Frequently Asked Questions
How early should I arrive to my actual appointment?
Arrive 15 minutes early so you have time to fill out paperwork.
Will I be required to fill out paperwork prior to my appointment?
Yes, but lucky for you, we have a new patient portal that will collect all of your information so you don’t have to walk in with a filing cabinet.
Will I be able to ask my Total Smile Care team, including the Dentist, any questions I may have?
YES! Ask away. In fact, some patients like to write down their questions before their visit and bring them to the appointment.
Will my exam include X-rays?
Yes. Your Dentist will perform a thorough examination in order to assess your baseline Dental health. This will likely include X-rays and other necessary imagery, which we strive to keep to a minimum.
Will I get my teeth cleaned on my first visit?
Depending on how your exam goes, you may not receive a cleaning during your first visit. If that is the case, be sure to plan for a follow-up.
How will my Total Smile Care team know what treatments I need?
From your exam findings, our treatment team will create a custom plan that meets your exact needs, with a focus on attaining the best dental health possible.
I brush several times a day, and even floss, so do I need an exam and cleaning yearly?
Your preventative Dental care routine of brushing and flossing should be reinforced with Dental cleanings (ideally twice a year) in order to prevent any Dental issues from becoming big, painful and costly problems in the future.
The insurance section of the site states my insurance is accepted, but I have questions regarding co-pays and other costs.
Your location’s office manager will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding insurance, payment and how dental insurance works to support your personalized dental plan.
Will I receive a treatment plan with services and costs for my records?
Yes. It is our policy that every patient receives a copy of their customized Dental treatment and SMILE Plan. This includes projected costs.
I have really bad Dentist Anxiety. What can Dental Specialists of Florida do to HELP me ?!?!?!
Your Total Specialty Smile Care team will help you overcome Dental Anxiety by first talking about your concerns, in person. We also suggest wearing headphones to listen to podcasts or music during your treatment. You can request a numbing agent or local anesthesia, and friends are welcome for support. Remember to arrive early.
What is the purpose of X-rays ?
Digital X-rays offer a significant advantage in the early detection of many Dental issues, and empower you and your treatment team with a preventative strategy. Advanced image manipulation and analysis, for example, allows your Doctor to detect early stages of gum disease through recognition of bone level changes, or by evaluating the results against a previous treatment. We only use X-rays when necessary, and apply the latest technology and safety measures during use to ensure everyone’s well-being.
Why is seeing the Hygienist so important?
Visiting your Dental Hygienist on a regular basis is very important. It not only feels great, but it also can prevent many oral health problems. At each Hygiene appointment, we check more than just your teeth and gums. Our Dental team will do a complete screening for oral cancer. Regular visits can reverse gum disease if treated early, keeping the mouth and body healthy. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to heart disease and other serious conditions, so having your teeth professionally cleaned can help prevent these serious health issues.
What preventative services does your Total Smile Care team recommend?
A variety of services and treatments are available, and may include:
- Removal of plaque and tartar; stain removal
- Fluoride application
- Sealants (for children and adults)
- Polishing teeth (including fillings and crowns)
- Cleaning and adjustment of dentures and partial dentures
Will my smile care team provide educational services as well?
Yes. Your smile care team can provide resources on:
- Tooth brushing and flossing instruction
- Nutritional counseling
- Recommendations for future treatment
- When to return for follow-up hygiene treatment, periodontal (gum) concerns or restorative options
- Evaluation of self-care effectiveness
- Tobacco-cessation counseling