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Your Dentistry Questions, Answered by Our leadership Team

General Dentistry FAQs

What is the difference between in-network and out-of-network dental insurance benefits?

We are in-network with the following provider plans:

  • Cigna
  • Delta Premier
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Principal
  • Ameritas
  • Guardian
  • Companion Life

This being said, we will accept direct assignment from out-of-network providers, however any fees, advanced lab costs or special services will not be filed for and will be the responsibility of each patient. We are committed to being creative and intentional when presenting the investment you will need to make for your dream smile or dream health status. We also have the knowledge and capacity to file for medical procedures when surgery or digital care design is part of your recommended treatment plan.

Out-of-Network Information:

Many times patients don’t understand this process. We file your insurance claim and will take direct assignment if your plan permits. The difference in charges or cost usually only amounts to a few dollars per procedure for patients with an out-of-network plan, and allows patients to receive a level of care that screams “excellence” in quality. We treat our patients according to their leading need and greatest desires for a smile they can “rave” about!

*** If you have insurance, we can help you maximize your benefits and resolve any outstanding amounts owed through Care Credit and Lending Tree, which are “interest free” financing plans to better serve you with your health investments.

We are passionate about how we communicate with all our patients.

Why do you need consistent dental visits?

If you are absent from disease in your bone and soft tissue, it is very common to come in every six (6) months for an evaluation with our dentists. However, if you have any oral health challenges, such as bleeding, decay, pain, crooked teeth, discolored teeth, old amalgam fillings or bite problems, we may need to see you more often.

Why do I need regular dental care?

Regular dental appointments are important for a few reasons. First, the mouth is the entryway to our overall health condition. When our dental hygienists have the opportunity to educate, co-diagnose and treat active disease in your mouth, they are working with you to prevent minor and major diseases that compromise your health. Everyone should realize they may not be able to maintain optimal overall health if they have dental disease. Our hygienists offer cleanings when you are free from active disease both with your teeth and soft tissue. Learning and understanding how you can keep yourself healthy in between your appointments is vital for long-term health.

Also, many dental problems do not cause pain or symptoms in their early stages. The only way to detect a problem early is by having a dentist examine the mouth at 3-, 4- or 6-month intervals based on oral health status. We treat our patient according to their “state of health,” not insurance coverage.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, our newest digital X-rays have less radiation levels than old equipment on the market. Note that we do not recommend X-rays to expectant mothers.

How can I prevent cavities?

The best ways to prevent cavities are to come in for your periodical evaluations and stay on top of ANY decay or gum disease because it moves rapidly throughout your mouth once it’s been diagnosed. Untreated disease ONLY leads to more disease. Our hygiene team will review how to brush and floss daily and make necessary dietary changes, such as eating more fats and protein and less sugar. Reading nutrition labels will help you eliminate sugary foods from your diet. Sometimes we place sealants, or thin plastic coatings, on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent cavities. We typically recommend sealants to children, but they can be beneficial to adults, too.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Will veneers change my smile, if so, how many should I consider?

A smile design consult with Dr. George Kirtley will give you the time and dialogue to make those decisions together. However, if your smile line is big, you may need to place veneers on the entire upper arch to achieve the outcome that you desire. If you have a small smile line, then you may be able to have fewer veneers placed to obtain your desired outcome. Dr. Kirtley and you will make that decision together.

Will whitening toothpastes bleach my teeth?

Whitening toothpastes may remove some surface stains, but they cannot produce the dramatic results provided by professional teeth whitening. Our office provides take-home whitening trays with powerful bleaching gels to lighten the teeth up to eight shades.

One of my teeth is abnormally shaped and it looks awkward. What can I do about it?

There are a few ways to reshape a tooth and improve its appearance. We can perform dental bonding, which involves applying a composite resin to the tooth and sculpting it to lengthen or widen the tooth. Or, we can bond a wafer-thin porcelain veneer to the surface of the tooth to improve its shape or size.

Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers or teeth whitening?

No, most dental insurance plans do not cover cosmetic treatment because it is considered elective. We offer dental financing plans to help break the cost of treatment into monthly payments.

Restorative Dentistry FAQs

What is the best way to replace a missing tooth?

We have a team of inter-disciplinary collaborating dentists in our office to consult with you on our approach to place, treat, monitor and maintain a sustainable level of health through this process. We will restore your implant(s) with a precise lab-fabricated crown or bridge to serve you. Implants are anchored in the jawbone, where they become part of the bone’s anatomy and support an attractive artificial tooth.

My dentures slip or slide around in my mouth. What is the best way to secure them?

Like a patient that has a need for an implant, we can serve the denture patient with the same excellence in restorative care. If you are tired of ill-fitting or slippery dentures or partials, we can offer you a consult to consider implants for a permanent restoration.
Call or email Dentistry of Sugar Hill today to ask our dentists a question.