Cocoa, Florida 32927
Dental Care Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you need to have regular dental care check-ups/oral exams?
Regular exams are needed to monitor your overall oral health. In addition to checking for cavities, your dentist examines the health of your entire mouth and surrounding soft tissues, checking for pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions, oral sores, and gum disease.
Your oral health is an indicator of your overall general health level. Dental exams can alert the dentist to other medical conditions that have signs and symptoms in the mouth. These include diabetes, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal irregularities. Regular dental care visits are vital to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions affecting your mouth.
What can you do to feel more relaxed during a dental care appointment?
With the combination of anesthetics and conscious sedation dentistry technology and techniques, many procedures only have minimal discomfort or are now entirely painless. Dentists want their patients to have maximum comfort and approach their treatments with a relaxed attitude and less dental anxiety.
What is a dental cleaning?
Dental cleanings are the removal of plaque and tarter deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.
What is Scaling and Root Planning or deep cleaning?
The objective of scaling and root planning is to remove or eliminate the etiologic agents under the gum line which cause inflammation, dental plaque, and calculus, which helps to establish a periodontium that is free of disease.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the tooth is cleaned and sealed with a rubber material. The tooth then needs to be restored with a build-up and crown.
What is a Crown?
A dental Crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth covering it to restore its shape and size and help strengthen the tooth. It may be porcelain over white gold alloy or all porcelain.
What is a Bridge?
Dental bridges literally bridge the space created between one or more missing teeth. The tooth on each side of the bridge are called abutment teeth, they are prepared so that crowns can be placed on them as well as a fake “pontic” tooth in place of the teeth that are missing.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss, pain and heart problems.
- Gingivitis causes the gums to become inflamed, red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is caused by poor oral hygiene. It is reversible with professional treatment and improvement on home care.
- Periodontitis can result from untreated gingivitis. Bacteria can creep down under the gum line and can irritate the gums. The bacteria and toxins can breakdown the bone and tissue that support the teeth, this then forms a pocket. As the disease progresses these pockets can become deeper as the bone is destroyed. Without treatment these teeth can eventually become loose and may become un-savable. Periodontitis is not reversible but may be maintained with professional treatment and proper home care.
What are Full Dentures?
Dentures are a prosthetic device that is made to fit your mouth to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
What are Partial Dentures?
Partials dentures are a prosthetic device made to replace a few teeth in an arch. Most partials are fabricated with metal and acrylic and are made to attach to other teeth in that arch.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a thin shell that is designed to cover the front of the tooth. It can change the size, color, and shape. They can be made from materials such as porcelain or resin composite.
What are Sealants?
Sealants are a thin plastic resin coating that is placed over the chewing surface of the back teeth. These are usually placed on molars and pre-molars.
What kind of Teeth Whitening options do you have?
We can do whitening through whitening trays alone or using a plasma arc light with stronger whitening gel in the office and then following up with whitening trays. For whitening trays we make a mold of your teeth and then we make clear plastic trays that specifically fit your teeth. Then you are given several tubes of gel to put in the trays. These trays are worn 1-2 hours a day for about 10 days. These trays will last years if taken care of properly.
What do you recommend for Good Oral Hygiene?
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time; an electric tooth brush may be helpful. You should be flossing once a day. We also recommend seeing your hygienist for your regular cleaning every 6 months, and working with your dentist/hygienist team on what is best for your oral health.
I get very nervous when I see the dentist. What can be done?
Firstly, we will take the time to discuss your fears and the treatment you need and come up with a plan that you are comfortable with. Also, if necessary, there are several sedation options to help relax you. These include:
- Oral sedation medications.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
- Oral sedative with nitrous oxide.
- IV (Intravenous) Sedation.
- Referral for general anesthesia.
What should I do after an extraction?
Bleeding – After an extraction cotton gauze is placed over the extraction site to slow the bleeding process and to promote the development of the healing blood clot. Keep pressure on the gauze for 1 hour replacing it every 20 minutes; continue an additional hour if bleeding continues. Avoid any activities that could apply suction to the blood clot such as smoking or sucking through a straw.
Rinsing – Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours. After that you may rinse gently with a glass of warm water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon salt. You can do this every 3 to 4 hours especially after meals.
Swelling – Following an extraction, some swelling or skin bruising may occur, to decrease this; an ice pack may be applied to the cheek. Place on affected area for about 10-15 minutes on and then 10 minutes off, do this for the next 3-4 hours.
Medications – Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin) or Tylenol Extra Strength are good over the counter medications to use after the extraction. You can take four 200mg Ibuprofen can be taken initially at one time for pain and swelling.
Food – A light soft diet with plenty of fluids is recommended the first day. Chewing should be done on the opposite side away from the extraction site. Oral Hygiene – Continue flossing and brushing (do not use toothpaste for the first 24 hours). Be extra gentle around the extraction site.
Bone Chips – During healing you may notice small bony fragments working their way through the gums, this is normal. We can easily remove them for you if they are causing pain.
Dry Socket – This may developed 2 days after the extractions. This is caused when the blood clot is disturbed. Call the office and we will have you come in to have the area packed with medicated gauze, this will promote good healing and decrease the discomfort.
What is the warranty on dental treatment?
When you have completed the treatment recommended by Dr. Sater and keep your regularly scheduled maintenance visits, follow your custom home care program, and use all prescribed or recommended products, Dr. Sater’s work is warranted: 3 years on fillings, sealants, full and partial dentures and root canals, 5 years for crowns and bridges (temporary treatment or less ideal alternative care excepted). But you must continue with all you follow up cleanings and exams
Is Dr. Sater accepting new patients?
Yes, we are accepting new adults and families with children of all ages. We will welcome you into our practice.
How do I become a new patient?
Just call our office and we will ask you some questions to help you choose which way to start your dental treatment.
How do I get X-rays from my old dentist?
Simply call their office and ask them to forward them directly to us: -If they are digital films have them email them to email@example.com (Subject – X-rays for your name)
-If they are film have them mail them to Dr. Craig Sater, 780 West Ave, Cocoa, and Fl. 32927. Generally, we only need previous x-rays unless you have a significant history. They may request that you send or fax a letter with your signature on it to them to authorize the release of records. If it is easier for you, you can also sign a form at our office and we’ll fax it to your old office and request the transfer for you.
In either case, it’s good to allow about 2 weeks for the records to be prepared and sent. It’s also good to give them a call a week after the request to be sure that it is on the priority list. We can do that for you if you need some help!
Why do I need to have X-rays taken?
Dr. Sater can only see the surface of the teeth with his eyes, x-rays give us detailed information about teeth above and below the gum line, size and condition of the nerve canal and pulp chamber, bone health, cavities, and other things that help us predict which treatment options may be best for your specific situation. Without X-rays, we’re literally working blind!
Do you take my insurance?
We do process claims for all insurance policies for our patients. We are a network provider for CIGNA and Delta Dental. F you have a PPO or healthcare organization you may need to see a specific provider.
How much does my insurance cover?
On the back of your dental insurance card, there is a phone number there for you to call your insurance representative. We can help you with this. Keep in mind that most insurance companies pay $1000.00 per year, however some can pay more.
Can I pay with a credit card?
We accept all credit card payments, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover to make it easy to get the care you need.
Our patients often ask questions concerning a variety of subjects involving their dental health, treatment options and our office policies. So, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions and answers especially for you. If the question you have is not on our list, please feel free to either call or ask us in person. We are here to help you!
What different payment options do you provide?
Because your dental health is important to us, we provide a number of different ways you can pay for your treatment.
We accept cash, check or credit card, and offer a 5% bookkeeping courtesy when you pay for your treatment at least 72 hours prior to your appointment. If you prefer, you can choose comfortable monthly payments with any of 3 finance companies we work with. These include Wells Fargo, Chase Advantage and CareCredit. You can chose between 6 or 12 month interest free options or there are also longer-term, low-interest rate payment options available so you can get the treatment you need now and pay over time.
If you want to phase your treatments, we’ll work with you to prioritize the procedures you need. Your proposed treatment plan and costs, including your payment options, will always be clearly explained in writing.
How does Dr. Sater keep up-to-date on current materials?
Dr. Sater and his team understand the importance of keeping up with advances in the field. During the year, they attend many continuing dental education and advanced training courses, well above the number of continuing education credits required by law. Dr. Sater carefully chooses the continuing education programs she attends, taking courses from the best dental instructors in the country on a wide range of topics. As part of their job requirements, team members take a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education programs each year.
What do I do if I have an emergency and the office is closed?
Part of the excellent service we provide is being available to our current patients of record after hours. Dr. Sater gives patients a phone number to use to reach him in case of a dental emergency.
What makes you different from other dental practices I could visit?
The level of personal care and attention that you receive in our office is truly exceptional. We get to know you as a person and remember your preferences for receiving care each time you come to our office. We are always focused on giving uninterrupted time to all of our patients, making sure to address any concerns and answer all questions our patients may have. You will never feel rushed at our office. In addition, we truly live up to our name by continually striving to make each and every dental experience as comfortable as possible.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Absolutely! Bleeding gums are an indication of periodontal (gum) disease. Although this condition is common, it is not normal or healthy. Bleeding gums signal an active infection, which, if left untreated, makes you more susceptible to cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart attack or stroke.
If you have bleeding gums, it’s imperative that you seek treatment as soon as possible.
I really don’t like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do for me?
We have many ways of helping your relax before and during your dental appointment. If you are fearful of even entering the office, we can provide a low-dosage sedative you can take before you come in.
During dental treatment, you can choose from several anxiety control options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or computerized anesthesia. Another option is either oral or IV sedation, which allows you to “snooze” during dental procedures. Oral and IV sedation are a safe solution not only for anxious patients, but also for patients with a strong gag reflex or those who prefer to have extensive dental work completed in 1-2 visits due to busy schedules. These are safe, effective methods allowing you to get the treatment you need without stress.
Dr. Sater and his team provide a full range of services, from preventive care such as cleaning and oral examinations to restorative measures such as fillings and crowns. For people who want to improve the look of their teeth, we offer cosmetic treatments such as bonding, veneers and recontouring.
We treat each patient with warmth and respect, and make sure that every person understands any proposed treatments. We work with you to develop an overall dental plan that suits your needs, one that is affordable and timely.
Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry allows us to complete multiple treatments in one appointment. You can relax while we improve your smile.
Your first visit to our office and later checkups will include teeth cleaning and a complete oral examination that checks for signs of disease or decay. If periodontal disease is present—often indicated by bleeding gums–we can use non-surgical methods to treat moderate to advanced cases in our office.
Will I remember the treatment?
Afterward you will have little or no memory of your appointment.
Will my insurance cover the sedation cost?
We will review your insurance coverage, but most dental plans do not cover sedation. Payment plans are available. We would be happy to discuss financial options with you.
How do you sterilize instruments?
All multi-use instruments are ultrasonically cleaned and then steam autoclaved. Many supplies are disposable and only used on one patient. All surfaces are disinfected between patients.
When should my child have his\his first visit?
I recommend starting children very young, about three years old. At a young age, they will learn to accept dental care more easily, with less apprehension. Treat the visit as normal everyday occurrences, and do not build up the appointment’s importance.
What are sealants?
Sealants are a treatment that helps block the deep groves that exist on back teeth. Sealants fill in the grooves where many cavities start. They are usually recommended for recently erupted teeth.
At what age should I start taking my child to the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry recommends that your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/his first birthday.
What should I do if my child’s tooth is knocked out?
Place the tooth in cool milk or if the child is old enough, under the child’s tongue. Be real careful not to swallow the tooth and get to the dentist within 30 minutes so it can be re-implanted.