1. How often should I go visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) and our doctors recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning
2. Does Heritage Plaza Dental provide payment plans?
Yes. Please contact our office at (951)246-8000 to find out how we can help you accomplish your needed dental treatment with our financing option.
3. Does Heritage Plaza Dental take insurance?
Yes. We accept most PPOs and MediCal. Call our office to confirm if we accept your insurance. We always recommend verifying your coverage with your insurance provider.
4. How will I know if my fillings need to be replaced?
Your dentist can diagnose the need to replace fillings and make treatment recommendations. The materials used in fillings can begin to wear away over time. When this occurs, the filling becomes a trap for plaque and bacteria. In time, a cavity can develop. See your dentist regularly, as recommended, to avoid additional discomfort and damage.
5. How can I tell if I lost a filling or cracked a tooth?
From a patient's perspective, similar discomfort or sensation can occur with either situation. The tooth will need to be assessed by a dentist to determine the specific diagnosis. Please call a our office to schedule an appointment.
6. Why do my gums become sensitive and bleed during brushing?
Sensitive, bleeding gums can occur for several reasons - ranging from medical problems or pregnancy, to being overdue for a cleaning, having periodontal (gum) disease or having improper home care (brushing & flossing). A build up of plaque or tartar increases the amount of bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria contributes to swollen gums resulting in bleeding and tenderness. Call and make an appointment to get a proper diagnosis.
7. When should I start brushing my baby's teeth? When should I bring my baby in for his/her first check up?
Start brushing baby teeth as soon as they come in. Use a soft cloth instead of a toothbrush until all of the baby teeth are in. Your baby should have established a dental home by the age of 1. So, you should ideally bring your baby in before his/her first birthday. But, its never too late to schedule and appointment, even if your child is over the age of 1. Our very competent and experienced pediatric dentist sees and treats kids of all age groups.
8. Can my 16 year old bring her 8 year old brother to his appointment?
All patients under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during an office visit.
9. Can I schedule an appointment for a cleaning only?
Based on your exam, the doctor will be able to diagnose the proper cleaning recommended for you. We offer several types of cleanings to fit your needs and we want to be sure that we allow proper time for the service to be performed.
10. Are dental x-rays really necessary?
YES. Many diseases, lesions, and conditions can only be detected with the use of dental radiographs. It is impossible to see directly between the teeth or under the gums or bone without the use of a dental radiograph. Many times the patient has no signs or symptoms of disease. Dental x-rays can detect disease much sooner than the clinical examination alone. This enables the dentist to identify problems early so that pain and extensive, costly treatment can be avoided.
11. I’m pregnant; can I come in for a cleaning?
Yes, prior to your first visit, we require that you obtain a release form from your OB/GYN, indicating that you can be seen in a dental office.