Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of our Frequently asked questions. If you still have additional questions that are not listed in this section, please contact us.

Q: How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
A: We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we’ll let you know. Checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we’ll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth to reduce your potential for cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. We’ll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.

Q: Do you accept dental insurance?
A: Dental care can get expensive, so we help patients maximize their insurance benefits. As a courtesy, we will file claims and accept assignment of benefits. Please call our dental office with questions.

Q: At what age should my children first see a dentist?
A: Early visits provide several advantages: they give us the opportunity to spot and prevent any potential oral health/dental problems; they can also give the child a positive, non-threatening dental office experience. That’s why we recommend parents bring their child in at or after the age of three, or at whatever age they’re most willing to communicate with an adult other than a parent.

Q: Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
A: Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing gum disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral care easier.

Q: How can I improve my smile?
A: That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn’t! Your smile is unique, and we won’t compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white restorations, and replacement teeth. Invisalign clear braces may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we’ll present a smile makeover plan for your new smile.

Q: My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
A: You’ll need to first schedule a consultation with the dentist. He can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers a long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking choice.

Q: Do you refer patients to specialists?
A: While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we’ll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). Dr. Rob and Dr. Burrows refer to only trusted professionals with whom they have a good rapport.

Q: What is your policy regarding canceling an appointment?
A: In order to maintain a well-run office, we appreciate as much notice as possible for appointment cancellations. This enables us to work on other patients who need to be seen. A minimum of 2 days notice is requested.