Want to know more about our practice or our procedures? Following are the questions our patients most frequently ask:
How does the doctor keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Arima takes many hours of continuing education each year and is active in several dental study organizations. He is a graduate of the PAC-Live (Pacific-Aesthetic) Continuum program and a master graduate and teaching facilitator of Dental Boot Kamp, a patient communication training continuum. He has earned a distinguished mentor recognition for creating restorative excellence from the John C. Kois, D.M.D. Continuum Center for Advanced Dental Learning.
Do you accept referrals?
We welcome them! We appreciate the confidence you show in us when you send your family members, friends and neighbors to us. We will do everything possible to live up to your recommendations.
What different payment options do you provide?
We want to make sure that you can afford the dental treatments that you want and need, so we work with you to make them affordable. We accept cash, check, or credit card, and we also offer some extended payment programs. If you have dental insurance, we will help you with the necessary paperwork so that you can get the maximum reimbursement available under your particular plan.
What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?
We like to think that we offer the best of both worlds?the sophisticated, state-of-the-art dental treatments of a big urban dental office combined with the charm, warmth and friendliness of a small town practice. It?s not often that you find this combination, or a dental team so dedicated to making you feel relaxed and comfortable during your treatment.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Yes! Bleeding gums are often a sign of periodontal (gum) disease, a major factor in bone and tooth loss. The bacteria that cause gum disease have also been linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.You would not ignore a cut on your finger that kept bleeding. So do not ignore bleeding gums. They are your body?s way of letting you know that something is wrong and needs attention.
I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
We understand that some of our patients are truly afraid of dental treatments, so we do everything possible to help you relax during your visit to our office. For example, you may be a good candidate for oral conscious sedation. With oral sedation, we will give you medication to take before you come to our office (someone will have to drive you to your appointment). During treatment, you are in a pleasant, drowsy, relaxed state and, when you?re finished, you probably won?t even remember your time in the dental chair.
Crowns, veneers, on-lays, inlays and partials?where can I learn more about them?
Check out our patient education section for a brief description of these restorative and cosmetic procedures. Of course, you are always welcome to ask us about any of these dental treatments. We will be glad to discuss them with you and to help you decide if they are appropriate for your particular situation.
Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
Yes, it is. Flossing loosens food particles in tight spaces your toothbrush cannot reach, it gets rid of plaque build-up toothbrushes alone cannot remove, and it exercises your gum tissues. Combined with brushing, it is the best method to avoid gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health problems.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
There are many dental techniques available that can give you a better smile. We might suggest whitening to brighten your teeth. If your teeth are cracked, chipped, worn, or uneven, a porcelain veneer might be the way to go.Please come in for an appointment to talk to us about your specific concerns. We would enjoy the opportunity to talk to you and to show you what we can do for you.
What is Smile Design?
Smile design is the process that we go through to make sure that you get a smile that works the best for your individual face and features. First, we will take photos and extensive measurements of your face, mouth, teeth and gums. Then, using all of that information, we craft a smile that is right for your face and that will meet your expectations and last a lifetime.