Waterloo Dental Associates
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We know that you probably have plenty of questions about our practice, the services we offer, our policies, and dentistry in general. You are always free to contact our office with your questions. You can call us at (319) 233-3506 or send them to us using our convenient online form, which is located on our contact page.

We believe that education and information are always an important part of your health care. It’s a lot easier to feel confident making decisions about your dental health when you feel informed and knowledgeable!

We’ve collected a few of the questions we are asked most frequently, so go ahead and take a look here to see if your question is answered. If you’d like more information, just let us know! 

Complete & Partial Dentures

At Waterloo Dental Associates, we believe that finances should not be the determining factor when it comes to planning your dental care. Dental care should be affordable for everyone, and we have taken steps to help our patients work their care into their budgets. 

If you don't have dental insurance or your insurance is only partially covering your treatment, please talk to us. We offer payment options so that you can receive the dental care you need and deserve.

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Crowns & Bridges

This is a complex question with many different answers.

Every insurance policy is unique in the benefits they provide. If you have a question about your particular insurance policy, contacting your insurance provider is a good first step.

At Waterloo Dental Associates, we also offer pre-treatment insurance estimates for certain procedures. It’s important to recognize that these are estimates only and that your insurance company may pay a different amount after we bill and that you will still be responsible for the portion not covered by your insurance company.

If you are concerned about the costs of your dental care, please speak to us. We offer payment plans and other options to help make your dental care more affordable. 

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Extractions

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Family & Preventive Dentistry

Yes! We are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice. Give us a call to schedule your appointment and we'll help you get settled in and feel right at home. 

Dr. Aldrich is a preferred provider for Delta Dental. We can also file claims for other insurance companies, including United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, MetLife, and more! 

If you have a question about your insurance coverage, just give us a call. We'll be happy to review your policy and discuss your benefits with you. 

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Fillings

Tooth sensitivity may occur for a variety of reasons. Gum recession, which causes exposure of your root surface, is a common cause, and this may be the result of either over-zealous brushing or gum disease.

Teeth may also be sensitive due to other dental-related factors, such as cavities, cracked teeth, an infected pulp (the tissue- and nerve-containing portion of a tooth), as well as recent fillings and crowns.

Sensitivity should be checked out so that we can rule out disease or damage to your teeth. In many cases, simply changing the way you brush or even the style of your toothbrush can help. If you are having dental sensitivity, please call our office right away so that we can examine your teeth and help relieve your discomfort.

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Implant Placement & Restoration

The wonderful thing about implants is you can care for them the same way you do regular teeth- brush and floss!  Another positive is they cannot get decay or cavities.

Generally, tooth out to tooth back in it takes eight months.  We take your tooth out, wait four months, place the implant, then 4 months later place the new tooth.  The waiting period the body time to strengthen the bone and surrounding tissue area.

In between three and four thousand dollars.

A bridge is where you crown two teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth, bridging the space with a new attached tooth to both crowns.  An implant is a specialized titanium screw that functions similar to a tooth root.  You then attach the new tooth to the screw.

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Pediatric Dentistry

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Root Canal Therapy

We know that dental emergencies can happen at the most inconvenient times, and we don't want to leave you high and dry if that should happen. Call our office, and you'll be directed to our emergency care line. Leave a message, and Dr. Aldrich will return your call as soon as possible. 

Are you unsure whether you are having a dental emergency? If you are in pain, the answer is probably yes. Pain is never normal and is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. Other common dental emergencies include:

  • A pimple-like lesion on the gums, which can indicate an abscess (a serious dental infection)
  • A cracked or fractured tooth
  • A lost restoration, like a crown or a filling
  • A tooth that has been knocked loose or out
  • Injury to the soft tissue (gums, tongue, palate)

If you have experienced an injury to your head that resulted in a broken bone, loss of consciousness, or nausea and vomiting, please visit your emergency department right away to be checked for concussion.

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

Veneers

Waterloo Dental Associates understands that you may have a fear or phobia of the dentist. That's okay! We cater to people who have dental anxiety and may be apprehensive coming to the dentist! We will ensure that you are comfortable throughout whatever procedure you are undergoing. We also offer anxiety controlling aids such as laughing gas. Call our office at 319-233-3506 if you have any questions!

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