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How long do routine cleanings and exams take?

Routine dental visits can take anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour. Factors that can extend the length of an appointment include things like diagnosing dental issues and discussing treatment options and patients requesting information about additional treatments or asking questions about their oral health. We strive to offer same-day treatment post-diagnosis whenever possible, so if we detect an issue, treatment can sometimes be started or even completed that day. Your visits are your time to bring up anything you’d like with our team, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

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Do I need a routine teeth cleaning or a deep cleaning?

Deep cleanings are for patients who have periodontal disease, and they are a bit more involved than a routine dental cleaning. Periodontal cleanings include carefully removing plaque and tartar that has built up underneath the gumline, which takes longer than routine cleanings, and patients often need more than two appointments per year. Routine cleanings involve removing plaque from hard-to-clean areas like in between the teeth and along the gumline. Our team can assess your smile and help you determine which type of cleaning will work best for you.

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Are dental cleanings and exams covered by insurance?

Virtually every insurance plan covers at least two routine cleanings and exams per year, so if you have dental benefits, we recommend taking advantage of them and scheduling biannual dental appointments. If you are uninsured or your benefits do not completely cover the cost of your care, our office also accepts payment plans through CareCredit®, which can make dental care more accessible and budget-friendly for patients who need ways to divide the cost of their services. For more information, please contact us or visit our financial page

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