Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept my insurance? We are non-contracted (out-of-network) 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? Payment is collected 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? The kind of dental cleaning you need depends on your gum health status. It is important that your dentist or hygienist checks your “pocket depths” and bone levels around the surfaces of each tooth and records those measurements at least yearly. This determines your gum health status. Gum disease is associated with little or no discomfort or pain, so it is important to allow your hygienist and dentist to regularly assess your gum tissues. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth– it can be mild with signs of inflammation only (gingivitis), or it can be severe (periodontitis) with signs of bone loss that can lead to tooth loss.
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.
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.