If you have questions, most likely others have had them too! Browse our list of frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us directly if you don’t find the answers you need. We’re here to help!
What forms of payment are accepted?
You can pay for your office visits and any treatments by cash, check, credit or debit card at the time of treatment. We also accept most major dental insurances and CareCredit. To learn more about our payment and insurance policies, check out our Payment & Insurance page.
What if I have a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can include facial trauma that damages the structure of the teeth or jaw, loss of a permanent tooth, severe tooth pain, or signs of infection. We want to be sure you are taken care if it is after hours, please give us a call at (615) 825-6250.
How does your practice accommodate people with disabilities?
Our practice offers handicap accessible amenities including convenient ramps from the parking lot, wide walkways, automatic doors, entranceways that measure 32” or greater, and a designated wheelchair accessible operatory. We also have staff on hand available to read aloud documents for the illiterate or blind, and have braille in the waiting area and in all restrooms. Our website is also ADA compliant. To learn more, click here.
Dental X-rays can help reveal diseases surrounding the teeth that cannot be seen with a visual exam. X-rays can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, X-rays may even help save your life. Dentist will evaluate your need for X-rays based on the conditions present in development. There are many benefits to having X-rays taken. Any additional questions or concerns should be discussed with your dentist.
What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Some natural sources of fluoride are brewed tea, canned fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples, and skim milk. Some city water contains fluoride, so by drinking tap water you will acquire fluoride. If drinking water does not have fluoride, supplements are available. The lack of exposure to fluoride places individuals of any age at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth. Studies have shown that children who consumed fluoridated water from birth had less dental decay.
When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?
Your child’s first teeth erupt around 6 months old. For the prevention of dental problems, we recommend your child should be seen at 1 year of age. This first visit will help your child to become acquainted with our office and develop a relationship with the doctor and staff, as well as a chance to help educate parents to properly care for their child’s teeth.
What are my options for whitening my teeth?
The Hills Dentistry is glad to offer either ZOOM! Whitening or custom trays all based on your dental needs! We are happy to help you obtain the right outcome for you in order to have the brightest smile you can. Come in for a consult so we can determine what’s best for you!