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Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I expect at my first visit?
At your first visit, one of our talented dental hygienists will assess your current oral health, take a full set of radiographs with our state-of-the-art digital sensors, and complete a thorough cleaning. After your cleaning, Dr. Chiusano will discuss with you his recommended treatment plan, if necessary, and answer any questions you might have. We want you to feel confident when choosing your course of treatment.
What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, which consists of bleeding, swelling, or severe pain in your jaw, gums or teeth, please call our office right away. Our kind and accommodating team will help you schedule an emergency exam as soon as possible. We make it a priority to see our patients right away so we can diagnose and treat the problem. Call our office if you have an emergency at (570) 402-4001
What insurances or forms of payment do you accept?
We believe that quality dental care should also be affordable. We accept all major insurances that are a PPO. If you have any questions about your insurance benefits, please don't hesitate to call. No insurance? No problem! We will work with you to find an agreeable payment option.
Why is daily hygiene important for my health?
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the simplest and most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth enable you to have a smile that is both attractive and functional, and good oral health plays an important role in your overall well-being. Daily preventive care includes proper brushing and flossing and will help you look good and feel good, as well as avoid problems that develop from neglecting your mouth.
In between regular visits to the dentist, take these simple steps to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems:
Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily. Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals. Use dental products that contain fluoride, including fluoride toothpaste. Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to. Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
What are digital x-rays for? Are they safe?
Digital x-rays are special images taken of the gums and teeth that are used to diagnose problems and diseases that cannot be seen during a typical examination of the mouth. Finding and treating dental problems early on is key in not only saving you pain and discomfort, but time and money. Because digital x-rays put off less radiation than conventional film x-rays, they are much safer as well.
Benefits of digital x-rays include:
  • Immediate observation of radiographic images - The wait is finally over, literally. Digital technology allows Dr. Chiusano to instantly view clear digital images with his patients and more quickly share the results.
  • Ability to enhance images - Because the images are created at such high definition, Dr. Chiusano can zoom in and get a clear image which would have been impossible with traditional radiography.
  • Communication with other practitioners - Should Dr. Chiusano need to refer images with a specialist to help his patients with special cases, digital images can easily be shared.
  • Less radiation - Digital radiography uses 70% - 80% less radiation than conventional radiographs. This reduction in radiation is especially important in implant placement or difficult endodontic therapy, in which multiple images frequently are needed.
Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
A routine exam and cleaning should take place every 6 months. But why?
Regular dental visits are not just for cleaning off excessive plaque buildup and taking x-rays. They are key in preventing dental problems or catching them before they worsen.
Many dental problems and diseases do not have noticeable symptoms until they have reached advanced stages that are more difficult, more costly, and often more painful to correct. For example, cavities can develop and grow for 3-4 years before symptoms are present. By the time the tooth begins to hurt, root canal treatment is usually required. On the other hand, dentists can usually detect a cavity in its early stages and easily treat it with a filling — but only if you come in for your routine cleaning.
Can you see why regular checkups are important? Don’t wait until you feel pain to go to the dentist! Routine visits will save you time and money and a lot of pain in the long run.