"Dental Quality You Deserve And Desire"

"Dental Quality You Deserve And Desire"

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Emergency: 561-512-4125

Q. What Is The New Patient Comprehensive Oral Examination And How Long Does It Take?

A. The New Patient Comprehensive Oral Examination appointment is normally about 50 minutes and the appointment typically includes:

  • Getting to know you and your dental concerns
  • Review medical and dental history
  • Take dental x-rays
  • Examine teeth and mouth
  • Periodontal exam (gums)
  • Evaluate bite and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Head and neck screening
  • Treatment plan presentation (Q&A)

Q. Will I Get A Teeth Cleaning At My Oral Exam Appointment?

A. Normally, you won't get your teeth "cleaned" at this Comprehensive Oral Examination appointment. After the dental examination is completed, your periodontal health status can be determined, and Dr. Robert Lens or Dr. Elizabeth Lens will know which periodontal service should be provided. A "cleaning" (or dental prophy) means cleaning of the teeth above the gum line. If there are problems below the gum line, a different type of "cleaning" is recommended. Dr. Robert or Dr. Elizabeth will let you know if you have any signs of periodontal disease, and the type of "cleaning" that you will need.

Q. What Types Of Dental Insurance Do You Accept?

A. We are in network or providers for most PPO dental insurances, including but not limited to:

  • Aetna
  • Assurant
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Compbenefits
  • Delta Dental
  • Florida Combined Life
  • Government Employee Health Association
  • Guardian
  • Healthplex
  • Humana
  • Eagles
  • Lincoln National Financial
  • Metlife / Metlife Tricare
  • United Concordia
  • United Healthcare

Dental Discount Plans:
+ Ameriplan
+ Blue Cross Blue Shield
+ Family Discount Blue
+ Cigna Plus Savings
+ Dentemax Discount
+ Unicare

Q. Do You Offer Payment Plans For My Dental Work?

A. We offer a 6 month or a 12 month interest-free monthly payment options through our popular dental credit card, Care Credit. Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees for services provided by our office regardless of your insurance coverage. Payment in full is due for the services provided. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Q. What Types Of Dental Services Do You Offer?

A. Many people believe that the term "General Dentistry" is a limitation of services provided, but in fact it is actually the opposite. General dentistry means that your dentist performs a wide array of dental procedures. Here at Advanced Smile Institute, we provide the following dental services:

Dental Services

  • Dental Implants
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Dentures
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Root Canals
  • And much more!

Q. What Types Of Periodontal Treatment Do You Offer?


A. There are four different types; there is a prophylaxis, a full mouth debridement, scale and root planing, and some minor periodontal surgery.

Q. What Is A Prophylaxis (Cleaning)?

Teeth Cleaning

A. A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to clean and polish the teeth above the gum line. A prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Q. What Is A Full Mouth Debridement?

A. When heavy plaque and tartar deposits have built up on your teeth, we often recommend a procedure called a full mouth debridement to remove that buildup. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of food and bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. If it is not removed every day, plaque hardens into tartar, and over time, plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. A heavy build up blocks your ability to clean and maintain your oral health and our ability to clearly see and examine your teeth and gums.

Q. What Is Scale And Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)?

A. Scaling and root planning is one of the most effective, non-surgical ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Scaling and root planning cleans between the gums and teeth down to the roots. Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothing out the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gum line. A careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and smoothing the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins will help ensure that your gum disease is controlled.

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