Dental Frequently Asked Questions – Hamburg, NJ
Dental Questions? Get Your Answers
If you are a new patient to our practice, you may have questions about our services or how we work. We always want to keep communication open and clear so that you can make the best possible decisions for your dental healthcare. For your convenience and reference, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions right here. You’re more than welcome to contact us with any questions you may have.
Why do I need to visit the dentist every six months?
We strongly recommend at least two checkups and cleanings every year because oral problems do not take long to develop. Regular hygiene visits allow us to monitor your dental health, catch problems while they are small and easy to treat, and stop issues from developing in the future.
Do you treat children?
Absolutely! Patients of all ages are welcome here. We do our best to make dental visits as enjoyable and stress free as possible for everyone, including small children. As a mother of two, Dr. Jinu Kurian knows how to help young patients feel comfortable.
Why would a tooth need to be extracted?
We’ll do our best to save a natural tooth, but there are times when extraction is the best treatment available. These scenarios include severe tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, and impaction. Regardless of the reason, if we need to remove a tooth, you can rest easy knowing that our team will help you feel comfortable and recover quickly from the procedure.
Are root canals painful?
Root canals may have a bad reputation, but the truth is that this procedure is designed to relieve pain. When the tooth’s pulp is irritated, Dr. Kurian can provide an anesthetic to numb your discomfort and remove the nerve, preserving the natural tooth. When we’re finished, you should no longer feel pain there!
What is the difference between a crown and bridge?
A dental crown is a single prosthetic tooth that is placed over a natural one to restore the enamel structure. A dental bridge is a line of three to five dental crowns joined together in order to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth in an arch.
If I have chips or gaps, what are my options?
To correct these kinds of flaws, you can either get porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding. Porcelain veneers are ceramic sheets that are crafted to cover gaps, chips, discoloration, and other imperfections. Cosmetic bonding uses composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings, to accomplish the same effect. During your consultation, we can discuss your goals and budget so that we can determine which option will best meet your needs.
Do you take my dental insurance?
Most likely. We gladly work with most major PPO dental insurance plans, and we are in-network with many of them, including Aetna, Cigna, United Concordia, and many more. If you would like to check if we are in-network with your insurance, just give us a call!