Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Staying informed about your dental care and the treatments you receive is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Asking questions helps you understand why you need a certain procedure, how it works, and why it will benefit your oral health. When you know these answers, you can be much more confident when making decisions for you and your family. 

We are always more than happy to answer any question you have. If we don't know the answer, we will find the information you need. Listed below are some of the questions we hear most often. If you don't see yours here, please don't hesitate to call our office!

 

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We accept all PPO insurances, including the following:

Aetna

Anthem

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Cigna

Delta Dental

GEHA

Guardian

Humana

Medicaid

Principal

Team Care

United Concordia

United Healthcare

Union Insurance

Insurance coverage is different from person to person and policy to policy, so it is impossible to say exactly which services are covered until we see your actual policy. In addition to insurance, we also accept no-interesting financing through the Lending Club and CareCredit.

If you have questions about your insurance and what’s covered, please give us a call or chat with one of our staff members on your next visit. Dental services are important for your oral and general health. We will do everything we can to make sure you always receive the greatest insurance benefit you’re entitled to.

We want you to get the care you need when you need it and are pleased to offer several payment plans to make your dental treatment easier to manage. 

CareCredit is a very popular option because it offers interest-free financing. You can choose a period of time to pay off the balance, usually anywhere from 6 to 18 months. This lets you divide the cost of your treatment into manageable payments. You will not be charged any interest if you pay off the balance within the agreed time period. Please check with our receptionist if you would like more information about this convenient program. 

We also work with the Lending Club, which offers low- and no-interest loans for dental and other medical expenses. Plans vary by the amount of the loan you're requesting but interest rates are significantly lower than conventional personal loans. Please contact our office for more information.

If you just need a little more time to pay your balance with us, we offer a convenient in-house payment plan. We will take your credit or debit card information and break your balance into three convenient monthly payments.

Please don't ever hesitate to contact MP Dental Associates about your financial concerns. We don't want you to put off important dental treatments because you're worried about your budget. We'll work with you to find the best solution for your care.

 

Dental Implants

The doctors at MP Dental Associates are pleased to provide our patients with the convenience of having implants surgically placed right here at our Manassas dental office. After your implant is placed, we can create a beautiful restoration that will allow your tooth to function properly. A restoration can include a crown, bridge, and full or partial dentures.

We are glad to have the services of an oral surgeon who can handle any type of dental implant procedure. Whether your care involves a simple implant placement or more complex treatment, the oral surgeon can handle your needs in a friendly and familiar setting. If you need a bone graft or sinus lift to make sure your implant placement is successful, we can handle that too!

Making the decision to get a dental implant can often be a little overwhelming. There's a lot to think about, but we will make sure you understand everything that's involved with the process. If you're nervous about the procedure, we can assure you that we're sensitive to your feelings. We will do everything possible to make sure you are completely comfortable. You never have to worry about experiencing any discomfort because we are specially trained to provide various types of calming sedation like nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

Please contact our Manassas dental office and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.

Periodontal Treatment

No, bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding, sore, or swollen gums are almost always a sign of gum disease.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of your gums. It is caused by bacteria that are allowed to sit on your teeth. If you do not have routine professional dental cleanings, this can quickly become a big oral health problem.

If we do not treat gum disease when it first appears, it will get worse. Advanced gum disease will cause the bone that holds your teeth to start to break down. You may notice this is happening if you feel that your teeth are becoming loose. Without treatment, you may eventually lose the tooth.

Treatment for gum disease usually includes a deep cleaning. During this procedure, our hygienist gently cleans the areas underneath the gums. If your case is more severe, we will refer you to a specialist who has the necessary skill and training to deal with gum problems.

If you do not have symptoms, it does not mean you don’t have gum disease. People often have gum disease without any symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date with your exams and cleanings. If our hygienist does find signs of gum disease, she will treat it with a special deep cleaning treatment. Then she will discuss ways that you can keep your teeth healthy and free of disease.

With regular dental treatments and proper brushing and flossing, you can avoid gum disease altogether. Please call MP Dental Associates to schedule your next professional cleaning.

Do hot or cold foods make your teeth hurt? If so, you may have sensitive teeth, a common dental problem. Your sensitive teeth might be caused by: 

  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Defective fillings

There are a number of treatments available that can be used to help reduce or eliminate your discomfort. The simplest method is to use a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne, Crest Sensitive, or Aquafresh Sensitive. 

When you use these toothpastes twice a day for about 8 to 12 weeks, you should notice that your teeth are not as sensitive anymore. If we find that these toothpastes alone aren’t enough, we can prescribe a desensitizing medication.

During this simple procedure at our office, we’ll apply the medication to the surface of your teeth. You will also receive a prescription for use at home. Usually, either or both of these methods will help reduce sensitivity and quickly and easily provide relief. 

Brushing and flossing regularly, along with regular dental visits, is very important if you want to avoid tooth sensitivity. If you have questions about tooth sensitivity or your at-home oral hygiene, please don’t hesitate to talk to our hygienist or one of our doctors.

Teeth Whitening

No. When used properly, teeth whitening products do not damage your teeth. Tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the human body. It contains tiny openings that can catch stains and discoloration. The whitening product used by our dentists flows into these little holes to lighten the stained tissue under the enamel.

There are many options for whitening your teeth. These include over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses, and whitening strips. At MP Dental Associates, we offer in-office whitening and customized take-home kits. Professional in-office whitening is the quickest and most effective. However, any of these products are safe when the instructions are followed correctly.

Many things can contribute to staining and dulling of your teeth, including:

  • Age – As you age, your teeth darken due to everyday wear and tear and the accumulation of stains over the years. 
  • Foods That Stain Your Teeth – Drinking a lot of coffee, tea, or red wine and eating dark berries and other deeply colored food and beverages can cause staining over the years.
  • Tobacco Use – Over time, nicotine leaves brownish deposits on your teeth, which soak into the enamel and cause discoloration. 
  • Oral Hygiene – Practicing good oral hygiene isn’t just good for your oral health. When you brush and floss regularly, you remove a lot of the debris that stains your teeth.

Please contact our office if you would like more information about our efficient, affordable teeth whitening treatments.

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