Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Does Dr. Norton recommend black mercury fillings or composite tooth colored fillings?
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Dr. Norton has not placed black mercury fillings since 1995. We feel that composite or tooth colored fillings are more durable, more pleasing, are not conductors of thermal sensitivity (hot or cold) and are bonded to place so they will not leak.

Q.What is the difference between Lumineers and Veneers?
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Veneers or Lumineers are thin shells of Porcelain that are bonded to place. Lumineers are marketed as “no prep” Veneers. That is, natural tooth does not have to be removed. These are great if the situation allows.

Q.What is the best way to lighten your natural teeth?
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We recommend the ZOOM process. This is an in-office process that takes about 1.5 hours to complete. We have had very good results with this system (you might have seen it on the TV program Extreme Makeover). It is safe and very fast. If you have very dark teeth, Dr. Norton might ask you to wear a thin bleaching shell in the evening for a couple of weeks to help with the bleaching process.

Q.What are the options for replacing a missing tooth?
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Basically there are three ways to do this. One way would be to place an implant and crown. The 2nd way would be to fabricate a fixed bridge (two crowns with a fake tooth suspended between the crowns) and the 3rd way would be to fabricate a removable partial. This would be a device that has a metal framework and teeth attached replacing the missing ones.

Q.Can my treatment be phased so that I don’t have to do it all at once?
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Absolutely! We have many patients that want to complete their treatment over a period of months or even years due to either finances or busy schedules or both. We use a process called transitional bonding where the worn or unsightly teeth are restored with composite resin until such time that the more durable restorations can be fabricated.

Q.Are cosmetic dentistry procedures covered by insurance?
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Insurance coverage depends on the individual policy. However, most plans are only designed to cover routine maintenance and basic care.

We are happy to help you receive the maximum benefit; but keep in mind that the agreement of the insurance company to pay for your dental care is a contract between you and the insurance carrier. We encourage you to discuss your options with our business staff.

Q.What is the difference between Bonding and Porcelain Veneers?
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Porcelain veneers are fabricated by a cosmetic dental technician in the laboratory and then luted to place by the Dentist

Composite bonding is shaped directly on the tooth or teeth by the artistry of Dr. Norton

The cost of these two techniques varies depending on the complexity of your situation.

Dr. Norton will give you an estimate of the fees involved before any treatment is performed.

Q.Why take X-rays routinely if “my teeth do not hurt”?
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Many times the dental team can discover problems that are developing, taking care of the situation before it is painful and costly.

Q.My Dentures are loose, feel unnatural and I cannot chew. What can be done?
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Implants are ideal for this situation. A denture that clips onto the implants or a Hybrid denture that is permanently fastened are both great options.

Q.What can I expect as a new patient in your office?
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Dr. Norton will speak to you to determine your desires. Then a thorough examination will be performed. Dr. Norton will determine if x-rays, models, and photographs are needed for your particular situation. You will then be scheduled for a routine visit with one of our dental hygienists or if you have an urgent situation; that will be addressed.

Q.Do you offer any kinds of payment plans?
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Yes! Because your smile is important to us, we are pleased to offer three kinds of payment programs:

  1. Care Credit offers a full range of No Interest and Extended Payment Plans. It is easy to apply and you will receive an online decision in seconds. Apply now or see our staff for more details.
  2. In-Office Financing
  3. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express