Q: Does your office take my insurance?
A: Each insurance company has many various plans; your employer has chosen the plan to which you belong. In order to determine if you have coverage for our office, contact Debra at 262-786-0004.
Q: How often should I have dental x-rays?
A: Each patient is different, and the scheduling of x-ray exams should be determined by the patient's needs. Your dentist will determine what your x-ray schedule should be based on a review of your dental history as well as your current state of oral health
Q: What can you see with dental x-rays?
A: Dental x-rays show your dentist what he cannot see when he looks into your mouth. Some of the things we look for with x-rays are:
- Areas of decay between the teeth or around an existing filling
- Signs of gum disease
- Changes in the bone that surrounds your teeth
- Certain types of tumors
Any of these conditions found at an early stage can save the patient time, money, and discomfort.
Q: Should I be worried about radiation exposure from dental x-rays?
A: While any exposure to radiation should be a concern, radiation from dental x-rays is very low. With the use of digital radiography we have been able to lower that exposure even more. As always, the use of a leaded apron over the body is used during exposure time. It is important to know that dental x-ray equipment is examined and inspected by the State of Wisconsin on a yearly basis for safety.
Q: What is ZOOM teeth whitening?
A: Due to normal aging and lifestyle our teeth can become darker. Zoom is a procedure that whitens and brightens your teeth by breaking up stains and discolorations. Zoom can only be performed in a dental office by a dental professional and typically results in teeth becoming an average of 8 shades lighter. The procedure begins with our clinician using a preparation to cover the lips and gums. This is followed by the placement on the teeth of the whitening gel, which is activated by a special light during three 15-minute sessions. When the procedure is complete you will go home with a whiter, brighter smile. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to determine if Zoom is right for you.
Q: What are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are titanium replacements for tooth roots. Placed where teeth are missing they can serve as an anchor for crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and dentures. Implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. The implant itself is anchored into the bone and allowed to heal for a period of time. At that point the permanent crown or other restoration can be placed on the implant. The entire procedure can take from one to several months, each case being different. Dr. Nemcek is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to schedule a consultation to see if dental implants could restore you to your natural dentition, please give us a call.
Q: If I need a filling, what type of material will be used?
A: Because of concerns today regarding the mercury content of dental amalgam (silver filling), many people request that only composite/resin fillings be placed as restorations when needed. Amalgam is the oldest filling material used in the history of dentistry, and there are times when its use is appropriate. The newer composite fillings have many benefits; they look more natural, require smaller preparations, often have less sensitivity to cold, and actually add strength to a tooth by bonding to the remaining tooth structure. There are times when using a composite filling is not indicated such as in areas where it is impossible to maintain absolute dryness while placing the filling. In most cases we place the composite fillings where possible, but when needed, we do use amalgam and are confident that is safe when used as filling material. Also, many insurance companies do not pay for composite fillings in back teeth. We then allow the patient to make the decision as to which type of filling they want.