What insurance do you accept?
We participate with Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional and Delta Dental Premier. However, if you have an insurance policy that is not through either of these two providers, that is alright! We will submit to any insurance company, and have many patients who have out-of-network coverage. Please call the office for questions regarding your policy.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) as well as cash and personal checks. We also work with a third party credit company known as Care Credit.
How often should I see the dentist?
We recommend seeing your hygienist and dentist regularly. For people with healthy teeth and gums, once every 6 months is usually adequate. However, for patients with gum disease or high rates of decay, we would recommend coming more frequently. We will evaluate your oral health at your first appointment and come up with a plan that is tailored to your specific dental needs.
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to come to my appointment?
Yes! Most times cavities don't hurt. If you wait until something hurts, it may end up being much more difficult and expensive to fix! We are all about preventative treatment here at Dr. Betcher's office. We would much rather do a small, noninvasive, inexpensive filling before it starts hurting and turns into a much larger repair.
What causes tooth loss?
There are a number of factors that cause tooth loss, most common are gum disease, decay, and fracture.
Gum disease (also known as gingivitis or periodontitis), if left untreated will lead to bone loss around the teeth. If you notice bleeding when you brush and floss, this is a sign of gum disease. Please give us a call to treat it before it leads to bone loss and ultimately tooth loss.
Extensive decay can also lead to tooth loss. If tooth decay is left untreated, it will eventually work its way into the nerve of the tooth. Once this happens, the only two options for a tooth is to treat it with a root canal or have it extracted. This is why we encourage regular, preventative check ups. It’s best to catch decay before it extends into the nerve.
What is and what causes perio disease?
Perio disease, or gum disease as it's more commonly known, is caused by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria, along with saliva, mucus, and other particles are constantly building up a sticky substance known as plaque. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis help to remove this plaque. Plaque that is not removed hardens and turns to tartar that only your dentist or hygienist can remove. If left untreated, this tartar is what leads to gum disease, and ultimately tooth loss. Our hygienists are highly trained and experienced in both the treatment and prevention of perio disease, and would be happy to discuss this condition in more detail with you.
What is an implant?
Implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. The implant itself is a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. The bone will actually bond to the implant to form a strong foundation for the crown to attach to. Dr. Betcher does not place the implants surgically into the bone, but is happy to restore the tooth with a crown once the implant has healed and is well integrated.