Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a pediatric and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists have one or more years of advanced training and education in addition to completing a general dentistry course of study geared specifically toward caring for young patients. Family dentists are general dentists who have some experience working with kids. For dental development concerns and other specifically pediatric concerns, a pediatric dentist is your child’s best option.
Do you treat patients with special needs?
We are happy to work with both children and adults who have special cognitive, physical, or behavioral needs. Dr. Danielle completed a year-long residency in a hospital that serves this population, and has the skills and experience necessary to provide patients with special needs safe, effective care they deserve.
My child has trouble relaxing and being calm at the dentist. Can you help?
Absolutely. We are passionate about helping children learn to love the dentist, and we always strive to keep kids relaxed and calm throughout care. For some of our patients, dental sedation may be recommended in order to ensure they are comfortable, free from pain, and safe during dental care. Talk to our team about whether your child may benefit from dental sedation.
Can I call your office during dental emergencies?
We encourage patients and parents to call us right away in case of dental emergency. We’re here to help! In most cases, we’re able to provide same day care, and will walk you through first aid over the phone to ensure your child’s safety until you reach our office.
Why does my child need to repair his baby teeth?
Many patients think they shouldn’t restore baby teeth since they’ll just fall out, but primary teeth create guides for developing adult teeth, stimulate the development and retention of gum and jawbone tissues, and caring for these teeth helps your child prepare for a lifetime of healthy smiles. For these reasons, we repair even primary teeth following decay or damage.
When should I bring my child for her first checkup?
We recommend parents bring their little ones to see us after their first tooth erupts from the gum line or before their first birthdays. These early checkups are just an opportunity for Dr. Danielle and the team to make sure everything is developing properly, answer any questions you may have, and make recommendations for at-home care.
Do you take my insurance?
We are happy to process and file dental insurance claims for most major PPO plans and Medicaid. Don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly team members about your specific coverage.