Frequently Asked Questions About Our Dental Care Services

When Should I Schedule an Appointment for a Checkup?

If you have good oral health, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Salami for a regular checkup and hygiene visit twice per year. If you require more frequent visits to our office, we will let you know after assessing your oral health. Checkups are important for catching potential problems early. Even if you don’t feel pain or notice problems with your teeth or gums, we may find signs of dental issues during your appointment. We may find, for instance, demineralization, which is a precursor to decay, or oral cancer that often goes undetected until the later stages. Even gum disease can be stealthy. During your hygiene appointment, we will clean your teeth of plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong.

How Do You Keep Your Patients Safe?

We focus on your safety during every dental appointment. In addition to following the clear guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we use disposable dental products as often as we can. We thoroughly sanitize our treatment rooms and sterilize reusable dental implements in an autoclave. We value patient safety and have invested in digital radiograph technology, which emits 80% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays. We also use an intraoral camera, which produces close-up images of your teeth and gums, promoting more accurate diagnoses. If you have questions about our patient safety protocols and sterilization methods, call and speak to one of our friendly staff. We will answer your questions with clarity and enthusiasm because we love dentistry and our patients.

Why Are My Gums Bleeding After Brushing and Should I Be Concerned?

Experiencing bloody gums when brushing your teeth is usually a sign of a problem. Your gums can bleed for a variety of reasons, such as brushing too hard or because of early-stage gum disease (gingivitis). During your appointment, we can consult with you on how to use your toothbrush correctly, such as how much pressure to apply for safe and effective oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we can recommend deep hygiene treatments to halt the disease and restore your gums to optimal health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. Gingivitis has also been linked to other overall health conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, and respiratory issues. If left untreated, gum disease can escalate to more significant oral health damage. To keep your teeth and gums safe, call for an assessment. We can help to keep your oral health in tip-top condition for life.

Do You Take My Dental Insurance?

We accept most PPOs and providers for some dental plans. We can also file electronically on your behalf as a courtesy. Please prepare to pay any copays or deductibles you may owe at the time of your visit. Call our dental office in San Diego if you have questions or concerns about your insurance policy.

How Can Dr. Salami and Team Improve the Appearance of My Smile?

When you come into our office for a dental appointment, Dr. Salami and staff will begin by evaluating your oral health and the current status of your teeth and gums. We will also discuss your idea of a spectacular smile. Depending on your wants and needs, we may suggest porcelain veneers, replacement teeth, teeth whitening, and replacing metal dental work with more esthetic restorations. Your smile may also benefit from artistic bonding and reshaping or Zoom! Teeth whitening. We also offer Invisalign clear braces to give you the straight smile you have always wanted. Call to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Together, we can determine the best approach for giving you the smile you desire.

My Teeth Are Stained. How Can You Help?

Call our office in San Diego and ask about our teeth whitening options. We have solutions that allow you to brighten your teeth dramatically at home or in our office. A new brighter smile is only a single appointment away!

How Does Gum Disease Affect My Body?

Gum disease or gingivitis hides in your mouth and can proceed to destroy your gums and teeth. Gum disease also has links to strokes, heart attacks, and complications during pregnancy. If you think gum disease isn’t a problem, think again. Conservative estimates report that up to 80% of the population has gum disease in some form, only they remain unaware. Become more informed and schedule an appointment today for a thorough gum disease assessment and protect the health of your teeth and gums.

What Payment Methods Are Acceptable? Do You Offer Financing Options?

Dr. Salami and team accept cash, checks, and credit cards. We offer financing through CareCredit. Call our office in San Diego to learn more.

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