I have a toothache. How soon can you see me?
Call the office at 732-549-5660, and we will try to see you the same day, or as soon as it is convenient for you.
Is your sterilization up to date?
We use the most modern methods to sterilize our equipment, and use many disposable items. Each hand piece (drill) is heat sterilized between every patient. In the modern world with so many nasty diseases, it is critical to select an office with the most up to date sterilization techniques. We provide free dental care to our staff, so they clean each room as if they will be the next one in the chair… and sometimes they are!
Do you accept my insurance?
It depends on what type of insurance you have. We accept several dental insurance plans. If you have a different insurance company, you need to find out if your company allows you to go out of network. If you allow our Administrator to have your social security number, she will call the insurance company for you, to find out if you may go out of network. Otherwise, you may wish to call the Insurance company yourself. Ask them if you must stay “in network”, or may go either in or out of network. We can treat you if you can go “out of network”.
How about Blue Cross Blue Shield?
Blue Cross Blue Shield sends the check directly to the patient. Therefore, we would need you to pay us in full on the first visit. After you become a patient of record, we can work out payment arrangements.
Do you make financial arrangements?
Yes. After you have a complete exam, our financial administrator will sit down with you to work out the best plan for you. She will help you decide how best to finance the work you need. You may wish to have some treatment done this year, and some next year to maximize your insurance benefits.
Do you take Medicaid or Medicare?
We do not accept Medicaid. You may wish to call the dental department at JFK Medical Center for treatment. Medicare does not pay for dental treatment.
Do you do cosmetic dentistry?
We perform every aspect of cosmetic dentistry. We provide: the One-Hour-in-the-Chair Bleaching; Bonding; White fillings; Porcelain laminates; and Crowns. We want you to be gorgeous, so when you smile and recommend us, your friends will be impressed.
What age do you recommend young children start their cleanings?
We love children! Children may start as young as 3 to 5 years old, depending on their behavior. The best way to start is to come with Mom to the cleaning appointment, and watch what happens. The Hygienist will have fun with them, play some games, and give prizes from the Treasure Chest.
Are you wheelchair accessible, or do you treat handicapped patients?
The building is wheelchair accessible with an elevator. Our office is wheelchair accessible; and Dr. Hart has special training in treating Handicapped patients. Several physicians refer handicapped patients to us, for dental care.
Do you do sedation dentistry?
We can sedate you with laughing gas- (Nitrous oxide)- and oral medication such as Valium, if someone else drives you.. This combination will make you feel especially relaxed. We do not put you completely to sleep, since this entails a much higher medical risk. We make sure that you are safe and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Do you remove teeth and make dentures?
When it is necessary, we have the ability to remove the remainder of a patients teeth and insert a denture on the same day. This is called an “immediate denture”. We provide all of the follow up surgical treatment, and the follow up adjustments on the dentures.
Do you repair dentures?
Since we have a dental lab on the premises, we can get repairs done right away, often while you wait.
Do you remove Wisdom Teeth?
Yes. Our doctors have specialized training in removing wisdom teeth, and have been doing so with good results for 25 years. We will also do this as an emergency procedure.
Do you treat TMJ Disorders and chronic headaches?
Yes. Dr. Strober has several years of additional training in treating TMJ (Temporo Mandibular Joint dysfunction syndrome) Disorders, some of which may cause chronic headaches. Many people suffer from headaches which are related to the dentition and bite. TMJ Disorders are a complicated set of conditions, so Dr. Strober needs to do a complete evaluation to rule out other medical conditions.
What are implants, and do you do them?
Implants permanently replace individual missing teeth. However, they are not for everyone. If you are in poor health, or smoke, then you should not have implants placed, because they will fail. We work with specialists who surgically place the implant into the bone. We do the restorative part of the implant, which is the post and crown. This way you get the best possible treatment with the highest possibility of success.
Do you offer Invisalign Orthodontics?
Yes. Many adults receive orthodontic treatment, and prefer the clear plastic braces, which are removable.. They are provided by the Orthodontist, who works on Thursday evenings. Dr. Klayton also does regular orthodontics, and treats many children and teenagers, with excellent results.
Do I need to have X-rays before treatment?
X-rays are necessary to provide the highest quality care. We try to minimize the films we need to take, and minimize the radiation, with the use of high speed film. A full set of checkup films gives the same amount of radiation you would receive on a sunny day. We do not take films on pregnant women.
Is smoking bad for you?
Smoking not only causes lung cancer, but also causes heart disease, emphysema, and causes dry sockets when you have dental surgery. In the 1950's when only men smoked, only men got lung cancer. Now that women and men smoke in equal numbers, both men and women get lung cancer in equal numbers. This is the only legal product in the USA , that when used properly, results in a horrible, painful death.
Do Regular Cleanings Prevent Heart Disease?
Recent studies show that periodontal disease is directly related to heart disease. Gum disease - a form of chronic inflammation in your body - is associated with atherosclerosis (the disease causing plaque formation in arteries.) Regular cleanings can protect your heart by reducing the chronic inflammation and germs, which spread throughout your body, from your mouth.
What is the best thing about your office?
Not only are our staff and doctors highly trained professionals, and continuously take continuing education courses; but the best part is that everyone is warm and friendly. We are concerned about you personally, and try to make you feel comfortable as part of our dental family.