FAQ’s



Our patients often come to us with common questions and concerns about implants and dentures along with other cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. For your convenience, we've posted some of them here with the answers. If you have a question that we haven't answered, please feel free to contact us to find out more.


What sets you apart from other dental offices?

Both of us, Dr. Barrack and Dr. Patel, are specialists. We have gone beyond the training that general dentists have. We have had additional years of training and residency education, earning specialty certifications. Because of our specialized backgrounds, we can offer you detailed attention to restoring your mouth and smile. And with Dental Innovations Laboratory on site, the communication necessary to complete complex treatment plans is much improved.

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What will happen on my first visit?

First, we will review and discuss your health history to make sure we understand all of your health issues. We will discuss what we can do for you in an unrushed manner. This can sometimes be a lengthy conversation where we will get to know each other. We will conduct a comprehensive examination that will include an oral cancer screening exam, blood pressure, periodontal screening and recording. We will also take radiographs and other diagnostic information to help create a global plan for you.

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Dental Implants – What are they?

Dental implants have become a treatment option for many patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a replacement tooth "root" constructed of medical-grade titanium. Dental implants are extremely stable, strong and natural-looking. Patients with dental implants are able to eat, smile and laugh without fear or embarrassment that their denture may slip or click.

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What will happen when I get a dental implant?

The implant is inserted into the jawbone in the area of a missing tooth, and a crown is constructed to act as the visible portion of the tooth. Dental implant surgery is generally less painful than having a tooth surgically extracted. We will place the implant into the jawbone and then cover it with gum tissue, allowing it to heal and "osseointegrate," meaning that it will bond to the surrounding bone in the next four to six months. While the healing process takes place, you will wear a temporary replacement tooth. Once the implant has bonded to the surrounding bone, we will uncover it and attach a post to the implant protruding through the gum. At this point, we can build a permanent crown for the tooth. The final result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth. Implants can also enhance your denture experience as well by acting as anchors for a removable denture.

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What is a Prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in restoring broken teeth and replacing missing teeth with natural-looking substitutes or prosthetic teeth.

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What education does a Prosthodontist have?

A Prosthodontist's professional education includes at least two years of additional education after dental school in an advanced dental education program. Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

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What is a Periodontist?

A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, including the placement of implants. Periodontists can also perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire.

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What education do Periodontists have?

Periodontists receive extensive training for at least two years beyond the four years of dental school that general dentists receive. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.

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How can I replace missing teeth?

A complete set of teeth improves your confidence and self-esteem, but it also increases the longevity of your remaining natural teeth by removing stress placed on them. We have several procedures to help replace missing teeth, including implants, bridges and natural-looking dentures. It is not necessary to live with missing teeth any longer.

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Will it hurt?

If you haven't been to a dental office in a while, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Today's dentistry is faster than ever before, and procedures are virtually pain-free. All of our staff members are highly trained to make each of your visits as pleasant and comfortable as possible. We have many options to help you relax here, including topical anesthetic, new local anesthetics, nitrous oxide and oral pre-medication. We have been able to relax and calm even the most phobic dental patient.

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What happens if the office is closed and I have an emergency?

We recognize that emergency situations can and do arise. We guarantee that your emergency will be handled promptly. After-hours emergency calls will be directed to the on-call doctor from the voicemail message.

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Do you have a payment plan?

We offer several payment options for your convenience. We accept cash, checks, as well as all of the major credit cards. We also offer payment plans with little or no financing for more extensive dental procedures.

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Do you accept my dental insurance?

While we do not participate with any closed panel insurance plans, our team will do everything possible to help you maximize your benefits. Our financial policy allows us to provide you with the best treatment available and does not limit your health to just what your plan covers. We will be happy to submit your insurance paperwork for you at the time of treatment. If you have any questions about your insurance, please feel free to call for more information.

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