Ricardo Suarez DDS
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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When you come to our West Covina, CA dental office, we expect that you will have questions—and we hope you won’t hesitate to ask them! There is no such thing as a silly question, and chances are excellent that someone else has had the same one. We believe that knowledge is power, and the better your knowledge about your oral health, the better able you will be to make good decisions about treatment.

To make things easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of common questions below. If your question hasn’t been answered here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or check with us at your next appointment.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the best option for tooth replacement, but it’s natural to wonder if they might be right for you. The good news is that most patients who come to our West Covina, CA are able to get dental implants. Those who may have issues that prevent them from getting dental implants can often get treatment, so they can support a dental implant afterward.

In addition to their fantastic form and function—dental implants look and feel very much like natural teeth—patients who get dental implants also report the following benefits:

  • You don’t have to do anything special to take care of dental implants. There are no special cleaners or tools—other than your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Your implants cannot develop tooth decay like your natural teeth, but you can still get gum disease, so brushing and flossing are still crucial for your overall oral health.
  • You have no food restrictions with dental implants the way denture-wearers do. Chewing with dental implants is just like chewing with your natural teeth.
  • You won’t have to get dental implants adjusted or replaced. As long as you take good care of them, they can last a lifetime.

Another benefit most patients don’t immediately consider is the fact that dental implants will protect the health of the jawbone. When teeth are missing, the bone begins to shrink, which is why denture-wearers develop an aged, sunken-in look.

General Dentistry

We are in-network for Delta Premier and Cigna, and we process all claims through any PPOs. We also accept all major credit cards as well as third-party financing through CareCredit.

We know the cost of dental care can be tough on family budgets, and this is why we place such an emphasis on preventive care dental appointments at our West Covina, CA dental office. It might seem counterintuitive to visit the dentist when you aren’t experiencing any dental problems, but these routine preventive visits mean we can keep problems from developing.

For example, when a small cavity is discovered at a routine dental appointment, you may not even need a dental filling if it’s caught early enough. Contrast that with letting that tiny bit of decay grow into a larger area that lets bacteria get down into the tooth root. Suddenly, you have a painful tooth infection, and you might need a root canal to save your tooth. If you hadn’t skipped a preventive appointment, the need for a root canal could likely have been avoided.

Keep in mind that most dental insurance plans will cover most or all of the cost of your preventive exams twice a year.

The length of your appointment time will vary, depending on the treatment needed. For most people, a routine cleaning and examination will take about an hour. We will ask that you allow an extra half-hour for your first appointment with us to fill out paperwork and to go over your medical history.

Because treatment times can vary so widely from patient to patient, the best thing to do is to ask ahead of time. Dr. Suarez and his team are always happy to go into detail about your upcoming treatment, and they can answer any questions you might have about the specifics.

Keep in mind that sometimes it can be tough to accurately predict the amount of time needed, particularly for more complex care.

We never want you to feel rushed while you are here, so we allow plenty of time for all dental appointments in case you have questions.

For more information about your upcoming appointment, you are welcome to give us a call at (626) 919-4337. One of our friendly team members will be able to provide more details. You can also call us at that number to make an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you at our West Covina, CA dental office!

We realize that for many patients, cost is a significant factor when it comes to getting the dental care they need. We will be as upfront about costs as we can, once we make recommendations. But because there is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all cost we can tell you about.

Treatment fees vary, depending on a number of factors:

  • The amount and type of treatment needed
  • The state of your current oral health
  • The type of dental insurance you have

We don’t want cost concerns to keep you from getting the dental treatment you need. To that end, we accept a number of different payment options, including all major credit cards. We are in-network for Delta Premier and Cigna, and we process all claims through any PPOs.

When treatment is more complex, you might want to consider third-party payment plans. We accept CareCredit, which is like a credit card for medical treatment. With no- and low-interest financing options, payments can be tailored to fit into your family budget.

It’s easy to apply online, and you will get an answer within minutes. If you have any questions about applying for CareCredit, one of our friendly team members would be happy to help.

When pressed, most people will cite fear of pain as their biggest issue with going to the dentist. This fear can also cause a lot of dental anxiety!

While we cannot promise a pain-free experience, rest assured that we do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable as possible when you are here. Dr. Ricardo Suarez and his hygienists are experienced and have a gentle touch that our patients appreciate. If you are ever feeling uncomfortable during treatment, just let us know—and we can take a break.

If you are getting treatment beyond teeth cleaning, we can offer a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel a thing while we work.

For those who might have bad memories of painful dental experiences from childhood, you should know that dental care has come a long way since then. Modern dental technology provides Dr. Suarez and his team with treatment methods that are faster and less invasive, ensuring a more comfortable experience for our patients.

Sometimes just knowing what to expect can go a long way toward alleviating anxiety, so be sure to ask us about your upcoming treatment. We are happy to answer your questions!

Invisible Braces

Many people believe that the only reason to undergo orthodontic treatment is to get a better-looking smile. Having straight teeth can mean having a healthier smile. Teeth that are straight and align properly with the opposite jaw are less likely to develop chips, cracks, or uneven wear. In addition, straight teeth are easier to keep clean because you can brush and floss your teeth more effectively, lessening the chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

At our West Covina, CA dental clinic, we offer both traditional orthodontics as well as clear braces. The best option for you will depend on the current issues with your smile, your age, and your smile goals.

With traditional orthodontics, we utilize the usual metal wires and brackets to straighten teeth. With clear braces, clear plastic aligners will gently nudge the teeth into the proper position.

Clear braces are usually more appropriate for older teens and adults. They do require compliance if you are to reach your smile goals, so they must be worn for at least 22 hours each day. Patients remove the aligners for eating and cleaning their teeth, so there are no food restrictions, and oral care is easy.

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