Q & A

Do you accept Insurance?

Sharon D Gaylord DMD PC (Island Dental) accepts nearly all dental insurance plans on an indemnity basis.  This means that we contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage, co-pay, and out-of-pocket costs.  Since we are not contracted with any specific insurance providers, you pay your co-pay or out-of-pocket cost before we perform any procedures.  If for some reason we cannot contact your insurance company, you can pay for the treatment out-of pocket, and your insurance company will reimburse you withing a few weeks.  The amount covered by insurance can vary depending on the type of treatment and the type of insurance that you have.  Our staff will determine your out-of-pocket costs, and if necessary help you secure financing.  We will always communicate the total out-of-pocket cost before any treatment begins.

What should I do for toothache pain?

If you're having continual mouth pain or discomfort, here are some steps to take to resolve the problem, or at least provide some temporary toothache relief until getting to the dentist:

1)  Brush and floss your teeth to remove food fragments on and in-between your teeth.  Rinse with warm water.

2)  You may take aspirin for the pain, should NOT put an aspirin or any other painkiller directly against the gums near the aching tooth.  This can burn and cause damage to the gum tissue.  If the pain persists, call to see a dentist as soon as possible.

It is important to know that persistent toothache pain may temporarily subside, but will usually return until the underlying problem has been addressed.  Failure to treat these problems in a timely manner may lead to further deterioration and more costly treatment.

Why are my teeth sensitive?


Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis.   By keeping to a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is Gingivitis?


Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.  During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol for Home Care will prevent the Periodontal Disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms.  It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’.  The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  If not properly treated, the condition worsens.  Noticeable symptoms now appear.  They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss


How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention.  Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, Laser Therapy and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled.  Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What happens if I lose a filling?

If you lose a filling, call to get in to a dentist at the soonest available time.  In the meanwhile, there are a couple of short-term remedies you can try.  Inquire at your pharmacy, and pick up some over-the-counter dental cements available to use as a temporary stop gap.  For an even shorter term remedy, you may also use sugar-free gum to cover the cavity.  Be sure it is sugar free gum, because any sugar entering the cavity can cause severe pain.  Cavities left untreated can develop into more serious problems, including loss of the tooth.


What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?

Silver Fillings known as Amalgam have been around for decades.  Made from a metal alloy, it was the best restoration for fillings.  The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth.  This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White Fillings, also known as composites are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.  This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay.  Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile.  Certain procedures include:  

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile.  Over the years, flouride is has been added to the whitening product.  This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.  
Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly.  Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect.  Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What is Bonding?


Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color.  The immediate results are amazing.  Within a few hours, you will have a great smile!  Bonding like Tooth Whitening may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.

What happens if I have a broken or chipped tooth?

The enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest part of your body.  Despite their strength, your teeth may fracture or fall out during extreme circumstances.  Tooth decay increases the chances of a broken or chipped tooth.  If you have a chipped, fractured, or broken tooth; you may or may not be experiencing discomfort.  Even if pain is not present it is important to see a dentist right away.  The internal and delicate areas of the tooth may now be exposed to the bacteria in the mouth.  Left unprotected, this could quickly led to new or increased decay, and ultimately result in the loss of a tooth or root canal therapy.  If your tooth is knocked out, get the tooth and seek emergency dental care.  Teeth can often be implanted after being knocked out;  however, time is critical.  A permanent tooth that's been knocked out has the best chance of being re-implanted with 30 minutes of the incident.  If you cannot see an emergency dentist, you should visit the ER.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. . This entire procedure can take as few as two visits.   Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth.  This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile.  Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What is a Root Canal?

Many people dread root canals, because they don't understand what the procedure is or how much pain is involved.  So what is a root canal?

To help you understand, look at teeth as living things.  Living teeth have three layers.  The outer layer is the enamel and under that is the dentin.  The innermost segment is a chamber and a network of canals in which are nerves and blood vessels.  These canals are within the roots of the tooth, which are embedded in the jawbone.

A root canal, or RCT, becomes necessary when the nerves and blood system within the canals of tooth becomes infected or is damaged by the trauma.  The most common reason for a root canal is infection--decay enters the tooth and gets into the chamber which contains the blood supply and nerves.  Or there's trauma:  you were in a car accident, got hit with a baseball or got into a fight.  Sometimes even excessive grinding and clenching of teeth can cause enough trauma, leading to teeth becoming non-vital.  Root canal therapy on molars can take some time because there are more canals, sometimes difficult to access, and sometimes curved.  For further information check out root canals under endodontics in our list of services. 

What are Crowns?

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth.  It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits. 

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.  After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. 

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.

 

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.  
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant. 

The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area.  (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).   The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.

You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from Dental Implants vary from dentist to dentist.  Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How long does a Dental Implant last?

With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!

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