Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take my insurance?
If you have dental insurance, call our office to see if we are providers for your insurance. We are PPO providers for most insurance companies but you always want to check first. You may also want to contact your insurance company because you may not be able to pick the doctor you want to.
Read more about our insurance policy here.
Is my treatment going to be painful?
We’ll do our very best to ensure that it’s not. Our doctors are very gentle and are careful to make sure that you’re completely numb before any work begins. If you’re nervous or tense about receiving dental care, we do offer oral sedation to help you to relax during your appointment.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that causes dental disease.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean those spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Take 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between the hands. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth. Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
It is important to rinse your mount with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using and over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum) disease?
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t even know it. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without any pain or noticeable symptoms. Having regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very important and will help detect if a periodontal disease problem exist.
There are several factors that may increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Certain tooth or appliance conditions
- Systemic diseases
Here are some signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Red and puffy gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- New spacing between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pus around the teeth and gums
- Receding gums
- Tenderness or discomfort
Can you straighten my teeth?
Many or our patients have achieved straighter teeth through the use of Invisalign invisible braces. Dr. Joseph Hadley is one of the top dentist in the Indianapolis area when it comes to the use of Invisalign. If you are interested in getting straighter teeth without the use of unattractive metal braces, please call our office for an evaluation appointment.