Patient Education for Ft. Collins
Oral Health Articles
Websites of Interest
- Colorado Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection
- CareCredit Patient Financing
- Smart Moves Invisible Aligner System
I've been told I have early-stage gum disease, gingivitis, but I have no pain. Should I be concerned?
Gum disease is common. About 80% of the adult population in our country has some form of the disease. Also called periodontal disease, this condition increases risk for stroke, heart attack, diabetes complications, and other serious overall health complications. While early symptoms may seem mild – red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums – and some people don’t show any symptoms, gum disease is an aggressive condition that contributes to the majority of adult tooth loss in the United States. It will not resolve naturally, so professional dental care is essential. Our dental hygienists have the education, experience, and skill to provide you with conservative, yet effective treatment options. This may include changing your homecare routine, undergoing a “deep” cleaning with scaling and root planing, antibiotic treatment, or, in severe cases, referral to a periodontist for specialized care. Learn more about gum disease in our article, “Your Heart & Health.“
Will Dr. Lindsey provide dental care for my children? When should they begin dental visits?
Dr. Lindsey and our team love to help children learn how to take care of their smiles for life! As a woman, the dentist has a gentle touch and understanding nature. She’ll work with your children, and you as the parent, to establish a healthy oral homecare routine. Bring your kids to our office around the age of two for a first visit. This opportunity allows us to acclimate a child to understand that “the dentist” is a place where friends help you take care of your teeth. By about age two, children need six-month cleanings and checkups to maintain good oral health. If it is in your child’s best interest, Dr. Lindsey can refer you to a pediatric dentist for specialized care.
What if I need a specialist? Will Dr. Lindsey refer me?
Most of your dental care needs can be met in the comfort of our inviting office. Dr. Lindsey offers root canals, children’s dentistry, implant restorations, and oral sedation – services often outsourced by general dentists. If you need specialized care, like oral surgery, she can refer you to a trusted colleague. We work with specialists to create a team treatment plan and to oversee our patients care.
Will you file my insurance? How can I finance my treatment plan?
Yes! We know that you work hard for your dental benefits, so we’ll be happy to file your claim and follow up with your insurance company. In most cases, patients pay a copay at their visits, and the insurance company reimburses our office for the difference. This is called accepting assignment of benefits. If you would like to explore financing options, consider applying for CareCredit’s low- or no-interest payment plan. You can apply online at www.CareCredit.com. Rest assured, we will explain your insurance coverage and treatment plan costs before providing treatment, so you will understand your financial obligation. If you have any questions, please ask one of our front desk associates.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
We respect your time, so we never double book appointments. Dr. Lindsey also strives to keep dental care affordable, so we ask that you please contact us 2 business days in advance, or more, if you know that you will not make a scheduled dental visit. This will allow us to give your appointment to another patient and keep our schedule full. If an emergency arises, call us as soon as possible to let us know your situation.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
Please contact the office immediately. During normal business hours, we will typically make time to see our established patients the same day. We strive to diagnose the cause of the emergency and provide palliative treatment so you can resume normal activities as quickly as possible. If the emergency is after hours, contact the office and follow the instructions on the recording.