Frequently Asked Questions
Are you accepting new patients?
We welcome new patients to our practice. If you have questions about new patient procedures please give us a call.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
Our dental office follows strict guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and OSHA. At Poughkeepsie Dental, we practice sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then seal them for the next use. We also disinfect treatment rooms between patient visits and use disposable products when we can. Our dental team wears disposable gloves during every exam and treatment, for the safety and care of our patients. We are a latex free office.
When is the best time for a child to start seeing a dentist?
We suggest starting a child's regular dental visits at age one. Early detection of tooth decay is the best prevention for future problems. These visits also let the child become familiar with going to the dentist at an early age so that we can create a happy and positive experience for a lifetime.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontitis is the serious and advanced stage of gum disease, which includes bone loss. The gum tissue and bone that surround and support your teeth could become seriously damaged and the teeth affected could become loose and fall out. Periodontitis occurs when the early stage of periodontal disease—gingivitis—is left untreated.
How do I know if I am brushing and flossing correctly?
Brushing and flossing properly is the best way to care for your teeth, and many people aren't sure of the correct way to do it. If you are not sure about your brushing and flossing technique, please ask us at your next visit. We would be happy to show you the correct way to keep those pearly whites healthy.
My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
We suggest that you schedule a consultation with our dental team at your earliest convenience. Dr. Andrew and Dr. Donna Trimboli will assess your oral health and discuss your dental options for replacement teeth. Most common options include crowns and bridges, partial or full dentures, and dental implants. All of these options will leave you with a smile that is comfortable and natural-looking.
What is the purpose of fluoride?
Plaque bacteria and sugars submit your teeth to acid attacks which breakdown the minerals in your teeth. If enough minerals are not replaced through food and water consumption your teeth will decay. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth against this demineralization. Fluoride varnish is also used to treat sensitive teeth.
What is the difference between an amalgam and a composite filling?
The most obvious difference is the color: amalgam is your typical silver filling while composite fillings are tooth colored. Amalgam is more durable, but considerably less aesthetic and carries with it some concerns about mercury content. Please ask us on your next visit if you are concerned you need a filling, and we will discuss your options with you.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Our office will file your claim electronically to help expedite your direct reimbursement. Please be ready to pay your dental care the day services are rendered. In 2016, our office will be participating with several insurances programs. Please check with our office administration for more information.
What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?
We are happy to accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards. If you need to finance your dental work, we also accept CareCredit, a trusted 3rd party financing that offers little to no interest for qualified applicants. Learn more about CareCredit.