Rochester Dental
4893 Rochester Road Suite C
Troy, MI 48085
(248) 528-0700
(248) 528-0607 fax

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Q. What can I expect on my first visit to Rochester Dental?

Your initial oral examination, if you are not scheduled as an emergency, includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, and diagnosis along with treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes a full set of x-rays for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth, as well as a bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth. If your first visit is for an emergency, our first goal is to get you out of pain or relieve the emergency situation. We will usually request one or two x-rays to allow us to see the entire tooth and then evaluate the area clinically. You will be rescheduled for a complete initial oral examination on a different date when you are more comfortable.

Q. When do we refer our patients to specialists for a procedure, and when do we treat a service at Rochester Dental?

We usually refer to local specialists when the degree of difficulty makes us feel that you require a specialist's expertise. Simply, we carefully consider when to refer someone to a specialist vs. when we would treat them for a service in our own office. This is common with difficult root canal procedures or wisdom teeth extractions. However, think of us as your quarterback for your dental treatment. We will recommend specialists who we believe are some of the best in the area. We will also communicate with the specialist concerning your needs. You will not feel left alone if a referral is necessary.

Q. Do we accept your dental insurance?

That's a good question. The answer is, "Probably." There are hundreds of dental insurance companies. Those companies offer multiple plans. The plans change every year. It's nearly impossible for us to keep track ofevery plan. But we try. A better question may be "How do we accept your dental insurance plan?" Because we work with patients with nearly every plan.

Here's what we'll do, prior to your visit, we will call your insurance company for you and find out how you can use your dental benefits in our office. If we learn that we can't accept your insurance or that we can but with some limitations we will call you prior to your appointment. We have many patients that choose to see us even though we don't "accept" their insurance. The care we provide, for them, is worth the extra cost. The reason that we don't accept every dental insurance plan is that some plan's fees are so low that it would not allow us to provide long-lasting treatment that feels good and looks great in a kind, safe, and comfortable environment. Luckily we accept most plans.

So, the best way to find out the details about your plan is to call and give us the details and we'll find out "How we accept your specific dental insurance plan" for you.

Q. What are the advantages of custom-made athletic mouthguards?

Do you have a budding athlete on your hands? Then you're probably already buying pads for a host of vulnerable body parts including knees and elbows; make sure you add your child's teeth to that list. Surprisingly, the mouth is the most commonly injured area of the body in contact sports, but you can prevent or minimize the possibility of injury by purchasing a mouthguard.

A mouthguard covers the upper teeth and helps to prevent injuries to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw. Talk to us about which of the following types of mouthguards is right for your child:

  • Stock or ready-made mouthguards are the least expensive and can be bought at most sports stores. Since they're pre-formed, they often don't fit very well. In fact, many athletes complain they make it difficult to breathe and speak and are too bulky, loose or uncomfortable.
  • Boil-and-bite mouthguards, available at most sporting goods stores, may offer a better fit. You can mold these guards to fit your child's mouth by boiling them in water and then biting into the warm plastic.
  • We can design and construct a custom-fitted mouthguard. While this type of guard is more expensive than others, its custom fit protects your child's breathing and speech from interference. The cost of a custom mouthguard is less than a pair of new cleats. We can have one ready for your athlete in a very short time after we have taken the impression. These are relatively inexpensive and are usually the most comfortable.

Caring Caring for your mouthguard is simple. Just rinse it under cold water after each use and occasionally clean it with soap and cool water. Since mouthguards can tear or wear out, be sure to replace it after each sporting season.

Talk to us about preserving that all-star smile today. Your teeth will thank you for it.

-information from the Michigan Dental Association

Q. Are silver fillings safe?

The following statements reflect Rochester Dental's views on the differences between silver fillings and tooth-colored fillings in posterior (back) teeth:

  • Silver fillings do contain mercury, which is a hazardous material. However, the vast majority of dentists feel that once the filling is set, the mercury is safely contained in the filling and doesn't leak out. Tooth-colored fillings are made of acrylics which are petroleum-based products. These materials are also potentially hazardous. The surface of a tooth-colored filling abrades easier than a silver filling. So you are potentially ingesting microscopic amounts of the tooth-colored materials. It is our opinion that both filling materials are considered safe and acceptable to use. In fact, we have both types of filling materials in our own mouths.
  • Tooth-colored fillings look terrific. They blend right in. Silver fillings can be seen, particularly in the lower arch. Silver fillings in the upper back molars usually cannot be seen.
  • Tooth-colored fillings are hard or set right away at the completion of the procedure. Silver fillings take approximately eight hours to completely set. Typically, you must eat on the other side the rest of that day when a silver filling is placed.
  • Tooth-colored fillings tend to be less sensitive to temperature after placement. All fillings are somewhat sensitive to temperature initially. There is great variation in the reaction of an individual's tooth to filling placement. It is impossible to predict what an individual is going to feel after filling placement, and some teeth are never "right" until root canal therapy is done. What to expect from an individual filling will always be discussed with you but in general, tooth-colored fillings tend to be less sensitive, because they are made of plastic which conducts temperature less efficiently than a metal silver filling.
  • Tooth-colored fillings require complete isolation from moisture (saliva) for 2-3 minutes in the middle of their placement. If this can't be achieved, the tooth-colored filling will not "bond" and will fail rapidly. In this situation, silver fillings must be placed. Some examples include: children who are not cooperative enough to hold their mouths open; people with small mouths or difficult access to their back molars; and people with active gag reflexes or people who salivate a lot. Sometimes we might start out to place a tooth- colored filling and realize in the middle of the procedure that isolation is impossible and need to switch to silver fillings.
  • There is a great deal of controversy in dentistry about how durable tooth- colored fillings are. How long any filling lasts depends on many factors, including the person's home care (flossing especially), their diet, strength of enamel, and luck. Biting down on something hard "just the right way" can crack any filling causing early failure. It is our opinion that silver fillings probably last a few years longer than tooth-colored fillings.
  • Tooth colored fillings do cost more than silver fillings. Typically a tooth- colored filling is $30.00 to $40.00 more than the same size silver filling. If you have dental insurance, they do not pay any of this difference.

If you have concerns about filling material, we encourage you to discuss your options so that you can determine which is the best choice for you.