Frequently Asked Questions

The questions listed below are those that we typically answer throughout the day. Don't hesitate to call or email our office if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help you through the process of getting the care you need.

Is an exam required if I have been told my tooth needs to be removed?

ABSOLUTELY! We are legally and ethically obligated to perform our own independent and proper evaluation prior to any dental procedure. Often, to the patient or the untrained eye, it may appear that one tooth is the problem when in fact it may be another, or it may be referred pain to a different tooth. In addition, extractions of a particular tooth may be routine for the vast majority of patients, but your tooth may be an exception. Therefore, we take x-rays of a tooth prior to an extraction to make sure it definitely needs to be extracted, and to reduce the risk of complications in specific cases. Due to a variety of factors, it is our philosophy that it is never appropriate to extract a tooth without an x-ray first.

Do I need to have x-rays?

It is our philosophy to obtain x-rays prior to any procedure performed on a tooth. Only a small part of the tooth is visible above the gum line. X-rays are an invaluable tool for determining the overall health of the tooth both above and below the gums.

Is the radiation from x-rays harmful?

The actual radiation exposure from dental x-rays is minimal compared with the radiation exposure you get naturally each day. At Dental Urgent Care, we use digital x-ray equipment which further reduces the amount of radiation exposure. We also use lead aprons on our patients which add yet another level of protection.

Can I have the tooth extracted the same day?

In most cases, yes. Our dentists are very skilled at all types of extractions, and perform them regularly. However, occasionally there may be an underlying issue that require rescheduling to another day, or referral to an oral surgeon for extraction.

Do you take dental insurance?

Yes, we do. If you have a PPO Plan, make sure we are included on your Provider Directory List prior to scheduling an appointment. We do not participate in any DMO and Medicaid Programs.

Can you put me to sleep?

Our office does not perform deep sedation or general anesthesia. Most patients rarely need this service for the procedures that we provide. We always ensure that our patients are profoundly anesthetized with local anesthetic before starting a procedure. We pride ourselves in practicing painless dentistry. For patients who prefer light sedation, we can offer oral medication to help you relax.

RealSelf Q&A with Prince Arrington III, DDS