Dental FAQs

Are You Accepting New Patients?

YES!  We have a unique NEW VISITORS EXPERIENCE which will allow you to INTERVIEW US without a commitment for treatment.  Call us at 585-325-2474 or email us at michael@mlewisdental.com to set up a visit to our office downtown.

How Frequently Should My Teeth Be Cleaned and Checked?

It can range from once a year to every 8-10 weeks, depending on your periodontal health.  We will work with you to determine your best option.

Do You Offer Teeth Whitening?

Yes!  After a short in office appointment for the precision fit of your custom made trays, your take home cosmetic kit can be used at your convenience whenever you desire.  Teeth will usually be brighter within a day or two, with lasting effects after only two weeks.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the supporting bone and tissue of the tooth.  In its early stages, called gingivitis, there may be no symptoms, making periodic checks important.  Bleeding, swollen gum tissue, bad breath and loose teeth are symptoms that occur in advanced untreated stages.  There may also be genetic, nutritional, environmental and medication factors involved.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

It can be as simple as reshaping existing teeth and repairing a small chip, or as complex as veneers, crowns, bridges or implants.  We take great professional pride and satisfaction in making your smile something for you to smile about!

What is the Difference Between a Cap and a Crown?

The terms are basically interchangeable.  Dental crowns or caps are tooth shaped restorations that are used when repairing  a decayed or damaged (broken) tooth.  Since the crown encases the entire visible aspect of the tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium “root” which is placed in the bone of the jaw.  The implant is used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or a group of teeth to replace a missing tooth.  Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses including crowns, bridges or dentures.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal lies in the central core of your tooth, in which an area of soft tissue called the pulp carries the dental nerves, veins, arteries and lymph vessels.  A tooth has at least one but rarely more than four root canals.  Root canal therapy saves the tooth by removing infected or dead pulp in the canal(s) of the tooth.   The canal is filled with a rubber- like material to prevent recontamination.  The canal is then permanently sealed with a restoration, preferably a crown.

How Can I Pay for My Dentistry?

We accept cash, personal check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Do You Accept Dental Insurance?

Although we are not participants of any dental plan, we will create and submit claims to your insurance carrier for your direct reimbursement.