Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
Yes, carlmont dental care takes all PPO insurance plan.
What if i do not have insurance?
No problem, here at Carlmont dental care we provide in house dental plan for people who do not have insurance.
Is Dental X-ray Safe?
Dental X-Ray is very safe. However, they do require very low level of radiation. (Usually even lower than the radiation you receive from flying cross country!) To maximize patient protection, we always use lead apron with thyroid collar to shield patient. We also use hand held digital X-ray machine to deliver the lowest possible dose.
Do you offer any financing options?
Yes! We partnered with Care Credit, Lending Point and Lending Club to help make dental care more affordable to patients. We also offer interest free payment plan for qualifying patients.
Is amalgam silver filling toxic?
Many people are concerned about mercury poisoning because silver fillings do contain some level of mercury. However, years of strong research have showed no correlation between amalgam silver filling with mercury poisoning because they’re in stable form in the filling.
Should I replace my silver filling with composite white filling?
Although silver filling is not considered toxic, they do have some disadvantages. The most severe consequence is cracking and fracture of a tooth. It also stains surrounding tooth structures and affects the appearance of your smile. At Carlmont Dental Care, we do not advocate for replacing all silver fillings. However, when we do detect potential problem associated with silver fillings, we will recommend replacing those fillings with white composite fillings or porcelain onlay/inlay for better oral health and esthetic result.
Do you offer same day crowns (CEREC crown)?
We believe CAD/CAM (Computer-aided design and manufacturing) technology is a great advancement in modern dentistry and we use the technology throughout our practice. We use ITero intraoral scanner to digitally scan teeth for Invisalign, night guard, crowns and implant surgeries. However, we do not manufacture (3D print) our crowns in office because we insist on using professional labs to design and make each crown. The materials used by professional dental labs are stronger and more durable. We can customize the material choice and even layer different materials to cater to individual needs. We feel the quality of crowns from professional labs are well worth the little extra wait time.
I think my gum is receding. What can I do?
Gum recession could be caused by multiple reasons including gingivitis, periodontitis, excessive brushing, grinding and trauma. At Carlmont Dental Care, our in-house specialist provides a variety of treatment for gum recession including minimally invasive pinhole surgery, LANAP laser surgery, gum graft etc. Our doctor will tailor treatment based on individual condition.
Why does my gum bleed when I brush?
Gum bleeding is one of the first sign for gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontitis (inflammation of bone surrounding teeth). If left untreated, progressive inflammation and bone loss can lead to eventual tooth loss. Unfortunately, many people have untreated gum disease because they usually don’t hurt. We recommend regular checkup and cleaning by your professional dentist at least twice a year to keep your gum and bone healthy.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Whitening is a great way to improve teeth color and boost your confidence. At Carlmont Dental Care, we help our patients choose the right whitening modality that best suits the patient’s need and condition. Due to the wide range of patient need, whitening cost can rage from $250 to $1400. We offer complementary whitening consultation to help you decide the best choice.
Does Whitening hurt?
Take-home whitening products are usually very mild and causes little sensitivity if any. More powerful in-office whitening system creates faster, more dramatic result but can sometimes cause transient temperature sensitivity in teeth that lasts 1-2 days. The sensitivity is temporary and is usually mild. If you’ve had a bad whitening experience before with severe sensitivity, make sure you talk to your dentist about possible alternative to whitening or prevention for post-op sensitivity.
Is whitening result permanent
Whitening result can be long lasting. However, with all the pigmented drinks and food we take daily, teeth can start to become yellow again after whitening. At Carlmont Dental Care, we offer “whitening for life” package that offers unlimited whitening to help patients maintain their beautiful smile.
How much do veneers cost?
We offer multiple cosmetic veneer choices to fit patients’ unique demand and budget. In general ,veneer ranges from $960 to $2000 based on material, technique and designer etc. Veneer may not be the best choice for all patients. We complete a full smile analysis and follow a meticulous design process to make sure we reach patients’ esthetic goal.
How much is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear braces is a great alternative to traditional braces. We use ITero digital intraoral scanner to complete computer aided design of your invisalign aligners. In general, Invisalign works faster and creates less discomfort and esthetic concern for patients compared to traditional braces. At Carlmont Dental Care, we offer comprehensive Invisalign treatment which includes unlimited aligners for 5 years OR Invisalign Lite for up to 10 aligners. In general, Invisalign treatment range from $4500 to $7000
Having trouble finding a good dentist in belmont/san mateo area?
We offer FREE consultation sessions for patients who are not sure if we are a good fit. Call us or Book online to come in to talk to our friendly and gentle doctor and staffs and have a personalized tour of the office. We’re also happy to answer any questions you have.
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