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• Do you accept dental Insurance?


We are happy that you have dental insurance coverage to assist you in paying for dental services.  

To learn more about insurance coverage please go here


• What is your medical appointment cancellation policy?

We require at least 24 hours notice to change an appointment and failure to do so may result in a missed appointment fee.


• How soon can you see me if I am in pain?

We will go over and beyond to see you the same day.  Please call the office and describe your condition.  In most cases the problem can be corrected or stabilized the same day.


• Do you have lunchtime appointments?

Yes, both our Hygienists and Dentists see patients during and after regular business hours as well as on the weekends.  


• Do you treat children?

Yes, Some of our most memorable patients are children! From regular check-ups to dental procedures and cleaning,  patients of all ages are welcome.  Children can pass time in the kids' corner in the waiting room, get their faces painted and be awarded with a dental treat after the appointment.


• What is your payment policy?

If you have a dental insurance plan which helps pay for your treatment, we will bill the insurance company for your services.  We request your estimated co-payment be paid at the time of service.  If any adjustments are required to be made to your account, we will inform you after the insurance check is received by our office. Learn More…  



• How can I make a payment?

Payment is due at the time services are performed.  For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards (Visa,MasterCard, Discover and American Express). We may be able to offer interest free payment options with either  Citi Health Card or CareCredit. Please check with the office before applying to see which options fit you best.  Learn More…    



• What are your office hours?

Monday       7 am - 7 pm


Tuesday      7 am - 8 pm


Wednesday  7 am - 8 pm


Thursday     7 am - 8 pm


Friday          7:30 am - 5 pm


Saturday      8 am - 12 pm


McDonogh Dental Associates dentist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for dental emergencies after office hours.



• I am a new patient.  Do I have to fill out my dental history?

Go to the patients forms page here and click on the appropriate new patient registration form to download and fill out. (Acrobat Reader required). Please see instructions here



• What are your office privacy policies?

We strictly adhere to HIPPA guidelines and keep patient information strictly confidential.


• How do I make sure I use all my dental insurance benefits?

To get the most benefit out of your dental insurance plan, follow these guidelines below:


1. Yearly Maximum — This is the maximum amount of money that your dental insurance plan will pay for your dental work within one year.  Although the maximum varies between insurance companies, the average is around $1,000 a year, for each person underneath the plan.  This renews each year (on the first of January if your plan follows a calendar year), providing another $1,000 for the next 12 months.  If you have unused benefits from the previous year, they won’t rollover to the next year.  Get your money’s worth and utilize your maximum in s given year - schedule an appointment today.


2. Deductible — This is a term for the amount of money you have to pay your dentist—out of pocket—before your insurance company will pay to take care of your teeth.  Again, the amount varies between insurance companies and their plans, and could be costly if you choose an out-of-network dentist.  If you have already paid your deductible for this year and still do not believe you need to see the dentist, think again: your deductible will start again next year.


3. Premiums — If you are paying the premiums for your dental insurance each month out of the year, you should take advantage of your benefits.  Even if you do not have a cavity and are not in need of a root canal, be sure to regularly schedule your dental cleanings.  These cleanings, when maintained, help prevent and can detect early signs of cavities, gingivitis, oral cancer, and other dental issues.


4. Do Not Avoid Problems —If you decide to delay treatment for what might be a simple cavity, you risk a more extensive and expensive treatment down the line.  You may think that your simple toothache is nothing of consequence, when it is actually a cavity waiting to worsen into a root canal.




Frequently Asked Questions About Our Office :




Frequently Asked Questions About Services:




TMJ  • Root Canal  • Periodontal Disease •  Complete Smile MakeoverBotox and Derma Fillers •  Veneer •  WhiteningInvisalign (Clear Braces)


TMJ

What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Pain in or around the ear that may sometimes spread to the face.

Tender jaw muscles.

Clicking or popping noises when you open or close your mouth.

Difficulty opening your mouth.

Jaw joints that feel as if they are "stuck" or "locked."

Pain when you chew or open your mouth wide.

Headaches or neck aches.

What causes TMJ?

Bruxism (clenching and/or grinding of the teeth) is the most common factor found in TMJ disorder.  Bruxing may occur without being aware of it, while awake, but more often it is done while asleep.  Constant pressure on the jaw muscles or jaw joints may damage the temperomandibular joint over time.  Some signs of bruxism are severely worn teeth, receded gums without gum disease, sore jaw muscles in the morning, jaw stiffness, and headaches. Stress often plays an important role in triggering bruxism and the development of TMJ disorder.  Daily stress may increase both the intensity and duration of bruxism while sleeping, as well as subconsciously while awake.  

How can I treat TMJ disorder?

Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy, physical therapy, and even stress management counseling. More-severe cases may need to be treated with dental or surgical interventions.

How can I treat bruxism?

The goals of treatment are pain reduction and prevention of permanent damage to the teeth, by eliminating bruxism as much as possible.  To help relieve pain, there are many self-care steps you can take at home. For example:

Apply wet heat to sore jaw muscles.

Avoid eating hard foods.

Get plenty of sleep.

Massage the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and face.

Relax your face and jaw muscles throughout the day.

Try to reduce your daily stress and learn relaxation techniques.

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Root Canal

What are signs/symptoms that a root canal may be needed?

Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure

Prolonged sensitivity/pain to hot or cold temperatures

Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth

Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums

A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

What happens during the root canal procedure?

All of the diseased pulp in a tooth is removed and the canals are cleaned thoroughly with an antiseptic solution. The canals are then filled and sealed off with a special material.
A crown or permanent filling will be done after there has been no sign of infection. Crowns are placed to strengthen the tooth.

How painful is the procedure?

Root canal procedures do have the reputation of being painful. With the latest technologies and anesthetics though, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.
For the first few days following the completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve).

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Periodontics

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

Gums that bleed when you brush or floss

Red, swollen, or tender gums

Persistent bad breath or bad taste

Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums

Loose or shifting teeth

Changes in the way teeth fit together when you bite

Chronic infection in the gums

What causes periodontal disease?

The main cause is bacterial plaque. Other factors that are known to affect teeth and possibly exacerbate the process include:

Smoking/Tobacco Use

Genetics

Stress

Medications

Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth

Diabetes

Poor Nutrition

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Our hygiene team is devoted to educating you on all aspects of periodontal disease. Prevention begins with keeping your teeth and gums healthy.  Brush and floss at least twice a day to help prevent tooth decay and remove plaque from your teeth and gums. Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and limit sweets. Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning at least twice a year to remove tartar from places brushing and flossing may miss. We utilize a variety of scaling techniques, medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses to help treat any periodontal areas as necessary. Ultrasonic instruments are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.  

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Complete Smile Makeover

What is a complete smile makeover?

A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile. A smile makeover is an emotional and financial investment you make in yourself to enhance the health, function and appearance of your smile. They are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations. A smile makeover takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips to develop your ideal smile.

Why should I consider a smile makeover?

Aside from the physical effects of your smile, a smile makeover can positively impact your life.  If you are self-conscious and unhappy about your smile, it can adversely affect your self-esteem.  A bright, attractive smile creates a winning first impression. Without saying a word, your smile can convey confidence, optimism and friendliness.  An esthetically pleasing smile is an attractive quality that lures people to you, making them respond positively

Your dentist will review certain aspects of your smile and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that exactly matches your needs:

Tooth Color

Tooth Length

Tooth Proportions

Smile Line

Tooth Texture and Characterization

Alignment and Spacing

Missing Teeth

Harmony and Balance of The Smile

Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks

How much does a smile makeover cost and is it covered by insurance?

To further accommodate you, a McDonogh Dental treatment coordinator will review your payment options to see if you may qualify for financing or an extended payment plan.  The duration of treatment and cost of your smile makeover will vary depending on your dentist, tooth location, your level of dental insurance, the state of your oral health and the extent of your customized makeover plan.

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Botox and Derma Fillers

What is Botox?

Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily relieve pain and improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age.  Botox is administered by your dentist as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows.

What is Botox used for?

Botox is used for relief of migraine headaches, TMJ pain, clenching , and removal or reduction of appearance of fine lines around eyes, mouth, nose, forehead and neck.

How does Botox work?

Botox is injected into facial muscles to immobilize the underlying cause of lines and wrinkles. Botox works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, softening the appearance of wrinkles. Recently, Botox has been suggested as a treatment for bruxism and TMJ pain by temporarily numbing the TMJ muscles which lessens their ability to forcefully clench and grind the jaw, while retaining enough muscular function to enable normal activities such as talking and eating.

What are risks associated with Botox?

Botox is most commonly used as wrinkle treatment these days. When injected around the eyes and the mouth, the possible side effects include pain at the injection site, headaches, bruising, swelling, and bleeding. These are minor and normal side effects that come with most injections and subside in a few hours to a few days. More serious side effects include flu-like symptoms, respiratory infection, and temporary drooping of the treated muscle.  These symptoms are rarer but they do happen to some patients. The drooping of the muscles is to be expected if your skin and muscle tone isn’t at its best. It will go back to normal in a few days in most cases.

Not everyone gets those side effects, but they still can appear. Those side effects usually disappear within a day or two of the injection.

Why do dentists work with Botox?

Botox and dermal fillers are as essential to esthetic dentistry cases as are porcelain veneers and composite resins. The soft tissues around the mouth are as important as the color and position of the teeth in determining the patient’s smile.

Dentists are trusted to give patients a shot of local anesthetic before a cavity filling or a root canal. Dentists are also the specialists in the oral and maxillofacial areas. As specialists, dentists are much more knowledgeable than most other healthcare providers in the muscles of mastication and the muscles of facial expression which routinely receive these treatments.

Our dentists have been properly trained in Botox cosmetics and are very knowledgeable and proficient in providing Botox treatments to patients, both for dental and cosmetic needs.

What is a Derma Filler?

Derma fillers are substances normally made by the body that give your skin its volume and fullness.

What are Derma Fillers used for?

These injections replenish the skin's natural collagen and give your skin a plumper, smoother appearance.  The natural beauty of your skin is enhanced as the contour of the support structure is restored.

How do Derma Fillers work?

Derma filler injections fill the space between collagen and elastin fibers within the skin, which replenishes the natural volume lost with aging. Filler also attracts and binds water, which helps maintain fullness where it's injected. Some filler materials are thicker and can add significant volume and structure. Others are smoother and thinner and have the ability to flow more consistently. Juvederm may last longer, maintaining the appearance for up to 12 months with less tissue injury and inflammation.

What are risks associated with Derma Fillers?

Dermal filler risks are usually minor, but they can seem serious.  Injectable skin plumping is considered a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure.  Side effects are quite common while serious complications are fairly rare. The problem with both normal post-procedure symptoms and true complications is that they are highly visible and uncomfortable (since fillers are used on delicate facial skin). There's no risk of infection, but you will need repeated treatments to maintain the result.

Why do dentists work with Derma Fillers?

Dermal fillers and Botox are as essential to esthetic dentistry cases as are porcelain veneers and composite resins. The soft tissues around the mouth are as important as the color and position of the teeth in determining the patient’s smile.

Dentists are trusted to give patients a shot of local anesthetic before a cavity filling or a root canal. Dentists are also the specialists in the oral and maxillofacial areas. As a specialty, dentists are much more knowledgeable than most other healthcare providers in the muscles of mastication and the muscles of facial expression which routinely receive these treatments.

Our dentists have been properly trained in dermal fillers and are very knowledgeable and proficient in providing this treatment to patients, both for dental and cosmetic needs.

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Veneers

What is a Veneer?

Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers, porcelain (ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers. A porcelain veneer is a thin translucent piece of ceramic in the shape of a tooth. They have greater strength than bonding, resist discoloration and staining better, and can more effectively hide discolored teeth and alter the shape of teeth.

What are their uses?

Porcelain veneers are used for a variety of reasons, which include restoring chipped, broken or worn teeth. They can also be used to change the shape of a tooth or smile (like braces) as well as to alter the color of teeth.

How are they made?

Porcelain veneers require 2 to 3 appointments. Before beginning treatment, the dentist may want to take diagnostic models and photos to use as an aid in planning the design of the smile and veneers. These also give the patient an idea of what the final smile will look like. After the diagnostic appointment, the patient may be anesthetized and the teeth shaped. In most instances, this requires removing about .5mm from the front surface of the tooth. In some cases, veneers can be done without any modification of the teeth (no prep veneers). An impression of the prepared teeth is then taken; customized shade selections along with photographs are also obtained. Temporary veneers are then placed and the case is then sent to a dental lab for processing of the veneer.  At the final appointment, the temporary veneers are removed and the actual veneers are tried on for fit, shape, and shade. They are then bonded in place with a special adhesive.

How long do they last?

There are many factors that affect the life of a veneer, which include habits such as clenching or grinding, patient's bite, good oral hygiene, the quality of the porcelain from which the veneer is made, and diet. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.

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Whitening/Bleaching

What is Teeth Whitening or Bleaching?

Whitening is a safe and effective way for many people to improve their appearance, brighten their smile and enhance their self-esteem. Everyone loves a bright, white smile. Today there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color and appearance of your teeth.

Some whitening procedures are done in our office with one visit. Other whitening agents can even be purchased over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter whitening agents will not whiten your teeth as quickly or as effectively as those delivered by a dental professional.  Our office provides the latest in whitening and bleaching techniques available.

What type of results should I expect?

The amount of color change that can be expected varies amongst patients. Generally, yellow-brown colored teeth bleach more easily than grey teeth. Also, if you have fillings, crowns, bonding or veneers on your teeth, they most likely will not change color. Possible side effects include sensitivity and gum irritation. If you think that a tooth whitening is for you, please contact the office and we will be happy to discuss it with you further.

What types of whitening are available?

If you are a candidate for whitening there are several ways to whiten your smile:

In-office bleaching. 

This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used. Lasers have been used during teeth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

At-home bleaching. 

Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.

Whitening toothpastes. 

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. "Whitening" toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

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Invisalign (Clear Braces)

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern approach to classic metal teeth braces which uses a custom-made series of aligners created for the patient. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that the patient wears over teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. The patient will receive a new set of aligners approximately every two to six weeks, until the treatment is complete. Aligners should be removed to eat, drink, to clean the teeth, or to have them checked by the dentist. There are no restrictions on foods that could damage the appliances. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life.

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