Mill Creek Dental Health Care
Linda Cirtaut DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

How can we help you?

We don't expect you to be an expert in every aspect of your dental care, so we always welcome and encourage questions. The team at Mill Creek Dental Health Care wants you to enjoy the empowerment that comes with being an active participant in your dental care. And knowing what's on your mind and how we can help also allows us to customize your treatment to fit all your unique needs.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you may have some of your own that aren't included. Please feel free to contact our office anytime, whether by phone or by filling out our convenient online contact form.

General Dentistry

dental cleanings | mill creek dental health careYour semi-annual cleanings are part of an overall preventive program to keep your teeth healthy. At Mill Creek Dental Health Care, we customize each patient's oral health treatment plan based on their unique needs.

The purpose of a cleaning is to get rid of the plaque and tartar that collect on your teeth. While your toothbrush can eliminate most plaque, tartar can only be genuinely cleaned by a hygienist using specialized instruments.

If your mouth is generally healthy or you have early onset of periodontal disease (gingivitis), routine dental cleaning at our Mill Creek dentist office is usually enough to protect your dental health. However, more advanced cases of periodontal disease may require a deep cleaning treatment called scaling or root planing.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

During this procedure, your hygienist gently scrapes away all plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth and below the gum line. She then smooths the root surfaces of your teeth to help the gum reattach to the tooth.

We are also pleased to offer our patients the option of laser dental cleanings. The procedure is fast and comfortable and provides quicker recovery times. If you are interested in laser cleaning, please talk to your hygienist to learn more.

If you haven't had a dental cleaning in a while, or you would like to learn more about our dental procedures, please call our Mill Creek, WA dentist office today!

Man at Dentist | Oral Cancer Screening Mill Creek WA

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, roughly 53,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019. The statistics show that these numbers will not be going down, and many patients diagnosed today are not expected to survive beyond five years. 

As scary as these numbers are, oral cancer does not have to be fatal. The unfortunate truth is that most oral cancer diagnoses are discovered too late for adequate treatment. Our Mill Creek patients can radically improve their odds by maintaining regular dental cleanings and exams, where Dr. Cirtaut can keep track of any unusual changes or growths. 

Oral cancer screening is routine and painless. During your regular dental cleaning, you can go over any unusual pain or problems in your mouth or jaw. Your dentist will go over your oral history while visually and manually examining your jawline, soft tissue, and neck area. 

Oral Cancer Screening Technology

Not all signs of cancer can be viewed or felt, even by highly-skilled professionals. At Mill Creek Dental Health Care, we incorporate the use of VELscope, which emits a green light that highlights the natural fluorescence within the soft tissues of your mouth. Any abnormalities will be detected, and your dentist will examine your teeth and gums further. 

If you haven’t had an oral cancer screening recently, please call Mill Creek Dental Health Care to schedule an oral screening appointment.

Financial Information FAQ | Mill Creek Dental Health Care | mill Creek, WAWe understand that some patients delay visits to the dentist due to financial worries. At Mill Creek Dental Health Care, your oral health is a priority to us; we don't want any patient to forego necessary dental treatments due to financial concern. Our dental team is here to help you navigate the world of insurance providers, including copays, deductibles, and minimum payments. We are professionally trained to get you the most out of your dental insurance benefits. 

We are currently in-network with MetLife, Delta Dental, Premera, and Regence. Furthermore, we are here to file all claims on your behalf. We want to ensure that all our  Mill Creek, WA patients can get the dental treatments they need to maintain good oral health, no matter their financial situation.

Contact Us for Detailed Insurance Information

If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance benefits, please contact our office, and our trained insurance coordinator will be happy to assist you.

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