How can we help you?
Many of our patients have questions about their oral health as well as the dental procedures we offer. We want to ensure you have a good understanding of our office and the services we provide. Please take a moment to look through some of the questions we hear most frequently; perhaps your questions is already answered here!
If you don’t see your question here, however, don’t hesitate to contact our office to ask. We look forward to serving you!
We don’t want financial concerns to stand in the way of receiving needed treatments, so we are pleased to partner with an outside financial company to offer payment plans for our patients. These plans are designed to fit almost any budget.
CareCredit enables patients to schedule treatment immediately after receiving approval. Interest rates are lower than most credit cards—and some patients will qualify for zero percent financing. You can choose a payment plan that fits into your budget, from no-interest, short-term plans to extended options as long as 60 months. There are no up-front costs, annual fees, or prepayment penalties!
CareCredit can be used for any dental procedure, even cosmetic.
You can learn more about CareCredit by going to their website: https://www.carecredit.com/.
If you have questions or concerns about the cost of treatment, please talk to us. We will work with you to figure out the best plan for you.
You can also rest assured that we will take a conservative approach to treatment, and we will do our best to ensure you fully understand why we make a certain recommendation. We also will not proceed with any treatment until you feel comfortable about it and have fully agreed to it.
Be sure to arrive a few minutes early so you can fill out any needed paperwork. This paperwork is also available here on our website, so feel free to fill it out ahead of time and bring it to your appointment. It will be a time-saver. This is also a good time for you to ask any questions you might have about your appointment. If you are feeling anxious about your appointment, please be sure to let us know.
We'll begin by taking x-rays for Dr. Pilgrim to review as part of your exam. Once you are brought back into the exam rooms, you’ll talk with Dr. Pilgrim about any oral health concerns you might have. We’ll go over your medical history at that time as well.
Dr. Pilgrim will begin with a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. He will pay particular attention to any areas you might be concerned about. He will perform an oral cancer screening and check your blood pressure as well.
After the exam is complete, Dr. Pilgrim will discuss a personalized treatment plan with you and recommend treatment options, if necessary.
There are all different brands of toothbrushes, and much of it comes down to personal preference. But what you want to do is use a toothbrush that has a soft-bristled head. You might also wish to consider using a smaller head because it makes it easier to reach all the nooks and crannies in your mouth.
Avoid brushes that have medium or hard bristles; these can be irritating to the soft tissues of the mouth and can cause gum recession.
The way you brush your teeth is also important. Don’t “scrub” your teeth and gums. This can cause irritation to the gums. Brush gently—and brush for a full two minutes, focusing 30 seconds on each portion of your mouth.
Regardless of how diligent your home care, it’s important to remember that nothing takes the place of visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Plaque buildup on teeth is inevitable, even with good brushing and flossing habits.
Once the plaque has hardened into a substance called tartar, or calculus, it can only be removed by special dental tools. Getting your teeth cleaned professionally twice every year will keep the tartar at bay and will prevent it from developing below the gum surface and causing infection.
Regular trips to the dentist will also ensure that decay or other issues are spotted early on, when treatment is easier and often less invasive.