Q: Are you accepting New Patients?
A: Definitely! We would love to help you with your dental needs. We treat patients of all ages in our office. If you know of family or friends who are looking for a new dental office, we would greatly appreciate your referral!
Q: Do you have available parking?
A: We do have some parking available located directly behind our building on Euler Way. However, there are a few reserved areas for other offices in our building. There is also meter parking and a paid lot within walking distance to the office.
Q: At what age should my child start seeing the dentist?
A: Our office treats children of all ages the recommended age for a child's first visit is 2 years old. An early visit to the dentist is a good way to learn good oral hygiene and help the child to be comfortable with seeing the dentist, also to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride, and check for any early signs your child may have with their teeth.
Q: Do I need x-rays taken for my dental appointment?
A: Decay often forms between the teeth where it is never visible to an examining dentist or hygienist and this often is where problems start. However, it is visible on an x-ray. We do suggest x-rays during your routine hygiene appointments and we do require them often during any problems the patient is having for proper diagnosis. Dr. Cushman has also installed a digital x-ray system into the office, which requires less radiation, less exposure time, and has advanced computer images.
Q: What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
A: During regular business hours call our office at 412-682-6700 and we will do our best to see you that day. After hours call the office and listen to the message, which will prompt you, what numbers to call. If it is, life threatening call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Q: I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
A: Our team understands dental fears, and we work to create an environment that fosters comfort and confidence. If you have concerns about visiting the dentist, do not be shy. Please let us know! We will be happy to suggest ways to make your experience with us pleasant and rewarding. Some patients benefit when procedures are thoroughly explained. We will determine what makes you comfortable so that you can receive the dental attention you deserve.
Q: Why are my teeth sensitive after fillings are placed?
A: When fillings are placed, teeth can sometimes be sensitive to hot and cold for a period of time afterwards. This is a normal response as it takes awhile for the body to calm a tooth down after a filling if placed.
Q: Why do my gums bleed?
A: Gums bleed for various reasons. However, the most common is a condition called gingivitis. When gums bleed, it is usually the body's way of telling you that there is a bacteria and/or disease process happening beneath the gum line. If your gums bleed for more than three days, you should seek dental care to evaluate the underlying cause.
Q: I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
A: We have many options or cosmetic smile enhancements. Whether you need to whiten or restore teeth – or if you want an entirely new smile – we can help. Visit our cosmetic dentistry services to learn more about whitening and smile makeovers.
Q: How often should I have a dental exam?
A: You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though more frequent visits may be recommended. This is essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
Q: What is the cancellation/reschedule appointment policy?
A: Our office requires a 24 hour notice for any cancellation or rescheduling of an appointment for the courtesy of other patients that may want scheduled for that day. Cancellations and Rescheduled appointments shorter than a 24 hour notice will have a cancellation fee.