How does Dr. Akerman keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Akerman subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep current on research and development in the dental industry. She invites experts in the field to come and provide personal instruction to our staff, devotes significant amounts of time to continuing education studies, and belongs to local dental associations that provide peer consultation and review of difficult cases. Dr. Akerman also ensures that our staff pursues ongoing studies in our areas of expertise, so that as a team and as individuals, we're familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.
Do you accept my insurance plan?
Our offices accepts nearly all major insurance plans. However we do not allow insurance regulations to limit excellence in dental care. To determine if your plan is one of these simply call one of helpful insurance coordinators. We are more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you before any treatments that you may undergo.
What payment options do you provide?
We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards. Your insurance co-pay is due at the time of your visit, but we’ll be happy to help you structure a payment plan after that time to pay out any remaining charges. For expensive or extensive procedures, we're also pleased to offer financing plans.
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
You have several choices, any of which may be the right answer to whiten your smile. First, a process called bonding restores teeth that are chipped, cracked, misaligned or discolored. We simply use a porcelain material to rebuild your teeth and make them look natural. For dramatic and durable results, we can place thin ceramic shells called porcelain veneers onto the surface of your teeth. Alternatively, bleaching can lighten stains caused by tea, coffee, food, smoking or age, using an at-home bleaching kit or an in-office supervised treatment. Dr. Akerman can help evaluate your potential for whitening your teeth, based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. Please call our office, and we’ll be happy to set up a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
Our entire practice team is well-versed in state-of-the-art sanitation techniques designed to ensure patient safety. This goes beyond wearing gloves and face masks to prevent passing germs. It includes a specialized sanitation center and distilled water source for each station.
What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?
When you become a patient of our practice, we do whatever we can to help you feel comfortable, to treat you as family, and to provide the best, most customized solution that advanced dentistry has to offer. Dr. Akerman specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and is uniquely equipped to design a beautiful, long-term smile.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding gums are definitely something to be concerned about. They can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough scrubbing instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar buildup below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Most of the time, we find chronic gum disease to be the culprit. Your best and safest solution is to contact our office for an evaluation appointment.
I really don’t like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
We understand how anxious many people can be about visiting the dentist. That’s why we strive to create a relaxing atmosphere: including amenities such as pillows, blankets, and chair massages. We also have relaxing personal headphones and CD players available in every treatment room. If necessary, we offer nitrous oxide or a prescription sedative prior to treatments. When you come in for your evaluation, let us know how you’re feeling, and we’ll put you completely at ease.
My breath smells terribly, but I brush every day. What can I do about it?
Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here’s a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings; and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. If your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions. First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial buildup on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or, we can recommend a specially-prepared breath treatment system, designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, if we suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
Dr. Akerman has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. In other cases, it may be necessary to attach “invisible” braces behind the front teeth. We’d be happy to consult with you about the appearance of your front teeth and create a treatment plan to accomplish your objectives.