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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you accept my insurance?  We are non-contracted providers with insurance companies, but as a courtesy to you we are happy to file your claim to help you obtain reimbursement.  Since your coverage is a contract between you and your insurance company, we cannot guarantee coverage or payment.

 

What is your financial policy?  We collect payment at the time of service.  We accept all major credit cards and checks, and also accept Care Credit.  (Courtesy discounts are available for members of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion Post 283.)

 

What kind of cleaning do I need?   It is important that your dentist or hygienist is checking your “pocket depths” around the surfaces of each tooth and recording that measurement at least yearly. If you have periodontal (gum) pockets that are a 4mm and above along with some bleeding, most likely there is some plaque or tartar found under the gum tissue.  The kind of dental cleaning you need depends on your gum health status.

 

What do youthful teeth look like?  When we age, our teeth tend to get duller in color and more worn down. The edges of our teeth need to show some translucency and the anatomy of our teeth need some natural curves to allow light to reflect in a beautiful way. Anyone that wants all of his or her teeth to be the same length or size is not looking for a natural smile. A natural look comes with the two upper front central teeth being larger both in length and width then the two smaller side teeth and the canine teeth to show a sharper edge. This is part of a natural smile curve. From left to right you see the blue dotted lines in the illustration showing the natural smile curve, the flat curve, and the reverse curve.

 

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Do I really need a crown?  In our practice we take a ‘biomimetic approach’–we value conserving natural tooth structure and being minimally invasive. Crowns are full coverage restorations that require the natural tooth to be cut down to fit the restoration. A partial crown is called an “onlay” or “inlay”.  Under some circumstances, a tooth may need a full coverage crown.  We strive to save as much tooth structure as possible while still giving the patient a predictably strong restoration with an inlay/onlay, or even a bonded filling in an esthetic area.

 

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The Palisades Dentists

881 Alma Real Dr. Ste. T2
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
PH: 310-459-2303

FX: 310-459-0015

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