What is Invisalign and how does it work?

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth while improving your overall dental health. Invisalign is an alternative option to the traditional metal braces and uses invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth without involving any metal. Treatment usually averages 6-18 months and the average aligner is worn for 2 weeks before switching to a new set. Each case is personalized to fit your goals and needs and can differ from the average. Schedule your appointment today to see if you are a candidate!

What is sedation dentistry?

What is sedation dentistry?

Ever drive to a dental office just to turn around in the parking lot and return home due to fear and anxiety? Then sedation dentistry is for you! By definition, conscious sedation is produced by the administration of certain medications and is an altered level of consciousness that still allows the patient to respond to physical stimuli and verbal commands and to maintain an unassisted airway. It allows for an anxiety free appointment. The patient is continually monitored during the appointment. We are more than happy to discuss this option for you and prepare a personalized treatment plan for you.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Treating Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can be treated in office with a non-surgical procedure called scaling and root planing.  Deposits are removed deep under the gingiva to help improve the health of the bone and gingiva.  Continued good home care and frequent maintenance cleanings (every 3-4 months) are important to maintain good oral health.

What is Periodontitis?

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a gingival infection that affects the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth.  Bacteria on and between the teeth, and under the gum tissue attack the gingiva causing irritation, this is called gingivitis.  Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease.  Gingivitis is reversible with proper hygiene, including correct brushing twice a day, daily flossing, and maintenance cleanings.  If gingivitis is not reversed, the bacteria begin to affect the bone, breaking down the tooth support system.

As an adult, how does fluoride benefits benefit my oral health?

As an adult, how does fluoride benefits benefit my oral health?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is used to help prevent tooth decay.  Tooth decay occurs when bacteria and sugars, present in the mouth, form acids that erode the tooth’s protective enamel.  Fluoride helps to re-mineralize the enamel by bonding materials to the weakened areas.  In-office fluoride treatments are inexpensive, easily applied, and very beneficial for adult patients.  The fluoride varnish is painted on the teeth after a professional cleaning to prevent cavities and reduce sensitivity.  Patients that benefit from this simple treatment include:  frequent snackers and sippers, patients with orthodontic appliances, crowns and bridges, a history of cavities, root exposure or a dry mouth.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Our office follows guidelines based on periodontal/gum health, oral hygiene, and decay history.  If you know that your teeth, gums and bone are healthy, we recommend you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice per year.  The examination should include an overall oral health screening to check for oral cancer and signs of other systemic diseases whose symptoms first appear in the mouth.   If you have periodontal or gum disease, more frequent maintenance cleaning appointments may be necessary to maintain your overall oral health and keep the disease under control.  Frequency may also be based upon your history of cavities or quality of oral hygiene.  It is important to diagnose decay at the incipient stage, before it breaks through the enamel. Therefore, by having regular dental cleanings, examinations, and fluoride treatments we can attempt to break this cycle.

Do you accept my insurance?

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept all traditional plans for dental insurance (and selected in network plans) and are Delta Dental Premier Providers.  We will be happy to process your claim for you upon receipt of your estimated copayment. We will file an insurance claim to any insurance company.  Typically, most insurance companies allow you to see any dentist you prefer.  Some plans may require you to visit a participating provider.

What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?

What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?

Now there are many ways to make a better smile affordable.  We accept most major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, and Discover.  For larger amounts, no interest financial arrangements are available through one of our Financial Coordinators.

We also offer Lending Club payment plans and Care Credit and Citi Health Card, healthcare credit cards specifically designed to allow convenient monthly payment options for treatments you want and need.  To learn more about Lending Club, call 1-800-630-1663, for Care Credit, call 1-800-839-9078, for Citi Health Card, call 1-866-832-8762, or click on the logos below to be directed to the corresponding websites.

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Are you accepting new patients?

Are you accepting new patients?

Absolutely!  As a new patient at Scheumann Dental Associates, your first appointment will include a comprehensive exam, x-rays and a consultation. We will answer all your questions, as well as go over your suggested treatment plan, fee estimates and flexible financing options and will assist you in scheduling any future appointments.  We pledge to do our best to meet your dental needs with quality care in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

Do you treat children?

Do you treat children?

At Scheumann Dental Associates, both Dr. Gary Scheumann and Dr. Jessica Pickard welcome patients of all ages!