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Appointments

What are your office hours?

Dental Care of Morrisville is open Monday - Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm and Saturday 7:00am - 4:00pm

Dental Care of Greensboro is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm By Appointment

Please note that our office will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas

How do I schedule an appointment?

For your convenience, we offer the following methods to schedule your appointments:

  • Online scheduling: To request appointment availability, please click here to fill out the form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.
  • Call our office at Morrisville 919-588-3000 or Greensboro 336-854-9270.
  • Email us at info@dentalcareofnorthcarolina.com with your preferred date or day of the week and time range, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

How often should I schedule regular check-ups?

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Some people may need more frequent check-ups based on their dental needs. After your first exam, we’ll be able to determine the best frequency for your dental health.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

  • Insurance card/information
  • List of current medications and medical conditions
  • X-rays taken in the last 6 months (if available)

What if I need to reschedule?

Please call our office at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. We’ll work with you to help you find another date that fits your schedule.

What if I need to reschedule?

Please call our office at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. We’ll work with you to help you find another date that fits your schedule.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that unforeseen situations may arise that are out of our control. If you miss an appointment, please call our office as soon as possible so that we may accommodate other patients and reschedule your appointment.

What if I need emergency dental care?

If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you within 24 hours. If you need urgent dental care after our office hours, please call our office for more information.

Treatments

What are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

  • Red and puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender Gums
  • Bad breath
  • New spacing between teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding Gums
  • Pus around teeth and gums

Make an appointment today to have a thorough evaluation.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Four out of five people have gum disease and don’t know it. Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in most stages.

Periodontal disease begins when plaque-the sticky, colorless film of bacteria, food debris and saliva is left on the teeth and gums. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums and slowly destroy the bone.

Several factors increase the risk of developing gum disease:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Certain tooth conditions such as crowded teeth and defective fillings.
  • Dental bridges that no longer fit well-both fixed and removable.
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes and autoimmune issues.
  • Pregnancy and hormone changes.
  • Lack of “proper brushing and flossing”.
  • Certain dietary factors-what you eat, how you eat it, and how often you eat it.

What is done during a dental exam?

  • History review: knowing the status of any current medical conditions, medications, and illnesses can give us insight to your dental health.
  • Taking digital diagnostic x-rays, we use the lowest ultra-low dose x-rays to evaluate and detect decay (cavities), tumors, cysts, cancer, bone loss, and deformities to determine any issues we cannot visually see.
  • Oral cancer screening: we check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gums for any sign of cancer.
  • Visual exam with surgical binoculars-the mouth is a small world and we use special loupes to examine you. We check all tooth surfaces for cavities, all gum tissue for gum disease, check for bite disease, oral cancer check, functional exam, TMI exam, examination of current fillings, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, examination of the airway and missing teeth. We take your blood pressure and may take intra-oral and extraoral camera pictures.

What is done during a hygiene (cleaning) visit?

  • We start with the removal of calculus (tartar) – We use the newest most gentle generation of sonic units called piezoelectric to clean your teeth initially, followed by hand instruments to remove this hardened plaque at and just below the gum line.
  • We follow that up with a prophy – which is the polishing of your teeth with a rubber cup and tasteful paste to remove stains that have built up since your last visit.
  • We floss every tooth to make sure the calculus has been removed and to check on any restorations in your mouth. If the floss shreds, something is wrong.
  • Probe all your gums and input the data into your electronic chart-lets us know if any changes occur between visits.
  • Evaluate your mouth from your first base line new patient visit or subsequent recall visits. We keep an eye on everything that may impact your dental health.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations.
  • Blood pressure check.
  • Review any concerns you have.
  • Determine what intervals between hygiene visits are appropriate for you.

Why do I need to discuss my medical conditions with the dentist?

Many health conditions are indicated in the mouth and can affect oral health, so your medical information is very important in diagnosing issues with your teeth, gums, and mouth.

How often do fillings need to be replaced?

Fillings can last for many years, but over time they wear down, discolor, crack and sometimes fall out. Early detection of problems with fillings can help you avoid getting cavities under the filling and causing more serious decay. Let us know if you’re experiencing any pain. We’ll check your fillings at every visit to determine if any need to be replaced.

Do you use composite (tooth colored) or amalgam (silver) fillings?

Composite fillings are widely preferred to amalgam today to fill new cavities and replace old fillings needing repair. However, there are some instances when amalgam is still recommended, based on your individual health profile. In addition, some insurance providers will not approve composite fillings in posterior teeth, which would increase your out-of-pocket expenses.

Are x-rays necessary?

Absolutely. Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools. Many oral conditions occur between teeth or under the gums or bones, undetectable by the human eye, and may have no early signs or symptoms. Left untreated, these conditions can create serious dental and general health problems, including loss of teeth and heart problems. Early detection with x-rays can make treatment much less painful, faster, and less expensive. The American Dental Association recommends getting a full series every three years.

Insurance/Financial

What payment options do you offer?

  • Cash, check or credit card at the time of service
  • Payment plans – For major treatments, we will work with you to develop a payment plan.
  • Insurance – For your convenience, we will submit your insurance claims.

Do you require payment at the time of the visit?

If you have insurance through one of our approved providers, only your estimated portion of the fees will be required at the time of service.

If you do not have insurance, we will require payment at the time of service or as specified in your payment plan.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office to verify your insurance is one of our accepted providers.

Our current list of insurance carriers is:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant PPO/DHA
  • BCBS/NC
  • Careington Platinum PPO
  • Cigna (Core/Plus/DSA)
  • Delta PPO
  • Delta Premier
  • GEHA-Connection Dental
  • Guardian
  • Metlife
  • Principal
  • United Concordia - NAT ADV
  • United Healthcare

Do you accept Medicare?

Yes, we are pleased to accept Medicare payments.

Do you accept LendingUSA payments?

We are pleased to accept LendingUSA, a medical credit card that can be used for dental health expenses. For more information, please ask our staff or visit the website at LendingUSA.

Do you offer financing options?

Yes, we offer both short-term, interest-free financing and longer-term financing with low monthly payments. We will be happy to work with you to find the best payment option for you!