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Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to visit Dr. Polkinghorne?

We recommend you come to our office at least two time each year. These regular checkups in our office give us an opportunity to screen for common oral health concerns and offer you conservative treatments.

What is periodontal disease?

The word periodontal is a combination of two Latin words: perio meaning around and odont meaning tooth. Periodontal diseases are literally oral health issues that affect the supportive tissues around teeth. It is more often known by the name gum disease, and our team offers a variety of treatments to renew oral health for those suffering from gum disease.

Can I call you if I have an emergency?

Absolutely, we’re happy to offer same day emergency dentistry services for patients of record, and in many cases, we’re also able to provide new patients with urgent care on the day they contact us. Regardless, we’ll help you through first aid and pain management over the phone.

Do you have services to help me, if I get nervous?

Our caring and gentle team will work with every patient to make them feel welcome and at ease during every office visit. We also offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation dentistry services to keep patients comfortable in our office.

Can I bring my children to your office?

We are happy to provide treatment for patients at any age or stage of dental development. We love offering children’s dentistry services, and we’ll be happy to work with you to accommodate treatment times to fit your whole family’s busy schedule.

Does teeth whitening work?

If you’ve already tried store bought teeth whitening options with little success, you’re not alone. However, our professional teeth whitening solutions promise predictable results up to ten shades brighter for most patients.

Do you take my insurance?

We are happy to work with you to process and file dental insurance claims, and we are in-network providers with Delta Dental. However, we do not focus our care on which options are covered by any particular insurance plan. Instead, we provide patients with the education and resources they need to make the right choices for their oral health.