Sequoia Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Deciding on a health care provider for your family is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly. If you are like most people, you probably have a lot of questions. We love questions because it usually means you are interested and passionate about your oral health. 

We hear some questions frequently, so we’ve put some of them here. But if your question isn’t answered, feel free to contact us!

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At Sequoia Family Dental, we understand that our patients have busy lives, plans can change, and emergencies do happen. We ask for at least 24 hours notice for cancelling or rescheduling an appointment, as a courtesy to both our staff and fellow patients. Our office policy is not in place as a punishment, but rather to ensure that the time we set aside in our schedule is valued and respected. For specifics regarding our appointment policy, please read our online form or contact our office with any questions.

Our office periodically offers new patient specials for those without insurance, and senior citizen discounts as well. Additionally, we accept CareCredit as a financing option. Please call and ask to speak to our office manager Lacey for any financial questions. 

Most dental insurance plans will cover 100% for cleanings, 80% for fillings, and 50% for major work such as crowns. However, plans can vary greatly depending on what tier of coverage you have. Contact our office manager Lacey to get a detailed breakdown of what your specific plan covers.

You can usually expect a one-hour appointment for your first visit. However, depending on any additional work that might need to be done, your future appointment lengths will vary. In most cases where we expect a procedure to take longer than usual, we will let you know beforehand. 

We don’t want financial issues to prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need, so we offer different ways for our patients to pay for needed procedures.

Your insurance plan dictates if there is a copay for any given procedure, and how much the copay will be. Most insurances cover 100 percent for cleanings, checkup exams, and x-rays, but all plans are different. Please call and ask to speak to our office manager Lacey with any financial questions. You may also contact your insurance carrier to find out what your specific plan covers.

We are in-network with most major dental insurers, including:

  • Delta
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Altus
  • Ameritas
  • CIGNA
  • Dentemax
  • Humana
  • GEHA Connection
  • Guardian
  • Metlife
  • Principal

For patients who are not covered by dental insurance, or who are out-of-network, we can provide an accurate estimate of our office fees for any necessary procedures after we have developed a treatment.

To make your treatment affordable, we accept CareCredit, which offers a full range of plans with low monthly payments that allow treatment today and payments over time. You can sign up online or ask one of your helpful staff members to assist you. For your convenience, we also accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

Our office is in network with most major dental insurers, including:

  • Delta Dental
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Altus
  • Ameritas
  • Cigna
  • Dentemax
  • Humana
  • GEHA
  • Guardian
  • MetLife
  • Principal

We are also able to see patients who are out-of-network or with no insurance coverage. If you are unsure about your dental insurance, please reach out to our office manager Lacey to answer any questions.

Crowns and Bridges

There are many options for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth, including implants, bridges, partials, and dentures. Different options are recommended depending on how many teeth are missing, bone levels, health conditions, financial concerns, and aesthetic preference. Many of our patients have benefited from seeing Dr. Tran for a consultation to discuss which option is right for them.

A bridge and a partial denture are similar in that they both replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a fixed appliance that permanently stays in the mouth, whereas a partial is a removable appliance that you can put in and take out.

Fillings and crowns are similar in the sense that both are ways of restoring a tooth to repair decay and prevent further damage. Typically the deciding factor is how much tooth structure is compromised. For a filling, the decayed tooth structure is removed, the remaining structure is cleaned, and the cleaned out cavity is then filled with composite (white) filling material. A filling appointment takes one visit to complete. A crown is recommended when a filling can't replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment. The process for a crown takes two visits. First the tooth is shaped by the doctor with a handpiece, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is put in place. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. After 2-3 weeks, the permanent crown is cemented in place. Unlike the filling, a crown covers the entire tooth, like a hat. Whether you need a filling or a crown, Dr. Tran will be sure to answer any treatment questions and discuss which option is best for you.

There are several reasons you might need a dental crown. One of the most common uses for dental crowns at our Canton, MA practice is because we need to “cap” a tooth that has become fractured or otherwise damaged because of a very large filling. Over time, fillings eventually fail, often leading to small fractures in the tooth. Because so much of the tooth structure has already been removed, it is not possible to replace the filling. The best option to not only save your tooth but to restore its function is to use a dental crown.

Other reasons for dental crowns include:

  • To strengthen and protect a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. Because a root canal removes the nerves and living tissue of a tooth, the remaining structure becomes brittle. A dental crown will make it strong enough so you can chew on it as you normally would.
  • To restore a tooth that has become damaged or otherwise compromised.
  • To cover up a tooth that is misshapen or badly stained.

Dental crowns are also used in conjunction with dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Dental crowns are made to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Dental Implants

There are many options for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth, including implants, bridges, partials, and dentures. Different options are recommended depending on how many teeth are missing, bone levels, health conditions, financial concerns, and aesthetic preference. Many of our patients have benefited from seeing Dr. Tran for a consultation to discuss which option is right for them.

A dental implant is a great option for replacing a missing tooth. Essentially an artificial tooth root, the small titanium screw-shaped piece is placed under the gums, where it fuses to your natural bone. After a healing period of about 3-6 months, the gums are opened up and the implant is able to be covered with a custom-fitting crown. The benefits of a dental implant are numerous. They are the strongest option available to support replacement teeth. There is no cumbersome removable appliance. The adjacent teeth are not affected. The implant crown looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone and helps stimulate bone growth.

Dentures

A bridge and a partial denture are similar in that they both replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a fixed appliance that permanently stays in the mouth, whereas a partial is a removable appliance that you can put in and take out.

Emergency Services

The first thing we tell our patients is: Don’t panic! If you have a dental emergency and you are unsure of what to do, give us a call. We can go over your symptoms and help determine whether we need to see you immediately or if it can wait until our next available appointment.

Some incidents always count as a dental emergency.

  • If you have suffered a trauma and completely knocked out a tooth. Try to put the tooth back into its socket. If that isn’t possible, keep it moist until you get to our office. The sooner you come in, the better the chances of Dr. Tran being able to save your tooth.
  • If you are bleeding from the mouth and it won’t stop, you should call us right away, and we will get you in. Bleeding in the mouth is never normal and so should be taken seriously.
  • If you have a toothache that has become unbearable, give us a call. You might have an infection in the tooth root, which will only grow worse if we don't treat it. A root canal will not only eliminate your dental pain, but it should be able to save your tooth.

Call our Canton, MA practice if you have a dental emergency and we will get you scheduled as soon as possible.

General Dentistry

Yes! Give our office a call, and we can schedule a convenient time for your first visit. 

Ideally, people should visit the dentist twice every year for examinations and cleanings. In some cases, however, dental treatment might be needed initially—particularly if it has been a while since the last dental visit. After the completion of a patient's treatment plan, our goal is to bring patients to a level of oral health where they will only need to come in twice per year to have a cleaning and a checkup. Radiographs may need to be taken periodically to help monitor and detect any issues before they become a more significant problem.

Some people can benefit from more frequent visits to the dentist, particularly those who fall into a high-risk group. These include situations such as the following:

  • People who smoke or use tobacco products
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Those who have diabetes
  • People who are currently experiencing gum disease
  • Those who have a weak immune system
  • People who tend to develop cavities or plaque buildup
  • Those who are under a lot of stress or experiencing an illness

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Tran can make recommendations based on the current state of your oral health. 

There are many options for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth, including implants, bridges, partials, and dentures. Different options are recommended depending on how many teeth are missing, bone levels, health conditions, financial concerns, and aesthetic preference. Many of our patients have benefited from seeing Dr. Tran for a consultation to discuss which option is right for them.

Fillings and crowns are similar in the sense that both are ways of restoring a tooth to repair decay and prevent further damage. Typically the deciding factor is how much tooth structure is compromised. For a filling, the decayed tooth structure is removed, the remaining structure is cleaned, and the cleaned out cavity is then filled with composite (white) filling material. A filling appointment takes one visit to complete. A crown is recommended when a filling can't replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment. The process for a crown takes two visits. First the tooth is shaped by the doctor with a handpiece, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is put in place. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. After 2-3 weeks, the permanent crown is cemented in place. Unlike the filling, a crown covers the entire tooth, like a hat. Whether you need a filling or a crown, Dr. Tran will be sure to answer any treatment questions and discuss which option is best for you.

As we all know, brushing and flossing at home is essential for keeping your teeth healthy. There are many differing types of brushes available nowadays; small vs. large, hard vs. soft, electric vs. manual. Whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual one, most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best. The size and shape can be up to you depending on your preference, as long as you are able to reach all of your teeth. Some of our patients do prefer a smaller brush head, as it can more easily access those hard-to-reach molars. Electric toothbrushes are often recommended as they make brushing easier and may remove more plaque. However, with proper technique, a manual toothbrush gets the job done too. At Sequoia Family Dental, we say pick a brush that is comfortable for you, and use it at least twice a day for a full two minutes. With that advice, you can't go wrong!

The two most common materials used for dental fillings are amalgam and composite. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It is commonly referred to as a "silver filling" because of the color. The FDA does deem amalgam to be safe for dental use, but the mercury tends to raise concern for some patients. Resin composite fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound. They are often called "white fillings" or "tooth-colored fillings" as they blend in with the surrounding natural tooth structure. For restorative work at our office, Dr. Tran only places fillings using composite material.

The goal of any dental office should be to minimize the pain or discomfort from dental treatments. While we cannot guarantee that your visits will be entirely pain-free, our staff will do whatever we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. 

Preventive Care

As we all know, brushing and flossing at home is essential for keeping your teeth healthy. There are many differing types of brushes available nowadays; small vs. large, hard vs. soft, electric vs. manual. Whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual one, most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best. The size and shape can be up to you depending on your preference, as long as you are able to reach all of your teeth. Some of our patients do prefer a smaller brush head, as it can more easily access those hard-to-reach molars. Electric toothbrushes are often recommended as they make brushing easier and may remove more plaque. However, with proper technique, a manual toothbrush gets the job done too. At Sequoia Family Dental, we say pick a brush that is comfortable for you, and use it at least twice a day for a full two minutes. With that advice, you can't go wrong!

Root Canal Treatment

Although many people have an innate fear of getting a root canal, this is usually because they usually associate the procedure with the tooth pain that brought them to the dentist in the first place. The root canal itself is not a painful procedure and many patients who have had one admit that it is no worse than having a cavity filled.

When an infection develops in the root of the tooth, patients usually experience quite a bit of pain. Without treatment, the pain will not get better, and the infection can spread, so it’s crucial to seek treatment immediately.

The procedure itself is simple: After numbing the affected area, Dr. Tran will remove the infected nerves and tooth pulp from the tooth through a tiny hole drilled in the tooth for that purpose. Then he will thoroughly clean the area, rinsing it with an antibiotic to eliminate the infection. The tooth is then filled and sealed.

Because the living tissue of the tooth has been removed, we generally place a dental crown on top of the remaining tooth structure, which tends to become brittle. This will ensure you have full function of your tooth after the procedure.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Fillings and crowns are similar in the sense that both are ways of restoring a tooth to repair decay and prevent further damage. Typically the deciding factor is how much tooth structure is compromised. For a filling, the decayed tooth structure is removed, the remaining structure is cleaned, and the cleaned out cavity is then filled with composite (white) filling material. A filling appointment takes one visit to complete. A crown is recommended when a filling can't replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment. The process for a crown takes two visits. First the tooth is shaped by the doctor with a handpiece, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is put in place. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. After 2-3 weeks, the permanent crown is cemented in place. Unlike the filling, a crown covers the entire tooth, like a hat. Whether you need a filling or a crown, Dr. Tran will be sure to answer any treatment questions and discuss which option is best for you.

The two most common materials used for dental fillings are amalgam and composite. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It is commonly referred to as a "silver filling" because of the color. The FDA does deem amalgam to be safe for dental use, but the mercury tends to raise concern for some patients. Resin composite fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound. They are often called "white fillings" or "tooth-colored fillings" as they blend in with the surrounding natural tooth structure. For restorative work at our office, Dr. Tran only places fillings using composite material.

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