Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Dallas, TX

Dr. Patel Answers Your Questions

Oral healthcare can be a daunting topic, especially if you feel you know little or nothing at all. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be, even if you don’t intend on going to dental school. Our patients ask us many questions about general oral health, various service options, and life after undergoing extensive dental care. To make it easy to understand, Dr. Patel has provided clear, concise answers you can review below. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our dental office.

Is it necessary to see a dentist every six months?

Yes, you should plan to see your dentist every six months or twice each year. This ensures that your mouth is properly examined and treated for any signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. By keeping these appointments, you put your oral health in the hands of trusted professionals who are committed to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful year after year.

Will I need a referral for dental implant surgery?

No, you will not need a referral to have dental implants put into place. Dr. Patel has the extensive training and expertise needed to perform this type of procedure. Offering start-to-finish dental implant placement and restoration, you can remain in one convenient location with the same great team while having your missing teeth replaced with these permanent prosthetics.

Can Dr. Patel remove my wisdom teeth?

Yes, Dr. Patel can remove your wisdom teeth if necessary. After a thorough evaluation, he will determine if one or more of your third molars needs to be extracted. This will occur either through a simple or surgical procedure. This often depends on whether these teeth have partially erupted or if they are impacted. No matter how they will be removed, we can ensure that you remain safe and comfortable the entire time.

Is cosmetic dentistry a good option for everyone?

While most individuals are considered good candidates for cosmetic dentistry, it is not always a good option for everyone. This is why you must meet with your cosmetic dentist beforehand to discuss your oral and overall health history. It may be that you cannot pursue treatment right away because other issues must be addressed first (i.e., tooth decay, gum disease, etc.).

Will you take my dental insurance?

Yes, we will be happy to welcome your dental insurance plan. We are in-network with many of the most common PPOs and also accept Medicaid patients. Our team will work closely with you to identify ways to maximize your benefits and ensure lower out-of-pocket costs when receiving preventive or restorative dental care.

If I’m uninsured, how can I keep dental treatment affordable?

If you do not have private dental insurance, you can always enroll in a payment plan through CareCredit. Offering low-to-no-interest financing and no surprise fees, this can be a great way to reduce immediate dental costs and instead, pay out your treatment over time. You can also opt for our in-house membership plan that requires only one low, annual fee for access to preventive services and discounts on all other available dental treatment options.