FAQ

FAQ

FAQ

Oftentimes our patients ask us a number of questions about our practice and dentistry in general. We have compiled a list of the most frequent questions we have heard from our patients in order to assist you. If your inquiry is not on the list below, please feel free to email or call our office we will be more than happy to answer your question that you may have.

  • Can you show me what my smile can look like ahead of time with imaging software?
  • Do you accept referrals?
  • What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
  • What different payment options do you provide?
  • Is there a way I can ask the Doctors questions directly?
  • Crowns, veneers, on-lays, inlays and partials… where can I learn more about what you guys are talking about?
  • I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces, what can you do to help?
  • I’ve worn artificial teeth for years and have recently encountered difficulty in chewing. What should I do?
  • Can I come in and get a doctor’s opinion without having any work done?
  • How do you go about educating us, the patients, on various topics and procedures?
  • Do you accept my insurance Plan?
  • What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
  • My gums bleed after I brush.  Is this something to be concerned about?
  • I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
  • Do I have to floss every day?  Is it really that important?

Can you show me what my smile can look like ahead of time with imaging software?

We routinely use Smilevision dental imaging to help our patients visualize the end results of cosmetic and restorative work. By simply asking the right questions, taking various photos of your current smile, and keying in the correct input into the computer, we’ll generate a graphic image to demonstrate accurately how your procedure will affect your smile.

Do you accept referrals?

We’re happy to accept referrals from other dental offices and we love to have recommendations by our patients to their family and friends.   We would like to have all records and x-rays to be forwarded to our office prior to the first appointment.

What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

In case of an emergency, please contact our office voice mail and describe the nature of your problem.  We will return your call as soon as possible, give you helpful information over the phone, and then decide if you need to be seen immediately.

What different payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, personal checks and most major credit cards. Your insurance plan co-pay and deductible are due at the time of your visit. We do not offer any in office payment plans.  We accept Care Credit* and they offer some 6 month no interest plans.  Care Credit also offers some extended payment plans from 2 to 5 years.    * With approved credit.

Is there a way I can ask the Doctor a question directly?

We encourage our patients to have open, direct communication with Dr. Slaughter. Therefore, he is available daily to answer your questions either via e-mail or voice mail. Depending on office traffic and the complexity of your questions, they strive to respond within 24 hours.

Crowns, veneers, on-lays, inlays and partials… where can I learn more about what you guys are talking about?

At your first appointment, Dr. Bradley Slaughter and staff will be happy to explain any of these procedures to you. You can also visit the American Dental Association’s Web site at www.ada.org to find out more.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces, what can you do to help?

Dr. Slaughter has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look.  We’d be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.

I’ve worn artificial teeth for years and have recently encountered difficulty in chewing. What should I do?

You should set up an appointment with us right away. Your oral health affects your overall health, so please don’t hesitate. During the appointment we will assist your problem and most likely will properly fit you for custom dentures or implants.

Can I come in and get a doctor’s opinion without having any work done?

Of course you can. We welcome all kinds of questions and look forward to consulting with you. For a fee of usually less than $50, we can consult you on any dental concern. We do request you bring your x-rays with you if you are not a patient of ours. Just call our office and set up a consultation appointment.

How do you go about educating us, the patients, on various topics and procedures?

We like to focus on one-on-one education with our patients, to make sure they understand certain dental topics and procedures. We pave our way with words, and explain all options thoroughly. We tell the advantages and disadvantages of any procedure.

Do you accept my insurance plan?

Our office accepts all insurance plans.  We will be happy to file your insurance for you however; we are only providers for ARKids, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arkansas, Cigna, Delta Dental (all states) and Guardian insurance.

What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

Our team is well trained in state-of-the-art sterilization techniques designed to ensure patient safety.  In addition to wearing gloves and face masks to prevent passing germs, we use a specialized center and a water filtration system that guarantees a fresh water source for each patient.  We use only digital x-rays so you experience up to 90% less radiation.

My gums bleed after I brush.  Is this something to be concerned about?

While bleeding gums following brushing may concern you, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem.  Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough, ‘scrubbing’ instead of gentle, circular brushing motions: using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one: plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line: or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.  If this problem occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

We realize that you may feel nervous about having dental work done so we’ve created a relaxing atmosphere to put our patients at ease.

Do I have to floss every day?  Is it really that important?

A little regular flossing goes a long way towards maintaining your overall oral health.  Flossing loosens food and particles in tight spaces your toothbrush can’t reach.  It also gets rid of plaque build-up your toothbrush can’t remove and exercises your gum tissues.  All of these things are necessary to prevent gum disease and your teeth and gums healthy.