Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our dental office, we would love to hear from you.
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How is our office different?
Dr. Bennett prides himself on understanding holistic dentistry and the negative effects that some types of dentistry may cause on the systemic health of a patient. He also has 30 years experience in occlusion (bite disorders). He never stops learning. He is one of very few dental professionals that have completed training in the four major teaching philosophies of occlusion. He was named to The OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry’s faculty in 2003. As a general dentist, you will find Dr. Bennett to be very knowledgeable about dentistry and its effects on overall health. He is constantly trying to connect dentistry with wellness. His training in holistic or biologic dentistry and TMJ/TMD problems sets him apart from other dentists. He strives to take the necessary time to help you solve your problems and address your concerns and is committed is getting the best result for you.
What will my first visit be like?
Your first visit at our office varies depending on what your needs are. Basically, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation, a limited evaluation or a TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint DysfunctionJ) evaluation.
Comprehensive Evaluation: Ideally, we would like to evaluate your overall dental health. At this appointment Dr. Bennett will begin by discussing your immediate concerns, learn about your previous dental experiences, and discuss your goals for your dental health. He will complete a detailed evaluation of the periodontal health (gum tissues), hard tissue health (teeth), and a screening of the chewing system. Patients love the quality time Dr. Bennett spends with them and finds his exam to be very thorough. Typically a full set of xrays are taken.
Limited Evaluation: Sometimes people have an immediate concern such as a toothache, swollen gums, or a sensitive tooth. Dr. Bennett strives to get you into the office quickly to evaluate this concern. Depending on your situation will determine how much time we schedule. Many people seek Dr. Bennett’s advice about their dental care, they may just want an expert’s second opinion.
TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint or Temporomandibular Dysfunction) Evaluation: Many patients seek Dr. Bennett for treatment of their TMJ pain and discomfort. An evaluation of the chewing system can be done. The chewing system can become out of balance from trauma such as whiplash, dental work, orthodontics, or just the teeth not fitting together properly. Over time there are biomechanical and physiologic imbalances leading to severe damage. So if you are experiencing symptoms such as joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, or wearing down of your teeth, most likely Dr. Bennett would recommend a TMJ/TMD evaluation of your bite.
What is mercury free dentistry?
All silver fillings actually contain over 50% mercury. They are also called amalgam fillings. Mercury is a heavy metal that has known toxic effects on the human nervous and immune systems and it is slowly released over time from amalgam fillings. Dr. Bennett places no mercury amalgam fillings in anyone’s mouth. There are many high quality mercury-free dental materials which can be used as an alternative to mercury amalgam when patients desire to have their fillings replaced. Dr. Bennett follows the IAOMT protocol for safe removal of mercury amalgams. He protects himself, his staff, and the patient in the removal of any mercury amalgam fillings.
Do you do general dentistry?
Dr. Bennett is a general dentist who practices general dentistry such as routine dental work, fillings, crowns, and extractions but focuses on holistic dentistry and those patients that have occlusion or TMJ problems. He incorporates his advanced training in bite therapy/TMJ into general dentistry as well as the biomimetic training
Do you take my insurance?
We expect you to pay the dentist directly for all services at the time of treatment. But, we do file insurance claims for all insurance companies. We file your insurance on your behalf and the insurance company reimburses you directly. Dr. Bennett is not signed up for any contract programs nor is he in any network. He believes that all insurance companies are in business to make a profit and that profit margin determines what services are covered rather than the services that are most appropriate for the patient. When a dentist signs up to be in a network, they agree to provide treatment approved by the insurance company rather than what is in the best interest of the patient. Dental discount programs lead to more dental work in less time so the dentist cover their costs. You are more important to Dr. Bennett rather than your insurance!
Do you take payment plans?
We are able to offer low monthly payments through a program offered by Care Credit. This program provides a dental credit that allows you to charge your treatment and make affordable monthly payments. Our office offers 12 month interest free plans. Contact our office for more details. If you would like to learn more and sign up go to www.carecredit.com.
What are the advantages of seeing Dr. Bennett?
There are numerous advantages including:
1. Dr. Bennett is always trying to identify the cause of dental disease and damage so he can address the underlying cause rather than just repairing the damage and treating symptoms. This is where a holistic approach is invaluable as there are numerous dental problems that are caused or influenced by systemic conditions.
2. Dr. Bennett is committed to providing minimally invasive dental procedures that will help prevent future dental problems and save money in the long term.
3. Dr. Bennett has worked hard to keep up with the technical advancements in the dental field. He works with dental labs to utilize those advances. He knows that these machines are very expensive and greatly increase the office overhead and expenses. With increased office overhead comes the need to recommend bigger and more expensive treatment plans to cover those increased costs. Dr. Bennett is committed to keeping his office overhead low but at the same time providing minimally invasive treatment using the highest quality dental restorations available.
4. Many dental procedures affect the systemic overall health of the patient. Dr. Bennett will make sure you are aware of all your treatment options and their advantages and disadvantages.