Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are you accepting new patients and do you accept referrals?

A. Yes and yes! The best compliment we receive is a patient having the confidence in our office to recommend a friend or a family member to us.

Q. How much does a cleaning cost?

A. It depends on the health of your gums and how much actual "cleaning" needs to be done (i.e., how long has it been since your last cleaning?) but in general, the first visit (including the comprehensive examination, x-rays as needed, scaling or root planing as needed, polishing, and fluoride treatment as needed) ranges from $250 - $300 for the 60-minute visit. Check-up (or recall) or hygiene visits after the initial visit are shorter and therefore the fee is less (usually about half the cost of the first visit, on average). If you need a more accurate estimate of the cost of cleaning your teeth, we can provide one once we have examined your teeth.

Q. What makes you different than any other dental office I can visit?

A. We aren't one of those rushed, impersonal, high-volume, assembly-line style practices you've visited. We take the time needed with each patient to ensure quality treatment and to involve you into making decisions about your oral health and well-being. We dont just want to "fix your teeth" but to make you part of the process of achieving and maintaining your oral health.

Q. Another dentist said I need a lot of treatment, but I'm not sure. Should I get a second opinion?

A. Dentistry is an art as well as a science and there are often more ways than one to solve a particular problem. That doesn't mean that the first opinion is wrong, just that there may be a different approach that would benefit you. If you'd like, we can examine your unique situation and will happily provide our own independent assessment and recommendations.

Q. Do I need to take a prescription prior to dental treatment after I have a hip or knee replacement?


The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons have released a new evidence based guideline on the prevention of orthopedic implant infection in patients undergoing dental procedures. Based on a collaborative systemic review of the scientific literature, the AAOS and ADA have found that the evidence does not support routine prescription of antibiotic prophylaxis for patients with joint replacement undergoing dental procedures. Treatment decisions should be made in light of all circumstances presented by the patient. Treatments and procedures applicable to the individual patient rely on mutual communication between patient, physician and other healthcare practitioners in accordance with evidence-based medicine applicability. The evidence does demonstrate that antibiotics taken before dental procedures help prevent infections of orthopedic implants, and the routine use of antibiotics in this manner has potential side-effects, such as increased bacterial resistance, allergic reactions, diarrhea and possibly death. Therefore, members (Dentists) should not prescribe antibiotic prophylaxis unless patients have a medical condition that may place them at a greater risk for implant infections, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, chemotherapy and chronic steroid use. Members (Dentists) are reminded that patients may present with a recommendation from a physician that is inconsistent with current guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis. This may reflect a lack of familiarity with the guidelines or special considerations about the patient's medical condition of which the dentist is unaware. In such circumstances, members are encouraged to consult with the physician. Ideally, consensus should be reached among the professionals involved. However, each (dentist) is responsible for his or her own treatment decisions.

As a result of this consultation, the dentist may decide to follow the physician's recommendation or, if professional judgment dictates that antibiotic prophylaxis is not indicated, decline to provide it. In the latter circumstance, the dentist may suggest that the physician should prescribe for the patient as she or he deems appropriate.

RCDSO Dispatch. Professional Practice. May/June 2013. Page 30-31.

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Post-Op Instructions

For your convenience, we have made our post-operative instructions available to you. Please refer to these guidelines if you are experiencing unreasonable discomfort after your procedure. If you have followed these instructions and there is no improvement, please call us.

Post Operative Instructions