FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Chie Li Ee is committed to providing compassionate, exceptional and affordable dental treatment for you and your family. Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that will help you make the right decisions in planning your dental treatment.
Q: How often should I go to a dentist?
A: The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend seeing a dentist at least 2 times per year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year to minimize the chance of getting cavities, tooth decay or gum disease.
Q: What should I expect during my appointment?
A: During your first appointment one of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history . Then, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a comprehensive exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis, your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.
Q: What does “painless dentistry” mean?
A: “Painless dentistry” is a means of ensuring that your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible for you. We will discuss treatment options that alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.
Q: What if I have an emergency?
A: Please call our office at (609) 884-5335 as soon as possible. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. If you have a dental emergency after hours, over the weekend or during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Q: Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
A: Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your insurance claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including VISA and MasterCard.
Q: Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
A: There are several methods available for whitening your teeth: in office, overnight or daily. Zoom teeth whitening is done in our office. One session can get your teeth many shades whiter, generally takes 1.5 to 2 hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment.
Other over-the-counter daily teeth bleaching products are also available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.
Q: What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
A: Porcelain veneers are an option that are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth so they look like your natural teeth.
Q: What are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are substitute teeth that are used for replacing a tooth that is missing or badly damaged. The “implant” is a replacement “root” which acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth. A prosthetic porcelain tooth is then fixed to the implant.