Patient Information

First Visit

Your initial appointment will consist of an oral examination and full mouth series of x-rays to explain your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can be performed the same day as the initial appointment; however, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your initial appointment:

IMPORTANT
A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the initial visit.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)

X-Rays:

X-rays are necessary for proper diagnosis of your dental health. As a general rule we will take current x-rays to best establish your needs.

Scheduling/Office Hours

Our office is open Monday through Saturday. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.

Auburn Hills Office: (248) 332-5400

Monday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m (closed every other)

Warren Office: (586) 573-6677

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Financial Policy

For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients, therefore payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact our office. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings.

Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage.

Dental Insurance

There are thousands of insurance companies that our skilled staff deals with on a daily basis. It is important that our patients provide us with the correct information so we may best serve you.

We participate with many insurance companies, including but not limited to:

Infection Control

Infection control and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with the doctors or staff and receive a straightforward answer.

Our entire team follows the procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:

We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental handpieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses using steam, heat and pressure.

The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.

Home Care Instructions

After Tooth Extraction:

After Cosmetic Dentistry

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling.

Don't be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You'll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week. However, every patient is different and it could take a few months to adjust to your new teeth.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies.

Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don't pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings) & Amalgam (silver fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

You may chew with your composite (white) fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office. For silver amalgam fillings you must wait at least one hour prior to eating anything. After the first hour, avoid chewing on the silver amalgam fillings for the first 24 hrs as they will need to set up completely.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

Notice Of Privacy Practices

This notice describes how health information may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. The privacy of your health information is important to us. A complete printout of our privacy policy is available upon request at our office.