How often do I need a checkup and cleaning?
Most patients should visit the dentist every six months, or at least twice a year. While it may seem like a lot, these preventive appointments can actually save you time and money in the long run, as they help us to keep serious issues like decay, gum disease, and faulty dental work at bay.
I have a clicking, popping jaw. Can you help?
Yes. Many adults have the condition known as TMJ/TMD, or temporomandibular (jaw) dysfunction. If your jaw clicks, pops, or aches throughout the day, you likely suffer from TMJ/TMD, too. Dr. Reed provides TMJ therapy with occlusal adjustment, occlusal splint, or even Botox.
Do you accept my insurance?
Dr. Reed’s office is pleased to be in-network with Ameritas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, and Delta Dental. We also file all insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients. Contact our office to discuss the details of your coverage.
Why do my gums bleed?
If you notice blood after brushing or flossing, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Bleeding, tender gums are a common indicator of gum disease — a condition that has been linked to a number of serious health problems. When caught in its earliest stages, gum disease is easy to reverse.
What’s the difference between porcelain veneers and Lumineers?
Lumineers are actually a brand of non- or minimally-invasive veneers. While traditional porcelain veneers almost always require the removal of a sliver of tooth enamel before placement, Lumineers are thin enough that they can go directly onto the natural tooth without appearing too bulky. Because the teeth beneath stay intact, patients who choose Lumineers can return to their natural teeth at some point if they so desire.
Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Most dental insurance plans require you choose the least expensive restorative treatment — and traditional crowns and bridges are always more economical than dental implants. However, because dental implants promote long-term oral health, more dental insurance plans are beginning to offer partial coverage. Check with us or your insurance provider for more information.
What’s the difference between Botox and Juvederm?
Botox works by freezing the muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. Juvederm is a filler that smoothes the surface of wrinkled skin by plumping up the tissue from beneath. Botox is best for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead, while Juvederm is most effective around the smile zone.