How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

It is generally recommended you should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year. However, your dentist and dental hygienist  may recommend you visit the office more frequently depends on individual situation .

Regular dental exams including oral cancer screening and teeth cleaning are very important to prevent dental problems and maintaining  your oral health. The regular visits may include the following:

  • Medical History Review
  •  Diagnostic x-rays
  • Perio (Gum Disease) Evaluation
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Soft Tissue Exam
  • Oral Exam for Tooth Decay and other Problems
  • Prophylaxis: Teeth Cleaning
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions (OHI)

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis  (gum disease)?

The best way to tell is to visit your dentist. An astonishing 80% of people have some form of gum disease and most them are not aware of it. Periodontitis is a relatively silent disease, most patients do not experience discomfort or they show mild symptoms. Bleeding gums and loose teeth are the most common complaints.

Periodontitis is developed when plaque, food debris and bacteria are left on the teeth and gums. These substances irritate gum tissue and allow the bacteria to feed on these substances and to release acids and toxin that inflame the gums and begin to destroy the bone. People that smoke and or chew tobacco are likely to have more plaque and tartar than nonusers.

 What should I expect on my first visit?

A majority of first visits are usually a comprehensive exam with Dr. Choi and full set of x-rays. We like to use your initial office visit to gather information, get to know you and your dental needs and make you feel comfortable. If time and scheduling permit we may be able to perform a cleaning. Although, if you would like a cleaning on your first visit please let the scheduler know or if you schedule online please make a note in the describe the nature of your appointment section.

What insurance do you take?

We accept most PPO and premier insurance plans. However, currently we don’t accept Medicare, Medi-Cal or HMO insurance plans. We recommend that you call the office to check if we are an in-network or out-of-network provider for your specific insurance plan and how that relates to co-pays.

Are  you accepting new patients?

We are always accepting new patients and we welcome people of all ages, including children.

When can I get an appointment?

We work hard to accommodate our patients both new and existing, so you should be able to see Dr. Choi within 24 hours. If it’s an emergency we can likely see you the same day.

Do you treat kids?

Yes. We recommend children have their first dentist appointment at the age of  2 or sooner if there are any problems.

How do you sterilize your dental instruments?

We Autoclave all of our instruments and we use universal precautions for our patients’ health and safety.

 Do I have to wait long in the waiting room after I arrive?

Dr. Choi and her staff pride themselves on being punctual and allot the proper amount of time for each patient. This allows for minimal waiting time, in most cases the staff are ready for you when you walk in the door. Although in cases of emergency’s the schedule may be pushed back but we will work hard to see you as soon as possible, we know your time is valuable.

 Is there a payment plan option for extensive/major dental work?

We work with our patients on a case-by-case basis. We also try to help them by performing the required procedure(s) without the entire fee paid upfront. We accept all major credit cards and debit cards.