Common Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Q:What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

    A:Cosmetic dentistry combines the latest technologies with true artistry to achieve healthy and aesthetically pleasing smiles. While general dentistry strives to maintain the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry offers a world of possibilities for creating the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

  • Q:When should you see a cosmetic dentistry provider?

    A:You should consider seeking out a highly trained cosmetic dentist if you have broken or missing teeth, tooth decay that causes pain and/or reduced function, or just want to address things about your smile that you wish were different. When looking for a provider, look for deep experience and proven artistry.

  • Q:Are treatment plans customized to each patient?

    A:Yes. Each treatment plan is fully customized to the patient — always and without exception. The reason is simple, which is that no two patients are ever alike. They have different smiles and different oral care needs, not to mention different goals for their own smiles. No matter what your goals are, Dr. Richard Ekstein can help you get there with incredible artistry and extensive cosmetic dentistry experience you can count on.

  • Q:Will insurance cover my cosmetic & restorative dentistry procedures?

    A:Insurance coverage is vastly different from patient to patient and therefore you will need to investigate the coverage options on your plan with respect to the procedures you need. While many cosmetic and restorative procedures may be covered, particularly when there is pain, loss of function, health risk or accident trauma, it is not a given that all restorative procedures will be covered, regardless of the dental provider you choose. The team members at Smile Design Specialist in North Arlington, NJ have many years of experience with dental insurance filing and are happy to help you explore and understand your options. Additionally, SDS offers flexible financing options whenever it is needed.

  • Q:Are all cosmetic dentists equally qualified?

    A:Most definitely not. While most dental providers are capable of offering you some cosmetic enhancements to your smile it is always advisable to do your research and choose experience and artistry that speaks for itself. It is also important for you to understand that advanced dental procedures such as implants are NOT something you want to roll the dice on, and yet any dentist is allowed to place implants even if they have no practical experience or advanced training. Dr. Richard Ekstein, a Board Certified Prosthodontist in the State of New Jersey, has many, many years of experience and an true gift for dental artistry. When it comes to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, you could not possibly be in better hands!

  • Q:Why choose a Prosthodontist for your cosmetic and restorative needs?

    A:Prosthodontists are the natural choice for a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures. They receive several years of additional training in the EXACT kind of procedures you’ll find in the cosmetic and restorative continuum. Most prosthodontists spend their entire careers focusing on this area of dentistry rather than general procedures. By the numbers, there are far, far fewer prosthodontists than there are general dentists because so much additional training is required to achieve that status (years!).

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    Richard A. Ekstein

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