Frequently Asked Dental Questions

We understand that taking in all of your treatment information during your consultation can be difficult. For this reason we have developed this FAQ section of our website. Containing the answers to the most commonly asked questions we hear from patients, our Q & A’s are updated on a regular basis and cover all areas of dental treatment.

Q: How do you know if you are at the right Family Dentist?

A:  It’s really pretty simple. If it feels right it probably is right. Your dentist needs to be competent and capable to provide you with the procedures needed to restore your teeth. Your dentist should be able to clearly explain the procedures he can do to help you in terms you will understand. You should feel like you can talk to your dentist about any of your concerns regarding your dental appointment. Always research a dentist’s credentials and do research online before making an appointment with a new dentist. He needs a staff and office that are a reflection of himself. It is important to know the dentist you are looking at going to is constantly looking to improve both themselves and their offices. Dental practices that incorporate the latest techniques and top of the line equipment tend to be more aware of the changing needs for patients.

My staff and I strive to make sure our patients are well educated in their dental needs. Our Madison Family Dentistry practice strives to meet the unique needs of each member of your family. We work hard to make sure our patients know we care about them. Finding a dentist you connect with is not purely about teeth; rather it involves a comfort level and trust that develops over time. At our practice we believe in the importance of working together as a team to provide optimal oral health for you and your loved ones. Our patients’ needs and concerns come first to ensure a bond of trust can be created.

Q: Why aren’t you in network for my dental insurance plan?

A:  We are in network for Delta Dental Premier. When it comes to insurance it all comes down to, what do you pay and what do you get. Participating with most dental plans makes us an employee of the insurance company. I make my decisions based on what is the best dentistry for your personal situation not what the insurance company will allow me to do. In this economy, now more than ever, we are fighting the battle against what is the right thing to do and what insurance is going to pay. Before we do any treatment we will always have an open and frank discussion about fees and insurance.

Q: What are wisdom teeth?

A: They’re the last teeth to erupt in the back of your mouth. Usually, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Occasionally, though, they find their way our much later than that; some never erupt at all. Most of our jaws only have room for 28 teeth; we have 32. This means that the last teeth to erupt, which are the wisdom teeth, have nowhere to go if there’s not enough room remaining. This is why extraction is often the course of action.