1. I have pretty good teeth. What is the best way to keep them that way?
Patients of all ages need to come in for a routine appointment to the family dentist every six months. During this visit, we will remove plaque and tartar and check for the early warning signs of issues like cavities, worn teeth, broken dental work, and other oral health problems.
Brush, floss, and see your family dentist! Brushing 2-3 times per day, flossing daily, and keeping your regular 6 month check-ups are the most important things you can do to maintain the health of your teeth. This is also the least expensive way to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
2. Can a family dentist do extensive cosmetic cases?
Hope Dental Professionals is able to help you convert your smile into the smile you desire. Dr. Pate has received extensive training in the latest cosmetic techniques and materials from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Nash and Seattle Institutes. She is focused not only on appearance, but also insuring the healthy function and alignment of your teeth and temporalmadibular joint (TMJ). By doing this, she ensures that you not only look good, but are pain free down the road.
Some cases require the involvement of other dental professionals such as an orthodontist, oral surgeons, or periodontists. Hope Dental Professionals is a family dentist office with excellent relationships with these professionals, which allows for continuity of care and the communication of your desires.
3. Does your family dentist practice take my insurance?
Hope Dental Professionals works with most insurance plans and is a premier provider for Delta Dental. Our office staff is well trained to help you maximize your benefits and will be happy to help you understand how your plan works, and explain to you what coverage is provided under that plan. We will file your claim for you and provide a 45 day period for your insurance company to pay. If for some unusual reason we are unable to work with your plan, our staff will help you find a dentist that can work with that particular plan.
4. I need a lot of dental work, do you have financing?
Hope Dental Professionals has several options for financing available with approved credit through outside financing organizations. These services are designed to fit your budget and needs and, all of our services are both safe and confidential.
We also take Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
5. I don’t need to look like a movie star, but it seems the dentists I have talked to all want me to do all the cosmetic stuff. Will you pressure me to get the latest and greatest or will you give me other options?
Hope Dental Professionals are sensitive to your desires for your smile. Our first goal is to make sure she understands your desires for your smile. We want you to have good dental health first, and advise you of your options to reach and maintain that health. Hope Dental Professionals understand that you are the primary participant in making decision about the health of your smile. We will help to guide you in the best ways to accomplish your dental health goals.
6. I have some teeth that are missing, and I wanted to know how I can fill those spaces. What are my options?
There are several options depending on the number of teeth you have remaining and the health of those teeth and gums. The area of dentistry that deals with filling these spaces is called prostodontics. Dr. Pate received the award for prosthodontics at the University of Tennessee among a graduating class which was number one in the nation on the National Dental Boards exam. She can help you decide which treatment is best for your situation and you can be sure the work is of the highest quality. Hope Dental Professionals have a passion for prostodontics and is excellent at achieving the best look and function whether you choose to do a bridge, denture, partial or implants.
7. I had a bad experience with a dentist in the past and I’m afraid of the dentist. What can you tell me that would ease my fear?
Dr. Pate is a Member of Dental Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and is licensed by the state of Arkansas to provide sedation dentistry. She regularly gets compliments on how gentle she is with her procedures. Dr. Pate has even had a few people fall asleep during her procedures without the use of sedation, because they were so relaxed and comfortable. Her gentle care in conjunction with Nitrous Oxide and these sedative measures are able to insure your experience is the best possible.