Frequently Asked Questions
How does Dr. Iverson keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Iverson holds membership with a number of professional organizations in which he actively participates. He’s participated in research, participates on committees, and accrues continuing education to bring our patients the latest and greatest dental innovations and techniques. Read Dr. Iverson’s biographical sketch here: Meet Dr. Iverson.
What are my options for replacing missing teeth?
These days, you have several options. With the advent of dental implants, prosthetic dentistry has progressed significantly. If you have missing teeth, Dr. Iverson will carefully evaluate your case, talk with you about your situation, and guide you toward the best solution. He may recommend a dental implant, bridge, partial, denture, or implant-retained denture. You’ll enjoy improved oral health and quality of life with esthetic, durable replacement teeth!
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
In most cases, bleeding should cause concern. Bleeding gums can signify that you’re brushing your teeth too hard, which can also promote gum recession and enamel wear. However, bleeding more often signals gum disease called periodontitis, a condition that 80% of Americans experience. At your dental checkup and cleaning, we’ll inspect the oral cavity for signs of periodontal disease. Our hygienist, Julie, can help you deter gum disease or recover from the condition. If your gums bleed, call us today to schedule some time with Julie.
How does gum disease affect the body?
Gum disease begins with bacteria that invade the gum tissue. These bacteria breed and cause gums to detach from teeth and form “pockets.” Over time, periodontal bacteria will cause bad breath, eat away gum tissue, and can also promote bone deterioration and tooth loss. Furthermore, because the mouth has a direct link to the inside of your body, gum disease increases the risk for serious health complications, including stroke, heart disease, along with many other potential problems. A healthy mouth, therefore, will positively influence overall health.
When should my child first visit Dr. Iverson?
Children can feel intimidated at a dentist’s office, so we like to acclimate young ones early. Bring your child to your cleaning appointment at about the age of one. A ride on the dental chair, introduction to our team, and watching how you interact, happily, with our team will teach your child that dental visits are fun. By age two, your child should visit us for checkups, and around age three, cleanings can be scheduled. If at any time you notice problems with your child’s teeth, gums, or mouth, please call to schedule an appointment. Early dental visits will give your child a healthy outlook on dental health for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
What do you do to maintain a safe and sterilized environment?
Lots! We use disposable materials in many cases, and for our reusable instruments, we disinfect and heat-sterilize them in an autoclave. After every patient’s visit, we thoroughly clean our treatment rooms, instruments, and all surfaces. Each year, we update our infection control training with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we comply with all of the organization’s guidelines. If you would like to tour our office, or if you have questions about sterilization, we’ll be happy to accommodate you!
Does my insurance cover that?
It depends on your policy’s coverage. Most dental insurances are intended to supplement dental costs, not cover costs in full. Maintenance, like checkups and cleanings, may be partially or fully covered. Necessary procedures, like crowns, fillings, and replacement teeth, are usually partially covered. Cosmetic dentistry and elective procedures are rarely covered. Nancy, our insurance specialist, will gladly review your policy with you and explain what is covered on your treatment plan. Dr. Iverson will always recommend what he considers best for your oral health and quality of life, regardless of what your insurance company dictates. Trust and integrity are priority in our office.
What payment options do you provide?
We don’t want money to stand between you and good oral health. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Also, we offer a 5% cash savings for payment in full at time of your treatment via cash or check. For larger treatment plans which may require an extended payment plan to fit your budget, we've partnered with CareCredit, a trusted third party finance company that offers low- and no-interest financing options for qualified applicants. You can conveniently apply for CareCredit online right here.