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Commonly Asked Dental Questions and Answers

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Most prosthodontists receive two to three years of additional training after dental school in a program accredited by the ADA based in a hospital or university. The training includes reviews of literature, treatment of patients, and laboratory experience in fabricating/restorations.

What dental procedures does a prosthodontist do?

Prosthodontists are experts in dental rehabilitation and have mastered many procedures, including crowns, bridges, veneers, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, and dental implants.

Is a prosthodontist different from a “cosmetic” dentist?

The ADA recognizes nine dental specialties, and the ADA does not include “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. Prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics during their graduate programs. Many cosmetic dentists receive training during seminars or a series of courses, but this training is usually limited to weekend or week-long courses.

Will the prosthodontist complete all of my required treatment?

The prosthodontist is best viewed as the “architect” of your dental project. S/he has the vision of your final outcome, both the esthetics of your smile and the improved function of your bite. Other dental specialists may participate in your treatment to help establish a solid foundation for your restorations. Every prosthodontist develops a treatment plan customized for each individual patient to determine if adjunctive procedures by another doctor are necessary.

Is Dr. Bell a provider in my insurance network?

Insurance companies rarely differentiate between fees charged by a general dentist and those charged by a specialist. Therefore, most specialists are not considered providers. The insurance will still contribute to the cost of your treatment, and our office staff will help you achieve your maximum benefit.

Will insurance pay for my treatment?

Your insurance company will cover most procedures, at least to some degree. Most companies have a yearly maximum allowable benefit and may disallow certain procedures. A pretreatment authorization is the best way to determine the extent to which your insurance company will cover your treatment. Our staff will gladly assist with any of your insurance questions. We do not accept insurance as payment for services rendered.

How much will my treatment cost, and how will I pay for it?

Every patient receives an individualized treatment plan. The patient’s desires as well as his/her dental needs will be addressed. Once a treatment plan is developed and the patient agrees to treatment, payment options can be explored with our office staff. Extensive treatment will usually be divided into multiple payments due at specific points in treatment.

How long will my treatment take?

The length of treatment time depends on many factors, including the procedures involved. Once your individualized treatment plan is established, please feel free to discuss the time required for treatment with Dr. Bell and his staff.

Does the office follow strict infection-control procedures?

Yes, our office is completely compliant with OSHA standards and follows the guidelines published by the American Dental Association regarding infection control in the dental office.