Q.  Should I arrive early for my appointment?

A.  Here at Adkison Family Dental we make every effort to seat our patients on time or as reasonably close to their appointment time as              possible.  We do ask that our patients arrive on time for their appointment.   It is important that new patients come in at least 5 - 10 minutes  early to look over their eforms and sign them, get their picture taken for their record and discuss any insurance or financial questions they may have. 

Q.  Will I need to take antibiotics before my dental treatment?

A.  Dr. Adkison strictly adheres to the recommendations from the ADA on which patients should take antibiotic premedication before dental treatment.  Typically, any patient's that have a history of a joint replacement, heart valve damage, transplant or a stent placed within the previous 6 months will need an antibiotic prior to dental cleanings or treatment.  If there is ever a question of whether a patient should need to take an antibiotic, Dr. Adkison will refer to the patient's Medical Dr.'s advice.

Q.  What should I bring to my first appointment?

A.  Dr. Adkison asks that patient's bring a current medical history list to each appointment along with current medications taken, current dental insurance information, any x-rays or charts being sent from another dentist or physician and payment for the procedure. 

Q.  Why should my dental work be pre-determined?

A.  A dental pre-determination is not always necessary but it is nice in most instances to pre-determine your work with your insurance so that you will have an accurate cost of what your insurance will pay and what your cost out of pocket will be.  Insurance policies normally have a maximum amount that they will pay out per calendar year or benefit period.  Predeterminations give us an idea of how much of that maximum a patient has met and the amount that insurance will pay out for the remainder of the year as well as whether the deductible will apply or has already been met and what percentage insurance will cover the procedure at.
Q.  Why should I use an electric toothbrush?

A.  You don't have to use an electric toothbrush but it does have advantages for certain people.  For instance, if you have arthritis and its difficult to hold a toothbrush, the larger, longer handle helps to hold on to the toothbrush while the brushing is being done by the  toothbrush itself.  Also, if you are a caregiver or you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is easier to assist in brushing some elses's teeth with an electric toothbrush.
Q.  What are dental sealants and whiy does my child need them?

A.  Dental Sealants are intended to prevent decay in deep grooves of the permanent molars.  Sealants are an easy, pain-free procedure.
When dental sealants are applied early in life, patients avoid getting the cavities they may have developed without the added protection. With good oral hygiene, a sealant can last for many years. Most insurances will cover sealants for children and are a fraction of the cost of a filling. Over time, you will avoid painful symptoms of decay, and save money you would have spent on expensive dental treatments.  Dental sealants are not only for children.  Any one can get a sealant on a decay free tooth to prevent decay in the future.   
Q.  Why do I need a crown?

A.  Often people need a crown because they have lost too much tooth structure to place a filling.  A filling will simply fill the hole caused by decay.  But if that hole is too large you will need to cover the entire tooth with a crown.  Other conditions that require a crown are root canaled teeth or chipped and broken teeth.  Crowns today are very life-like in apparance and do a wonderful job protecting the tooth  structure beneath.  However, they do require the same home care as a natural tooth to prevent decay in the future.
Q.   Will my crowns and fillings whiten if I bleach my teeth?

A.  Unfortunately, the answer is NO.  The reason is the shade of the porcelain and the fillings are built into the material.  Often people will whiten their teeth and have their natural teeth whiter than their crowns and fillings.  Always check with your dentist before whitening your teeth
Q.  Are dental x-rays safe and how often should they be taken?

A.  Dental x-rays are a common diagnostic procedure and are condisered extremely safe.  The newer digital x-ray equipment uses less radiation than the older film technology.  X-rays are typically taken at different intervals.  The bitewing x-rays look for cavities on back teeth and are usually taken once a year.  The larger x-rays such as a panoramic x-ray are usually taken at 3 year intervals.  Individual full mouth x-rays are also taken about once every 3 years.  X-rays are very important to find cavities that are not yet visable to the naked eye.  So it is extremely important to maintain regular checkups and x-rays.

Q.  What are Zirconia Crowns?

A.  This type of crown offers the strength of metallic crowns with the natural appearance of all porcelain.  It has the advantage of superior strength than previous crowns.  Zirconia material, meaning it does not cause any adverse reaction when inside the body.  The aesthetics of the crown aref far superior than traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns.  I have incorporated zirconia crowns into my practice and feel confident in recommending them because of their durability for my patients.