Find Our Most Frequent Questions Below
Welcome to our office. I am a general dentist with a family practice. I feel fortunate for I truly enjoy my work. This pleasure is derived from helping you establish excellent oral health so that you may keep your teeth for a life time. When seeing a dentist, patients frequently have many questions they wish to ask. I have listed the most commonly asked, hoping they provide a basis for us to further discuss your dental concerns.
Practice Related Questions
The central Ohio area has always been home to me. After graduating from high school in Columbus, I attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University. In 1989, my practice was established here in Springfield. I regularly attend post graduate courses, including those at the Pankey Institute, in an effort to maintain a current practice.
Patients are normally seen from-
- 8:00-5:00 on Monday
- 7:00-4:30 on Tuesday
- 8:00-4:30 on Wednesday and Thursday
If your schedule is restrictive, please share this information with us and we will attempt to be accommodating. Since your time is as valuable as ours, we make great effort to operate on schedule. Unless there are unforeseen complications or emergencies, we will be seeing patients as scheduled. Your cooperation in being prompt for appointments will be sincerely appreciated. If you must cancel, please let us know in advance.
If you have a dental emergency, we will see you as soon as mutually possible! If a problem occurs after hours or on weekends, it is best to call the office for further instructions. In the event that the entire staff is on vacation or attending a meeting, we will also leave instructions on the answering machine.
Treatment Related Questions
First, your dental and general health history will be reviewed. Since certain health conditions and medications can have a direct bearing on your treatment, we will update this information on subsequent visits. Please help keep us informed about your health! Next will be your comprehensive examination. This includes a general head and neck screening, an oral cancer evaluation, looking for decay and dental abnormalities, and a thorough TMJ (jaw joint) exam. Every patient on the initial checkup will receive a full periodontal (gum) review. All new patients will also have dental x-rays taken. These help us find otherwise undetectable decay, periodontal disease or other abnormalities. Based on our findings, I will consult with you about a treatment plan, for both your short term and long term dental health.
TMJ is actually an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint). Many people have TMJ disorders which can be indicated by: worn or sensitive teeth, headaches, pain and/or popping in the joint or troubles opening. It may be caused by trauma, disharmony of the bite or muscles, arthritis or grinding of the teeth. After evaluation, treatment options include a self-care program, stress management, physical therapy, bite splint or bite corrections. With the right diagnosis and treatment, most people find relief and other symptoms of the TMJ disorder.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children find their dental home by one year of age. This first visit is extremely valuable so that we can review with parents things that are important to the dental and overall health of the child. Typically, our office starts routine care of children at age two.
Being a general dentist means that we are skilled in many fields. It also means that we treat patients of all ages. Our office performs implant procedures, dentures, crowns, aesthetic veneers, root canals, teeth whitening and many other services. As a general rule, we do not perform dental extractions, especially third molars. If there is a service that would be in the best interest of the patient to visit a specialist, we will make the referral and help with the appointment.