Gateway Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

When it comes to your healthcare, we hope you have a lot of questions because we want you to take an active role in deciding the type of treatment and care that is right for you.

We welcome all of your questions, and we’ve gathered some of the ones we hear the most. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for here, we encourage you to call the office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members. We’re always happy to help!

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We understand that cost is a concern for many patients, and at Gateway Dental, we strive to bring you high quality dentistry at a competitive price. We accept Medicaid and most types of dental insurance, which can help defray the cost of treatment for our patients. We also work with companies such as CareCredit, which help break the cost of treatment into monthly payments that fit comfortably into your budget.

Sometimes larger treatment plans can be broken into phases where procedures get completed a few at a time based on urgency. This can also help patients fit their dental care into their monthly budgets and plan ahead for the future. If you are striving to get your oral health back on track, we’re happy to work with you.

Just like you, we don’t like financial surprises at Gateway Dental, so you can rest assured that we’ll never move forward with any type of procedure until you have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and how much out-of-pocket cost there will be for you.

If you have any questions about your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, or your payment options, we encourage you to contact our office today.

The typical recommendation is that most patients see the dentist at least twice per year for cleanings and checkups or every six months. This is a good rule of thumb because these regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health with x-rays and examinations and detect any concerns in their earliest stages. It also allows your hygienist to remove the excess plaque buildup during your cleaning that causes issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

Patients who struggle with gum disease may need additional cleanings throughout the year to help manage their condition. Managing your periodontal health is extremely important since we know gum disease is linked with other health concerns in the body such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, but with the help of your dental team, you can usually successfully control your condition.

Dr. Fruithandler assesses the oral health of all new patients during their initial examination, and he’ll recommend the proper cleaning and checkup schedule for your unique needs.

Give Gateway Dental a call today to schedule your next appointment.

Patient comfort is a top priority at Gateway Dental! We make every effort to ensure your experience at our office is pleasant by providing you with state-of-the-art technology and an attentive staff. Dr. Fruithandler also uses the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel a thing during procedures.

Digital dentistry, such as x-rays and our intraoral camera, allows us to accurately diagnose our patients’ needs in a timely manner so many patients are able to avoid costly procedures and painful predicaments like a dental infection.

Patients who feel anxious about dental procedures can discuss their concerns with Dr. Fruithandler to determine if nitrous oxide (laughing gas) might help them feel more at ease. Laughing gas can be used to help patients relax during many types of procedures and it’s even safe for children. Because laughing gas leaves your system quickly, it’s safe for you to drive home and participate in normal activities after your procedure.

And of course, if there’s anything we can do to make your procedure more comfortable, just let one of our friendly team members know. We hope that we will be your dental home for many years to come.

Crowns and Bridges

Losing a tooth is devastating to your oral health, not to mention your quality of life. Eating the foods you used to love becomes difficult. You may also feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth.

You may think that you can learn to live with a missing tooth; however, it’s important to understand that it’s also impacting your oral health. Your bone begins to deteriorate when you lose a root since it has nothing left to support. This can impact your neighboring teeth and affect your bite.

Without a tooth replacement, your remaining teeth will begin to shift. This contributes to bite misalignment and raises your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

At Gateway Dental, we offer options for replacing missing teeth that can restore your smile, your bite, and your confidence. A dental bridge is ideal for replacing one or more neighboring teeth, while a partial denture can replace multiple missing teeth. A denture is designed to replace a full arch of teeth, and dental implants can be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth.

If you’d like more information about replacing one or more missing teeth, the first place to start is a consultation with Dr. Fruithandler to learn which options are best for your needs.

A dental filling is often ideal for restoring a tooth that has a cavity. However, if your tooth is compromised or the decay is larger and deeper than a filling can safely restore, Dr. Fruithandler may recommend a crown to restore your tooth structure.

A crown fits over your remaining tooth and is designed to match your tooth’s structure, shape, and shade. It is usually recommended for these types of situations:

  • You have a large broken filling or lost crown.
  • Your tooth was treated with root canal therapy.
  • Your tooth has a large fracture or crack.
  • Your teeth are going to anchor a dental bridge.

Crowns are very durable and give you all the function of chewing and biting you had with your natural tooth. You can also brush and floss your new tooth just as you were used to doing, making it simple to take care of.

If you’ve been told that your tooth needs a crown, it is important not to delay that treatment. A tooth that is fractured or decayed could become infected, which will lead to pain and could result in tooth loss if left untreated. Contact Gateway Dental right away to schedule treatment for your tooth.

Emergency Services

At Gateway Dental, we welcome all emergency patients, whether you are new to our office or not. We also welcome walk in emergencies. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our office right away.

If you are unsure that your condition is a true emergency, contact us anyway. We are happy to give instructions over the phone to help you assess your situation and determine if you need immediate attention.

Here are some situations that we would consider an emergency where you should be seen right away:

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • An lost or broken restoration such as a crown or filling
  • Constant or severe dental pain or sensitivity 
  • A broken tooth
  • Injuries to your gums, cheeks, lips, or tongue – call first for further instructions

Gateway Dental offers convenient morning and evening hours to accommodate busy schedules, we make every effort to see you as soon as possible, and we offer same-day dentistry if needed. We will get you feeling better and back to your normal activities in no time.

Don’t hesitate to contact your Aurora dentist if you’re having a dental emergency!

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