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Carrollwood Village Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Dr. Richard Mancuso and the staff at Carrollwood Village Dental understand the importance of patient education. The more our patients know about dental care, the more likely they will be to enjoy good oral health. It's why we take our time with all our patients so they are clear on all matters of their oral health.

We welcome questions about general oral health, good home care, and anything else that pertains to how your oral health impacts your overall well-being.

If a specific treatment has been recommended, please be sure to ask any questions you have so you fully understand everything about it. Our goal is for our patients to be fully informed before proceeding with any treatment recommendations.

For your convenience, we have included a number of our most frequently asked questions here. If your question is not answered in the list below, please feel free to contact us directly. Chances are, if it's a question you have, others have had it as well!

At Carrollwood Village Dental, we care about the health of you and your entire family!

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We accept most Indemnity and PPO insurance plans including their associated discount plans.

 

How can I have cavities or gum disease when my teeth and gums feel fine?

Tooth and gum problems often start developing without any symptoms, just like any other chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease. This means you could have trouble brewing in your teeth or gums that you are completely unaware of. Gum disease, in particular, often starts without patients being aware that there is anything amiss.

A tooth is a tiny organ with its own nerve and blood supply inside the middle of the tooth. Tooth decay and gum disease will destroy most of the tooth before reaching the nerve. Once the tooth hurts, it is already too late. By this point, you may need a root canal or an extraction.

This is just one of the reasons it is so important that you come in to our office twice each year for regular check up and routine cleanings. By coming in regularly, we can stay ahead of any problems with your teeth.

Dental emergencies also happen much less frequently to those who visit their dentist regularly!

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Tooth and gum problems often start developing without any symptoms. This means you could have trouble brewing in your teeth or gums that you are completely unaware of. Gum disease, in particular, often starts without patients being aware that there is anything amiss.

A tooth is a tiny organ with its own nerve and blood supply inside the middle of the tooth. Tooth decay and gum disease can destroy most of the tooth before reaching the nerve. Once the tooth hurts, it is already too late. By this point, you may need a root canal or an extraction.

This is just one of the reasons it is so important that you come in to our office twice each year for regular examinations and routine cleanings. By coming in regularly, we can stay ahead of any dental issues that develop—and we can treat them while problems are still small. When it comes to dentistry, the smaller the problem, the less invasive and painful the treatment generally is. Treating problems early on is also good for your wallet since issues are usually much less expensive to address.

Dental emergencies also happen much less frequently to those who visit their dentist regularly!

The time you are with us will depend on the procedure being done. A typical preventive appointment might last about one hour, if you are in the office for an examination, cleaning, and x-rays. Other treatments, however, might be longer.

We understand your time is valuable, and we will work as efficiently as possible while still ensuring that we meet our standard of care at all times. We are available to answer any questions about length of time, details of the procedure, or anything else you might be wondering about!

During our discussion of your treatment plan options, we will provide an estimated treatment time so that you know what to expect prior to having your treatment completed.

Typically dental insurance covers a very large amount of your care. Paula or Julie will go over your personalized treatment plan in depth and answer all of your questions.

We accept most insurance plans including:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant
  • Cigna
  • Delta PPO
  • Delta Premiere
  • Florida Combined Life
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Metlife
  • Principal
  • Reliance Standard
  • Solstice
  • United Concordia
  • United Healthcare

We offer a number of different options for any costs that are out of pocket. We welcome cash, checks, and major credit cards, including American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

In addition, we offer flexible payment options such as CareCredit to assist you in paying for treatments that your insurance carrier doesn’t cover.

Be sure to talk to us about any concerns you might have about financial arrangements. We will work with your budget to get the treatment you need.  

 

 

We want your visit to be as comfortable as possible, and that means we do what we can to ensure that your time here is free of stress and pain. If you are getting a local anesthetic, we will apply a numbing agent to your gums beforehand so you won’t even feel the needle. This will ensure you are comfortable for the entire procedure. The only things you might experience during treatment is a bit of noise, some mild pressure, and perhaps a little spray from the water.

For the very anxious, we offer nitrous oxide, which allows you to relax comfortably during your treatment.

If you are worried about your procedure, we invite you to call us to talk about it ahead of time. Often just knowing what to expect can go a long way in alleviating any anxiety you might be feeling. We are happy to walk your through exactly what you might expect during your time in here so you can go into the procedure with confidence.

You can also rest assured that with Dr. Mancuso's gentle, experienced touch, he will do everything he can to make your treatment as comfortable and painless as possible. Talk to us today about your worries and concerns, and we can help to get rid of any fears before your treatment.

Teeth Whitening

Most people with generally good oral health are excellent candidates for teeth whitening. Whitening is a simple, affordable, and minimally invasive way to dramatically improve your smile.

We offer both in-office and at-home tooth whitening systems. Our at-home whitening systems are much more effective than what you will find over the counter in the grocery store or pharmacy.

We recommend that you have your teeth professionally cleaned before having your teeth whitened. Call us to set up a cleaning appointment or a whitening consultation with Dr. Mancuso!

Gum Disease

If after a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and gums, Dr. Mancuso determines that you have gum disease, he may recommend a Periodontal Therapy. Many refer to this as a "deep cleaning". Gum disease, or Periodontitis, is a chronic disease that affects the gums and jaw bone. In the United States it affects over 50% of individuals over 30 years of age and over 80% of those over 70 years of age. The only signs and symptoms may be bad breath and bleeding from the gums when you brush and floss.

Dr. Mancuso offers non-surgical gum disease treatment that removes plaque, tartar and bacteria from the teeth and gums. This treatment is called Scaling and Root Planing or  “Periodontal Therapy”

For everyone else, a routine cleaning from our efficient, thorough hygienists is generally sufficient. The only real way to know for certain, however, is to come in to our office for a thorough examination and cleaning so we can assess the state of your gums.

Remember that the earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat.

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