Frequently Asked Questions
We always want our patients to have peace of mind when it comes to their dental care, so we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about our office or dentistry in general. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day. If we haven’t answered your question here, then please give us a call. We’re always happy to talk to you and share all the information you need!
I have not been to the dentist in years, and I'm ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?
First of all, congratulations on your wise decision to prioritize dental healthcare. Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. We will not judge you, but help you by addressing your oral problems, explaining treatment options, then scheduling a plan of action that suits your schedule and your budget.
I do not like drills. Are there any other options?
We offer laser dentistry with Waterlase, an innovative hard and soft tissue laser. Instead of using the dental drill, we rely on Waterlase's minimally invasive technique to remove tooth decay for cavity preparation. Dr. Eick can also perform gum lifts, crown lengthening, and other soft tissue applications with this contemporary technological advancement.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We follow strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.
I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
In your checkup, we can look for the cause of your bad breath, also known as halitosis. Some patients suffer from bad breath caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or a smelly substance put off by bacteria. With modern procedures and products to promote fresh breath, our team can help you regain your confidence!
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Do you refer patients to specialists?
While Dr. Eick is trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.
I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
An appointment. Your smile and your goals are unique. We offer a wide range of cosmetic services, and after your consultation, you'll know which services will deliver the smile of your dreams.
My teeth are stained. Can you help?
Yes. We offer teeth whitening solutions to brighten teeth dramatically at home or in our office. Call for an appointment today!
Do you accept dental insurance?
We are a preferred provider for many dental plans. If we are not a preferred provider for your insurance plan, we will file out of network claims and accept your copay or deductible at the time of your visit.
What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, and major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. Third-party financing is available through CareCredit for qualified applicants.