cosmetic techniques we offer. Simply click on the Common Procedures page. But, if you desire even more information about a larger variety of topics, click here to visit the American Dental Association website.

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I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Dr. Hassan has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of metal braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. In other cases, it may be possible to use the new “invisible braces” called Invisalign® to straighten crooked or uneven teeth. A short consult will enable us to discuss which option is right for you.

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What is Smile Design?

The process of smile design involves changing the color, shape, and arrangement of your teeth with thin, beautiful porcelain. The highlight of smile design is watching your eyes light up the first time you look in the mirror at the change that has taken place. Our experience of watching our patients react to their new smile is almost overwhelming. We see an immediate change in their confidence and their interaction with others.

Typically, changing the clinical smile is rewarding, but when clinical changes affect the psychological and emotional components ... that is exhilarating! Most see dentistry simply as a repair and maintenance activity. But when our patients’ lives are changed in such dramatic ways, it confirms the reason many of us got involved in dentistry in the first place, which is to help others.

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