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What is a Prosthodontist?

A: A prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth. A prosthodontist has completed three years of post-graduate studies beyond that of a traditional dentist, further exploring dental aspects such as surgery, endodontics, cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Additionally, prosthodontists work closely with other dental specialists and are concerned with the function and long-term health of your teeth, in addition to their appearance.

How is your practice different from other dental offices in the neighborhood?

A: Prior to beginning your dental treatment, Dr. Hopkins meets with you in the consultation room, giving you an opportunity to form a relationship with her before sitting in the examination chair. It is this focus on your comfort and quality service that sets Advanced Dental Center apart. From the calming atmosphere of the office, to Dr. Hopkins’s rare, advanced training, Advanced Dental Center provides a level of care unmatched in the industry.

I understand that dentistry can be an investment. Can you explain more about your services?

A: Taking care of your teeth is an investment. It is an investment of time, energy, and money. For this reason you should seek care at an office that makes your health and wellbeing its highest priority. If you are looking for a dental team that is passionate about dentistry and dedicated to the best patient care, visit us at Advanced Dental Center. Giving a quote over the phone without proper diagnosis is not only dangerous, but also unethical. We would love to meet with you to provide you with a complete exam, including proper X-rays, and to offer you a solution for your dental problems. We will also work with you to find a comfortable way of paying for your treatment.

I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?

A: Yes. Your comfort is our primary focus at Advanced Dental Center. We know patients will not pursue the care they need if they don’t feel welcome, relaxed and informed during their time with us. Our friendly team takes the time to personally get to know each patient, while making our warmly decorated office feel more like a home. If you still feel a little anxious while receiving treatment, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which can help you relax.

What should I expect at my first visit?

A: You are special to us from the minute you walk in our door. You will immediately notice that the décor of our office promotes a very soothing atmosphere. You will be greeted by our scheduling/hygiene coordinator who will go over the paper work with you, answering all your questions regarding topics like dental insurance and payment options. Then, our friendly clinical assistant will escort you to the clinical area and ask some specific questions regarding your medical history, dental history, and goals for your visit. Next, Dr. Hopkins will perform a complete evaluation. Depending on your clinical situation, a professional dental cleaning will be performed if your needs are straightforward. Should you need more care, or if your treatment needs are extensive or cosmetic in nature, we may invite you to return for a courtesy treatment consultation. We will always review both your treatment needs and your total dental investment in detail with you prior to treatment. You are always in control of your treatment plan.

Do you file my insurance for me? What do I need to pay when I come in for treatment?

A: Our office files insurance claims and takes insurance assignments as a courtesy to our patients. All you need to pay at the time of the appointment is your estimated co-payment portion. After we receive the insurance assignment, we notify you whether there is a credit or a balance. We do not allow your insurance coverage to influence us in determining your appropriate treatment, but we will work to maximize your insurance benefits once your treatment plan has been determined. If there is a need for extensive dental work that goes beyond your insurance coverage, we have many payment options to help you to get the treatment you need and desire.

What is Dr. Hopkins’s philosophy on patient care?

A: Dr. Hopkins is dedicated to clinical excellence and to pursuing perfection, while building long-term relationships and providing individualized care to each patient.

Why are you “Advanced” Dental Center?

A: Our office utilizes the most advanced technologies to provide the highest quality care available. In addition, Dr. Hopkins’s three additional years of post-graduate training in Advanced Prosthodontics, her numerous hours of continuing education and experience, and her ability to work with different dental specialists all result in the most advanced dental care available to our patients.

Can fluoride help my teeth?

A: Yes. While there are trace amounts of fluoride in municipal drinking water sources, there are many people who would benefit from additional fluoride treatments. Fluoride is very important, in that it re-mineralizes your teeth, strengthening any areas that have become weak and susceptible to decay. Fluoride also plays an important role in strengthening the places where your teeth and any restorations meet. Dr. Hopkins can help you understand whether your teeth are getting enough fluoride exposure and can offer customized fluoride treatments, which is especially important for children and mature adults.

There are a lot of opinions and myths out there regarding fluoride. Dr. Hopkins can answer any questions you have and will give you confidence that your teeth are receiving all the attention they need to promote excellent, long-term health.

What is a crown and why do I need one?

A: A crown is a dental restoration that is used to replace tooth structure that has been damaged by decay. You only get one set of teeth in your adult lifetime. Injury, disease, genetic conditions, or just natural wear and tear can weaken one or more individual teeth, reducing their structure and ability to look and function properly. A crown can restore form, function, and strength to your tooth, protecting it from cracking or other further damage. Dr. Hopkins provides lifelike, beautiful crowns while emphasizing their fit and function within your overall smile. If you need a crown, rest assured you are in the care of a gentle, experienced dentist in prosthodontist, Dr. Christine Hopkins!

My teeth are crooked. What options do you offer?

A: Once we evaluate your smile and can determine the underlying cause of your misaligned teeth, we can provide you with your options. If you are looking for a solution that does not involve orthodontics (such as braces), porcelain veneers and crowns may be an option for restoring the look of your smile and the function of your bite. We also work closely with an orthodontist, and you may receive one or more options for orthodontic treatment as well. The bottom line is that we want your results to look great, feel natural, and last. We are not interested purely in aesthetics-we want your smile to rest on a stable foundation of excellent dental health, and this includes all of the supportive structures of your mouth.

As an older adult, do I really need to worry about my dental care?

A: Yes. No matter what your age, you deserve to look and feel healthy. A strong, beautiful, and functioning smile plays a major role in the quality of your life as you age. You’ll appreciate a better diet, a younger appearance, and greater confidence. Perhaps you have put dental care off for so long that you believe it no longer matters. Not true! We can treat and improve virtually any dental condition. Some conditions are even reversible, even in mature adults!

Even though there are few limitations on how old you can be to receive restorative dental care, it is always best to act sooner rather than later. You may enjoy your new, healthy smile ten, 20, or 30 years or more, and you can save yourself from having to undergo more complicated, intrusive care down the road.

I brush everyday but my breath is just not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

A: First, make sure you are paying attention to brushing your tongue and gently brushing your gums, in addition to regular brushing and flossing. Often the source of bad breath comes from sulfur deposits on these areas. Also, you should be assessed for any conditions such as gum disease (gingivitis), which can have an obvious side-effect of bad breath. With treatment, your bad breath will subside as your overall health improves. Some other influences on your breath are diet, smoking, and heavy use of certain beverages. If there are no underlying health concerns that must be addressed, you may benefit from certain special mouthwashes. Dr. Hopkins can help you determine the cause of your bad breath and can give you options for treatment.