Patients from all walks of life come into our Scottsdale, AZ dental office every day to ask questions about our practice and their oral health. The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that might be useful to you.

What can I expect at the new patient visit?

At Belmont Dental Care of Scottsdale, AZ, we take a personal and genuine approach to your oral health. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of dental care. On your first visit, we listen to your concerns, gather information about your previous dental history, address any anxieties, and help you set an objective. We carry out a comprehensive oral examination, which includes oral cancer and periodontal screenings, intra-oral photographs, and any necessary x-rays.

Will I get my teeth cleaned at my first visit?

Your first visit involves three steps. The first is a comprehensive exam with Dr. Sandhu, followed by a complimentary consultation with our facilitator, and then an appointment with one of our hygienists. This all-inclusive process ensures an adequate amount of time for your specific needs. It is also an opportunity to raise and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Why do I need X-rays?

We follow ADA guidelines and recommendations regarding radiograph, or x-ray, frequency. Dr. Sandhu makes a recommendation only after reviewing your dental history and a comprehensive evaluation. This diagnostic tool allows us to see below the teeth and surrounding structures. X-rays help detect decay, gum disease, bone and tissue pathologies, and evaluate the status of growth and development.

What are the advantages of digital radiographs vs. conventional?

  • Digital films are instant
  • 90% less radiation means it is safer and more environmentally friendly
  • Higher resolutions to provide a clear picture of the tooth and root structures

What is a regular or standard cleaning?

The dental term for routine or regular cleaning is prophylaxis. The American Dental Association defines the procedure as the scaling and polishing of tooth structures to remove coronal plaque, calculus, and stains.

Do I have to have the treatment you are recommending right away? Can it wait?

Delaying necessary treatment is never a good idea, dental problems only get worse when neglected. This may lead to treatment that is more extensive and expensive. We do not recommend waiting in cases where decay or fractures are present. The same is true for older fillings and crowns, where breakdowns may allow bacteria to invade teeth and surrounding structures, resulting in advanced decay and pain. While we do not require treatment on the spot, we will schedule accordingly to maintain optimum dental health.

Will my insurance cover this?

Dental benefits vary according to the insurance plan your employer has with a particular provider. Understanding this matter is not an easy task. Your insurance benefits booklet is your best resource for specific coverage terms. There may be times when the necessary procedure does not have coverage, but this does not negate its necessity.

Why do I need to replace a missing tooth?

Empty oral spaces jeopardize the overall health and functionality of remaining teeth and supporting structures. Most cases involve teeth moving to compensate for missing structures. This makes your mouth prone to food traps, tooth decay, gum disease, and increases the likelihood of losing even more teeth. Lost teeth may also affect normal chewing.

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin porcelain coverings encasing the external surface of the front teeth. Patients choose this cosmetic treatment to improve the look of their smile.

Why must the dentist examine me at my cleaning appointments?

Periodic examinations during your cleaning appointment represent standard care in dentistry. These exams help monitor any existing conditions, diagnose potential problems, and confirm your oral well being.