Our Frequently Asked Questions - Answered!
At the office of Noor A Shamim DMD, we pride ourselves on offering you all the necessary information to make your visit a comfortable experience.
How Are Appointments Scheduled?
We attempt to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. Dental appointments stand as excused absence. With regular dental care, missing school can be kept to a minimum.
Appointment times are reserved exclusively for each patient, and we ask that you give sufficient notice if you are not keeping an appointment. We ask for your assistance in this matter, but also realize that unexpected things can happen in our daily routine.
Office Policy Regarding Dental Insurance
Once we have all the information from you on the day of your appointment, we are happy to file a claim for you. Please understand that we file insurance as a courtesy. We are not responsible for how your insurance handles your claim, or what percentage they pay. We are happy to assist you in estimating your portion of the cost for treatment.
Information to be considered:
- No insurance pays 100%
- Benefits are not determined by our office
- Deductibles & Co-payments need to be considered
What About Finances?
Payments are due for professional services at the time the dental treatment is provided. Treatment plans will be provided as needed and insurance claims will be filed in a timely manner. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards for your convenience.
Do I Stay With My Child During Visits?
We ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. Our office is highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon and will soon diminish with time. Parents/Guardians are welcome to accompany their child into the treatment rooms, however experience has shown that most children over the age of 3 react positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own in an environment that is designed for children.
What is Conscious Sedation And Why Is It Used?
Conscious sedation is a way to relax a child without the loss of consciousness.
Conscious sedation aids in calming a child so that he/she can accept dental treatment in a more relaxed state. This can prevent injury to the patient and provide a better environment for delivering quality dental care - it's difficult to do dentistry on a moving child!
Why Are The Primary Teeth So Important?
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren't replaced until age 10-13.
Eruption of Your Child's Teeth
Children's teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby teeth) to erupt through the gums are the lower incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by the age of 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.
Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21.
Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth).
What Are Space Maintainers?
Space Maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its position in the jaw. It's more affordable - and easier on your child to keep normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment.
What Special Care Do Space Maintainers Need?
- Avoid sticky sweets or chewing gum
- Don't tug or push on the space maintainer with your fingers or tongue
- Keep it clean with conscientious brushing
- Continue regular dental visits
What Is The Best Time For Orthodontic Treatment?
Developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.
What Is Due at the Time of the Visit?
We are glad to bill your participating insurance for your child's dental treatment, but please understand that we file these claims as a courtesy. Any remaining balance after insurance discounts is due at the time treatment is provided. With non participating insurance, we require payment at the time of service.
We accept cash, personal checks, major credit cards, and Care Credit. FREE parking is available!
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