Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn’t my insurance company pay for all my treatment?

Insurance plans typically have deductibles, yearly maximums and only pay for a percentage of treatment. The quality of your dental insurance plan is determined by the premiums your employer pays. The higher the premiums your employer pays, the better your insurance plan will be. If you are not happy with your insurance plan, we suggest you contact your Human Resources department or employer.

Which dental plans do you accept?

We accept any dental plan that allows you to choose your own dentist.

Are silver-mercury fillings safe?

Although silver-mercury fillings have been the subject of controversy for many years, no scientific evidence to date has proven that silver-mercury fillings are unsafe. Our office offers both silver and white fillings to our patients.

How long do fillings last, and when should they be replaced?

Many factors influence the longevity of fillings, including the type of filling material used, the size of the filling, the location of the filling in your mouth, your bite, your oral hygiene, and whether or not you grind your teeth at night. Silver fillings generally last about ten years or more, and white filling generally last about five years or more. Fillings may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons, including breakage, wear or decay around the seal of the filling.

Is teeth bleaching safe?

When performed in our dental office or at your home with a professional bleaching kit and custom trays, teeth bleaching is completely safe.

Will my insurance pay for teeth bleaching?

Insurance companies do not pay for any cosmetic procedures.

Do over-the-counter bleaching products and bleaching strips work?

These products produce variable results and are not as safe or effective as professional bleaching.

How long do crowns last, and when should they be replaced?

Many factors influence the longevity of crowns, including the type of crown used, the location of the crown in your mouth, your bite, your oral hygiene, and whether or not you grind your teeth at night. Crowns generally last ten years or more. Crowns may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons including breakage, wear or decay around the seal of the crown.

How often should I have x-rays?

We recommend x-rays based on your individual dental needs and dental history. We normally recommend checkup x-rays once every one to two years and a full set of x-rays once every five years.

Why do I need to have x-rays?

X-rays help Dr. Malouf see problems that are not visible by his examination alone. Our office uses digital x-rays, which use 75% less radiation than conventional x-rays. Digital x-rays are very accurate, and the images are instantly displayed on a computer monitor for Dr. Malouf to review with you.

Do you have nitrous oxide (laughing gas)?

We offer nitrous oxide to help you relax during your dental treatment. Nitrous oxide is safe, non-addictive and is cleared from you body, before you leave our office.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush or floss?

Healthy gums do not bleed while brushing or flossing. Bleeding gums is a sign of gingivitis that can only be reversed with regular dental cleanings as well as daily brushing and flossing.

Why do I still have bad breath, even though I brush and floss every day?

Bad breath is often caused by bacteria on the tongue. Cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, will often eliminate bad breath. 

What is an implant, and how does it work?

Implants are made of titanium and placed into the jawbone at the location of the missing teeth. Once the jaw bone bonds to the implants, Dr. Malouf designs and provides replacement teeth for the implants that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

Dr. Malouf recommends any ADA approved soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Anything other than a soft toothbrush will prematurely wear away your teeth. Dr. Malouf may make more specific recommendations for you after your examination.

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Usually there is not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth. Difficulties in keeping them clean often results in decay or gum disease around those teeth. Wisdom teeth can also damage adjacent teeth by exerting pressure on them.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by many problems such as gum disease, gum recession, an abscessing tooth, decay or night time grinding. Dr. Malouf will determine the cause of your sensitivity during your exam and make recommendations to treat your sensitivity.

Is Dr. Malouf accepting new patients?

We always appreciate your referrals and consider them to be the ultimate compliment for our efforts.