Frequently Asked Questions
What is a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth – they make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. After completing four years of dental school, Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.
Rigorous training provides prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the “architect” of a dental treatment plan, prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental concerns. Prosthodontists provide the highest level of dental care, creating generations of beautiful, healthy smiles.
I have dental insurance, and I found out that your office doesn’t participate with insurance. Can I still come to your office for treatment?
YES! Dental insurance creates confusion for many patients regarding their benefits. Dental insurance is a contract between your employer and a dental insurance company. Any benefits you receive are paid in accordance with the terms of the contract that was negotiated by your employer. Most dental insurance policies cover only basic care. Because the benefits you currently have are decided between your employer and your insurance company, many services are not covered. Dental insurance companies rarely cover 100% of a dental specialist’s fee. In fact, many times they cover less than 50% or nothing at all. Often the insurance companies try to control the amount of dentistry you receive.
Dr. Brodine’s goal is to provide excellence in prosthodontic care at reasonable and fair fees. Our specialty services are sometimes not covered. We are happy to complete insurance forms and submit your treatment to your insurance company as a courtesy. We strive to achieve the maximum reimbursement to which you are entitled under your dental insurance plan. Fees for our services are due at the time of service. Please let us know if you have any questions – it will be our pleasure to help you.
I am interested in dental implants. Can I have all of the treatment in one office?
Absolutely. Dr. Brodine provides a wide range of services. The placement and restoration of dental implants include extractions, bone grafting if necessary, implant placement, abutments and the final crowns. Dr. Brodine provides all of these services in our office.
Do I need to be referred to your office to have an appointment?
Although many of our patients are recommended to us by other dentists, we welcome new patients with difficult dental problems or cosmetic concerns to our practice without a dental referral. Many of our patients are referred by friends and family who have already had treatment in Dr. Brodine’s practice.