Frequently Asked Questions

About Appointments

We have a saying at our dental home. If you’re early… you’re on time. If you’re on time…. you’re late. If you’re late… you’re lost.

It’s always great to be a few minutes early. We do not double or overbook. We respect your time and we respectfully request you respect ours. Always return a message or a text regarding appointment confirmation messages. Your time in our office is your time. We do not charge for no show or no calls but if there is a history of this it is likely that you need to find another office. We will assist you if necessary.

About Treatment

We will only provide treatment after a mutual agreement is reached with our guest and the doctor. We only charge for treatment that has been mutually agreed to and has been signed off on. This includes the charges as well as a description of the treatment.

What Is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of disorders and diseases of a patients teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Dentistry performed properly is necessary for complete oral health, and it has a significant impact on the health of a patient’s entire body.

What Is A Dentist?

A dentist is a specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Dr. Griffin has completed many years of medical schooling in order to practice dentistry. After schooling a dentist can receive either a DDS or DMD degree. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Some doctors specialize in pediatric dentistry as well, which means that they work with children from infancy up through teenage years. There are other specializations that a dentist may go to school for:

  • Oral and maxillofacial (includes pathology, radiology, and surgery)
  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
  • Endodontics (specialization in root canals)
  • Periodontics (specialization in gum disease)
  • Prosthodontics (specialization in dental implants)

Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?

Every guest to our office has their own special needs. There is no cookie-cutter template for personal care. Some guests will be asked to return twice a year for routine care. Others may be asked to return for hygiene services every three months. Sometimes two months and even monthly. It all depends on the level of care you and the doctor agree to. If your teeth are important to you and you want to keep them as long as possible or for the rest of your life.

Do I Need To See A Dentist Even If My Teeth Feel Fine?

Even though everything feels great there could be a time when you have a dental emergency. Many problems don’t cause pain, such as gum disease and some abscesses. Both serious dental conditions. And then there are accidents where teeth are broken or damaged.

Does it make sense to you to have a professional relationship with an established practice where you know the team and the doctor instead of looking for emergency care in case of a dental pain problem?

At What Age Should I Bring My Child To See The Dentist?

We see lots of children starting at age two or three. Most kids are much easier to care for than their parents. If a child is like a little adult they are fun to take care of. If they are a needy child or have lots of needs we refer to a pediatric office. We only want the best for your child.

When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

We recommend every month change to a new brush. Soft, medium or hard brush selection is more a matter of just using one, soft, medium, or hard. Other means of keeping your mouth fresh and clean can be discussed at your visit.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Plaque and bacteria naturally up in a patient’s mouth, and when this buildup is not countered sufficiently with brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, it can cause gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Risk factors for gum disease include smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, certain medications, and genetics. Advanced forms of periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss as well as permanent damage. Dr. Griffin recommends brushing and flossing every day and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best ways to fight gum disease.

Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:

  • Abscessed teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and or loss of teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gumline

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at 502.473.1800 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our highest concern.

Do You Accept Dental Insurance?

Here at Gary L. Griffin, DMD, we accept most insurance and PPO plans, but check with us. Please call our office at 502.473.1800 for more information about insurance. Prior to calling, have your insurance information ready. Also, please plan to pay your co-pay or deductible portion at the time of service.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

For your convenience here at Gary L. Griffin, DMD we accept cash, check, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover. If none of these payment methods suit your needs, we also provide payment plans through our office or third-party financing through Care Credit. We also provide discounts for those able to pay in full at the time of service. If you have any more questions regarding payment methods, please give us a call at 502.473.1800 and we’ll do our best to find the right solution for you.