What is your Cancellation Policy?
We ask that our patients give us a 48 hours notice prior to their appointment if they are unable to make it. If within the 48 hour window they make a cancellation, there is a $50 cancellation fee. Also, we require a $50 deposit for treatment to hold appointments that we take over the phone. The deposit goes towards your treatment once you come in for your appointment. (These fees do not apply to regular cleanings)
I have a dental emergency and the office is closed, what should I do?
If you are having a dental emergency outside of business hours you may contact our office at 501-683-8886 to leave a message with our answering service and we will return your call as soon as possible. Please note that if you are experiencing large amounts of swelling or bleeding that will not stop you may need to visit the emergency room.
I have a temporary crown that has broken or come off, what should I do?
If your temporary crown breaks or comes off preserve it as best as you can and contact our office. If you are unable to make an appointment to have us re-cement this temporary crown you may use a small amount of a denture adhesive to hold it on until you can make it in.
What are dental sealants and why would my child benefit from them?
Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the biting surface of back teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Without sealants, plaque remains in the pits and grooves of “hard to reach” teeth and eventually cause a cavity. Sealants cannot be seen when you talk or smile.
What is a crown and why do I need it?
A crown is a “cap” that covers a tooth and can bring back the natural shape, size, and chewing function of a compromised tooth. A crown is necessary when a tooth has a large filling and not enough tooth structure to effectively support it, to protect a compromised tooth (such as a tooth which has had a root canal) from breaking, or to restore a broken tooth.
Why are my teeth worth saving?
When faced with a diseased tooth, most patients automatically think it has to be removed. With the procedures available now, this is no longer the only option. Even though this may seem like a quick, inexpensive option, actually, it is more expensive and time consuming in the long run. A missing tooth may cause drifting of other teeth and other future dental problems.
What happens if I don’t get my cavities filled?
Cavities usually don’t stay the same. Most of the time a cavity will continue to grow until it becomes so large it infects the nerve of your tooth. Once the nerve is compromised, most people will experience a toothache. If you are having a toothache, chances are you will need a root canal or an extraction.
What is a root canal and does it hurt?
A root canal is performed when a tooth has a cavity so large that it has reached the nerve of the tooth. Your dentist will remove all the decayed tooth structure and remove the nerve of the tooth using small files. After the nerve is removed, we use a rubber material to fill the roots of the tooth and then place a filling in the top portion of the tooth. A lot of people think we removed the roots, but this is a misconception. The tooth and its roots are still in place, we only remove the soft tissue nerve